Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Biography of Buffalo Mafioso Joe DiCarlo

Michael Tona and I just completed work on the two-volume historical biography, DiCarlo: Buffalo's First Family of Crime.

Mafioso Joseph J. DiCarlo was once known as “the Al Capone of Buffalo” and as western New York's “Public Enemy No. 1.”

DiCarlo - Vol. I
Son of the region's first known Sicilian underworld boss, DiCarlo was rejected as heir to his father's criminal empire. After spending troubled years as a vassal of the influential Stefano Magaddino, DiCarlo and his underlings wandered, seeking their fortunes in Youngstown, Ohio, and Miami Beach, Florida, before returning home to witness the bloody disintegration of western New York's Mafia organization.

Through the two volumes, DiCarlo's colorful and violent life story becomes a window into the history of the powerful Magaddino Crime Family and the American Mafia network. Volume I covers the period through 1937. Volume II focuses on the period 1938 to 1984 and includes an epilogue describing events as recent as 2012.

DiCarlo - Vol. II
A great deal of research went into DiCarlo. In fact, Mike spent decades accumulating information on underworld events and DiCarlo family history before I even joined the project. Following a chance online meeting in summer 2006, Mike and I began working on organized crime history articles the following winter and partnered on the DiCarlo project in December 2007.

A partial list of sources - including police, court, prison and FBI files; birth, death, marriage and baptism records; personal interviews; thousands of newspaper and magazine articles; and many books - can be viewed on the book's website. Anyone desiring more information on a particular subject will be happy to hear that DiCarlo includes more than 3,100 endnotes with interesting details and source citations.

We have also provided more than 100 photographs in the two-volume biography.

DiCarlo is available in hardcover, trade paperback and e-book (formats for Amazon Kindle and for Barnes and Noble Nook/Apple iBooks) versions. Visit the book's website for more information.