Mobsters: Frank Nitti

Mobsters: Frank Nitti

Francesco Raffaele Nittoni (January 27, 1881 – March 19, 1943), also known as Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti or Nitto, was an Italian American gangster. One of the top henchmen of Al Capone, Nitti was in charge of all strong-arm and ‘muscle’ operations. Nitti was later the front-man for the Chicago Outfit, the organized crime syndicate headed by Capone.

Nitti was born in the small town of Angri, province of Salerno, Campania, Italy.[1] He was the second child of Luigi and Rosina (Fezza) Nitto.[1] His father died in 1883, when Frank was less than two years old, and within a year his mother married Francesco Dolendo.[1] Although two children were born to the couple, neither survived — leaving Francesco and his older sister, Giovannina, the only children.[1] Francesco Dolendo emigrated to the United States in July 1890, and the rest of the family followed in June 1893 when Nitti was 12.[1] The family settled at 113 Navy Street, Brooklyn, New York City.[1] Little Francesco attended public school and worked odd jobs after school to support the family.[1] His 15-year-old sister married a 24-year-old man and his mother gave birth to his half-brother Raphael in 1894, and another child, Gennaro, in 1896.[1] He quit school after the seventh grade, and worked as a pinsetter, factory worker, and barber.[1] Al Capone’s family lived nearby, and Nitti was friends with Capone’s older brothers and their criminal gang (the Navy Street Boys).[1]

Added on: May 9th, 2011


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