The Milwaukee crime family, Milwaukee Mafia, Milwaukee Mob, or Balistrieri crime family is an Italian-American organized crime syndicate based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The crime family is a very large branch of the Chicago Outfit. The family's most powerful and influential boss was Frank Balistrieri, who was a powerful member of the governing body of the Chicago Outfit, which consisted of four bosses, even though the Chicago Outfit had its own ruling council they still were ruled by the Commission and still had to answer to them. greatly involved in the Las Vegas skimming casinos during the 1970s thru 1980s. Today, the crime family is still active, but not as large or influential, since Balistrieri died in 1993, and the Chicago Outfit gaining control over some of the illegal rackets in the area.

Historical leadership

1918-1921 - Vito Guardalabene - died on February 6, 1921 from natural causes.

1921-1927 - Peter Guardalabene - the son of Vito Guardalabene was boss until 1927.

1927- Joseph Amato - died of natural causes on March 28, 1927.

1927-1949 - Joseph Vallone - the Commission decided that the Milwaukee family would answer to and remain under the Chicago Outfit's power. Vallone retired in 1949 and died on March 18, 1952 from natural causes.

1949-1952 - Sam Ferrara - in 1952 he was voted out by his family and members of the Chicago Outfit forced him to step down.

1952-1961 - John Alioto - trained his son-in-law Frank Balistrieri.

1961-1993 - Frank "Mr. Big" Balistrieri imprisoned March 1967-June 1971. In the late 1970s, with his two sons Joseph and John worked with Bonanno crime family capo Michael Sabella. He was imprisoned from 1983-1991 for his involvement in Las Vegas skim racket. He died of natural causes on February 7, 1993.

Acting 1967-1971 - Peter Balistrieri - Frank Balistrieri's brother and Underboss

Acting 1983-1993 - Peter Balistrieri - Frank Balistrieri's brother and Underboss, he became boss in 1993.

1993-1997 - Peter Frank Balistrieri - he died of natural causes on August 17, 1997.

1997–2014 - Joseph P. Caminiti - he was Frank Balistrieri's Consigliere, died January 2014.

2014 - present - Peter "Petey Pitch" Picciurro

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