About Mafia genealogy

Where did the mafia come from? For at least two of the Five Families of New York, the answer is Corleone, Sicily. Join Justin Cascio, amateur genealogist, and descendant of Corleone, on a journey of history and personal discovery. These are the stories you won’t see anywhere else, about Giuseppe Morello, Luciano Leggio, Toto Riina, and other infamous (and not so famous) mafiosi from Corleone.

Justin writes about health, identity, and the family. His other blog is One in Six Trans Men.

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  1. My Grandfather was Salvatore Cutrera from Corleone, but not the one depicted in this article. This Salvatore might have been my Great-grandfather or Great-Uncle. My father and I visited Corleone in 1971 and learned from other Cutrera family members we met in front of the church, that early church records had been destroyed in a fire years ago and none of the men my father spoke to knew how we were related although all of them looked exactly like my father. None of them mentioned the mafia connection to our family name, although my father knew grandpa worked for Al Capone in Chicago and had to ‘move’ to Canada for a few years after grandpa’s partner (last name Neglia) had been murdered in a barber chair in Chicago for having watered down bootleg liquor before giving it over to Al. This was later made into an episode of “The Untouchables” on TV. Grandpa knew nothing about it but left town till things cooled down. I have also learned that Cutrera (sometimes spelled Contrera) members relocated to Caracas, Venezuela and headed the mafia in the 1990’s. Do you have any information on that faction of the family? I await your reply. Thank you. Thomas Cutrera

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    1. Fascinating story, Thomas! If you have more details you’d like to share with me privately, my email address is likethewatch at gmail dot com. If you could tell me your grandmother’s name, who was married to Salvatore Cutrera, or Salvatore’s parents’ names, those would be the most helpful.

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