The most comprehensive informational pictorial chart ever created on the Joseph Colombo Crime Family of Cosa Nostra
From Profaci and Magliocco to Joseph Colombo and ultimately Carmine Persico, the membership of this Family was mostly active throughout Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and Long Island. They also had a regime in New Jersey, and another in South Florida.
Most men listed here were old enough to have served under the three Joe’s: Profaci, Magliocco, and Colombo. Traditionally, they operated ten regimes staffed by “capo di decina” or the anglicized “captain”.
Bread and butter rackets included gambling, shylocking, labor union racketeering, extortion, and hijacking. The Colombos were also very heavily involved in business infiltration and bankruptcy frauds. Although far from a mainstay for the overall membership, a small contingent was authorized by the hierarchy to traffic in narcotics, first by Profaci and later by Persico.
At their 1950s peak, the borgata boasted 150 members strong. But in recent decades the membership averaged closer to 120 full-time inducted members. This formal membership was augmented by a top-ranked “associate membership” of between 75 to 100 “proposed” future mafiosi and a total general “associates” count that was estimated by the FBI at approximately 750 additional Colombo affiliated racketeers.
And although considered one of the smaller of New York’s notorious Five Families, the Colombo’s were a formidable bunch.
Extensive FBI surveillance and intelligence reported the following as the membership during this time. The membership averaged approximately 125+/- formal inducted members for this period.
Side Note: Of the 190 men listed below, some would die during the year of 1980 and throughout the decade. A few others were old, ill and inactive. Some were newly inducted. But regardless, most members were young enough to be active and served the borgata at one point or another.