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The First 5 Families of the American Commission
Joe Profaci
(Castellammare/Maranzano)
Vincent Mangano
(Castellammare/Maranzano)
Salvatore (Lucky) Luciano
(Palermo/Masseria)
Gaetano Gagliano
(Castellammare/Maranzano)
Joseph Bonanno
(Castellammare/Maranzano)
The Second 5 families of the American Commission
Joe Columbo
Tommie Lucchese
Vito Genovese
Carlo Gambino
Joseph Bonanno
THE SECOND COMMISSION’S REIGN WAS ALL OVER BY 1978, HAVING WORN OUT THEIR USEFULNESS AS A PUBLIC FACE AND COVER FOR THE ONLY REAL GODFATHER, JOE BONNANO.

1. Joe Columbo (1962-1971) supposedly replaced Joe Profaci when the second commission was formed or assigned in 1962, but his reign came to a very violent end on June 28, 1971 when he was gunned down in front of several hundred witnesses at an Italian Unity Day rally in New York.

2. Tommie (Three Fingers) Lucchese (1962-1967) supposedly replaced the Gagliano family.  There are a lot of different stories about Lucchese's association with Lucky Luciano and
Joe Bonnano, but Lucchese always knew who had the real power.  In the Showtime biography of Joe Bonanno’s life, even the real Godfather stated Lucchese was his mole on the Cosa Nostra Commission and he utilized him more than Genovese, Columbo, or Gambino during the ‘60s Mafia internal battle, known as the “Banana Wars.”  Lucchese was one of the four men who murdered Salvatore Maranzano on Sept. 10, 1931, which led to the First Day Boys meeting and the formation of the Cosa Nostra.  Tommie Lucchese died on July 13, 1967 after recovering for several months from brain surgery.  I don’t know if he died naturally, or as Joe Bonanno did with all the others, used his arm of power to silence a mole forever.  That was the Castellammarese way and how Joe Bonanno was trained as a boy to do business.  He always covered up conspicuous or threatening problems one way or another.

3. Vito Genovese’s (1962-1969) family was the supposed replacement on the five family Commission for the supposed founder of it all, “Lucky” Luciano. He had been with Luciano ever since they both served Joe (the Boss) Masseria before the Castellammarese Wars, just as most of the other supposed Godfathers of the 2nd Commission.  This makes total sense to me since its my point that none of them ever had any real power in the first place, just put on that mantle for a brief time until they were no longer needed as soldiers or cover.  Vito Genovese died in prison on February 14, 1969.  He was set up in a similar fashion as his predecessor Luciano was in 1936.  Notice that “Don Vito” died on Valentine’s Day, which in this author’s view was not a coincidence.  (DAN  -  WHY VALENTINE’S DAY?   WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE?   WAS THIS A MESSAGE TO OTHERS?)

4. Carlo Gambino  (1962-1976) was supposedly set to be the top man of the Cosa Nostra at the 1957 Appalachian Conference, which, as has been well-documented, was raided by the local & state police, providing definitive proof to authorities for the first time that the existence of a national organized crime organization could no longer be denied. Beginning with Carlo Gambino’s arrival in America, he was played like a fiddle by the powers that be from the Castellammare. Joe Bonanno called Gambino “a squirrel of a man” to Carlo's face a at Commission meeting.  Mr. Gambino lived longer than any 2nd Cosa Nostra Commission member.  But on Oct. 15, 1976 he supposedly died of natural causes at his home watching a New York Yankee baseball game. Salvatore Gravano was one of Carlo's home assistants.  Through Gravano and the Sicilian grapevine in the empire’s main power base city of Tucson, I had heard in early September of 1976 that Gambino’s days were numbered.   This was the end of both Cosa Nostra Commissions.

Joe Bonanno was the real founder of the Sicilian Mafia’s covert organization, known as the Cosa Nostra, and the mastermind behind the two Comissions.  By the time of Gambinop’s death and the end of the second Comission Joe Bonanno had changed his name to “Bonnano” and was living very comfortably (and supposedly retired) at his Bar Bon area ranch home in Tucson, Arizona.

The Cosa Nostra and the men who sat on  the two Comissions were formed by the real power out of Castellammare del Goflo, Sicily, which was led by Joe Bonanno. For propaganda purposes, the Commissions become known in the media and to authorities as the controlling body for organized crime in America.  The history written since the 1930s consistently affirms the role of the Commission as THE power behind the Cosa Nostra and the Sicilian Mafia in the U.S.  This website is part of a new effort to re-educate the public about the true power and control of the Sicilian Mafia, and the influence the Mafia held over American politics, business, and banking for several decades.  By revealing my personal experiences in Tucson, Arizona with Joe Bonanno and other men under Bonanno’s influence, such as attorney Tom Chandler, hopefully the world will be able to learn the truth.


