||New Jersey| Sam - The Plumber - Decavalcante
Birth: April 30, 1912 - Newark, New Jersey
Death: June 7, 1997 - Florida
Simone Rizzo DeCavalcante, known as "Sam the Plumber" was born on April 30, 1912. He always claimed that he was a descendant of a family of Italian royal lineage and as such also bore the nickname The Count. The Kefauver hearings (1950, hearings with about 600 witnesses, amongst them Joe Adonis and Frank Costello) later named his crime family the DeCavalcante family since he was the boss of the family current to those hearings. He also once served as liaison between the Mafia Commission and the Bonanno crime family during the 1960s in an attempt to prevent upheaval.
A relatively minor organized crime figure, as New Jersey's crime boss Decavalcante oversaw the New Jersey mafia involved in gambling, loansharking, and labor racketeering. Living in Lawrenceville, NJ but based in the Newark, NJ area, Decavalcante commanded around sixty mafiosi while operating out of a local plumbing supply store in Kenilworth, NJ. Shortly after becoming leader of the New Jersey mafia in 1960, Decavalcante acted as a liaison between the Mafia Commission and the Bonanno crime family after the beginning of the Bonanno War between the New York Five Families.
Since Simone's death, the DeCavalcante crime family has crumbled and, as of 2000, the organization remains largely powerless in part to successful FBI raids and surveillance.
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