Santo Trafficante Sr.
|Santo Trafficante Sr.|
May 28, 1886|
Cianciana, Sicily, Italy
April 11, 1954 (aged 68)|
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|Occupation||Criminal underworld figure, racketeer, money launderer, Mafia associate and boss|
|Spouse(s)||Maria Giuseppa Cacciatore, 1909–1954 (his death)|
|Children||5 sons, including mobster Santo Trafficante Jr.|
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Santo Trafficante Sr. gained power as a mobster in Tampa, Florida and ruled the Mafia in Tampa from the 1930s until his death in 1954. Trafficante was heavily involved in the operation of illegal bolita lotteries. During his reign, Trafficante was a well-respected boss with ties to Charles "Lucky" Luciano and Thomas Lucchese. He sent his son Santo Trafficante Jr. to New York City to learn from other mobsters. Upon his death, Santo Trafficante Sr. gave the power to his son, Santo Trafficante Jr. This was a respected decision since the New York bosses and Tampa mobsters liked Santo Jr.
- Dietche, Scott M. Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld. Barricade Books, 2004. ISBN 1-56980-266-1
- Cuban Information Archives: Santo Trafficante Jr., includes U.S. Treasury Department records of Santo Trafficante Sr.
- Creative Loafing: The Mob -- A Drive-By Historical Tour of Tampa's Notorious Wise Guys by Scott Deitche
- "Santo Trafficante Sr". Find a Grave. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
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Santo Trafficante Jr.