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FRANKIE YALE

New York gangster extraordinaire Francesco Ioele also known as Uale and or Yale.
Born 1893 in Italy, he was the son of Domenico and Isabella Simone Ioele.
Yale had arrived to America at age 7.

Police records for Yale; Uale and Nale are the following;
 In 1910 is fined $70 in  by the Magistrate for disorderly conduct.
In 1912 he is arrested and dismissed on a homocide charge.
In 1913, he is sentenced to the penitentiary for a year on the disorderly conduct charge.
In 1914 he receives a suspended sentence for this disorderly conduct charge.
Robbery complaints were pressed against him, but later dropped in 1916.
A larceny charge was dropped that same year.
In 1917 he is charged for carrying a revolver.The charge is almost dropped until a Judge by the name of Fawcett upholds the charge, and sends Yale for year to prison.

Frankie Yale was head of the New York mob called the Black handers.
The other rival gang at that time were a group of Irish called the White handers lead by Wild Bill Lovett and Peg Leg Lonergan.These two factions would constantly fight each other for control of the lucreative docks. (Fish markets and shipping).Yales' crew eventually prevails.Back in New York during his younger days, Al Capone went to work for Yale tending bar and even supplying muscle at Yale's  * Harvard Inn at Coney Island. Yale tutored Al on the ways of gangstering.Yale was said to be sometimes kind, but was also known as very wicked. One instance had Yale beating the crap out of his younger brother Angelo to teach him a lesson.On his nicer side he liked to help out the fellow italians with food for the poor and coal to heat their homes.He had a vain personality as seen with the manufacturing of his own line of cigars with his likeness on the box.These cigars were apparently atrocious for their smell and taste. He didn't care as long as he made $ from them.He was known as a fixer and managed to beat the rap on many cases against him. He was into bootlegging ,racketeering. He also held repectable businesses such as a funeral parlor and a cafe. On his death certificate his profession is listed as an Undertaker.


*  The Harvard inn was a two story building  situated  on Seaside Walk, between the Bowery and the Beach at Coney Island. The Harvard Inn was destroyed by fire at 2:30 Am on January 24,1925.


Frankie Yale mugshot.


He recruited many a young italian for their specific qualties whether it be brain or brawn. If they had no qualities they were taught how to fight or shoot and how to use muscle. Most of his employees had been referred from Paul Kelly's Five Point Gang.Many famous gangsters of later years were in or associated to this gang.Names such as Al Capone ,Johnny Torrio,Charles "Lucky" Luciano.Al hadn't yet refined himself as a polished gangster and his anger sometimes got the best of him.
His scars were acquired back at the Harvard inn in 1917 after telling some hoods' sister that she had a really nice ass. The hood a man by the name of Frank Galluccio took out his knife and defended his sisters' honor by giving Al three scars across the left side of his face. Considering the circumstances, Al could have been in trouble for insulting a made man of the mob.Al was later told by the mob at a sit down with Galluccio to not ever think of retribution.Al apologized and even used Gallucio as bodyguard on his later visits to NewYork.One day Al was sent by Yale to collect some money from a hoodlum that was owed to Yale .Al stopped the hood after he exited gambling dive.The hood had been lucky that evening winning a fair amount of cash.Al asked for the dough ,but the hood refused.Al beat and then shot the hood dead.Witnesses had noticed a man with sacrs and so Al was on the run the Year is 1918. Frankie yale had Al Capone sent to Chicago for safe keeping.He was sent to work with the newly established Johnny"The Fox" Torrio who was keeping black handers at bay from his Uncle. In actuality he was the nephew of Colosimo's then wife Victoria Moresco. His uncle was the man in Charge at the time a man named Big Jim Colosimo. Frankie received favors and gave favors to the Chicago Outfit.He loaned himself out as a killer and was no sissy when it came to the heavy work. He was contacted to participate in two hits in Chicago Gangland. First hit took place on May11,1920. JohnnyTorrio's uncle was stuck in his ways and refused to participate in bootlegging.He wanted to stick to vice (Prostitution and gambling).Torrio pleaded with him citing the immense profits to be had.Colosimo wanted no part of it. He was in love with a new young flame by the name of Dale Winter.He had all the money that he needed and was weary about getting in trouble with the feds because of prohibition.His fate was sealed. Frankie Yale was sent over and sent a bullet crashing behind Colosimo's head with the latter was waiting for a shipment of liquor to arrive at his restaurant that afternoon.

