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Genna crime family

Genna crime family
Former boss Angelo "Bloody Angelo" Genna
Founder Anthony D'Andrea
Founding location Chicago
Years active 1919–1930
Territory Based in Chicago's Little Italy
Ethnicity Italian, Sicilian
Criminal activities Racketeering, extortion, bootlegging, illegal gambling and other crimes
Allies The Chicago Outfit, Unione Siciliana
Rivals The North Side Gang

The Genna crime family, was a Prohibition era crime family in Chicago. From 1921 to 1925, the family was headed by the six Genna brothers, known as the Terrible Gennas.[1] These brothers were Sicilians from the town of Marsala and operated from Chicago's Little Italy and maintained control over the Unione Siciliana.[1] They were allies with fellow Italian gang the Chicago Outfit. After a bloody war led to their demise in the 1920s, the gang was eventually absorbed by the Chicago Outfit.


  • D'Andrea and the Unione Siciliana 1
  • The Genna brothers 2
  • Gang war 3
  • Joe Aiello and the last fight 4
  • Members of Chicago's Sicilian Mafia 5
    • Bosses 5.1
    • Other members 5.2
    • Rival 5.3
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

D'Andrea and the Unione Siciliana

alderman of Chicago's 19th Ward, which included Little Italy. This started the Aldermen's Wars between D'Andrea and John Powers, an Irish saloon-keeper who was the sitting alderman. On May 11, 1921, D'Andrea was shot and killed while entering his apartment.

The Genna brothers

The Genna brothers consisted of six Sicilian brothers: "Bloody" Angelo, Antonio "The Gentleman", Mike "The Devil", Peter, Sam, and Vincenzo aka "Jim".[2] In 1919, the Gennas became involved in bootlegging, they obtained a federal license to legally manufacture industrial alcohol, which they sold illegally.[2] The Genna brothers operated from Chicago's Little Italy, which was located west of the Chicago Loop.[2]

The Genna brothers began selling their extra alcohol at cut-rate prices outside of their territory.[2] This produced a clash with the North Side Gang leader Dean O'Banion, who went to John "Johnny The Fox" Torrio and Unione Siciliana boss Mike Merlo to get the Gennas to back down.[2] Torrio refused and O'Banion and his gang began hijacking shipments of whiskey that belonged to the Genna brothers.[2] Torrio then ordered the Gennas to murder O'Banion; they carried out the hit on November 10, 1924.[2] Frankie Yale along with two Genna gunmen—John Scalise and Albert Anselmi— entered O'Banion's flower shop and shot him multiple times.

Gang war

Antonio Genna

After O'Banion's murder, Chicago erupted into gang war.[2] The , shot and wounded Torrio outside his home.[2] Torrio fled to Italy, leaving Al Capone as boss. The North Side Gang took aim at the Genna brothers and on May 27, 1925, Moran chased down Angelo Genna in a high-speed car chase, then shot him to death.[2] On June 13, 1925, Mike Genna was gunned down by police after a shootout with the North Siders.[2] Antonio Genna was shot to death on July 8, 1925 in an ambush. The remaining three brothers Jim, Sam, and Pete fled Chicago.[2]

Joe Aiello and the last fight

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e Capeci, Jerry. The complete idiot's guide to the Mafia pg.82-84
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "La Cosa Nostra database: Genna Brothers" Brothers
  3. ^ a b c The true and complete story of 'machine gun' Jack McGurn by Amanda Jayne Parr pg.244
  4. ^ Reppetto, Thomas A. American Mafia: a history of its rise to power pg.69
  5. ^ Lombardo, Robert M. The Black Hand: Terror by Letter in Chicago pg.86
  6. ^ After Capone: the life and world of Chicago mob boss Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti By Mars Eghigian, Jr., Frank Nitti pg.142
  7. ^ Critchley, David The origin of organized crime in America: the New York City mafia, 1891-1931 pg.56
  8. ^ Lombardo, Robert M. The Black Hand: Terror by Letter in Chicago pg.94
  9. ^ Parr, Amanda Jayne The True and complete story of 'machine gun' Jack McGurn pg. 37


See also


Michael Genna
Peter Genna

Other members


Members of Chicago's Sicilian Mafia


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