Giuseppe Magliocco – “The Underboss”

Giuseppe (Joe Malyoke) Magliocco – aka “The Fat Man” – was born on June 29, 1898 in Portella di Mare (Palermo province), Sicily. He emigrated to America in 1914 and was naturalized in 1926.

Magliocco married Rose Augello in 1932 in Brooklyn.

Joe Profaci

He resided for many years at 279 Bay 11th Street, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. He also owned a huge 20-room summer estate at 99 Bayview Ave., East Islip in Suffolk County on Long Island since at least the late 1940s. This compound had horse stables and a riding ring.

Joe Magliocco had three younger brothers, all of whom would become members of the borgata – Angelo, Ambroglio (1901) and Antonio (1909).

Their sister Ninfa had married Joe Profaci in 1928. They were also second cousins to Profaci, their mother and Profaci’s mother having been first cousins.

Another sister, Antonia D’Agati son’s was his nephew Girolamo “Gene” D’Agati, who would also become a “soldato” under his uncle. They all resided at 8101 Narrows Ave in Brooklyn, which was a sort of family compound as many old-time Italian families would do.

Joe Magliocco stood a stocky 5-foot 9-inches and weighed 250-pounds with dark brown eyes and brown-grey hair. He had a chubby, fleshy face and spoke in a thick Sicilian accent.

FBI # 184224, Cleveland PD # 32771, NYPD # 33926

1928 Sicilian Mafia meeting at the Hotel Statler in Cleveland, Ohio. Sitting in the wheelchair is boss Joe Profaci, #7 in back is underboss Joe Magliocco, sitting directly to Profaci’s left is Chicago’s Patsy Lolordo, standing next to Lolordo holding the coat is Capo Salvatore Lombardino.

At the 1928 Cleveland mob meeting he was arrested with 22 other men described as bootleggers at the Hotel Statler. 13 pistols were confiscated. Fined $50 dollars and sentenced to 30 days in jail – the term was suspended pending them leaving the city.

The 23 hoodlums represented the cities of Chicago, St.Louis, Tampa, Newark, and Brooklyn.

In 1928, he was arrested for possessing a gun and 6-ounces of alcohol.

In 1930, he was arrested for transporting wine.

He attended the infamous Apalachin Meeting on November 14, 1957.

He was arrested and later charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice, stemming from this incident.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and a $10,000. fine.

…. all of the above arrests resulted in minor fines, acquittals or reversals on appeal. Joe Magliocco never served one day of his life in prison!

Magliocco was the most trusted aide and advisor to his brother in law. He served as Profaci’s loyal underboss for over thirty years, from 1931 through 1962 when Joseph Profaci would die of cancer. At which time, Magliocco stepped in as the “Acting Boss” of the Profaci borgata.

This was at a very tumultuous time. The Gallo brothers uprising had begun and tensions were at an all-time high.

Having begun several years earlier, there had been many shooting and gangland murders throughout Brooklyn and it’s neighboring boroughs….. Magliocco did not inherit a peaceful situation.

Digressing for a bit, “Joe Malyok” (his nickname being a corruption of his surname), was always very heavily involved into varied businesses. He and his brothers were very business oriented. A trait they would pass down to their sons and nephews.

Magliocco (left) and Profaci

Prior to 1933 he was in the olive oil and cheese business. In 1933, he formed Sunland Beverage which was a wholesale beer distributor.

He had held outright ownership or hidden interests over the years in many varied companies and industries. Most of his holdings were all based in a series of buildings located near the Brooklyn bridge at 121-125 Lawrence Ave., an industrial area known for its commerce.

These buildings and others, were owned by the Magliocco brothers. Realty firms were incorporated which served as holdings firms to better organize and protect their assets from future lawsuits and law enforcement scrutiny.

He later also purchased tracts of land out in Suffolk County off Sunrise Hwy., and several taxpayers (strip stores complexes) that provided added rental income.

• Arrow Linen Supply Co. – one of the largest suppliers of table cloths, napkins and uniforms to the restaurant and catering industry to this very day.

• Sunland Beverage Corp. – an early supplier of beer wholesale to the public and restaurants.

• Alpine Wine & Beverage Co. – one of the larger wholesale distributors in the tristate area, supplying restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other licensed premises.

• Peerless Importers, Inc. – a major importer-distributor of top named liquors and wines. Supplies a majority of licensed establishments throughout the greater metro area.

• Webster Lawrence & Co. – another firm that supplied alcoholic products early on. Later liquidated.

