Not every mobster has a nickname; some have multiple monikers. Nicknames can come from family, business associates, the press or the police. Al Capone got his when he got slashed in the face after insulting a woman at a Brooklyn night club, leaving scars. Newspapers started calling Benjamin Siegel (who was embarrassed by his nickname) "Bugsy" which came from "bugs," slang for crazy.
Below is a sampling of some La Cosa Nostra mobsters who were arrested on Jan. 20, and their roles and nicknames:
Joseph Corozzo aka "JoJo" - at various times a soldier, a captain and a consigliore in the organized crime family.
Michael Roccaforte aka "Roc" - Part of Alphonse Trucchio's (participant of Gambino organized crime family) crew.
Vincenzo Frogiero aka "Vinny Carwash" - A soldier in the Gambino crime family.
Frank Bellantoni aka "Meatball" - A member of Trucchio's crew.
Christopher Reynolds aka "Burger" - A member of Trucchio's crew.
Michael Russo aka "Mush" - A member of Trucchio's crew.
Anthino Russo aka "Hootie" - A member of Trucchio's crew.
John Brancaccio aka "Johnny Bandana" - A member of Trucchio's crew.
Vito Cortesiano aka Vito Love - An associate in the Gambino crime family.
Luigi "Louie" Manocchio aka "Baby Shacks", "The Old Man" and "The Professor" - A member, underboss and boss who reportedly received monthly cash protection payments from strip club owners in Providence, R.I., and the reputed leader of New England's Patriarca crime family.
Bartolomeo Vernace aka "Pepe", "Bobby", "Bobby Glasses" and "Robert" - An associate, soldier and captain in the Gambino crime family as well as part of the ruling panel formed to oversee the family.