Milwaukee crime family
|Founded by||Vito Guardalabene|
|Founding location||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Territory||Greater Milwaukee and some cities in all Wisconsin (as Madison)|
|Ethnicity||Italians, Italian Americans are made men. Other ethnicities as "associates".|
|Criminal activities||Skimming, gambling, narcotics, racketeering, murder, extortion, bookmaking, bribery, and loan sharking|
|Rivals||various street gangs in Milwaukee.|
The Milwaukee crime family or Balistrieri crime family is an American Mafia crime family based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The crime family was considered a branch of the Chicago Outfit. The family's most influential boss was Frank "Mr. Big" Balistrieri, who was greatly involved in the Las Vegas skimming casinos. Today, the crime family is nearly extinct, since Balistrieri died in 1993, with the Chicago Outfit gaining control over some of the illegal rackets in the area.
Boss (official and acting)
- 1918-1921 — Vito Guardalabene — died on February 6, 1921 from natural causes.
- 1921-1927 — Peter Guardalabene — the son of Vito Guardalabene was boss until 1927.
- 1927 — Joseph Amato — died of natural causes on March 28, 1927.
- 1927-1949 — Joseph Vallone — the Commission decided that the Milwaukee family would answer to and remain under the Chicago Outfit's power. Vallone retired in 1949 and died on March 18, 1952 from natural causes.
- 1949-1952 — Salvatore "Sam" Ferrara — in 1952 he was voted out by his family and members of the Chicago Outfit forced him to step down.
- 1952-1961 — John Alioto — trained his son-in-law Frank Balistrieri.
- 1961-1993 — Frank "Mr. Big" Balistrieri — imprisoned March 1967-June 1971. In the late 1970s, with his two sons Joseph and John worked with Bonanno crime family capo Michael Sabella. He was imprisoned from 1983-1991 for his involvement in Las Vegas skim racket. He died of natural causes on February 7, 1993.
- 1993-1997 — Peter "Pete Bal" Balistrieri — he died of natural causes on August 17, 1997 
- 1997–2014 — Joseph "Joe Camel" Caminiti — he was Frank Balistrieri's consigliere Died January 2014.
- 2014- Peter 'Pitch' Picciurro
- Boss Peter 'Pitch' Picciurro
- Consigliere John "Johnny Bal" Balistrieri — the Frank Balistrieri's son, John has served as lawyer until 1984, when he was suspended and each was later disbarred. John Balistrieri's application to get his law license back was rejected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in August, 2014.
- Soldier Aaron "Blue Eyes" Getrieri—operates loan sharking in nearby Brookfield
It is believed that the Chicago Outfit have taken control of most of the rackets of the Milwaukee crime family due to no longer being as powerful as they once were, the Chicago Outfit also represented the Milwaukee family on the American Mafia Commission and played a large part during Frank Balistrieri's reign.
- Peter J. Devico The Mafia Made Easy: The Anatomy and Culture of La Cosa Nostra. (pg.154-156)
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Searches Conducted on March 8, 1980 Archived January 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Jay C. Ambler. "Milwaukee, WI Crime family" (2000) Rick Porrello's American Mafia.com
- Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects crime boss' son John Balistrieri bid to practice law, Journal Sentinel, August 12, 2014
- "Milwaukee Mafia" 1900s-present
- Schmitt, Gavin. Milwaukee Mafia. Arcadia, 2012.