Colosimo's Restaurant.




Colosimo dead in the entrance of his restaurant.This photo was taken before the doctor and police turned the body over.
(Special thanks to Author Bill Helmer)




A lifeless Colosimo stretched out in the vestibule after a visit from Yale.

Yale was questioned by police in this killing and was confronted by a porter working at Colosimo's by the name of Joe Gabreala .Gabreala was asked if he had seen this suspect leaving the premises after the killing.He became frightened once his eyes met Yales' and denied ever seeing him. Once again Yale walked away,this time $10,000 richer from this hit.  In 1922 Yale is living at 605 Fourteenth Avenue, Brooklyn.

Spoon from Colosimo's  
(Mario Gomes)




Yale does the job for Torrio and Capone.


November 10,1924, Yale is summoned once more to Chicago to put an end to Torrio's nemsis Dean "Deanie" O'Banion .
O'Banion is the leader of the Northside mob. He constantly breaks peace treaties with the Southside chieftain Torrio.He is in constant quarrel with Torrio's allies the SouthWest sides' Terrible Gennas. He badmouths the Sicilians, encrouches on their territories and peddles his liquor instead.The sicilans have enough of O'Banion, but Torrio manages to keep the peace. On O'Banion side is Michael Merlo head of the italian brotherhood known as the Unione Siciliana. Mike is pleaded with to give the go ahead on ending O'Banon's life. Mike is a man of peace and asks all concerned to come to some kind of peace agreement.

Dean "Deanie" O'Banion and bride Viola


The last straw for Torrio is when O'Banion states to Torrio that he is leaving the rackets and would love to sell his brewery called Siebens.Torrio jumps on this occasion and buys out O'Banion.Torrio has already been charged once with a Prohibition offence and the next time is jail time.Nonetheless Torrio wants this action so O'Banion meets Torrio at the brewery and at that moment police arrive arresting everyone in sight. O'Banion pays for everybodies bail except Torrio's who is instead charged once again and this time given a prison sentence.Torrio knows he's been doublecrossed by O'Banion who had himself called the cops that arrived at the brewery. Torrios' blood is boiling, the Gennas blood is boiling as they learn O'Banion stating"The Hell with the Sicilians". (This is probably legend as O'Banion was even capable of speaking a few words in Italian himself. He also had Vincent Drucci, who himself was an Italian in the O'Banion gang).


Johnny"The Fox" Torrio

Mike Merlo dies of cancer and an execution order  is immediately placed on O'Banions' head,Yale is summoned in from New York.The plan is for three to visit O'Banion shop.Jim Genna along with Carmen Vacco and Pete Pizzo.They call to place a huge order of flowers  worth thousands of dollars for Merlo's funeral and want to make sure O'Banion is on hand to greet them. O'Banion doesn't normally appear at the shop at this time of day according to his flowershop partner William Schofield.
For this huge order O'banion makes an appearance the following morning.

The three James Genna, city sealer Carmen Vacco and Pete Pizzo enter the shop.They greet O'Banion. Pete Pizzo makes special note to case the joint to make sure no O'Banionites are in the back.


