Vito Bonventre - Organized Crime Figure. He was an underboss to Salvatore Maranzano during the Castellmmarese War (1930 to 1931). He was shot to death by gunmen of Joe "the Boss" Masseria in the driveway of his Brooklyn home. He was a second cousin of Mafia boss Joseph Bonanno. Cause of death: shot to death Burial: Calvary Cemetery Woodside Queens County New York, USA
Salvatore Maranzano took over the future Bonanno Family in 1930, after Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria, leader of the rival Morello Family, forced Cola Schirò to step down. A major gang war soon errupted – the Castellammarese War – as the criminal factions allied with Masseria fought those allied with Maranzano for control of New York.
Salvatore Maranzano’s coffin, 1931 Maranzano, the last Italian born Mafia don, was shortly Capo Di Tutti Capi of the New York Mafia. In 1931, after the end of the Castellamarrese War, Charles “Lucky” Luciano and Meyer Lansky betrayed Maranzano and sent the Jewish Hitman Samuel “Red” Levine and three other men to kill Maranzano, securing their predominance over the New York Mafia.