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|Pittsburgh|  Antonio Ripepi

Birth: 1902

Death: 2000












Antonio 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 Costenze Valenti began to do business in Rochester, New York, Ripepi advised Frank Valenti to help him out. Together with the backings from the LaRocca Family the Valenti brothers lay at the birth of the Rochester Mafia. However, Rochester was a part of Stefano Magaddino's territory and by this they had answer to the powerful Buffalo boss for everything they did. In the late 1960's Ripepi helped the Valenti's to become independent from the Magaddino 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 vendor machine rackets. His other son-in-law John Bazzano Jr. ran numbers in the Monongahela Valley at the behest of Ripepi for many years before becoming the family underboss. Ripepi lived up to become 98 years old when he passed away in 2000.
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