Los Angeles Crime Family

The Los Angeles Mafia is an Italian criminal organization based in Los Angeles County, California, as part of the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra).

The first boss of the LA mafia was Joseph Ardizzone. he was the boss until 1931, when Jack Dragna took control. Dragna involved the mafia in the entertainment business and brought the LA mafia onto the national stage; he was honored with a place on the mafia commission.

Following Dragna came Frank DeSimone, in 1956, the uncle of the infamous Tommy DeSimone, a psychopath portrayed in the 1990 film GoodFellas by Joe Pesci. Frank's reign concluded in 1967, after 11 years in power. Nick Licata succeeded him, being the boss until 1974.

The fall came when soldier turned acting boss for the Los Angeles family Aladena Fratianno, became the second American mafiosi to break the sacred law of Omerta, the vow of silence. He testified against mobsters in LA, Chicago and Detroit.

Licata's successor, Dominick Brooklier, stabilized the family and ruled for yet another decade.

The First West Coast Mafia Boss,Jack Dragna

See Also San Francisco Crime Family or San Jose Crime Family

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