Vincent Mangano

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Vincent Mangano
Vincenzo Giovanni Mangano

(1888-03-28)March 28, 1888
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
DisappearedApril 19, 1951 (aged 63)
New York, U.S.
StatusMissing for 73 years and 5 days; declared dead in absentia on October 30, 1961(1961-10-30) (aged 73)
Other names"Vincent The Executioner"
OccupationCrime boss
PredecessorFrank Scalice
SuccessorAlbert Anastasia
RelativesPhilip Mangano (brother)
AllegianceMangano crime family

Vincent Mangano (born Vincenzo Giovanni Mangano; Italian: [vinˈtʃɛntso dʒoˈvanni ˈmaŋɡano]; March 28, 1888 – disappeared April 19, 1951, declared dead October 30, 1961) was an Italian-born mobster also known as "Vincent The Executioner" as named in a Brooklyn newspaper, and the head of the Mangano crime family from 1931 to 1951. He was the brother of Philip Mangano.

Vince as head of the Gambino family[edit]

Mangano was named head of what was then the Mineo family in 1931, following the Castellammarese War. He was one of the original bosses of the modern Five Families, the others being Joseph Bonanno, Lucky Luciano, Joe Profaci and Tommy Gagliano.[1]

Vincent Mangano NYPD Mugshot #32769 5 January 1931

Mangano made the waterfront his family's main income producer. He and his associates would threaten to prevent cargo from being loaded or unloaded if the shipping company refused to pay a tribute. This effort was helped by the family's control of Brooklyn Local 1814 of the International Longshoremen's Association; its president, Anthony Anastasio, was a member of the family.[2]

Feud with Anastasia[edit]

Despite being a mob power in his own right, Albert Anastasia was nominally the underboss of the Mangano crime family, under Mangano.[3] During his 20-year rule, Mangano had resented Anastasia's close ties to Luciano and Costello, particularly the fact that they had obtained Anastasia's services without first seeking Mangano's permission. This and other business disputes led to heated, almost physical fights between the two mobsters.[4]


Mangano's brother was found dead near Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn on April 19, 1951.[5] Vincent Mangano disappeared the same day. Both of them are believed to have been murdered on the orders of family underboss Albert Anastasia in Brooklyn as part of a coup in 1951.[6] Vincent Mangano's body was never found, and he was declared dead 10 years later on October 30, 1961, by the Surrogate's Court in Brooklyn.[7] No one was ever arrested in the Mangano homicide, but it was widely assumed that Anastasia had them killed.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lupo, Salvatore (2015). The Two Mafias: a transatlantic history, 1888-2008. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-137-49135-0.
  2. ^ Jacobs, James B. (2006). Mobsters, unions, and feds the Mafia and the American labor movement ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). New York: New York University Press. pp. 49. ISBN 0-8147-4273-4. Anthony Anastasio.
  3. ^ Mass, Peter (1968). The Valachi Papers (1986 Pocket Books revised ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 78. ISBN 0-671-63173-X.
  4. ^ Davis, pp. 62-64
  5. ^ "Aide of Joe Adonis is Found Shot Dead" (PDF). New York Times. April 20, 1951. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  6. ^ New York| Family - Gambino (Mangano)
  7. ^ "showDoc.html". 11 February 1965. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  8. ^ Gage, Nicholas (October 16, 1976). "Carlo Gambino, a Mafia Leader, Dies in His Long Island Home at 74" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved 30 December 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bonanno, Joseph. A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2003. ISBN 0-312-97923-1
  • Capeci, Jerry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0-02-864225-2
  • Davis, John H. Mafia Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the Gambino Crime Family. New York: HarperCollins, 1993. ISBN 0-06-016357-7
  • Jacobs, James B., Christopher Panarella and Jay Worthington. Busting the Mob: The United States Vs. Cosa Nostra. New York: NYU Press, 1994. ISBN 0-8147-4230-0
  • Mannion, James. 101 Things You Didn't Know About The Mafia: The Lowdown on Dons, Wiseguys, Squealers and Backstabbers. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media, 2005. ISBN 1-59337-267-1
  • Milhorn, H. Thomas. Crime: Computer Viruses to Twin Towers. Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-58112-489-9
  • Raab, Selwyn. Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires. New York: St. Martin Press, 2005. ISBN 0-312-30094-8
  • Schatzberg, Rufus, Robert J. Kelly and Ko-lin Chin, ed. Handbook of Organized Crime in the United States. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994. ISBN 0-313-28366-4
American Mafia
Preceded by Gambino crime family

Succeeded by
Preceded byas chairman of the Commission Capo di tutti capi
Chairman of the Commission

Succeeded byas chairman of the Commission