Carlos Marcello was born on February 6, 1910, in North Africa. He immigrated to the U.S. and eventually joined Sylvestro Carolla's crime organization. He became the New Orleans' mafialeader. The FBI investigated him in connection with John F. Kennedy's murder, but could not link him to the crime. He was arrested in 1966 for another charge, but served less than six months. He died inhis home on March 3, 1993.
Carlos Marcello was a mafia boss in New Orleans in the '40s and '50s. The FBI investigated him in connection with John F. Kennedy’s murder, but could not find evidence.
Involvement with the Mafia
Mafia boss. Born Calogero Minacore on February 6, 1910 in Tunis, North Africa. Carlos Marcello immigrated to the United States and was arrested for bankrobbery in New Orleans in 1929. The charges were dropped, but he was convicted a year later on yet another assault and robbery charge and sentenced to nine years in prison.
After marrying the sister ofunderboss Frank Todaro, Marcello moved up the ranks of Sylvestro "Silver Dollar Sam" Carolla's New Orleans crime organization. In 1938, Marcello was arrested and charged with drug trafficking afterevidence pointed to the sale of more than 23 pounds of marijuana. Thanks to Carolla's influence, he served less than 10 months in prison.
Working under Todaro, Marcello became a major player in illegalrackets during the 1940s. In 1947, after Carolla was deported to Palermo, Sicily, Marcello became the undisputed leader of the Mafia in New Orleans. He held the position for the next 30 years. Hisreign included Louisiana's gambling network, including some of New Orleans' biggest casinos. Authorities claim he also extended his criminal activities to Dallas, Texas, during the 1950s.
During the late 1950s, Senator Robert F. Kennedy headed up an investigation into the illegal activities of organized crime throughout the country. On March 24, 1959, Carlos Marcello was one of...