Joe Esposito Mafioso

Joseph "Diamond Joe" Esposito (April 28, 1872 – March 21, 1928) was a Prohibition-era Chicago politician who was involved in bootlegging, extortion, prostitution and labor racketeering with the Genna Brothers. He is credited by the FBI as being the first known Sicilian Mafia member to emigrate to the United States. Born Giuseppe Esposito in Acerra, Italy (although other accounts claimed he was Sicilian), he joined one of the street gangs terrorizing Chicago's Little Italy during the early 1900s. When the Volstead Act (National Prohibition Act of 1919) was enacted, Esposito's organization, the 42 Gang, which included Sam "Momo" Giancana and Paul "The Waiter" Ricca, quickly entered into bootlegging. Esposito's early success with the Genna Brothers may have been a factor in the 1920 murder of rival James "Big Jim" Colosimo, a long time racketeer who had been hesitant to begin his own bootlegging operations. By the early 1920s, Esposito had become a Republican ward boss of the 19th Ward in Chicago, one of the earliest Italian-Americans to be elected to this job.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 28th, 1872
United States of America
Date of death
March 21st, 1928 at age of 55
Cause of death


Check Joe Esposito on wikipedia.

Facebook comments