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Paolo Jannazzo (1809)

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Paolo Jannazzo
Born in Corleone, Palermo, Sicilymap
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Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 4 Sep 2015
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Categories: Corleone, Italia | Corleone Mafia | Corleone Mafia Siblings | Sicilian Outlaws.

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Paolo Jannazzo is born and baptized 28 October 1809. He is the son of Luciano Jannazzo and Maria Mule'. His godparents are Vito and Rosalia Ferraro, a married couple.[1]

There is another man by the same name, who is about ten years older and marries in 1824.

Paolo and his brother, Biagio, are connected with organized crime in Corleone. His nephew, Bernardo Terranova, is a known member of the Fratuzzi. Bernardo's stepson, Giuseppe Morello will be a founding member of the Genovese crime family in New York City.

In 1834, there is a bounty on Giuseppe "Rapanzino" Castro and Nicolo' "Puntillo" Ciavarello. Five men escape from the prison in Corleone in 1834, according to a note dated 1 August 1836. Three of them are members of Rapanzino's gang: Luciano Catania, Antonino Leone, and Salvatore Pomara. Another member, Paolo, is later named as having escaped from the Arsenale.[2]

Two other brothers who are members of this gang are Bernardo and Antonino Palumbo. Antonino is Luciano and Maria Jannazzo's godson.

The brothers Palumbo are guillotined in Palermo in 1835, according to eyewitnesses, though it's possible they escape the country.[3]

Most of the Rapanzino gang escape justice that winter. On 17 March 1836, a bounty is placed on the lives of thirteen remaining members, including brothers Paolo and Biagio Jannazzo.[2]

An armed party of eight, named in connection with the Rapanzino gang prison break, steals 450 onze in the Valle d'olmo, outside Palermo on 2 May 1836.[2]

On 16 June, Paolo Jannazzo is injured by the police. This note says that Paolo had previously escaped the Arsenale, a prison in Palermo.[2]

On 7 July, a note on the destruction of the armed band of escapees says that Paolo Jannazzo and Filippo Pecorella have been "presented," and all that remain of the band are Rapanzino and Mondello.

On 8 July 1836, Rapanzino and another band member, Leoluca Mondello, are killed. By this time, most of the bandits have been captured or killed.


  1. Baptism of Paulu Jannazzo, 28 October 1809, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (,351041802,351539001 : accessed 6 August 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1806-1818 > image 182 of 567; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Real Segreteria di Stato presso il Luogotenente Generale in Sicilia Ripartimento Polizia Repertorio anno 1836. Available online at Accessed online 6 August 2015.
  3. Salvatore Salomone-Marino. Leggende popolari siciliane in poesia raccolte. Published 1880. Accessed online 5 April 2015.

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