City sealer Carmen Vacco


O'Banion is perplexed as to why they only purchase several hundred dollars of flowers and not thousands as they have stated.They explain that three others of their mourning brethren will be showing up soon for the rest of this order.
They leave Schofield's

Several minutes later up pulls a blue Jewett car in front of Schofield's

Yale and the killer twins John Scalise and Alberto Anselmi to enter O'banion's flower shop to pick up a the rest of the order for Merlo's funeral.
O'Banion greets the three men with a handshake. One of the men holds O'banion's hand in a tight grip while the other let's him have it with a .38. He is shot in the chest, throat  at point blank range, So close that the gunpowder burns the skin on O'banion's face. The killers get away in their blue Jewett automobile. Yale is stopped on a train with his friend Sam Pollaccia enroute to New York. He says he was in town for Merlo's funeral. He is released.







Frankie Uale (1) and Sam Pollaccia (2) in Chicago court just prior to being released. They were suspects in Dean O'Banion's handshake murder.







After another sucessful hit Frankie Yale returns to New York. Things later change in Chicago as Torrio is repaid for the hit on O'Banion.Shot by the O'Banion Gang. He is lucky in that he survives the attack and retires to Italy.He turns over all the mob over to Alphonse "Scarface" Capone.The year is 1925.



Capone asks his old friend Frankie Yale to oversee safety of booze shipments enroute to Chicago.Yale is upset that Capone has chosen Tony Lombardo to be in charge of the Unione Siciliana without talking about it first with Yale .Yale favors another man.(Aiello) Yale starts to become arrogant and talks bad about Capone.  He probably doesn't fathom the possiblity of the Capone gang coming to  whack him on his own territory.After all, Yale taught Capone a few tricks and sent him on his way to gangland fame in Chicago. Yale had even killed a few for the Torrio/Capone combine. He could get away with a few back jabs couldn't he?
 There is talk  that Yale would like to burn down one of Capone's dogtracks in Chicago by aligning hismself with Aiello. Also,  Booze shipments begin to disappear. Al Capone sends one of his men to investigate. James D'Amato calls Capone from New York telling him that Yale is indeed dipping into the Capone shipments. Capone is furious at the mounting disloyalty from his one time mentor.The next day D'Amato is found out by the Yale gang and shot while standing on a corner. One bullet in the head and chest.  Capone learns of this and immediately sends a death squad. Four killers are sent to New York in a Packard.The Packard has either Illinois or Indiana license plates. On July 1 1928  Frankie Yale is at his bar when a phone call comes in stating something is wrong with his new wife. He leaves immediately to rush to Lucita's side. (Yale is also a bigamist having already a wife named Maria and two children from her) .The hitmen spot Yale's new brown Lincoln and race up beside him. The killers identify him and begin shooting. Yale panics and tries to out drive them.The pursuers again get beside his car and let him have a volley of shots from a shotgun, and two tommyguns.
Yale is hit in the back of the head and rams his car into a fence of a house at 923 forty-fourth street.





Yale shot to pieces by Capone gang





On his lifeless body is found a huge amount of uncashed checks and cash. his finger is adorned with a 4 carat diamond ring. His diamond belt buckle contains a total of 75 diamonds. He is also wearing a pearl pin. All is covered in blood. Yale was at the time living at 6605 14th avenue
 His first wife wants the estate worth $5,000 dollars. He leaves behind two wives and two daughters from the first wife, Rose and Isabelle.
Yale is given a lavish gangland funeral and buried in Holy Cross cemetary, Kings County, New York.



Yale's first wife Maria and two daughters Rose and Isabelle. Even though Frank was with another woman at the time Maria still took charge of the funeral.



Yale's expensive silver casket placed on top the tonneau of a car. Yale wanted his funeral to surpass that of Dean O'Banion's.

It is later found that the killers were part of Capone's new killer crew called the American boys.
Fred Burke, Fred Goetz, Gus Winkeler.
Capone bodyguard Louis "Little New York" Campagna is also sent with the American boys as he knows New York like the back of his hand. He makes a mistake that infuriates Capone by calling his girl back home in Chicago from his mother's house. Authorities had tapped the lines. No one will be sought for the murder of Yale.
Probably because police are happy that one less gangster is alive in their city. The abandoned car is found with a thompson in it and linked to gangland armourer Peter Von Frantzius back in Chicago.



First Posted June 2004