DiCarlo: Buffalo's First Family of Crime
is two-volume historical biography of Joseph DiCarlo, known as "the Al Capone of Buffalo" and as western New York's "Public Enemy No. 1." Son of the region's first known Sicilian underworld boss, DiCarlo was rejected as heir to his father's criminal empire. After troubled years as vassal to Stefano Magaddino, DiCarlo and his underlings wandered, seeking fortunes in Youngstown, Ohio, and Miami Beach, Florida, before returning home to witness the disintegration of the western New York Mafia. The authors utilize DiCarlo's colorful life story as a window into the history of the Mafia's Magaddino Crime Family and the larger American Mafia, while chronicling significant parallels between DiCarlo and the criminal organization.