BRANCATO “Mafia Street Boss” [NOOK Book]


The story of Frank Brancato.

For the better part of half a century, Frank Brancato was one of the most feared men in Ohio.
The Sicilian immigrant claimed to be a humble tire salesman, but in reality he ...
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BRANCATO “Mafia Street Boss”

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The story of Frank Brancato.

For the better part of half a century, Frank Brancato was one of the most feared men in Ohio.
The Sicilian immigrant claimed to be a humble tire salesman, but in reality he was the right-hand man of Cleveland Mafia Boss John Scalish.

Brancato—Mafia Street Boss traces Frank’s story from his days as a penniless Italian immigrant to his years as a wealthy and prosperous Cleveland businessman.

His children and grandchildren knew him as a kind, soft-spoken, generous man. But others saw a different side of him.

Entrepreneurs who were reluctant to share their bootlegging or gambling profits with the Cleveland “Family” were eliminated without delay.

People who were suspected of talking too much found themselves taking a “one-way ride.”
For many years, FBI agents were under orders from their famous leader, J. Edgar Hoover himself, to observe Brancato’s activities and try to collect information that would lead to his criminal conviction.
Immigration officers tried long and hard to deport Brancato, including an unsuccessful attempt to “kidnap” him from a Cleveland Federal Building and whisk him away on a one-way trip back to his homeland in Italy.

Police tried to pin various Mob “hits” on Brancato, but eyewitnesses frequently either died suddenly, or they mysteriously developed doubts about what they had seen. People who made trouble for the Mafia frequently had their lives cut short by explosions or gunfire.

Brancato was usually questioned in these incidents, but was released for lack of evidence.
He was nearly “bulletproof”—except for the wound from a gunbattle that nearly took his life and led to his only prison term.

Using newspaper reports, FBI and police files, and even stories told by family members, Frank Monastra chronicles the story of his grandfather, Frank Brancato, from his days as a Prohibition-era bootlegger and whiskey runner to his role in the rise of the gambling and nightclub industry.
Brancato—Mafia Street Boss gives an insider look at the rise of the Sicilian Mafia in Ohio in its heyday, from the 1920s to the 1970s.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148802020
  • Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 7/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 286,041
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Frank Monastra is the grandson of Frank Brancato. Frank’s mother Jennie was the youngest daughter of Frank and Virginia. One of Jennie’s hardest tasks in raising four children was desperately trying to keep her father’s secret life as a criminal and crime boss from her young children; while his life played out in the daily newspaper thought out Cleveland in “The Cleveland News, Cleveland Press, and The Plain Dealer” starting in the 1930’s until his death in 1973.
As children my cousins, siblings and I were always told by our parents that our grandfather was a tire salesman and worked long hours. He always showed us all, how much he loved us when he visited. Grandpa dressed in expensive looking suits and always seemed to drive a brand new car, mostly Cadillac’s, which was hard to imagine how he could afford them by only selling tires.
Earlier in 1995 I read “The rise and fall of the Cleveland Mafia”: by Rick Porrello. I knew my quest and journey into my grandfather’s colorful and highly publicized past must begin. My catalyst to investigate my grandfather’s past began while I was in my young twenties when I told myself I would not dig into his past until all of his children had passed on. My research would not begin until May 2011.
I am married to Judy, who is the love of my life and best friend. We are blessed to have three children, along with five wonderful and healthy grandchildren that we cherish, adore and enjoy spending time with. We have two Yorkie’s who give us great joy.
I have worked for a major grocery chain in Cleveland, for almost forty years. I enjoy playing golf, but sadly I have not had much time to enjoy the sport lately. I enjoy reading and writing in my spare time, but would rather spend time with Judy, my children and grandchildren.
I would enjoy hearing from you; so if you have any thoughts or comments after reading “Mafia Street boss” please contact me at: (Please no attachments)
I hope you enjoy your true mafia experience!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    I bought this book for my grandparents knowing this was in their

    I bought this book for my grandparents knowing this was in their day and they would find it interesting. They couldn't put it down and in turn bought me a copy and then I couldn't put it down! What a fun read! If you like true crime, you'll enjoy this one!

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