Salvatore Maranzano

Little Caesar
Birth Name:
Salvatore Maranzano
Birth Date:
July 31, 1886
Birth Place:
Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy
Death Date:
September 10, 1931
Place of Death:
New York Central Building, 230 Park Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, New York
Cause of Death:
Multiple gunshot and stabbing wounds
Cemetery Name:
St. John Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Salvatore Maranzano was an organized crime figure from the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, and an early Cosa Nostra boss who led what later would become the Bonanno crime family in New York City. He instigated the Castellammarese War in 1930, to seize control of the American Mafia, winning the war after the murder of rival faction head Joe Masseria in April 1931. He then briefly became the Mafia's capo di tutti capi ("boss of all bosses") and formed the Five Families in New York City, but was murdered on September 10, 1931, on the orders of Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who established an arrangement in which families shared power to prevent future turf wars: The Commission.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

St. John Cemetery

80-01 Metropolitan Avenue

Middle Village, New York, 11379


North America


Map of St. John Cemetery in Queens, New York

Grave Location:

Section 14, Range C, Plot 18, Grave 1

Grave Location Description

As you enter the main cemetery grounds drive towards the mausoleum structures. Across the street from the round mausoleum is Section 14. Because this section was opened, then closed, then opened again the ranges and plot numbers are essentially nonsensical. The easiest way to find Maranzano’s monument is to look into Section 14 across the street from the entrance of the round mausoleum (Resurrection Mausoleum) and 2 rows into the section. His grey, upright monument is easy to see from the road.

Grave Location GPS

40.71545144, -73.86813947



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