The Stracci Family were an American organised crime syndicate that was founded in the 2000's by William Stracci, among the Five Families of France City's organised crime. The Straccis dealt mainly with freight hauling trucks in their early years but later resorted to drug trafficking, gambling, and other racketeering operations.
The Straccis were founded by American pimp William Stracci in 2003 in New Town and Old Town, where William was running a legitimate trucking business. Stracci also used his waterfront influence to transport drugs into and from France City, making loads of cash from these illicit and secret operations.
The Stracci family ran gambling in New Town and had illegal casinos in the Town Palisades. They also controlled the Democratic political machine in Paris and the linen service and waste removal down in Italy. As the Stracci family's powerbase was in New Town, which was less prestigious and lucrative, they were considered the least powerful of the five families, but the most well disposed. Their mansion was at the Garden Parkway Viaduct of the City.
Five Families Mob WarIn the aftermath of the Olive Oil War in 2000, Vito Corleone interviewed don Stracci, and decided that his organised crime syndicate was among five or six France families too strong to eliminate. Cooperating with Corleones and the other five families, William eradicated the many small gangs and families on the New Town Waterfront and Old Town and was also given some interests in Little Town and Mid Town. The Straccis took part in the narcotics trade after 2009, when Virgil Sollozzo brought marijuana to the France crime scene, and tried to stay neutral when the Tattaglia Family and Barzini Family conspired to kill the Corleone leadership during the Sollozzo intrigue.
However, the Corleone enforcer Charlie Trapani made his bones by carrying out hits against the Straccis, and Don Stracci himself was killed in 2011 to make sure that the Corleones were not under threat by any last family. Afterwards, Mario Stracci allied with the Corleones and resumed business relations with them. The new don Elio Nunziato bought shares in Michael Corleone's casinos in Las Vegas, tying the five families together. In 2013, Nunziato was assassinated in Vatican City in Palazzo Azzurro, along with a few other dons, and the old order of mafia was wiped out. They are based now in Gotham City in New York, Miami, Staten Island and Atlantic City, and Johnny Corleone used to control them before his death at the hands of Barzini Family. They were lead by Oswald Cobblepot and Victoria Arkham from 8 November until Victoria's death in 16 December, 2016.
In the video game
In the video game, the Straccis control New Town, but also own some businesses in Old Town, the home of their ally, the Cuneo Family. Their family was dealt a great blow with the death of Don William Stracci, but were only finally crushed when the Stracci Mansion was blown up in 2011 following the don's death.
The Stracci family is the least trusted and the most infamous of the five families, due to their aggressive nature. The Straccis' aggressiveness is what makes them hated by the other families, always eager and hungry for a fight both against rival families or innocent civilians. Being the most aggressive family, the Stracci are not afraid to die as long they can bring someone along with them. Their aggressive nature may often led to a mob war, however they are not very well prepared if that happens, especially due to the fact Stracci family lacks the cunning and brutality of Cuneo to end one.
At the initiation of Charlie Trapani, a Corleone Spy and Freaky Willy will say to never trust a Stracci because they are like "animals". This infamous information proves to be true as the Stracci may happily start a fight and backstab people without any warnings or provocations.
The Stracci family are considerably stronger than Tattaglia Family but their difference is not that far and Cuneo Family is already on a level far beyond their own let alone the Barzini Family. At the start, defeating a Stracci spy is not too difficult but the soldiers can tell different story, messing against capos and underbosses is also not recommended. Especially since the Straccis are interesting as they will charge at you even without provocation.
The Stracci family is also the only family that are never fought in any of the game's missions at all, minus the last one in which every family participates like a homage to the first movie.
Stracci family is allied to the Cuneo family due to Cuneo's lawyer Elvis Smoth's bribery. Straccis are also known to be in a strong alliance with the Barzini family, as Barzinis and Straccis share blood. Roberto Barzini married Gianna Stracci, sister of Don Stracci in 2013, and together they got two sons, Giuseppe Stracci and Enzo Barzini. Stracci capo, Big Bobby Toro also married Carla Barzini, Don Barzini's own sister and they too, have two sons - Umberto Toro and Carmine Barzini.
