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The Mafia might sound like a tough and dirty organization, but some of the nicknames the gangsters take are weird.
This moniker was given to Jake Guzik, the number two gangster in 1920s Chicago.
Tony Accardo got himself this nickname during his stint as a gangster with the Chicago mob involved in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The name came from a photo of him posing with a giant tuna.
Tommy Pitera grew up sick of being harrassed and mistreated so he learned martial arts before turning to murder and dismemberment during his gangster years.
Kazuo Taoka, perhaps one of the top members of the Japanese mafia is called “The Bear” because of his signature fighting move if gouging out his opponents eyeballs.
Many mobsters ran a legit business as a cover and Louie Daidone owned a bagel shop, hence his nickname.
Carmine Galante earned this nickname because of his penchant for always having a cigar in his lips.
After chewing another man’s cheek during a fight, Joseph Barboza was thereafter called “The Animal” by his fellow gangsters.
This nickname was given to Jack Moran because of his ease at robbing liquor trucks and getting away.
Benjamin Ruggieri was given this moniker because never went to a murder or takedown without taking two of his weapons with him.
Anthony Casso earned himself this nickname because he liked to use a gaspipe during his persuasion techniques.