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The Cleveland Mafia also known as the Scalise Crime Family was at one point considered nearly dead by the FBI. The Cleveland Mafia originated like many other LCN families through bloodshed. The Cleveland Mafia would go on to become a force to be reckoned with within the Mid-West. John Scalise, the gangster who the family's name bears, was a good boss on one hand as he steered the ship in the correct direction and avoided much FBI scrutiny during his reign. However, Scalise would not make any new members during the tail end of his reign leading to a diluted Mafia Family. The family was further devastated by an Irish gangster by the name of Danny "the Irishman" Greene who would go to war with the LCN as well as operate as a top echelon informant for the FBI. Between Greene leaking information to the FBI and the long-bloody war in Cleveland the Cleveland Mafia was hunted by the FBI. Angelo "Big Ange" Lonardo the family's Acting Boss and official Underboss would also turn state's evidence leading to an even large blow in the family. The family has been ressurected recently under the leadership of Joe "Loose" Iacobacci, Jr. (now semi-retired) and Russel "R.J." Papalardo, ironically these are the two men who were "made" by Angelo Lonardo.

Current Status:
Boss: Russel "R.J." Papallardo
Underboss: Vacant/Unknown
Consigliere: Vacant/Unknown
Membership: 8-12 (estimate)
Associates: 20-30 (estimate)
Areas of Interest: Cleveland (OH), Youngstown (OH), Pittsburgh (PA), West Virginia


Years
Boss
Outcome
1919-1927

Joseph "Big Joe" Lonardo
Murdered
1927-1929

Salvatore "Black Sam" Todaro
Murdered
1929-1930

Joseph Porello
Murdered
1930-1934

Frank Milano
Indicted, Fled
1934-1936
Giuseppe "Dr. Joe" Romano
Murdered
1936-1944

Alfred Polizzi
Retired to Florida
1944-1976

John Scalise
Died
1976-1985

Vincenzo "Jack White" Licavoli
Imprisoned, Died
1985-1991

John "Peanuts" Tronolone
Died
1991-1993

Anthony "Tony Lib" Liberatore
Imprisoned
1993-2005

Joseph "Joe Loose" Iacobacci, Jr.
Semi-Retired to Pittsburgh
2005-Present

Russel "R.J." Papalardo


Years
Underboss
Outcome
1919-1927
John Lonardo
Murdered
1927-1929

Joseph Porello
Promoted
1929-1930

Raymond Porello
Deposed, murdered (1932)
1930-1956
Anthony "the Old Man" Milano
Retired, Died (1978)
1956-1973

Frank "Frankie B." Brancato
Died
1973-1976

Calogero "Leo Lips" Moceri
Murdered
1976-1983

Angelo "Big Ange" Lonardo
Imprisoned, Defected
1983-1985

John "Peanuts" Tronolone
Promoted
1985-1991

Anthony "Tony Lib" Liberatore
Promoted
1991-1993

Joseph "Joe Loose" Iacobacci, Jr.
Promoted
1993-1995

Alfred "Allie" Calabrese
Imprisoned, Died (1999)
1995-2005

Russel "R.J." Papalardo
Promoted
2005-Present
Vacant


Years
Consigliere
Outcome
1931-1934
Giuseppe "Dr. Joe" Romano
Promoted
1934-1936

Alfred Polizzi
Promoted
1936-1944

John Scalise
Promoted
1944-1972

John DeMarco
Died
1972-1976

Milton "Mashie" Rockman
Deposed, Not Official
1976-1977
Anthony "Tony" Sasso
Died
1977-1983

John "Peanuts" Tronolone
Promoted
1983-1985

Anthony "Tony Lib" Liberatore
Promoted
1985-1989
Vacant
1989-1991

Joseph "Joe Loose" Iacobacci, Jr.
Promoted
1991-1995

Russel "R.J." Papalardo
Promoted
1995-Present
Vacant