#23: The Cerrito Crime Family (Part 2): The Era of Angelo Marino

The Gangland History Podcast: An Organized Crime & Mafia History Podcast

Nov 30 2023 • 2 hrs 3 mins

In this episode, we finish the series on the Cerrito Crime Family of the American Cosa Nostra who operated in and around San Jose, California, and who were a significant entity controlling organized crime in the San Jose area for many decades beginning around the 1940’s and were in existence until at least the 1990’s or early 2000’s.

While we covered the family's first two bosses, Onofrio Sciortino and Joe Cerrito in Part One, in this episode we'll focus the majority of our time on the man who allegedly became Boss after Joseph Cerrito's death in 1978, that being Angelo Marino.

We discuss:

  • Recap of Cerrito era
  • Angelo Marino's early years
  • Salvatore Marino, Angelo's father
  • The Marino's connection to the Pittsburgh LCN (John LaRocca)
  • The Marino's connection to the Philadelphia LCN (The Maggio family)
  • Angelo Marino's entry into the LCN and rise to Capo
  • The founding of the California Cheese Company
  • Angelo Marino's dissatisfaction with Joe Cerrito's leadership
  • Angelo Marino's supposed rise to Boss
  • The Marino vs. Figlia as Boss theory
  • The 1977 Murder of Peter Catelli and the fallout
  • Salvatore Marino Jr.'s involvement in the Catelli murder
  • Angelo Marino's death in the early 1980's
  • The decline of the Cerrito Crime Family

Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMtMn1NTK3A

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