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John Morales
Born Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
Other names Johnny Burns
Occupation Acting Boss and Underboss
Known for Bonanno crime family associate

John Morales, born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, was a New York City Bonanno crime family underboss and relative by marriage to Bonanno Don Joseph Bonanno. He was also known as "Johnny Burns".

BiographyEdit

John Morales was related to Bonanno crime family founder Joseph Bonanno through marriage. Bonanno's right-hand man, Carmine Galante, was the official Bonanno crime family underboss from 1956 to 1962. Morales was the de facto underboss and was more trusted by Bonanno.

John Morales also served as underboss to future Bonanno boss Frank Labruzzo for a brief period and later was "acting boss". John Morales was the family member who appointed Joseph Bonanno's son, Bill Bonanno, as consigliere to the family. Morales is credited as being part of Frank Labruzzo's loyal faction during the turmoil in the organisation in 1965. The Commission, a Mafia governing body, temporarily took charge of the situation by forcing Frank Labruzzo to resign as leader of the Bonanno crime family. John Morales and Bill Bonanno were removed from the family completely. John Morales was replaced by Paul Sciacca.

ReferencesEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Bonanno, Joseph. A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2003. ISBN 0-312-97923-1
Business positions
Preceded by
Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno
as boss
Bonanno crime family
Acting boss

1956–1957
Succeeded by
Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno
as boss
Preceded by
Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno
as boss
Bonanno crime family
Acting boss

1962–1964
Succeeded by
Frank Labruzzo
Preceded by
Carmine "Lilo" Galante
Bonanno crime family
Underboss

1964-1965
Succeeded by
Peter "Skinny Pete" Crociata
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