Partial Timeline


1773 - Birth of Giuseppe DiCarlo, great-great-grandfather of Joseph DiCarlo in Valledolmo, Sicily.

1788 Apr 26 - Birth of Vincenzo Spera, great-great-grandfather of Joseph DiCarlo, in Vallelunga, Sicily.

1794 - Birth of Marino DiCarlo, great-grandfather of Joseph DiCarlo, to Giuseppe and Luigia Scibetta DiCarlo in Valledolmo.

1819 Feb 20 - Birth of Giachino Spera, great-grandfather of Joseph DiCarlo, in Vallelunga.

1825 Jun 17 - Birth of Francesco DiCarlo, grandfather of Joseph DiCarlo, to Marino and Orazia Chiavetta DiCarlo in Valledolmo.

1836 - Birth of Giuseppa Spera, paternal grandmother of Joseph DiCarlo, in Vallelunga.

1841 Oct 5 - Birth of Giuseppe Grasso, maternal grandfather of Joseph DiCarlo, in Santa Caterina Villarmosa, Sicily.

1846 Apr 15 - Birth of Rosaria Sanfratello, maternal grandmother of Joseph DiCarlo, in Vallelunga.

1850c - Stone mason Francesco DiCarlo moves from Valledolmo to Vallelunga.

1857 Jan 4 - Marriage of Francesco DiCarlo to Giuseppa Spera, paternal grandparents of Joseph DiCarlo, in Vallelunga.

1857 Oct 25 - Birth of Marino DiCarlo, uncle of Joseph DiCarlo, to Francesco and Giuseppa Spera DiCarlo in Vallelunga.

1869 Jul 1 - Marriage of Giuseppe Grasso to Rosaria Sanfratello, maternal grandparents of Joseph DiCarlo, in Vallelunga.

1873 Mar 11 - Birth of Vincenza Grasso, mother of Joseph DiCarlo, to Giuseppe and Rosaria Sanfratello Grasso in Santa Caterina Villarmosa.

1873 Oct 18 - Birth of Giuseppe DiCarlo, father of Joseph DiCarlo, to Francesco and Giuseppa Spera DiCarlo in Vallelunga.

1878 Jan 12 - Birth of Benedetto Angelo Palmeri to Francesco and Anna Caleca Palmeri in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily.

1881 Jan 10 - Death of Francesco DiCarlo.

1883 Dec 31 - Marriage of Giuseppa Spera DiCarlo to Domenico Monteleone of Palermo, Sicily.

1891 Oct 10 - Birth of Stefano Magaddino to Giovanni and Giuseppa Caravina Magaddino of Castellammare del Golfo.

1892 Oct 1 - Birth of Paolo Palmeri to Francesco and Anna Caleca Palmeri in Castellammare del Golfo.

1897 - Isidoro Crocevera of Palermo, friend of Giuseppe DiCarlo, leaves Sicily to travel to the U.S.

1897 Dec 11 - Marriage of Giuseppe DiCarlo to Vincenza Grasso, parents of Joseph DiCarlo, in Vallelunga.

1898 Sep 20 - Birth of Francesco DiCarlo to Giuseppe and Vincenza Grasso DiCarlo in Vallelunga.

1899 Nov 1 - Birth of Joseph DiCarlo to Giuseppe and Vincenza Grasso DiCarlo in Vallelunga.

1901 Sep 5 - Birth of Salvatora "Elsie Rose" Pieri in Buffalo.

1902 Feb 6 - Birth of Rosaria DiCarlo to Giuseppe and Vincenza Grasso DiCarlo in Vallelunga.

1903 Mar 17 - Isidoro Crocevera, Giuseppe Giallombardo and Giuseppe DePrima are sentenced to prison for circulating counterfeit currency in Yonkers, NY.

1903 Apr - Believing they were betrayed by DePrima, New York Mafia leaders Giuseppe Morello and Ignazio Lupo lure DePrima's cousin Benedetto Madonia to New York from his home in Buffalo. They have Madonia murdered and leave his remains in a barrel on a Manhattan sidewalk.

