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This photo combo shows, in top row from left to right: Francis P. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme in a 1995 file photo taken in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio in a 1999 file photo taken in Providence, R.I.; Vincent “The Chin” Gigante in a 1997 file photo in New York; and Carmen “The Cheese Man” DiNunzio, in a 2008 file photo taken in Boston. The bottom row shows: Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, left, in an undated file photo; Anthony “Tony Ducks” Corallo in a 1969 file photo; Philip “Chicken Man” Testa in a 1968 file photo; and Harry “The Hunchback” Riccobene in a 1984 file photo in Philadelphia. (AP Photos)
By The Associated Press
AP takes a look at some of the more notable nicknames associated with the mob and tries to shed light on their sometimes murky origins:


— Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, former acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, owned a beauty salon in the Bronx called “Hello Gorgeous” and was known for being obsessed with his personal appearance; serving life on racketeering and murder charges.

–Anthony “Tony Bagels” Cavezza, an accused Gambino family mobster known for his affection for New York bagels. He was indicted in Jan. 2011 as part of a sweep in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island and awaits trial on charges including running an illegal gambling business scheduled later this month; has pleaded not guilty.

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