A mob enforcer is a member or associate of an organized crime or corrupt political organization that is responsible for handling those who do not go along with organization policies, rules and deals.
Enforcement often involves threats and/or actions of violence, beatings or murder. Mob enforcers were commonly used for collecting protection money for the mob from shopkeepers and small businesses. Also, they were used in mob wars for seizing enemy turf. In the Sicilian Mafia, enforcer is the first rank given to someone who wants to join up. After enforcer is associate, before made man.
- James Boyd, was an enforcer for Irish Mob boss Enoch “Nucky” Johnson and his organization.
- Al Capone, was Johnny Torrio’s top enforcer before becoming his second-in-command.
- Most members of Murder, Inc. were the enforcers for the National Crime Syndicate.
- Albert Anastasia, was an enforcer for Murder, Inc. and the Mangano crime family before becoming boss.
- Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, was both an enforcer for The Bugs and Meyer Mob and its co-leader. He was later called on as enforcer for the American Mafia; both before and during the formation of Murder, Inc.
- The Genna brothers, were considered enforcers for the Southside Gang in Chicago.
- Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll, was a hitman and enforcer for Newark mob boss Dutch Schultz.
- Whitey Bulger was an enforcer for Boston's Irish Mob before taking over as boss.
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