The Hunt For Red October: DiFronzo Brothers Slipped Out Of Feds’ Grasp In Unsuccessful Chicago Mob Sting



December 8, 2020 – Operation Red October wasn’t to be. The DiFronzo brothers dodged a bullet and remained at the forefront of organized crime in Chicago instead

Channel ABC 7 News in Chicago and Chicago mob expert Jack Binder broke the news of the fruitless joint CPD and FBI investigation into the DiFronzo brothers that began in 1995 and never resulted in any arrests Monday night. Award-winning investigative journalist Chuck Goudie helmed ABC 7’s coverage containing never-before-seen surveillance photos and FBI pyramid charts of the era.

Peter (Greedy Petey) DiFronzo died of complications from the Coronavirus last Friday at 87. His older brother, John (Johnny No Nose) DiFronzo, died of Alzheimer’s Disease two years ago after heading the Chicago mafia for the better half of three decades. Greedy Petey DiFronzo was his big bro’s right-hand man and ran the Outfit’s Elmwood Park from his headquarters at D&P Construction in Melrose Park owned by his wife.

In 1995, No Nose DiFronzo was fresh off a reversal of his federal racketeering conviction stemming from the shaking down of an Indian reservation in California which almost derailed his rein as Godfather of the Chicago mob. His Elmwood Park emissary and eventual consigliere Marco (The Mover) D’Amico had just been busted and was off the streets dealing with his own federal racketeering pinch, so the DiFronzo brothers themselves were asserting more authority and employing a more hands-on approach in the management in the Elmwood Park crew than they had in years at the time the feds opened Operation Red October.

Jack Binder, the preeminent author and researcher on Chicago Outfit affairs both current and historic, showed Goudie and the viewers photos of the two DiFronzo brothers on a “walk-and-talk” meeting in 1996 in Elmwood Park snapped by FBI agents and a chart of the Outfit’s administration of the mid-1990s showing No Nose DiFronzo as the organization’s No. 1 shot caller and Greedy Petey his No. 1 “messenger.”

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