1904 Apr 2 - Birth of Salvatore DiCarlo to Giuseppe and Vincenza Grasso DiCarlo in Vallelunga.

1904 - The interrelated Mistretta, Muscarella and Bonasera families of Vallelunga travel to the U.S. The Mistrettas are related to Joseph DiCarlo through his maternal grandparents.

1905 - Giuseppe DiCarlo is a merchant with a residence in Palermo.

1905 Aug - Giuseppe DiCarlo boards S.S. Lombardia for voyage to U.S.

1905 Sep 14 - S.S. Lombardia, carrying Giuseppe DiCarlo, arrives in New York harbor.

1905 - Giuseppe DiCarlo enters into business partnership with Elizabeth Street produce merchant Salvatore Manzella.

1906 May 5 - Joseph DiCarlo, 6, along with his mother and siblings, boards S.S. Indiana in Naples, Italy, for voyage to U.S.

1906 May 23 - S.S. Indiana, carrying Joseph DiCarlo, his mother and his siblings, arrives in New York harbor and joins Giuseppe DiCarlo in Brooklyn.

1906 Aug 22 - Benedetto Angelo Palmeri boards S.S. Lombardia in Palermo, Sicily, for voyage to U.S.

1906 Sep 7 - S.S. Lombardia, carrying Benedetto Angelo Palmeri, arrives in New York harbor.

1907 - The DiCarlo family moves from Brooklyn to East Harlem.

1907 Mar - Giuseppe DiCarlo travels across the U.S.-Canada border at Niagara Falls.

1908 - The DiCarlo family moves to Buffalo, taking an apartment on West Eagle Street. Giuseppe DiCarlo becomes leader of Mafia society in western New York.

1908 - The DiCarlo family moves from West Eagle Street to an apartment at 120 Front Avenue.

1909 Feb 7 - S.S. San Giorgio, carrying Stefano Magaddino, arrives in New York harbor. Magaddino makes his way to the home of his brother Gaspare in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

1909 Feb 12 - Paolo Palmeri boards S.S. Prinzess Irene in Naples for voyage to U.S.

1909 Feb 27 - S.S. Prinzess Irene, carrying Paolo Palmeri, arrives in New York harbor.

1909 Dec - Giuseppe DiCarlo, Pietro Manzella and Carmelo Cugino form the Buffalo Italian Importing Company at 161 Court Street.

1910 Feb - New York City Mafia leaders Giuseppe Morello and Ignazio Lupo and some of their top aides are given long prison sentences following a counterfeiting conviction.

1910 - The DiCarlo family moves into a rented home at 197 Front Avenue.

1910 Oct - The Buffalo Italian Importing Company is forced into bankruptcy court.

1911 Jan 14 - Buffalo Italian Importing Company bankruptcy referee accuses Giuseppe DiCarlo, Pietro Manzella and Carmelo Cugino of a fraudulent business failure.

1911 Jan 17 - The DiCarlo family moves into a large two-family home, 246 Seventh Street, purchased in Vincenza DiCarlo's name.

1911 - Benedetto Angelo Palmeri relocates from New York City to Buffalo.

1912 Aug 28 - Benedetto Angelo Palmeri is one of eleven saloonkeepers arrested for gambling.

1913 Oct 5 - Marriage of Benedetto Angelo Palmeri to Rosaria Mistretta, related to Joseph DiCarlo through his maternal grandparents, in New York City.

1913 Oct 19 - Marriage of Stefano Magaddino to Carmela Caroddo.

1913 - Benedetto Angelo Palmeri and his wife move into the DiCarlo home on Seventh Street. Locally, Palmeri is known as "Buffalo Bill."

1914 - Giuseppe DiCarlo and Benedetto Angelo Palmeri partner in a saloon business at 103 Dante Place.

1915 Feb 26 - Benedetto Angelo Palmeri arrested with two other men for assaulting a police officer.

1915 Nov 11 - Joseph DiCarlo and sister Rosaria serve as godparents at the christening of Anna Palmeri, daughter of Benedetto Angelo and Rosaria Mistretta Palmeri.

