Nation: Luck Ran Out

Yes, we have Joe Bananas

He began as a bootlegger in Brooklyn at 21 and by 24 was a gunrunner for Al Capone. He dispatched his duties so well that in 1931 Sicilian-born Joseph Bonanno was anointed a don—at 26, the youngest godfather in the nation. For the next three decades, "Joe Bananas" ruthlessly ran a New York City crime family that specialized in gambling, labor racketeering, loan sharking and narcotics. In 1966 he supposedly retired to a modest ranch house in Tucson.

His remarkable luck ran out last week. In San Francisco, U.S. District

Court Judge William Ingram found the white-haired Bonanno, 75,...

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