Funny intimidating nicknames
He often ran afoul of the law, and between ages 16 and 22, he spent only 84 days as a free man.During one stint in the slammer, Burke worked as a hitman for incarcerated mobsters.While Galante relaxed on the patio in the back, a car pulled up to the front door.Three men got out, made their way to the back of the restaurant, and opened fire, sending Galante tumbling to the ground, covered in blood.
During his days as a Bonanno underboss, the Cigar set up shop in Montreal, which was a key location for the French Connection, a narcotics network that smuggled heroin from France to the U. Galante became one of the Connection’s biggest buyers, and after a brief stint in prison on drug charges, Galante took over the Bonanno family and started making millions off his narcotics operation.
Diamond earned his second nickname, “Clay Pigeon,” because he was shot so many times.
Between 19, Diamond was shot on three separate occasions.
When the government outlawed the sale of alcohol, Diamond opened up a string of speakeasies, including the infamous Hotsy Totsy Club.
To supply his bars with booze, Diamond and his crew held up liquor trucks, and he was known for making quick getaways, earning him the nickname “Legs.” Maybe—there’s also the possibility that his moniker came from his mad dancing skills.