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Joey A. Adonis Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

JOEY A. ADONIS
Born: November 22, 1902 in Avellino, Campania, Italy
Died: November 26, 1971 in Ancona, Marche, Italy
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Joey Adonis (1902-1972), born Giuseppe Antoinio Doto, was an American mob boss and businessman. In 1927, with other underworld figures, he formed the Seven Group to control the illicit alcohol trade. Called the "Broadway Mob", they controlled the flow of bootleg liquor to the top clubs in Manhattan. In 1944, Joe Adonis relocated his activities to New Jersey and used as his headquarters Duke's Bar and Grill in Cliffside Park, Palisades, New Jersey. In the 1940s, Duke's restaurant was the meeting place for the Bosses, including Adonis, Albert Anastasia, Frank Costello and Meyer Lansky. Adonis was also involved in controlling gambling in sections of New York and New Jersey. In 1951, he pleaded guilty to violating New Jersey's gambling laws and served a two-year prison term. Rather than encounter New York's indictment against him for violating its state gambling laws, as well as perjury charges brought against him by the U.S. Government concerning his citizenship, he accepted deportation to Milan, Italy, where he died of natural causes in 1972.
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