St. Louis crime family
In St. Louis, Missouri , USA
Founded by Unknown
Years active 1890's-present
Territory Missouri
Ethnicity Italian, Italian-American made men and other ethnicities as "associates"
Membership Unknown
Criminal activities Racketeering, loansharking, extortion, prostitution, drugs, bookmaking and gambling
Allies Kansas City and Detroit crime families
Rivals Egan's Rats, other various gangs


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St. Louis crime family

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The St. Louis crime family, also known as the Giordano crime family, is an American Mafia crime family based in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.


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Prohibition era
Mafia activity was recorded in St. Louis as early as the mid-1890's. By the early 1910's, the recognized Mafia boss in St. Louis was Dominick Giambrone. During the prohibition era in St. Louis, there were seven different ethnic gangs; the Green Ones, the Pillow Gang, the Egan's Rats, the Hogan Gang, the Russo Gang, the Shelton Gang and the Cuckoos all fighting to control illegal rackets in the city. The seven rival gangs continued fighting until the end of Prohibition. By this time, the various Mafia factions now functioned as one family.

Giordano and the Detroit family
After Tony Lopiparo's death, Anthony Giordano became boss and declared independence from the Kansas City crime family. Giardano was one of many mob bosses picked up at the mafia gathering at Apalachin, New York, in 1957. He was pictured in a two-part Life magazine series in 1967. Giordano was a target of the F.B.I and, in 1972, was convicted of having a hidden interest in the Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The case also exposed the relationship Giordano had with the Detroit family, which acquired a seat on the Mafia's Commission in 1961 in the person of boss Joe Zerilli. When a St. Louis reporter asked Giordano about his Mob connections in a bar he went crazy and hit the reporter in the head with a bar stool and walked out in the 1970s. The Giordano's had strong ties with the much more powerful Licavoli Mob of Kansas City. Giordano died of cancer in 1980.

Trupiano era
In 1982, Matthew Trupiano took over the family. He was a powerful boss and was president of Local 110 of the Laborers Union. Trupiano was charged with conducting an illegal gambling operation and with labor racketeering, including the embezzlement of union benefit funds. He was found guilty and sent to three years in prison in 1992. Trupiano died on October 22, 1997.

Current Position

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Currently, the St. Louis crime family has stayed under the radar of both local and federal authorities. It is alleged that Anthony "Nino" Parrino is the current boss of the St. Louis crime family.

Historical leadership of the St. Louis crime family

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Boss (official and acting)

  • c.1890's-1912 — Unknown
  • c.1912-1923 — Dominick Giambrone – fled; murdered, 1934.
  • 1923-1927 — Vito Giannola
  • 1928-c.1937 — Frank Agrusa
  • c.1937-1943 — Thomas Buffa
  • 1943-c.1950 — Pasquale Miceli
  • c.1950 — Vincent Chiapetta
  • c.1950-1960 — Anthony "Tony Lap" Lopiparo – was the son of a St. Louis mobster, he died in 1960.
  • 1961-1980 — Anthony "Tony G." Giordano – as boss he declared independence from the Kansas City family. Imprisoned 1975-1977, he died on August 29, 1980 from cancer
    • Acting 1975-1977 — Vincenzo "Jimmy" Giammanco – was Giordano's nephew
  • 1980-1982 — John "Johnny V." Vitale, Jr. – he became an informant, and died on June 5, 1982
  • 1982-1997 — Matthew "Mike" Trupiano, Jr. – was Giordano's nephew from Detroit; he died in 1997
  • 1997–present — Anthony "Nino" Parrino

Historical Italian gangs in St. Louis
The Green Ones (Sicilian gang)

  • 1919-1927 — Vito Giannola – leader, murdered on December 28, 1927
  • Member — John Giannola – fled, died 1938
  • Member — Alfonse Palazzolo – murdered on September 9, 1927

The Russo Gang — was a splinter group of the Green Ones, led by Tony Russo, they were allies to Pillow gang leader Fresina. After the murders of Giannola and Palazzolo they fought with Fresina's gang and by 1928 the three remaining Russo brothers fled St. Louis.

The Pillow Gang

  • 1911-1927 — Pasquale Santino – murdered
  • 1927-1931 — Carmelo Fresina – murdered
  • 1931-1943 — Thomas Buffa – murdered in 1947 in Lodi, California

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