Joseph Valachi

1904 - 1971

Joseph Valachi

Joseph Michael Valachi (September 22, 1904 – April 3, 1971) was an American gangster in the Genovese crime family who is notable as the first member of the Italian-American Mafia to, in 1963, acknowledge its existence publicly. He is credited with popularization of the term cosa nostra.Valachi was convicted of drug trafficking in 1959, and sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment. In 1962 while he and Genovese family boss Vito Genovese were in prison together, he murdered an inmate he thought was a hitman sent by Genovese, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Valachi subsequently became a government witness, and the next year testified before a U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Valachi has received more than 696,564 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 108th most popular extremist.

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Among extremists, Joseph Valachi ranks 108 out of 182Before him are Baby Face Nelson, Patty Hearst, Stand Watie, Carl Panzram, Jonathan Wild, and Nedeljko Čabrinović. After him are David Berkowitz, Mary Bell, John Bodkin Adams, Aldrich Ames, Leopold and Loeb, and Richard Ramirez.

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Among people born in 1904, Joseph Valachi ranks 113Before him are Nikolai Berzarin, Ivar Ballangrud, Tevfik Esenç, James J. Gibson, Fats Waller, and André Leducq. After him are Luigi Bertolini, Anna Mahler, Ralph Bunche, Ellen Church, Terence Fisher, and Vilis Lācis. Among people deceased in 1971, Joseph Valachi ranks 76Before him are Mikhail Yangel, Paul Lévy, Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria, August Derleth, Gregorio Pietro Agagianian, and Vikram Sarabhai. After him are Max Steiner, Mikhail Romm, Ignazio Giunti, Ralph Bunche, Bill W., and Viliam Široký.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Valachi ranks 3,026 out of 12,171Before him are Pam Grier (1949), Ty Cobb (1886), Besse Cooper (1896), Richard Lester (1932), Scott Carpenter (1925), and Henry Morgenthau Jr. (1891). After him are Frances E. Allen (1932), Dennis Wilson (1944), Chris O'Donnell (1970), Pancho Gonzales (1928), Everett McGill (1945), and Jay Rockefeller (1937).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Joseph Valachi ranks 35Before him are Robert Stroud (1890), Robert Ford (1862), Andrew Cunanan (1969), Charles Whitman (1941), Patty Hearst (1954), and Stand Watie (1806). After him are David Berkowitz (1953), Aldrich Ames (1941), Leopold and Loeb (1905), Richard Ramirez (1960), Robert Hansen (1939), and Dennis Rader (1945).