10 Most Dangerous Mobsters

10 Most Dangerous Mobsters | Boss Royal

The lifestyles of certain prominent figures in organized crime seem to have a hypnotic effect on our senses and sensibilities. We are fascinated by the sheer audacity of their actions and their lifestyles, yet, in some strange way, we find their abhorrent behavior alluring. We like to stand on the outside and observe, even though most of us would never place ourselves, even vicariously, in their shoes.

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Still, the fascination exists and these notorious mobsters are in no small way responsible for it. So let's take a look at some of the most dangerous mobsters ever.

10. Al Capone

Al Capone Most Dangerous Mobsters

This notorious New York gangster is the biggest, baddest, most popular American mobster. He was responsible for a countless number of murders and was behind bootlegging and prostitution rings, just to name a scant few of his crimes. Even though Capone was so high-profile, the police were never able to pin a single crime on him. It was the IRS that eventually ended his run and that only after years of surveillance and phone-tapping. He was sent to prison for tax evasion when his bootlegging business caught up to him and was held liable for federal taxes on it.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone

Nickname: Scarface
Birthdate: January 17, 1899
Brooklyn, New York
Death: January 25, 1947
Palm Island, Florida
Occupation:
Gangster, bootlegger, criminal, racketeer, boss of Chicago Outfit
Criminal Charge:Criminal Penalty:
Tax Evasion11 year sentence in Alcatraz

9. Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel Most Dangerous Mobsters

This notorious New York gangster is the biggest, baddest, most popular American mobster. He was responsible for a countless number of murders and was behind bootlegging and prostitution rings, just to name a scant few of his crimes. Even though Capone was so high-profile, the police were never able to pin a single crime on him. It was the IRS that eventually ended his run and that only after years of surveillance and phone-tapping. He was sent to prison for tax evasion when his bootlegging business caught up to him and was held liable for federal taxes on it.

Benjamin Siegel

Nickname: Bugsy
Birthdate: February 28, 1906
Brooklyn, New York
Death: June 20, 1947
Beverly Hills, California
Occupation:
Racketeer, gangster, casino owner

8. Dutch Schultz

Dutch Schultz Most Dangerous Mobsters

Dutch Schultz's gang was the only non-Italian gang to ascend the ranks in the mafia and achieve power comparable to the Five Families. After being charged with tax evasion in 1935 Lucky Luciano divided his empire between his associates, Shultz being among them. He had a head for business but also an extremely hot temper. He eventually asked permission to put a hit out on US Attorney for the Mafia Commission Thomas Dewey and it proved to be a costly mistake. He was considered a liability after that and was shot down at the age of 33.

Arthur Simon Flegenheimer

Nickname: Dutch Schultz
Birthdate: August 6, 1901
New York City, New York
Death: October 24, 1935
Newark, New Jersey
Occupation:
Rum-runner, Numbers game, Mob boss

7. Carlo Gambino

Carlo Gambino Most Dangerous Mobsters

Gambino had his start in organized crime while he was still in his teen years as an assassin in the Italian mafia. He was inducted into the Cosa Nostra in 1921 at age 19. He became a member of the 'Young Turks' – a group of gangsters that included Frank Costello and Bugsy Siegel, headed by Lucky Luciano. He became a captain for the Mangano crime family and was put in charge of illegal gambling and loan sharking. He became the new boss of the family after the 1957 murder of Albert Anastasia and renamed it Gambino Crime Family. Carlo led the Gambino crime family for 20 years until his death in 1976.

Carlo Don Carlo Gambino

Nickname: Don Carlo, The Godfather
Birthdate: August 24, 1902
Palermo, Sicily
Death: October 15, 1976
Massapequa, New York
Occupation:
Crime boss, Mafioso, Mobster,Rum runner, Businessman, Racketeer

6. Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas Most Dangerous Mobsters

As a teenager Lucas became friends with a gangster named Bumpy Johnson. Upon Johnson's death, Lucas broke the monopoly of the Italian mafia and established one of the biggest drug rings in the 20th century. He bribed forces within the US Army for the privilege of smuggling heroin on military aircraft using coffins of dead servicemen to conceal it. His gang was known for brutal acts of violence and had a huge monopoly on Manhattan's heroin market. He struck a deal with the DEA in 1975 after being jailed for drug trafficking that led to more than 100 drug convictions.

