GR Sources: Slain BMF Lieutenant Pig Triplett Wasn’t Target Of Motown Murder Plot

September 3, 2020 — According to sources in Southwest Detroit, Black Mafia Family soldier Chris (Pig) Triplett was killed last month in a case of mistaken identity. Speculation ran rampant back in the summer regarding a motive for Triplett’s slaying, with theories ranging from a beef over a woman to a message being sent to the BMF brass.

Pig Triplett, 49, was gunned down on Detroit’s Westside on the evening of July 12. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Triplett was a top transportation lieutenant for BMF bosses and co-founders, the Flenory brothers, who distributed tens of thousands of kilos of cocaine throughout the country and reached the apex of hip-hop pop culture before the organization was brought down by the feds in the historic 2005 Operation Motor City Mafia bust. The Flenorys pleaded guilty in the case and received 30-year prison sentences.

Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory started BMF in Detroit in 1990 and then expanded to Atlanta, L.A., New York and beyond, grabbing control of the nation’s drug economy at the dawning of the New Millennium. Terry Flenory, 50, was released from prison in May on a compassionate release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The more high-profile Big Meech, 51, isn’t slated for parole until 2032.

Triplett grew up with the Flenory brothers and pleaded guilty to his charges stemming from BMF activity. He did 8 years in federal prison, getting out in 2012. A 2014 heroin-trafficking conviction in Ohio sent him back behind bars for a four-year bid.

50 Cent’s upcoming television series about BMF (set for a 2022 premiere on Starz) will feature a character based on Triplett. Sources close to the Flenorys say both brothers were “torn up” and “emotionally devastated” by Triplett’s death.

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Sharking It In The Tennessee Heat: Music City Drug Kingpin Went Down In Summer Of 2020

September 3, 2020 — Nashville drug lord Eric (The Shark) Jenkins was busted by the feds in an undercover sting this past summer. The 37-year old Jenkins was nailed trying to purchase 10 kilos of cocaine near a Motel 6 parking lot on June 18 in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

Jenkins is alleged to have ran his drug business out of the city’s most upscale neighborhoods, headquartering in The Gulch, a ritzy district on the southwest border of Downtown.

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GR Sources: BMF Lieutenant Pig Triplett Wasn’t Target In Motown Murder Of Drug World Figure

September 3, 2020 — According to sources in Southwest Detroit, Black Mafia Family soldier Chris (Pig) Triplett was killed last month in a case of mistaken identity. Speculation ran rampant back in the summer regarding a motive for Triplett’s slaying, with theories ranging from a beef over a woman to a message being sent to the BMF brass.

Pig Triplett, 49, was gunned down on Detroit’s Westside on the evening of July 12. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Triplett was a top transportation lieutenant for BMF bosses and co-founders, the Flenory brothers, who distributed tens of thousands of kilos of cocaine throughout the country and reached the apex of hip-hop pop culture before the organization was brought down by the feds in the historic 2005 Operation Motor City Mafia bust. The Flenorys pleaded guilty in the case and received 30-year prison sentences.

Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory started BMF in Detroit in 1990 and then expanded to Atlanta, L.A., New York and beyond, grabbing control of the nation’s drug economy at the dawning of the New Millennium. Terry Flenory, 50, was released from prison in May on a compassionate release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The more high-profile Big Meech, 51, isn’t slated for parole until 2032.

Triplett grew up with the Flenory brothers and pleaded guilty to his charges stemming from BMF activity. He did 8 years in federal prison, getting out in 2012. A 2014 heroin-trafficking conviction in Ohio sent him back behind bars for a four-year bid.

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The Cleveland, Ohio Family of LCN

By The Other Guy | September 2, 2020


Dating to the earliest days of Prohibition, the city of Cleveland has always played a major role in the development of organized crime in this country. In fact, one of the earliest known national meetings of the original Sicilian mafia who had established themselves in America took place at the Hotel Statler in Ohio back in 1928. 

State of Ohio’s position in the U.S.
State of Ohio’s position in the U.S.

Twenty-some-odd of the most notorious and important Sicilian mafiosi representing a variety of borgatas across the country met that infamous day.

We now know this because documented history reflects that the Cleveland Police Department raided the hotel rooms they had rented for the “meet” and interrupted that meeting midstream.

All attendees were arrested and detained for questioning, before later being released for a lack of evidence of any actual crime having been committed. They were ordered out of the city limits as “undesirables.”

But before letting them go the police noted the prior criminal records, the towns and cities they traveled from, and of course their names and their reputations in their hometowns accordingly.

