Salvatore Catalanotte (Salvatore Catalanotte)

Salvatore Catalanotte

Organized Crime Figure. The first unified boss of the Detroit underworld, he was born in Seleni, Trapani, Sicily on February 15, 1894. He arrived in Detroit in 1905, and was a popular figure who held tremendous influence in the Italian community due largely in part to charitable donations and his standing as the head of Detroit’s Unione Sicilione. He operated as a gunman for Sam and Tony Gianolla during the Gianolla / Vitale conflict. By the conflict’s end, the lives of more than 100 men had been lost between both sides.

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  • February, 15, 1894
  • Italy


  • February, 14, 1930
  • USA
  • Michigan

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