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John Bazzano (May 22, 1890, - Aug. 6, 1932)

A native Calabrian, Bazzano rose to command the Mafia in Pittsburgh. He seized the leadership after having boss Giuseppe Siragusa murdered several days after Siragusa's protector, Salvatore Maranzano, was murdered in New York City. Bazzano dealt in similar fashion with Neapolitan rivals, the Volpe brothers. Bazzano had three of the brothers shot to death at his Rome Coffee Shop in Pittsburgh. Called before a council of Mafiosi in New York City, Bazzano provided no justification for his action against the Volpes. His body, bearing multiple stab wounds from ice picks, was found within a large sack in Brooklyn.

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