A clannish bunch, the Bonanno borgata could arguably be called the most secretive of the Five Families. More often than not, the Bonannos were running their own rackets among other Castellammarese, not trusting “outsiders” or even fellow mainland Italian mafiosi.
Giuseppe (Don Peppino) Bonnano – aka “Joe Bananas” – was born in 1905 in Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani province, Sicily. After emigrating to this country, he resided in the Williamsburg and Ridgewood sections of Brooklyn where he had an uncle and other relatives.
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