||Pittsburgh| John Bazzano Jr
Birth: June 28, 1927
Death: July 25, 2008
John Bazzano Jr. was the son of John Bazzano, one of the first Pittsburgh Mafia bosses. He was a longtime racketeer in Western Pennsylvania and served as the LaRocca Family underboss between 1987 and 2006 under Micheal Genovese. He was one of the few more left Made members in Pittsburgh.
Bazzano was only 5 years old when his father, boss of the Conti Family (later known as the LaRocca Family) was brutally murdered in Brooklyn, most likely in orders of the commission. Just when WWII was over Bazzano Jr. enlisted in the US military in August 1945, 2 weeks after his 18th birthday. During the 1950's he was a crew member of his father-in-law Antonio Ripepi for whom he ran the numbers rackets in the Monongahela Valley many years. During the late 1960's Bazzano Jr. slowly began run Ripepi's crew. In 1975 federal agents uncovered his massive gambling organization wherefore he was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in a federal prison in Danbury. He was paroled in 1981 after only serving 3 years. After he returned to Pittsburgh he was promoted to capo and eventually underboss. 81 year old Bazzano Jr. died peacefully on July 25, 2008.
(Source: ipsn.org/pittsburgh, Mobnewsblog.com)
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