October 2020 issue contents - Family History
A crooked branch on the family tree?
Loprestos crossed paths with Gentile
By Michael O’Haire
"Prior to a few years ago, I had never heard of Nicolo Gentile. Most of what I knew about the Mafia related to 'Lucky Luciano' or Al Capone. I happened to discover Gentile’s autobiography, Vita di Capomafia (1963), while I was doing genealogical research into the Sicilian side of my family. Gentile was influential in Mafia organizations across the United States. He wrote about other crime figures, including Pellegrino Scaglia in Pueblo, Colorado; Gregorio Conti in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Paul Palmeri of Niagara Falls, New York. Those men were important Mafiosi in their own cities. One of the men in my family history, Pietro Carollo, seemed to have run in the same circles as Gentile..."
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