Vincent Mangano

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Vincent Mangano
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Vincenzo Giovanni Mangano

(1888-03-28)March 28, 1888
DisappearedApril 19, 1951 (aged 63)
StatusMissing for 68 years, 3 months and 1 day
Other names"The Executioner"
RelativesPhilip Mangano (brother)

Vincent Mangano (born Vincenzo Giovanni Mangano; Italian: [vinˈtʃɛntso dʒoˈvanni ˈmaŋɡano]; March 28, 1888 – disappeared April 19, 1951), was an Italian-born mobster also known as "The Executioner" as he was named in a Brooklyn newspaper, was the head of what would come to be known as the Gambino crime family from 1931 to 1951. His brother, Philip Mangano, was his right-hand man and de facto, or substituto, underboss. He is also a distant paternal relative of deceased Genovese crime family underboss Venero Mangano and a suspected relative of Lawrence 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 Joe Bonanno, Lucky Luciano, Joe Profaci and Tommy Gagliano.

Mangano was an older mafioso who was very much steeped in the Old World ideals of honor, tradition, respect, and dignity. While he was still in many ways a Mustache Pete, he was more forward-looking than Salvatore Maranzano and Joe Masseria, and was thus allowed to stay in power after Luciano and the other "Young Turks" eliminated Maranzano.

Mangano and Camarda established the City Democratic Club, which promoted bedrock American values in the front room, while illegal activities were planned in the backroom. It became a regular meeting place for the members of Murder, Inc., the infamous gang of assassins who, for a price, did the bidding of syndicate mobsters. Vincent's underboss, Albert "Mad Hatter" Anastasia, was also operating head of Murder, Inc. and was a frequent patron of the club, as was Phillip Mangano.

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 (Albert's brother; he kept the original spelling of his last name) was a member of the family. Mangano would force workers to pay a fee for every day they worked on the docks therefore the mob knew exactly what was on each ship and could choose what to steal.

Other prominent members during Mangano's time were Joseph "Piney" Armone, future underboss Aniello "Neil" Dellacroce, and future bosses Carlo Gambino and Paul Castellano.

Feud with Anastasia[edit]

Mangano was the only one of the post-Castellammarese War bosses who retained the old ways. Over time, resentment grew from a new breed of mob leaders, including his underboss, Anastasia. Mangano grew to resent and mistrust Anastasia, and particularly objected to other mobsters such as Luciano, Frank Costello and Louis "Lepke" Buchalter using Anastasia's services without Mangano's permission. Anastasia, for his part, increasingly preferred the company of younger mafiosi such as Luciano and Costello. The two men regularly argued and fought, having to be pulled apart—possibly for the protection of the elder Mangano who was no physical match for his younger underboss.

Disappearance and death[edit]

In 1951, after a 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. Mangano's brother was found dead near Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn on April 19, 1951.[1] He was murdered along with his brother on the orders of family underboss Albert Anastasia in Brooklyn in 1951.[2] Vincent also vanished the same day and his body has never been found. Anastasia then took over the family, who had never admitted to having a hand in the Mangano homicides.

See also[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Aide of Joe Adonis is Found Shot Dead" (PDF). New York Times. April 20, 1951. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ New York| Family - Gambino (Mangano)

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American Mafia
Preceded by
Frank Scalice
Gambino crime family

Succeeded by
Albert Anastasia
Preceded by
Lucky Luciano
as chairman of the Commission
Capo di tutti capi
Chairman of the Commission

Succeeded by
Frank Costello
as chairman of the Commission