Thursday, November 28, 2019

Joe Adonis - Giuseppe Antonio Doto

The article was buried in the back pages of the New York Times on December 7, 1971, Page 93. "Giuseppe Antonio Doto, known in life as Joe Adonis, was buried here today, accompanied to the wind‐chilled Madonna Roman Catholic Cemetery by members of his immediate family. Conspicuously absent were Adonis's former colleagues from a much larger, Mafia family."

It was an anonymous end for a man who was once one of the city's most powerful gangsters. In 1915 Giuseppe Antonio Doto boarded an ocean liner docked in Naples on its way to the US. He hopped off in Brooklyn, where his cousin was a Vito Genovese family capo. Adonis joined a gang of street toughs who would later become major mobsters, including Lucky Luciano.
In 1951 Adonis was indicted for illegal gambling and sentenced to two years. In April of 1931 Adonis, Bugsy Siegel, Vito Genovese and Albert Anastasia killed Brooklyn mob boss Giuseppe Masseria. The September 10, 1931 murder of Boss Salvatore Maranano solidified Luciano's power. Luciano established the National Crime Syndicate. Adonis received a seat on the Syndicate and oversaw 'Murder Inc.'
On August 6, 1953, at a hearing in Adonis's prison, the US Department of Justice ordered Adonis's deportation to Italy. In 1971, during an anti-Mafia operation, Italian police took in Adonis for questioning. As he was being interrogated he suffered a massive heart attack and died. His body was flown back to the US and he was buried in a cemetery at Fort Lee, NJ.