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Antonio Ripepi

Antonio Ripepi

Antonio Ripepi (born 1902 - died 1996) was a powerful and influential capo in the Pittsburgh crime family.

Biography Edit

Ripepi was a top figure in the LaRocca family of Pittsburgh. He served the organization for many years as a capo and as chief overseer of gambling rackets in Washington and Fayette counties. He was the father-in-law of John Bazzano, Jr., the son of Pittsburgh's original godfather, and Rochester boss Costenze Valenti. Ripepi proved himself worthy under the leadership of Frank Amato and had his own crew, one of it's members was Frank Valenti, Costenze's brother.

When Constenze Valenti began to do business in Rochester, New York, Ripepi advised Frank Valenti to help him out. Together with the backing of the LaRocca Family, the Valenti brothers formed the Rochester crime family. However, Rochester was a part of Stefano Magaddino's territory and they had to answer to the powerful Buffalo boss for everything they did. In the late 1960s Ripepi helped the Valenti's to become independent from the Buffalo crime family, in which they succeeded (they still had to pay tributes to Magaddino though). By this time Ripepi was a well known figure inside the vending machine rackets. His other son-in-law John Bazzano, Jr. ran numbers in the Monongahela Valley at the behest of Ripepi for many years and later became the boss of the Pittsburgh mob.

Ripepi lived to become 92 years old, when he passed away in 1996 of natural causes.

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