Joseph Valachi

1904 - 1971

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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 758,989 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph Valachi is the 111th most popular extremist (down from 108th in 2019), the 2,900th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,024th in 2019) and the 37th most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, Joseph Valachi ranks 111 out of 205. Before him are Alexandros Koryzis, Baby Face Nelson, Omar Abdel-Rahman, Aslan Usoyan, Joseph Bonanno, and Wadie Haddad. After him are John Adams, Béla Kiss, Albert Anastasia, Sam Giancana, David Berkowitz, and Luis Garavito.

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Among people born in 1904, Joseph Valachi ranks 110Before him are Ding Ling, Wang Ming, Christian-Jaque, Leo Joseph Suenens, Prince Ernst of Hohenberg, and Delmer Daves. After him are Anna Mahler, Ellen Church, Achille Varzi, Goffredo Petrassi, Margaret Bourke-White, and Sergei Yutkevich. Among people deceased in 1971, Joseph Valachi ranks 71Before him are Pedro Rodríguez, Hermann Ehrhardt, August Derleth, Amet-khan Sultan, Erich Abraham, and Dimitrios Loundras. After him are Princess Maria Bona of Savoy-Genoa, Mak Dizdar, Yrjö Väisälä, Albin Stenroos, Margaret Bourke-White, and Paul Lévy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Valachi ranks 2,900 out of 15,968. Before him are Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915), Mary-Louise Parker (1964), James Rosenquist (1933), Ernest King (1878), Chris McCandless (1968), and Dan Quayle (1947). After him are Katherine MacGregor (1925), Vito Acconci (1940), Stephenie Meyer (1973), Stanley Schachter (1922), The Big Bopper (1930), and Waylon Jennings (1937).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Joseph Valachi ranks 37Before him are Robert Hansen (1939), Gary Ridgway (1949), Charles Whitman (1941), Andrew Cunanan (1969), Aldrich Ames (1941), and Baby Face Nelson (1908). After him are Sam Giancana (1908), David Berkowitz (1953), Jerry Brudos (1939), Robert Stroud (1890), Patty Hearst (1954), and Louis Farrakhan (1933).