Salvatore D'Aquila

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Salvatore D'Aquila
Born (1873-11-07)November 7, 1873
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Died October 10, 1928(1928-10-10) (aged 54)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Nationality Italian, American
Other names "Toto"
Occupation Crime boss, mobster
Allegiance D'Aquila Crime Family

Salvatore "Toto" D'Aquila (November 7, 1873 – October 10, 1928) was an early New York City Mafia Boss of what would later become known as the Gambino crime family.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Salvatore D'Aquila was born on November 7, 1873 in Palermo, Sicily to Salvatore D'Aquila and his wife Provvidenza Gagliardo.[3] D'Aquila emigrated to the United States in 1906[4] and became an early captain within the Morello crime family in East Harlem.[4] D'Aquila was arrested in 1906 and in 1909; both times the charges were dropped.[5] In 1910, boss of bosses Giuseppe "the Clutch Hand" Morello was imprisoned and Salvatore D'Aquila separated from the Morello family.[6] D'Aquila formed his own crime family and was appointed the new boss of bosses.[6] His crime family operated from East Harlem and the Bronx, where he rivaled the Morellos'.[6]

D'Aquila expanded his crime family's power into Brooklyn and southern Manhattan's Lower East Side/Little Italy neighborhoods.[5] The most prominent members of the D'Aquila family were Umberto Valenti, Alfred Mineo, Giuseppe Traina, and Frank Scalise.[4] In 1920, after Giuseppe Morello was released from prison, D'Aquila tried to have him and his closest allies murdered.[5][6] In 1925, D'Aquila moved back into the Bronx.[5]


On October 10, 1928, D'Aquila was shot dead on Avenue A in Manhattan, aged 54. After his murder, D'Aquila's family was taken over by Alfred Mineo.[4]




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Business positions
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Crime family established by D'Aquila
Gambino crime family

Succeeded by
Alfred Mineo
Preceded by
Giuseppe Morello
Capo di tutti capi
Boss of bosses

Succeeded by
Joe Masseria