Among the more noteworthy were Giuseppe (Joe) Profaci, Giuseppe (Joe Malyok) Magliocco, Salvatore (Tutti) Lombardino, Giuseppe (The Peasant) Traina, Vincenzo Mangano and Emanuele (Nello) Cammarata among others from the New York-New Jersey area. Pasqualino (Patsy) Lolordo, Antonio (Tony) Bello, and Giuseppe (Hop Toad) Giunta from Chicago. Ignazio (Red) Italiano and Giuseppe (Joe) Vaglica from Tampa, Giovanni (Johnny) Mirabella from St. Louis, and Salvatore (Sam) DiCarlo from Buffalo.

City of Cleveland’s position in Ohio
Cleveland’s position in Ohio

There were many others who attended as well. Many were bosses or higher ups of their respective clans.

As early as 1906 the local Cleveland City Police started noticing an increased series of murders among the Italian immigrant community that they later attributed to “Black Hand” activity.

It became a growing phenomena across other cities and towns in this country as well. By the 1910s there were many loosely organized gangs and Italian clans including what became widely known as “The Mayfield Road Gang”.

This entity was the early precursor of what would later become the Cleveland Family of Cosa Nostra. Their name was taken from the Little Italy area of Cleveland known as the Mayfield Road section or Murray Hill where many of them grew up.

Another largely Italian area was the Collinwood section of town, where another Italian based gang would form. There were others as well. Collectively, these small, early gangs, criminal bands, and “crews” would form the basis for the Mafia title wave that was to come.

First boss Francesco (Ciccio) Milano
Francesco (Ciccio) Milano

In 1931, with the finish of the infamous Castellammarese War and the subsequent killing of Sicilian strongman Salvatore Maranzano, there was the creation of the national “Commission” formed by Lucky Luciano and the other bosses as a “mediating body” over all of Cosa Nostra.

The Cleveland Family under Francesco (Ciccio) Milano was arguably said to have been one of the few borgatas to have been invited to sit at that original Commission table with the New York City bosses.

If this is true as is thought by mob historians, this “fact” in and of itself shows the power of, and the respect afforded to this Family to have been one of the “founding” members among more than 28 known such borgatas throughout the United States to have been chosen. It was a lofty perch Milano held.

The city of Cleveland is comprised of a geographic area stretching out over eighty-two square miles. By 1920, its population had grown to almost 800,000.

By 1930, it had a population of just over 900,000 residents. It was a solid and quickly developing city and as good a place as any for the American underworld to stretch its powerful arms.

Ex-boss - Francesco (Ciccio) Milano
Francesco (Ciccio) Milano

By 1950, the populous had reached 915,000. From that point forward though Cleveland would continually drop in population due to a changing demographic and the growing loss of jobs amid deindustrialization.

But in its heyday starting from the 1920s forward, the Mafia of this city had a field day and thrived for over 50 years.

Situated on the shores of Lake Erie, early in their history Cleveland played host to a wide swath of underworld ethnicities who grabbed their piece of the “racketeer pie” so to speak.

The city was in a good position geographically to facilitate the smuggling of illicit liquor by boat and land. The Great Lakes Region was greatly utilized by bootleggers who would buy boatloads of liquor legally in Canada and then sneak it back across the borders into Ohio.

Of course, many other bootleggers built “Alky-Stills” and just produced their own. But Prohibition overall regardless of the method used would be the catalyst to turn previous street hoodlums and small-time criminals into millionaires and in some cases multi-millionaires.

Jewish gambling boss Moe Dalitz
Gambling boss Moe Dalitz

Both the Italians and the Jews of Cleveland capitalized on this “failed national experiment”.

There were top Irish hoodlums who also struck “liquid gold” as well. Many top Jewish racketeers would soon emerge. They worked independently and together with their Italian counterparts in the alcohol bootleg trade.

Among the more notable of these early Jewish racketeers was Moe Dalitz, Louis Rothkopf, Maurice Klein, and Sam Tucker. Collectively, they became known as “The Little Jewish Navy” for their exploits in buying legal liquor up in Canada and then smuggling it by boat into Cleveland.

In later years, they would become pivotal figures in the early development of gambling in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their insight and huge bankrolls helped ensure them a spot at the table with other nationally known mafiosi and racketeers to either build or buy into various casinos that would dot the Las Vegas strip by the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Side Note: The mobs infiltration of Las Vegas, and that of the Cleveland Family of Cosa Nostra in particular which always backed the play of their Jewish mob associates was said to include the Stardust, and Desert Inn Hotels & Casinos. In partnership with New York, Chicago, and several other Mafia Families, the Cleveland mob conducted a massive profit “skimming” operation for decades. It provided millions in untaxed money to be divided amongst the various borgatas involved throughout the years. 

