Giuseppe Genco Russo

Giuseppe Genco Russo

Italian Mafia Boss
Born Jan 26, 1893

Giuseppe Genco Russo was an Italian mafioso, the boss of Mussomeli in the Province of Caltanissetta, Sicily. Genco Russo, also known as "Zi Peppi Jencu", was an uncouth, sly, semi-literate thug with excellent political connections. A vulgar man – he used to spit on the floor no matter who was present – he was often photographed with bishops, bankers, civil servants and politicians.… Read More

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1893 Birth Born on January 26, 1893.


1918 25 Years Old From 1918-1922 Genco Russo served in the military, leaving a record of "rebellious behaviour and impatience to discipline."


1927 34 Years Old In a 1927 report by the police chief of Caltanissetta, he was described as “a mafioso that acquired a respectable financial position out of nothing” and on the countryside people feared him.
1929 36 Years Old In 1929 he married with a local girl and four years later his first son Vincenzo was born. Best man at the baptism was fellow mafioso Calogero Vizzini who would also be the witness at the marriage of Vincenzo in 1950 together with Rosario Lanza, the president of the Sicilian regional assembly.


1934 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Until 1934 Genco Russo officially held no significant land holdings. … Read More


1944 51 Years Old In 1944 the court granted Genco Russo a decree of rehabilitation for his one conviction, thereby allowing him "to recreate a moral and social virginity, acquiring a respectability which will permit him to undertake even political activity." … Read More
1948 55 Years Old …  During the crucial 1948 elections that would decide on Italy’s post-war future, Genco Russo and Calogero Vizzini sat at the same table with leading DC politicians, attending an electoral lunch.
1950 57 Years Old In 1950 when Genco Russo's oldest son married, Don Calò Vizzini was a witness at the ceremony, just as the Christian Democrat president of the Sicilian Regional Assembly, Rosario Lanza. … Read More


1954 61 Years Old Giuseppe Genco Russo was considered to be the heir of Calogero Vizzini when Don Calò died in 1954. … Read More
1957 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Genco Russo was present at a series of meetings between top American and Sicilian mafiosi that took place in Palermo between October 12–16, 1957, in Hotel Delle Palme in Palermo. … Read More
1972 79 Years Old In 1972 he returned to Mussomeli from his banishment. … Read More
1976 83 Years Old Giuseppe Genco Russo died peacefully at the age of 83 in March 1976 from a pulmonary emphysema. … Read More
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