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 Giuseppe “Joseph” Adizzone

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Giuseppe “Joseph” Adizzone

Birth
Piana degli Albanesi, Città Metropolitana di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy
Death 15 Oct 1931 (aged 46)
Etiwanda, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Ardizzone's remains were never found.
Memorial ID 167320851 View Source
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Tremendously influential in the prohibition era wine industry. Ardizzone's much debated disappearance had much to do with protecting the interests of the men who had employed his ruthlessly efficient methods to secure their liquor interests as repeal approached. Ardizzone and his brother Stephen successfully operated a string of fruit stands in Los Angeles stocked primarily by grapes grown on their expansive stretch of land Sunland, California. The brothers supplemented their income through the taxation 'extortion' of residents of the Italian quarter.

Called the Iron Man of the Los Angeles blackhand, Joe Ardizzone fostered a reputation as a prominent underworld assassin reputedly responsible for some 30 deaths between 1905 and 1931. Closely related to the Cuccia, Buccola and Matranga clans, the Ardizzone's often found themselves at odds with fruit peddlers aligned with rival backhand gangs and more times than not their blood relatives. Ardizzone's disappearance on a trip to visit relatives near Edtiwanda, California stands as one of the most enduring mysteries of the Los Angeles underworld.

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  • Created by: Ty
  • Added: 23 Jul 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 167320851
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/167320851/giuseppe-adizzone : accessed ), memorial page for Giuseppe “Joseph” Adizzone (19 Nov 1884–15 Oct 1931), Find a Grave Memorial ID 167320851, ; Maintained by Ty (contributor 46601627) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Ardizzone's remains were never found..