|New York|  Joseph Magliocco

Birth: 1898 - Portella di Mare, Sicily

Death: December 28, 1963 - New York

Giuseppe 'Malayak' Magliocco was the brother-in-law of Joseph Profaci and underboss of the Profaci Family for over 30 years before taking control himself in 1962. Together with Joe Profaci he formed the Profaci organization, now known as the Colombo Family.

The Profaci family
Magliocco was born in 1898 in Portella di Mare, a city near Villabate. His early life in Sicily remains somewhat of a mystery until he moved towards America in 1914. He was related to the Bonanno, Magaddino and Profaci Families by blood which gave him the opportunity to immediately gain a large number of associates in America. Magliocco was present, together with Joe Profaci, at what is believed to be the first known national syndicate meeting. The meeting was hosted by Joseph Porello in Cleveland, 1928. One of the items discussed was the death of Boss of Bosses Salvatore D'Aquila. The meeting went wrong as all the attendees were arrested. They were however soon released due to lack of evidence, except for one New Jersey mobster who had been charged with murder earlier. Magliocco was also present at the Apalachin meeting in 1957 which also terribly went wrong as the police suddenly showed up and arrested about 60 top American mafia figures, amongst them Magliocco.

Illegal elevation
Magliocco took control of the family following Profaci's death from liver cancer on June 2, 1962. His tenure coincided with the ongoing battles of the "Gallo-Profaci" factions inside the family. The war had begun following Gallo's dissatisfaction with Profaci's leadership (he felt his boss was taking an overly large cut of his rackets syndicate) and the killing for disloyalty of a Gallo associate, Frank Abbatemarco.

Magliocco together with Joseph Profaci
This led to the February 1961 kidnapping of a number of Profaci's men, including Magliocco. They were only released when the two sides negotiated a settlement, but as Magliocco would find out when he took control of the family, it was not to be the end of hostilities between the two camps. Car bombs, drive-by shootings and various attempted murders were aimed at such Magliocco men as Carmine Persico and Hugh McIntosh before the hostilities came to an end in 1963 with the jailing of various members of the Gallo group, including Joe Gallo himself. Magliocco however disliked fellow Mafia bosses Thomas Lucchese and Carlo Gambino badly because they had supported the Gallo's during their revolt and also questioned Magliocco's elevation inside the Family.

Joseph Bonanno, who was the only original member left of the Commission, stood behind Magliocco. Bonanno's son, Salvatore Bonanno, and his family lived on the large estate of Magliocco for a while during the early 1960's. On one day Magliocco was wanted to appear during a commission meeting. During that meeting Lucchese and Gambino made claims that Magliocco had been elected illegaly. That same night a couple of chiefs of the Profaci family went to the estate of Magliocco to discuss the outcome of the meeting. Bill Bonanno was also present as Carmine Persico, Sonny Franzese and Joseph Colombo sat around the table to seek a solution.

Against the commission
Magliocco decided to take measures into his own hands and turned to his underling Joe Colombo to organize the murder of bosses Lucchese and Gambino. Bill later claimed in his book, Bound by Honor, that he and his father were no part of Magliocco's plans of killing the heads of the families. He said that Magliocco on one day asked Bill to accompany him to go for a drive. As he stepped inside the car he saw Magliocco had a loaded shotgun at the back of the car, but he didn't ask questions. Later they stopped at a train station were an allie of Magliocco came towards them and gave a signal. This is when Bonanno knew their was something bad hanging at the sky and that this inententionally was a sign of cooperation between the Bonanno and Profaci family.

But having decided the intended victims would be worth more to him than the contract, Colombo instead told the heads of the other families and implicated Bonanno and Magliocco in the plot. Both were immediately told to appear in front of the commission but Bonanno refused, staying in Arizona. Magliocco did go and was ordered to explain himself. Though he could have expected grim treatment at the hands of the other families, Magliocco was spared due to his failing health. He was only fined $50,000 and was removed as head of the family. The commission then appointed Joseph Colombo as the new boss of the family. Giuseppe Magliocco died of a heart attack related to high blood pressure on December 28, 1963.

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