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Joseph Valachi

1904 - 1971

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Joseph Michael Valachi (September 22, 1904 – April 3, 1971) was an American mobster in the Genovese crime family who is notable as the first member of the Italian-American Mafia to acknowledge its existence publicly in 1963. He is credited with the 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 1,089,456 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Joseph Valachi is the 127th most popular extremist (down from 112th in 2019), the 2,741st most popular biography from United States (up from 2,899th in 2019) and the 41st most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, Joseph Valachi ranks 127 out of 209Before him are Baruch Goldstein, Belle Gunness, Mohamed Atta, Aslan Usoyan, Omar Abdel-Rahman, and Anton Graf von Arco auf Valley. After him are Albert Anastasia, Josef Blösche, Luis Garavito, Sam Giancana, Leon Czolgosz, and Marcus Fulvius Flaccus.

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Among people born in 1904, Joseph Valachi ranks 107Before him are Max Mallowan, Nikolai Berzarin, Arkady Gaidar, Coleman Hawkins, Tadao Takayama, and Delmer Daves. After him are Ding Ling, Leo Joseph Suenens, Anna Mahler, Giuseppe Terragni, Vilis Lācis, and Franz Kutschera. Among people deceased in 1971, Joseph Valachi ranks 69Before him are Hermann Ehrhardt, Paul Lukas, Erich Abraham, August Derleth, John W. Campbell, and T. V. Soong. After him are Royal Rife, Viktor Patsayev, Philo Farnsworth, József Zakariás, Amet-khan Sultan, and Mak Dizdar.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Valachi ranks 2,741 out of 18,182Before him are Edmond O'Brien (1915), Kirk Kerkorian (1917), Joey DeMaio (1954), Flannery O'Connor (1925), Douglas Trumbull (1942), and Neilia Hunter Biden (1942). After him are Royal Rife (1888), John Milnor (1931), J. Presper Eckert (1919), Wilder Penfield (1891), Freddie King (1934), and Edgar Snow (1905).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Joseph Valachi ranks 41Before him are Andrew Cunanan (1969), Baby Face Nelson (1908), Aldrich Ames (1941), Rodney Alcala (1943), Robert Hansen (1939), and Baruch Goldstein (1956). After him are Sam Giancana (1908), Leon Czolgosz (1873), Jerry Brudos (1939), Patricia Krenwinkel (1947), Richard Chase (1950), and Carl Panzram (1892).