In fact, during this fledgling period of underworld competition for supremacy, no less than four succeeding Mafia Family leaders were assassinated until New York’s Mafia Commission stepped in to finally quell the warfare once and for all.
From that point forward, underworld “peace” prevailed, and Pittsburgh would slowly turn its unstable underworld reputation around.
Within a few years’ time, the Pittsburgh “Family” would gain an enviable reputation for its quiet stability and profit-making abilities while generally avoiding police scrutiny and a public outcry for law and order.
Over the next sixty-odd years, what became known as the John LaRocca Family successfully operated behind the curtains, so to speak.
And although always one of the smallest Families numerically by Cosa Nostra standards, the LaRocca Family, nonetheless, engaged in most organized crime rackets like gambling, alcohol bootlegging, labor-union racketeering, extortion, jukebox and coin-machine monopoly rackets, police bribery, and political corruption.
Continue reading the brief history of the LaRocca Family and view the LaRocca Family Leadership Chart.
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