• Ward Trading Co., Ajam Realty Co. and the 181 Lawrence Avenue Realty Co. ……all three were holding firms that owned extensive real estate and buildings for the Magliocco family.

• Cafe De L’Opera – a Italian film production and distribution company.

• Newburg Coat Co. – a garment manufacturing firm specializing in coats, and several other dress factories operated in tandem with Newburg by Salvatore Profaci.

……many of these were multimillion dollar companies that are still thriving today under the ownership and oversight of Magliocco dependents, friends and relatives.

In having been a top player for over three decades, Magliocco listed many key underworld figures among his contemporaries and associates. Among his more intimate contacts, aides and subordinates were:

• Salvatore Muce (and son Vincent Muce) – close friends and both soldiers in his Family.

• Salvatore Tornabe – another soldier and a beer salesman for Sunland Beverage. Reputed to have attended the infamous 1957 Apalachin Meeting.

Simone (Sam) Andolino – a “Capo” in the Magliocco regime. Alleged to have been related.

• Ambrose Magliocco – his brother and a “Capo” in the borgata. Another brother Antonio served within this regime.

• Gaetano Mangano, Giuseppe Tipa Sr., and Jr. – both relatives and members of the Family. Controlled a policy bank operation for Profaci.

• Salvatore (Sam) Badalamenti – a little known-low key capo, active under both Profaci and Magliocco.

• John (Johnny Bath Beach) Oddo – an original Family power, captain and top associate. Key gambling-shylock figure.

• Salvatore (Sally the Sheik) Mussachio – a close veteran Family captain and a relative by marriage. Elevated to the underboss position while Magliocco was Acting Boss.

• Salvatore (Tutti) Lombardino, Sr. – a senior member. Important Capo of the N.J. regime. Attended the 1928 Cleveland meeting.

• Emanuele (Manny) Cammarata – soldier and personal friend, suspected narcotics trafficker. Later murdered in Florida

• Giovanni (John) Balsamo – Family soldier and suspected narcotics trafficker by the FBN. Italian foods broker.

• Leonardo (Big Leo) Carlino – another important but very low key capo, top shylock. He held garment firm interests with soldier James Sabella. [authorites tie Carlino into Profaci and his soldiers. But there is still some debate over whether he was in fact a Profaci member]

• Enrico (Harry) Fontana – a key capo, highly respected, who oversaw a large regime of the borgata in the South Brooklyn area.

• Joseph Zerilli, Angelo Meli, and William Tocco – all of Detroit. Related by marriage and the top powers in the Detroit underworld.

Joseph Bonanno – Boss of his own family and a relative through marriage into the Profaci Family.

• Santo Trafficante, Sr. – boss of the Tampa, Florida borgata.

• Salvatore (Charley Lucky) Lucania; has his number and address in his address book.

With these men, as well as, over 100 more soldiers and literally hundreds of borgata associates, Magliocco stood shoulder to shoulder with his brother in law during the Gallo insurrection of the late 1950s and early 1960s… after inheriting the Gallo “problem” Magliocco floundered, acting as a weak sister, indecisive in his actions.

Key regimes and figures within his crew started to plot against him.

Among several malcontents was an old timer who had previously been highly trusted by Profaci and Magliocco. Calogero (Charlie the Sidge) Locicero, a key capo, believed at onetime to have also served as a “acting consigliere” started plotting against Magliocco.

Joe Bonanno

This only added another bad dynamic to an already dismal rank and file calling for Magliocco’s removal from his post as Family “Capo”.

While all this was happening, The Commission got wind of an alleged plot by both Joe Magliocco and Joe Bonanno to orchestrate the killing of two other bosses, Carlo Gambino and Thomas Lucchese.

It seems that a young Magliocco captain named Joe Colombo was given the contract to clip them. Realizing it as a foolhardy endeavor, Colombo was said to have alerted his targets of the murder plans.

Magliocco was summarily brought before The Commission, stripped of his leadership post, allegedly fined $100,000., and banished from Cosa Nostra.

The punishment was merciful in that he was allowed to keep his life.

Within a years time, Magliocco would suffer a massive heart attack that he would not survive.

Giuseppe Magliocco died of on December 28, 1963 at the age of 65 years old, having outlived his beloved brother-in-law by only a year!

But Magliocco did leave a multimillion dollar estate, and corporate holdings said to be worth incalculable millions more.

His descendent’s and those of his brothers would go on to live legitimate lives, and today have become fully integrated and woven to the fabric of American society.

…. so it seems that after one generation in America, the Magliocco Family, better than that of the fictional Corleone Family (which took several generations), finally achieved the American Dream!

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