1916 Jan 5 - Death of Rosaria Mistretta Palmeri after diagnoses of influenza and pneumonia.

1917 Jan - Francesco DiCarlo is diagnosed with tuberculosis.

1917 - Benedetto Angelo Palmeri moves to Niagara Falls, NY, and opens cigar and fruit businesses there.

1917 Oct - Joseph DiCarlo drops out of Hutchinson High School.

1918 Mar 13 - Death of Francesco DiCarlo, 19-year-old brother of Joseph DiCarlo.

1919 Jul 3 - Death of Vincenza Grasso DiCarlo, Joseph DiCarlo's mother, following surgery for cancer.

1919 Dec 21 - Marriage of Benedetto Angelo Palmeri to Loreta Mistretta, sister of the late Rosaria, in New York City.

1920 Jul 7 - Giuseppe DiCarlo is naturalized a citizen of the U.S.

1921 Aug 8 - The discovery of Camillo Caiozzo's remains in an inlet of New Jersey's Shark River leads to exposure of the Good Killers gang led by Stefano Magaddino.

1922 - Stefano Magaddino relocates to Buffalo.

1922 Jul 9 - Death of Giuseppe DiCarlo, father of Joseph DiCarlo.

1922 Oct - The Magaddino family purchaes a building lot on Whitney Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY, in the name of Stefano Magaddino's wife Carmela.

1924 Nov 29 - Marriage of Joseph DiCarlo to Salvatora "Elsie Rose" Pieri.

1928 Dec 5 - Salvatore "Sam" DiCarlo is the only Buffalo mobster noted by police in attendance at a Mafia convention in Cleveland.

1929 Dec 19 - Birth of Vincinetta Sarah DiCarlo to Joseph and Salvatora Pieri DiCarlo in Buffalo.

1932 Jan - Police Commissioner Austin Roche releases a list of Buffalo "Public Enemies." Joseph DiCarlo is first on the list, which also includes Sam DiCarlo and other members of the DiCarlo Gang.

1933 Jun 28 - Marriage of Rosaria DiCarlo to Cassandro "Tony the Chief" Bonasera of New York City.

1951 Jan 19 - Joseph DiCarlo, overseer of Mafia gambling rackets in Youngstown, Ohio, testifies before the Kefauver Committee in Cleveland.

1966 Jan 16 - Death of Salvatora "Elsie Rose" Pieri DiCarlo, Joseph DiCarlo's wife.

1972 Sep 9 - Death of Cassandro "Tony the Chief" Bonasera.

1973 - Coauthor Michael Tona meets Joseph DiCarlo for the first time.

1974 Mar - Tona discusses his college research paper with Joseph DiCarlo.

1974 May 8 - Buffalo Crime Family lieutenant John Cammilleri, leader of resistance against the DiCarlo-Pieri leadership, is murdered outside of his 63rd birthday party.

1974 Jul 19 - Stefano Magaddino, 82, dies following a heart attack.

1975 Oct 19 - Death of Rosaria DiCarlo, sister of Joseph DiCarlo.

1976 Aug 16 - Death of Peter A. Magaddino, son of former regional crime boss Stefano Magaddino.

1978 - Tona, his "Uncle Pete," and Joseph DiCarlo meet.

1979 Apr 10 - The remains of Carl J. Rizzo, 64, are found within a zipped-up sleeping bag in the trunk of an abandoned car in Buffalo.

1980 Oct 11 - Joseph DiCarlo, consigliere of the Buffalo Crime Family for more than a decade, dies of natural causes at age 80.

1981 Aug 24 - Sam Pieri dies after a long illness at age 70.

1984 - The Todaro faction of the Buffalo Crime Family takes charge. Joseph Todaro, Sr., becomes boss.

1987 Mar 27 - Death of Salvatore "Sam" DiCarlo, brother of Joseph DiCarlo.