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Simone Rizzo DeCavalcante aka Sam DeCavalcante

Simone Rizzo DeCavalcante aka Sam DeCavalcante

Posted: 4 Oct 2008 12:55AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: DeCavalcante,Rizzo,
Sam DeCavalcante

Simone Rizzo DeCavalcante (1912 - 1997), known as Sam the Plumber, was a member of the New Jersey mafia. Claiming descent from the Italian royal family, DeCavalcante was nicknamed The Count. The Kefauver hearings later named his crime family the DeCavalcante crime family since he was the boss of the family current to those hearings.

New Jersey Mob Boss

DeCavalcante was a relatively minor crime boss who oversaw illegal gambling, loansharking, and labor racketeering in New Jersey. Living in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, but working out of Newark, New Jersey, DeCavalcante commanded around sixty mafiosi. His legal front was a local plumbing supply store in Kenilworth, New Jersey. In 1960, DeCavalcante became boss of the New Jersey mafia. Shortly after that, he acted as a liaison between the Mafia Commission and the Bonanno crime family after the beginning of the Bonanno War between the New York Five Families. He has a close resemblance to actor Dennis Farina.

From 1961 to 1965, DeCavalcante became the subject of an FBI investigation known as the "Goodfella Tapes". This investigation confirmed claims by informant Joe Valachi, provided crucial information on La Cosa Nostra, and revealed the existence of the Mafia Commission. In 1969, after compiling almost 2,300 transcript pages of taped conversations, the FBI released them to the public.Following the release of the tapes, DeCavalcante was convicted of extortion-conspiracy and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment.


Following his release in 1976, Decavalcante retired to Southern Florida. It was his plan to build a legitimate resort casino, but that was stymied when Florida voters rejected legalized gambling. While officially "retired", many suspected that DeCavalcante was still involved in his crime family, particularly with his selected successor, Giovanni "John the Eagle" Riggi.

On June 7, 1997, Sam DeCavalcante died of a heart attack in Florida.

Re: Simone Rizzo DeCavalcante aka Sam DeCavalcante

Posted: 4 Jan 2012 12:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
You have not said a word about his first wife Mary or son Robert A. Rizzo who die in Mar of 1995. He was vet in two wars. Sam the Plummer never did anything for him or her. My Grandfather who I never met claimed to follow family values yet knew of his son and when my dad tried to contact him would not see him. I would like to know why? Also if there are any other family members Uncles, Aunts ect that I have it would be nice to know this information for my kids to have.

Re: Simone Rizzo DeCavalcante aka Sam DeCavalcante

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 7:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have been trying to get in touch with the DeCavalcante family for sometime now. My grandmother was married to Sam her name was Mary Sturgis I think the spelling is correct. My dads name was Robert A Rizzo. He only was able to his father Simone a few times a year and I never was able to meet my real grandfather. I would however like to meet the rest of my true family. I have lost both my dad and mother most of my brothers and sisters. There are very few members left and over the last 30 years I have tried and get shut down. Please at 56 I would like to know something about my true family. Can this website contact anybody from the DeCavalcante side for me? Thank You.

Re: Simone Rizzo DeCavalcante aka Sam DeCavalcante

Posted: 19 Jul 2013 6:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello, I'm Cody DiCavalcante. Son of Mike DiCavalcante. I'm the grandson of Gene DiCavalcante who was the brother of Simone. I've recently, through Facebook, found my cousin, Mike DeCavalcante who lives in New Jersey. It would be great to find more members of the family.

Re: Simone Rizzo DeCavalcante aka Sam DeCavalcante

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 3:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
My Aunt Aurora Sinatra was Sam's sister. She just passed away on the Feb 15th. She does have 3 daughter that are his nieces.
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