Joe Adonis

Born Nov 22, 1902

Joe Adonis, also known as "Joey A", "Joe Adone", "Joe Arosa", "James Arosa", and "Joe DiMeo", was a New York mobster who was an important participant in the formation of the modern Cosa Nostra crime families.

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1902 Birth Born on November 22, 1902.
1909 6 Years Old In 1909, Adonis and his family entered the United States at New York City. … Read More


1928 25 Years Old After the 1928 assassination of Yale, Masseria took over Yale's criminal organization. … Read More
1930 27 Years Old By 1930, Adonis had joined the Masseria faction. … Read More
1931 28 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 15, 1931, Adonis allegedly participated in Masseria's murder. … Read More
1932 29 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1932, Adonis was also a major criminal power in Brooklyn. … Read More


1937 34 Years Old Underboss Vito Genovese remained in charge of the family until he fled to Italy in 1937 to avoid a murder prosecution. … Read More
1940 37 Years Old On April 27, 1940, Adonis was indicted in Brooklyn on charges of kidnapping, extortion, and assault in the 1932 Juffe/Wapinsky case. … Read More


1946 43 Years Old In December 1946, Adonis and Luciano met at the famous Havana Conference of U.S. organized crime bosses in Cuba. … Read More
1950 47 Years Old On December 12, 1950, Adonis was summoned before the U.S. Senate Kefauver Commission on organized crime. … Read More
1951 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In late May, 1951, Adonis and several associates pleaded no contest to charges of operating three gambling rooms in Lodi, New Jersey and Fort Lee, New Jersey.


1953 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 6, 1953, at a hearing in Adonis's prison, the U.S. Department of Justice ordered Adonis's deportation to Italy. … Read More
1956 53 Years Old On January 3, 1956, Adonis voluntarily left New York City on an ocean liner for Naples, Italy. … Read More


In June 1971, the Italian Government forced Adonis to leave his Milan residence and move to Serra de' Conti, a small town near the Adriatic Sea. … Read More
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