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Stefano la Sala built tenements for Giuseppe Morello's housing co-operative.

The fearsome criminal known as “The Clutch Hand,” because of the birth defect that crippled his right hand, was not a builder in the literal sense, but his Co-op was one of the earliest developers of Italian neighborhoods in East Harlem and the Bronx.

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One of three cousins named Stefano la Sala was Steve LaSalle, of the Lucchese family.

There are three first cousins from Corleone who immigrated to New York around the same time, and had the same name: Stefano la Sala. One would become known as Steve LaSalle, a high-ranking member of the Lucchese crime family for half a century.

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The Mafia in New York partners with fascist propagandist Francesco Macaluso.

The Di Carlo family was persecuted by Italian Fascists in Sicily. That didn't stop them from becoming propagandists for Mussolini.

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While his future associate fled the Fascists, Francesco Macaluso made their propaganda.

When the Fascists rose to power in 1922, it soon declared a war on the mafia in Sicily, nearly wiping them out, and forcing di Carlo to flee. Meanwhile, his future associate, a Fascist propagandist, was making a name for himself in the United States.

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War figures prominently in the life of post-WWII Mafia architect Captain Angelo di Carlo.

The rise of fascism in Italy nearly destroyed the Sicilian Mafia before the end of WWII, but due to the political blunders of the Allies following Operation Husky, the Mafia was able to reform itself under their protection. Angelo di Carlo, a veteran of…

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In 1999, I was also a “hidden figure” in the struggle for civil rights in this country.

Laverne Cox talked about the parallels between the real-life NASA “computers” from the movie, “Hidden Figures,” on Stephen Colbert’s talk show recently, and the case of the young Supreme Court plaintiff, Gavin Grimm, who is suing for the right to use the…

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Cousin marriage represents a threat to the Mafia's existence.

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How the Catholic Church could strike a blow for democracy, and hit the Mafia where it lives.

Jonathan F. Shulz (2016) has shown that not only is consanguineous marriage highly significantly correlated with mafia activity, “cousin marriage is a highly significant and robust predictor of democracy.”

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Mafia members in Corleone are more than twice as likely to marry a close relation.

In a controlled study of Mafia marriages in Corleone, Mafia members are more closely related to their brides than their non-mafiosi neighbors in Corleone.

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Do members of the Mafia in Corleone share more common ancestors with their brides?

I hypothesized that the control group would have a rate of consanguineous marriage close to that found throughout Sicily by Cavalli-Sforza et al (2004), and that the study group would have a higher rate than the control.
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