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Giovanni Vitale
Birth: Jun. 24, 1876
Sicilia, Italy
Death: Sep. 28, 1920
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA

Organized Crime Figure. Boss of one of Detroit's first Mafia families. Born in Cinisi, Sicily, he first immigrated to Detroit in 1903, returned to Sicily four years later, and back to Detroit permanantly in 1910. He soon became embroiled in a bloody, treacherous gang war with the three Giannola brothers. He fought the better war and managed to eliminate two of the Giannolas, but instead of taking control of the Detroit Mafia, he found himself under attack by the survivors of the Giannola family. The war got so bad Vitale refused to leave his Russell Street home. When he finally did on August 18, 1920, shotgun assassins opened fire on him, killing his 18-year old son Joe and wounding him. A month later, John Vitale was betrayed and murdered a block away from the Michigan Central train station by his bodyguard Andrea Licato, who incidentally had helped betray Vitale's arch-rival Tony Giannola a year and a half before and would himself be killed three weeks later. (bio by: Dennis Rice) 
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section: 53, Tier: 7, Grave Lot: 168
 
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Originally Created by: Dennis Rice
Record added: Sep 01, 2003
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