Going Back In Time: Murder Of Rochester Mafia Muscle “Big Norm” Huck Back In The Headlines

July 23, 2020 – The Monroe County Sherriff’s Department is examining the cold-case mob murder of Rochester mob enforcer Norman (Big Norm) Huck 53 years ago this Christmas season. Huck was found face down on the side of Ballantyne Road in Chili, New York on December 20, 1967, less than a month removed from walking out of prison after serving four years for assaulting several Rochester police officers at a nightclub brawl in 1963.

Monroe County Sherriff’s Detective Andrew Belmont did an interview with Rochester’s NBC television affiliate (WHEC Channel 10) this week discussing the still-open case. The hulking 33-year old Huck was known as a braggart and a loose cannon. He was last seen alive leaving a local pool hall.

According to FBI records, Huck angered then Rochester mafia don Frank Valenti at his welcome home party the week before he was killed held at The Quill Room, Valenti’s restaurant headquarters. Informants told the FBI that at the party Huck got into a verbal spat with Valenti and disrespected Valenti by pouring out a drink the Godfather sent over to him and grabbing a bottle of wine off Valenti’s table without asking.

Valenti had taken power in the Rochester mob in 1964 by allegedly organizing the kidnapping and murder of his predecessor Jake Russo, who vanished on his way to meet Valenti at The Quill Room. In the years after Big Norm Huck was killed, Valenti was ousted from the throne for secretly hoarding syndicate profits. He died in 2008, living in retirement in Houston.

The mob in Rochester imploded with the Alphabet War of the late 1970s and early 1980s, a bloody faction dispute that decimated a once thriving criminal empire. By the 2000s, the Rochester mafia no longer existed.

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