You Won’t Believe These Outlandish Mafia Nicknames

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The Mafia might sound like a tough and dirty organization, but some of the nicknames the gangsters take are weird.
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Greasy Thumb

This moniker was given to Jake Guzik, the number two gangster in 1920s Chicago.
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Big Tuna

Tony Accardo got himself this nickname during his stint as a gangster with the Chicago mob involved in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The name came from a photo of him posing with a giant tuna.
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The Butcher

Tommy Pitera grew up sick of being harrassed and mistreated so he learned martial arts before turning to murder and dismemberment during his gangster years.
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The Bear

Kazuo Taoka, perhaps one of the top members of the Japanese mafia is called “The Bear” because of his signature fighting move if gouging out his opponents eyeballs.
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Louie Bagels

Many mobsters ran a legit business as a cover and Louie Daidone owned a bagel shop, hence his nickname.
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The Cigar

Carmine Galante earned this nickname because of his penchant for always having a cigar in his lips.
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The Animal

After chewing another man’s cheek during a fight, Joseph Barboza was thereafter called “The Animal” by his fellow gangsters.
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Legs

This nickname was given to Jack Moran because of his ease at robbing liquor trucks and getting away.
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Two Guns

Benjamin Ruggieri was given this moniker because never went to a murder or takedown without taking two of his weapons with him.
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Gaspipe

Anthony Casso earned himself this nickname because he liked to use a gaspipe during his persuasion techniques.
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