Stracci family

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Stracci crime family
Founded by Anthony Stracci
Founding location United States New York City, New York
Years active 1920s-Present
Territory Various neighborhoods in New York City, includeds Manhattan and Staten Island; North Jersey and Atlantic City in New Jersey
Ethnicity "Made men" are Italians, Italian-Americans, the associates are of other ethnicities
Criminal activities Racketeering, gambling, extortion, murder, corruption, loan-sharking, narcotics trafficking, fraud, smuggling and labor unions
Allies Barzini, Cuneo, Corleone, Tattaglia and Greco crime families
Rivals Some street gang in New York City, and sometimes their allies

The Stracci family is one of the Five New York Families in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and the movie of the same name.

Role in the Story[edit]

In both the novel and film, The Godfather, the Stracci family although the smallest is the best disposed crime family of the Five New York Families. From its beginnings the family's Don was Victor Stracci. The Stracci Family, along with the Tattaglia, Barzini and Cuneo are the families to invest on Sollozzo's heroin trade market. The Stracci Family fights in the war against the Corleones. After Don Corleone declares peace between all of the five families, he promises not to break the peace and thus, Victor Stracci, Emillio Barzini, Philip Tattaglia, and Ottilio Cuneo each have their families take away territory from the Corleones. Later, after Don Corleone's death, Barzini attempts to assassinate Vito's son and heir, Michael, in order to get hold of all Corleone turf.

Don Stracci is assassinated during Michael's massacre of his enemies, killed by a shotgun blast fired into an elevator in which he is riding by Corleone caporegime Peter Clemenza when the door opens. After Stracci's death, he was succeeded by his brother Mario, who was murdered in Atlantic City in 1979, along with a number of other crime bosses, in an ambush from which Michael Corleone manages to escape.

Known members[edit]


The Stracci crime family is largely based on the Colombo and DeCavalcante crime families. Like the Colombos, the Straccis are the weaker crime family of New York City and of low influence at the National level, while like the DeCavalcantes are mostly influential in New Jersey.