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|Kansas City|  Joseph DiGiovanni

Birth: April 23, 1888 - Sclafana, Sicily

Death: August, 1971












Joseph DiGiovanni was born in 1888 in Sicily. He was the first known mafioso in Kansas City. He and his brother Pietro started to carry out Black Hand activities in their Italian community. An attempt to firebomb a building in order to collect on its insurance resulted in an unexpected explosion that left Joseph permanently scarred. During prohibition he teamed up with James Balestrere (1891 - 1952. He was a big shot in Kansas during Prohibition). The Kefauver hearings in 1952 revealed that DiGiovanni still had a big influence in Kansas.


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