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Ignazio Lupo

Born: Mar 19, 1877

Death: Jan 13, 1947

Birthplace: Palermo

Nationality: United States

Ignazio Lupo

Date of Birth : Mar 19, 1877
Date of Death : Jan 13, 1947
Birth Place : Palermo

Ignazio Lupo, also known as Ignazio Saietta and Lupo the Wolf, was a Sicilian-American Black Hand leader in New York City during the early 1900s. His business was centered in Little Italy, Manhattan, where he ran large extortion operations and committed other crimes including robberies, loan-sharking, and murder. By the start of the 20th century, Lupo merged his crew with others in the South Bronx and East Harlem to form the Morello crime family, which became the leading Mafia family in New York City. Suspected of at least 60 murders he was not caught by authorities until 1910, when the Secret Service arrested him for running a large scale counterfeiting ring in the Catskills. After serving 10 years of a 30-year sentence he was forced into retirement by the emerging National Crime Syndicate.

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