Frank Lucas

Nickname: N/A
Birthdate: September 9, 1930
La Grange, North Carolina
Death: N/A
Occupation:
Heroin King Pin, Retired drug trafficker/smuggler
Criminal Charge:Criminal Penalty:
Drug traffickingSentenced to 70 years but released in 1981 upon serving 5 years. Convicted again in 1984 released in 1991 after serving a term of seven years.

5. John Gotti

John Gotti Most Dangerous Mobsters

Gotti got his start in the business at the age of 12 working for Carmine Fatico. In 1985, it was discovered that Gotti and his crew were selling heroin – a violation of the rules of the Gambino Crime Family. Fearing there would be reprisals, Gotti ordered the murder of Paul Castellano, giving him control of the Gambino family. He was convicted in 1992 of multiple murders, racketeering conspiracy to commit murder and a laundry list of other charges ending his reign as "The Teflon Don." He died in 2002 of throat cancer.

John Joseph Gotti

Nickname: Dapper Don, Teflon Don, Johnny Boy
Birthdate: October 27, 1940
Bronx, New York
Death: June 10, 2002
Springfield, Missouri
Occupation:
Crime boss, Mobster
Criminal Charge:Criminal Penalty:
Murder, conspiracy to commit murder, loansharking,racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, tax evasionLife without parole

4. Vito Rizzuto

Vito Rizzuto Most Dangerous Mobsters

Montreal has its own 'Teflon Don' in Vito Rizzuto. He is the alleged boss of Canada's Sicilian Mafia. He was arrested in 2003 and jailed in 2012 for racketeering and loansharking as well as his involvement in the murders of three captains in the Bonanno family.

John Joseph Gotti

Nickname: Dapper Don, Teflon Don, Johnny Boy
Birthdate: February 21, 1946
Sicily, Italy
Death: December 23, 2013
Montreal, Quebec
Occupation:
Boss of the Rizzuto crime family, Businessman, Crime boss, Mobster, Racketeer

3. Vincent Gigante

Vincent Gigante Most Dangerous Mobsters

Before him, no one in Gigante's family had any ties to the Mafia. As a teenager he got the attention of the Genovese crime family who made a prodigy out of him. After a short career as a light heavyweight boxer, he became a mob enforcer. Gigante eventually became boss of the Genovese crime family. He took over the Genovese crime after the murder of Paul Castellano carrying the title Capo di tutti Capi. He was convicted of multiple crimes in 1997 after losing a battle over mental health issues.

Vincent Louis Gigante

Nickname: Chin, The Oddfather, The Enigma in the Bathrobe, The Robe,
The Real Boss of New York, Vinny Gigante
Birthdate: March 29, 1928
Manhattan, New York
Death: December 19, 2005
Springfield, Missouri
Criminal Charge:Criminal Penalty:
Murder, Racketeering10 Years

2. Nicodemo Scarfo

Nicodemo Scarfo Most Dangerous Mobsters

'Little Nicky' was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York as son of one of the Genovese family's made men. He was given his own bookmaking operation in the early 1950s and was often described as narcissistic and cold-hearted. He was sentenced to 45 years for crimes that included extortion, drug trafficking, murder and loan sharking.

Nicodemo Domenico Scarfo

Nickname:Little Nicky, The Oddfather, The Enigma in the Bathrobe, The Robe, The Real Boss of New York, Vinny Gigante
Birthdate: March 8, 1929
Brooklyn, New York
Death: N/A
Occupation:
Boss of the Philadelphia crime family
Criminal Charge:Criminal Penalty:
Extortion, drug trafficking, murder and loan sharking45 Years

1. Salvatore Riina

Salvatore Toto Riina Most Dangerous Mobsters

Given the nickname, 'The Beast,' Riina takes the top spot on our list. He is believed to have personally murdered nearly 40 people and ordered hits on hundreds of others. Riina was born and raised in Sicily and is the most feared of all Mafia bosses. He made a critical error when he ordered the murders of several anti-Mafia prosecutors which led to his eventual capture. Salvatore Riina is argueably the most powerful mafia boss EVER.

Salvatore Toto Riina

Nickname:La Belva ('The Beast'), U Curtu ('The Short One')
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sicily, Italy
Death: N/A
Occupation:
Former Chief of the Sicilian Mafia
Criminal Charge:Criminal Penalty:
Mafia association, multiple murdersLife imprisonment