Criminals » CARLOS MARCELLO
Carlos Marcello was an Italian-American crime boss operating in New Orleans region of Louisiana. He was of Sicilian origin and came to the United States of America with his parents when he was just one year old. Though he started his career with petty crimes he quickly climbed up the ladder as he married a relative of an underboss in the New Orleans Crime Family. Later he himself became the boss of the establishment and had his sway over Louisiana for thirty long years until he retired. In fact, members of other mafia families could not enter the state without his permission. Variously known as ‘Godfather’ and ‘The Little Man’, Marcello was arrested several times. However, each time he used his money or influence to come out. Marcello developed hostility towards President John F. Kennedy when the later began his campaign against organized crime. When President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, it was believed that Marcello was the man behind it. Independent sources had also claimed that the assassination was carried out at his instruction. Yet, there was no official proof of such involvements and so Marcello could not be touched.
Carlos Marcello was born as Calogero Minacori/ Minacorein French Tunisia on February 6, 1910. In 1911, the family shifted to the Unites States of America and settled down in an old plantation in the suburbs of New Orleans. The names of his parent are not known. He had at least one brother named Joseph.
As Carlos grew up, he began to indulge in petty crimes. He formed a gang of teenage robbers, who carried out armed robberies in nearby towns. In 1929, he was arrested for masterminding and using teenagers for burglaries. The charges were later dropped and he was released.
In 1930, he was again convicted of assault and robbery. This time he was found guilty and sentenced for nine years. After he had served five years of his term in Louisiana State Penitentiary, he was pardoned by the Governor of Louisiana and was released. He went back to his life of crime immediately after his release.
Not much is known about the personal life of Carlos Marcello. It is only known that he married into the family of Frank Todaro, an underboss in the New Orleans Crime Family. Many are the opinion that Carlos married his daughter. However, others believe that he was married to Todaro's niece Giacomina (Jackie), the daughter of his brother Joseph.
After retiring from organized crime he spent his last days in his two-story mansion made out of white marble in Metairie. There he died on March 2, 1993.