Daniel J. Torbitt
THE COSA NOSTRA COMMISSIONS ARE SHOWN BELOW, COVERING THE TWO COMMISSIONS THAT RULED OVER THE MAFIA FROM THE 1930s THROUGH THE 1980s.  THE BONNANO FAMILY WAS THE ONLY ONE REPRESENTED IN BOTH THE FIRST AND SECOND SET OF RULING FAMILIES.  INCLUDED IS A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF THE HISTORY OF THE 1ST & 2ND COSA NOSTRA COMMISSIONS.   JOE BONANNO’S STRENGTH WAS NOT OBVIOUS TO OBSERVERS, OR THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, BUT RESIDED IN A PLACE I CALL “THE SHADOWS.”  THE CASTELLAMARESE COUNCIL OF ELDERS OF THE SICILLIAN MAFIA TAUGHT BONANNO WELL, BEGINING AT A VERY YOUNG AGE, TO PREPARE HIM TO ACT AS THEIR HAND-PICKED LEADER.
The First & Second 5 Families of the American Commission
THE REIGN OF THE GODFATHERS OF THE FIRST FIVE RULING FAMILIES OF THE SICILLIAN MAFIA ENDED IN 1962, WITH ONE EXCEPTION, JOE BONANNO.  (Dates by each name indicate years on the Commission.)

1. Joe Profaci (1931-1962) supposedly died of Cancer on June 7, 1962, The Sicilian grapevine says it was planted, a “mickey.”  But that has never been proven or even mentioned in writing before the creation of this website. Joe Profaci was born in Castellammare Del Golfo, Sicily and was sent to America to pave the way for the real future Don Pappino (Godfather of them all)
Joe Bonanno.  This website covers Joe Profaci at length in both The Timeline in History & Rise of the Desert Empire sections. Profaci was one of the most important entities for the Castellammarese Council and Joe Bonanno for their plan to work.  Profaci played his part to a “T” and his blessing for that was to die a slow miserable death with cancer (which was by design in this author’s eyes).  I propose that a chemical biohazard made in the W. R. Grace Chemical Company’s laboratories was used to create this cancer.  Check the Timeline in History page for more on W. R. Grace, which moved to New York at the end of the civil war in 1865.

2. Vincent Mangano (1931-1951) was commissioned as 1 of the 5 Godfathers to serve on the Commission in 1931 and continued until he mysteriously disappeared forever on April 1, 1951.  Not much you can add to the record about Vincent Mangano or his brother Phil Mangano.  Two weeks after Vincent Mangano disappeared forever his brother Phil Mangano was found shot to death at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York on April 19, 1951.  This was not a coincidence, but part of a plan of elimination for the 1st Cosa Nostra Commission, designed by Bonanno and the Council of Elders.

3. Salvatore ( Lucky) Luciano (1931-1962) was the supposed founder of the Cosa Nostra at the “first day boys” meeting in 1931 by defeating the Castellammarese clans of New York.  Actually, Luciano and the other 4 Godfathers were all subservient to the Castellammarese Council of Elders.  Luciano was unknowingly a future fall guy for the real power, Joe Bonanno & the Castellammarese Council.  Luciano was set him up when the prosecutor of New York, Thomas Dewey, was supplied the witnesses and information to indict Lucky in 1936.  Luciano was sentenced to 50 years in prison, leaving Joe Bonanno and his handpicked Castellammarese clan totally in charge of the Cosa Nostra.  Check the timeline page for the whole story on this fall guys plight.  “Lucky” Luciano met his fate on January 26, 1962 when he went to Naples International airport to meet with several U.S. representatives from Hollywood to make a movie deal on his life story.  He had a drink at the airports bar and a few minutes later he collapsed and died from a supposed heart attack, The Sicilian Castellammarese utilized the mickey again.

4. Gaetano Gagliano (1931-1951) was also commissioned as a Godfather in 1931, but met a similarly untimely death on February 16, 1951. 

Joe Bonanno (1931-1954), in a court of law in Tucson on Dec. 16, 1954, legally changed his last name's spelling from Bonanno to Bonnano (actual court document shown on this website on the Brian Downing Quig page, Article 1).  He continued to use this new “identity” to his legal advantage right up until the day he died of old age at 97 on May 12, 2002.  From 1931 until his demise in 2002, Joe Bonanno/Bonnano was the hidden and ONLY real man of power over the hidden kingdom of the Sicilian Mafia, the Castellammarese, and the Sicilian’s fall guy, ”cover” organization - the Cosa Nostra.