Salvatore "Toto" D'Aquila (November 1877 Palermo, Sicily – October 10, 1928 Manhattan, New York [1]) was a New York City mobster from the Mustache Pete-era and the first boss of the Gambino crime family.[2][3]

Salvatore D'Aquila was born in November 1877 Palermo, Sicily and immigrated to America in 1906.[1] He worked alongside the Morello's in East Harlem.[1] D'Aquila was arrested in 1906 and in 1909 both times the charges were dropped.[4] In 1910, boss of bosses Giuseppe "the Clutch Hand" Morello was imprisoned and Salvatore D'Aquila separated from the Morello family.[5] D'Aquila formed his own crime family and appointed himself the new Boss of Bosses.[5] His crime family operated from East Harlem and the Bronx where he rivaled the Morellos.[5]

D'Aquila expanded his crime family's power into Brooklyn.[4] The top members of his crime family were Alfred Mineo, Giuseppe Traina and Frank Scalise.[1] In 1920 when Joseph Morello was released from prison D'Aquila tried to have him and his closest allies murdered.[4][5] In 1925, D'Aquila moved back into the Bronx.[4] On October 10, 1928, D'Aquila was shot to death on Avenue A in Manhattan, New York.[1][6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Critchley, David. The origin of organized crime in America: the New York City mafia, 1891-1931 p.156-157
  2. The complete idiot's guide to the Mafia By Jerry Capeci (read)
  3. Crime: Computer Viruses to Twin Towers By H. Thomas Milhorn p.218
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 D'Aquila, Salvatore "Toto" (1873-1928) The American "Mafia"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Mike Dash. The First Family: Terror, Extortion and the Birth of the American Mafia. London, Simon & Schuster, 2009. p.24
  6. La Cosa Nostra: Salvatore D'Aquila. (2007-2011) D-Aquila

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Gambino crime family

Succeeded by
Alfred Mineo
Preceded by
Giuseppe Morello
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Succeeded by
Joe Masseria

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