Milwaukee crime family

Milwaukee crime family
Founded by Vito Guardalabene
Founding location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Years active 1918–present
Territory Greater Milwaukee and some cities in all Wisconsin (as Madison)
Ethnicity Italians, Italian Americans are made men. Other ethnicities as "associates".
Membership (est.) Around 5 "made men", around 15-20 associates
Criminal activities Skimming, gambling, narcotics, racketeering, murder, extortion, bookmaking, bribery, and loan sharking
Allies Chicago and Bonanno crime families
Rivals various street gangs in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee crime family or Balistrieri crime family is an American Mafia crime family based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] The crime family was considered a branch of the Chicago Outfit. The family's most influential boss was Frank "Mr. Big" Balistrieri, who was greatly involved in the Las Vegas skimming casinos.[2] Today, the crime family is nearly extinct, since Balistrieri died in 1993, with the Chicago Outfit gaining control over some of the illegal rackets in the area.[3]

Historical leadership

Boss (official and acting)



Current family members





  1. Peter J. Devico The Mafia Made Easy: The Anatomy and Culture of La Cosa Nostra. (pg.154-156)
  2. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Searches Conducted on March 8, 1980
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Jay C. Ambler. "Milwaukee, WI Crime family" (2000) Rick Porrello's American
  4. Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects crime boss' son John Balistrieri bid to practice law, Journal Sentinel, August 12, 2014
  5. "Milwaukee Mafia" 1900's-present

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