October 2021 issue contents - Feature
Trail of blood
Mafia murder of Barnett Baff linked Corleone, East Harlem and the ghettos of Los Angeles
By J. Michael Niotta, PhD
This particular case remains pertinent to the early history of the Mafia in America for several reasons: it involves the relatively undocumented youthful activities of two future crime family bosses, Gaetano Reina and Jack Dragna; it sheds light on the inner workings of New York’s Italian gangs amid a power struggle following the imprisonment of Mafia leaders Giuseppe Morello and Ignazio Lupo; and, lastly, it highlights a link between East Coast and West Coast Mafia clans...