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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:54 pm    Post subject: murder Fratianno mentions Reply with quote

Hi,

I know this might be a little off-topic, but I had a question ragarding a murder Fratianno mentions.

In his book The Last Mafioso, Fratianno, at one point, talks about San francisco Mayor Joe Alioto, and that one of his grandfathers was murdered by the LaFata gang in the 1910s. Does anybody maybe know if this is true?

The grandfathers of Alioto were Giuseppe Alioto Sr, and Lorenzo Lazio. Now Lazio died in 1915, but I have no idea how. He was some 60 years old at the time of his death, so it could easily have been of old age.

Hope somebody can clear this up.

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Aliotto murder Reply with quote

That would have been the murder of Mariano Aliotto in 1917. There is an exact date listed on the crimefile timeline.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jiggy,

Thanks. I actually knew Of Mariano Alioto. He was the brother of Giuseppe and Ignazio Alioto, both active in the Restaurant and Fishing industry business until they passed away. Giuseppe and Ignazio were overheard while both vowed vengeance upon Mariano's killers. Mariano's father-in-law, Giuseppe Ingrassia, was also murdered.

But I am talking about the grandfather of Alioto, the mayor. Giuseppe was his father, Mariano and Ignazio were his uncles.

After rereading the Fratianno heading, I also realize that I made a little mistake. Fratianno mentions Mayor Alioto's grandfather as a made member of the Mafia, not a victim of the LaFatas. My bad.

Still, the question remains which grandfather of Mayor Alioto was a mob member. As stated above, it could be either Giuseppe Alioto Sr., the father of Giuseppe Alioto who was a close associate of the Lanzas, or Lorenzo Lazio, the father of Mayor Alioto's mother. Lorenzo Lazio's children were almost all married to children of Giuseppe Alioto Sr.

So according to Fratianno, either Lazio or Alioto was a San Francisco Mafia member. Do you happen to know about which one Fratianno is talking.

On another point, Fratianno mentions Lawrence Genaro, the father of Mayor Alioto's wife. Fratianno states that Genaro was ordered murdered by the Pirainos of Dallas. However, the newspaper article mentioning the death of Lawrence, does not indicate he was murdered, but rather that he passed away of natural causes. So it seems that either the order was never carried out, or Fratianno makes a mistake when he says Genaro was ordered to be killed. Any ideas on this one??

Well, hope somebody knows a little more,

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 6:07 pm    Post subject: Lawrence Genaro Reply with quote

To my knowledge Lawrence Genaro died of natural causes so I don't know what Fratianno may have been referencing in this case. If it were the Piraino's who wanted him dead it would most likely have come down via Angelo Castro. Maybe they poisoned him? A mystery to me.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that is what I thought. There is absolutely nothing in the newspaper article about his passing. Think Fratianno is mistaken there.

You mention this Angelo Castro. I'm curious about him. I have his name appearing in the obituary of Carlo Piraino. Both Angelo and Sam Castro were named as brothers of Carl Piraino, both already living in California. It's the only time I saw the Castros in connection with the Dallas Family, or in any other connection, for that matter.

Do you maybe know what he did when in California? I once read somewhere, I think it might have been on this site, that Castro was close to Bonanno in the 1940s. Was he associated with a particular California Family, or was he still considered to be with the Dallas mob.

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