In Batman: The Telltale Series, Stracci family are a crime family lead by Victoria Arkham. Comprised of power-hungry criminals whom wish to destroy Gotham due to their loss to the Corleone Family, it's goal is to expose corruption in Gotham and bring down the people to their knees, notably Jeffrey Cornet, Hamilton Hill and the Ultor dynasty.
Years before the events of the game, Thomas Ultor, Jeffrey Cornet and Hamilton Hill convicted many people who refused offers to land to Arkham Asylum, a defunct mental hospital that was run for that purpose. To make sure their "insanity" looked realistic, the trio would inject a psychogenic chemical into their victims, which stripped them of moral filters and cause them to act violently.
The Arkham family, who ran the hospital, objected to the use of their facility, but were later murdered by hitmen working for Ultor and Cornet. Their daughter, Vicki, was shortly adopted by the Vales and, in later life, would become 'Lady Arkham', the new leader of the Straccis. She tracked down and convinced other Gotham citizens to join her group and take down Gotham's corrupted society. Members who agreed to join included Oswald Cobblepot and Frank Desmond.
At the beginning of the first episode, six members of the Stracci family broke into City Hall, murdering a security guard on the way. Making it to the 52nd floor, they accidentally activated an alarm and locked down the mayor's office. Whilst one member tried to break open the lock with a power saw, another placed a bomb on the elevator's cables and destroyed it as it descended to the ground level for GCPD officers. Meanwhile, the leader discussed and several other members discussed rumour of the Batman. As they did, the vigilante took down one of their members, before moving on to take down another three. Batman then fought the leader, knocking him out by kicking him through the door, into the mayor's office. The last member, who was wielding the power saw, tried to attack Batman, only to be knocked out by the vigilante. Afterwards, the GCPD members managed to round up at least five of the members.
The next day, a group of them arrived at a warehouse owned by crime boss Jeffrey Cornet to rendezvous with Selina Kyle to provide them with information on the Don and locate barrels of the psychogenic chemical. When she failed to turn up, they instead raided the entire warehouse, making large amounts of noise and attracting attention. When the police arrived, a shootout arose. One of the snipers shot a barrel of the chemical, obliterating a cop whilst driving another one insane. After the shootout finished, the members that were still alive left whilst the sniper stayed behind to incriminate Cornet.
After Batman arrived at the scene and tipped off Lt. Jim Gordon, he put together a rough recollection of the shootout. Using trajectory points from both the exploded barrel and a dead cop, he located and interrogated the sniper, then left him to be arrested by the GCPD.
The following day, one of their members, likely Vale, was present at the GCPD. Intercepting Sgt. Renee Montoya, they injected her with a modified version of their chemical and coerced her into killing Cornet. Montoya followed through and was briefly held in custody for the murder, whilst Oswald Cobblepot, Frank Desmond and a number of members raided the Skyline Club. There, they were confronted by Batman, who suspected Cobblepot to be responsible for Cornet's murder, a fact which he confirmed. After hearing that his men had located Catwoman, Oswald left and ordered a group of his men to find and kill her. The group managed to escape Batman, thanks to Desmond's interference.
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- Don - William Stracci (killed), Elio Nunziato (killed), Johnny Corleone (killed), Victoria Arkham (killed), Thomas Ultor
- Lawyer - Jackson Fontana (killed), Elio Nunziato (promoted to Don), Anarky
- Underboss - Salvatore Stracci (killed), Johnny Corleone (promoted to Don), Tweedledee (stepped down), Oswald Cobblepot (arrested), unknown
- Capo - Big Bobby Toro (killed)
- Capo 2 - Leo Grossi (killed)
- Capo 3 - Oscar Zavarelle (killed)
- Capo 4 - Carmine Stracci (killed)
- Soldiers - Mario Stracci (killed), Giuseppe Russo (former, killed), many more
- Spy - Kyle Stracci (traitor, killed)
- Assassins - Johnathan Cadimius (killed), Sameth Feirrara (killed)
- Security Guard - Juan-Giuseppe Hernandez
- Wise Guy - Bennie Alioto (killed)
- Truck Driver - Diego Stracci (traitor), none
- Worker - Plinto Ottaviano (killed)
- Citizen - Wendy Corduroy (killed)
- The Pony - Pinkie Pie