Giuseppe (Big Joe) Lonardo
Giuseppe (Big Joe) Lonardo

Digressing a bit to the mafia’s early history in Cleveland, there had been a lot of strife as the various Italian mobs and gangs jockeyed for position for the city’s rackets. Among the many who fought for supremacy were the Porrello and Lonardo brothers. Each blood family had multiple siblings, the Porrello’s had seven and the Lonardo’s had four. At one point in time they were said to have been allies, but at some point split and became arch rivals.

This division in power and loyalties lay in the profits to be had in the bootlegging rackets. For although they previously worked together, and separately in various robbery, extortion, Italian lottery, and other schemes, the vast profits to be had in alcohol would bring them nose to nose in rivalry….and the cost, in bloodshed and lives, would be considerable.

The true lasting Italian underworld power in Cleveland began with the rule of Frank Milano in the early 1930s. He was officially named as the first “Representante” of what would become a nationally recognized “Family” of Cosa Nostra in Cleveland. In tandem with all the other participating borgatas throughout the United States.

His tenure as boss solidified the Family and made it a structured hierarchy as we commonly know the Mafia today. The extremely wealthy former bootlegger Ciccio Milano headed a Family that at its 1950s-1960s peak was said by the FBI to number approximately 50 to 60 formally inducted and recognized mafia members. They oversaw an organization that governed hundreds more “associate members” and loose “affiliates” of every ethnicity, who collectively generated many millions of dollars annually through a wide variety of rackets. 

News expose on the Cleveland Mob
News expose on the Cleveland Mob

The old Milano Family not only established and controlled racket operations in the city of Cleveland, but most of its outer environs as well: Akron, Canton, Warren, and everything in between within the state of Ohio was theirs exclusively.

The one exception was the city of Youngstown where because of its geographic proximity, there was an agreement to share power with the nearby Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Family of John La Rocca. But Youngstown became a problem because of it and stayed a sharp thorn in the side of the Cleveland mob for decades.

In essence, the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Families would conduct what could be viewed as a protracted guerrilla war for supremacy that they each waged against one another while keeping a smile on their faces toward each other. This “on-again, off-again” hidden conflict saw many gangland slayings through the years by the various members and associates of both factions who vied for power.

Among the better known of Cleveland’s Mafia who either lived or operated in Youngstown, or both, were Giuseppe (Little Joe) Blumetti, a respected soldier and resident of Youngstown.

He was a former counterfeiter and narcotics trafficker who later gravitated to the jukebox and vending machine rackets, and labor movement becoming a business agent of several important union locals including Vending Machine Workers Union Local # 410, Teamsters Local # 377, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. These positions helped Blumetti control a large portion of the labor racketeering and labor extortion rackets for the Family. 

Scalish exiting the grand jury room
Scalish exiting the grand jury room

In fact, the Cleveland “Outfit” as it was commonly called was always very heavily engaged in labor racketeering in general, through their iron-clad control over a wide swath of labor unions governing a wide variety of important industries.

Aside from the aforementioned union locals above, this borgata held sway over the Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Dye House Workers International Union – Local # 1, which was headed by mob associate John Zittello Jr.

Another important union used to extort and otherwise “shakedown” the construction industry was Builders Union – Local # 108 of which the malleable Andy Gump was the president fronting for Scalish. And let’s not forget the Hotel Service Workers & Miscellaneous Restaurant Employees Union – Local # 274, which was operated under the corrupt hand of Family soldier Joseph (Joe Polo) Poliafico, and mob associate Jack Lubin who doubled as a shylock at the local racetracks.

When you also consider this borgata’s strong connections and the considerable influence it exercised over the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union through several minions of the Family who did its bidding, the Scalish/Licavoli Family was probably one of the more influential of Cosa Nostra groups in control of the American labor movement in this country. Especially proportionately speaking in regard to the size of its actual inducted membership. Pound for pound it more than held its own on the labor front.

Teamsters President Jackie Presser
Teamsters President Jackie Presser

That may be a prime reason why in later years federal law enforcement tied the Cleveland Outfit into several multi-Family conspiracies along with the Genovese Family of New York, the Chicago Outfit, and the Kansas City mob to bribe Teamster officials or otherwise be awarded multimillion-dollar Teamsters Pension Fund loans which allowed them to infiltrate several Las Vegas Casinos.

Side Note: Top labor unions officials William (Big Bill) Presser, his son Jackie Presser, as well as Louis (Babe) Triscaro were the three top Teamsters Union officials directly under the control of the Cleveland Family through the years. They provided a direct link to the presidency of the International, and to James R. Hoffa himself.

Charles (Cadillac Charlie) Cavallaro
Charles (Cadillac Charlie) Cavallaro

These individuals were also pivotal in the Cleveland mob’s access to a series of multimillion-dollar Teamsters Pension Fund loans that were utilized to leverage a secret ownership interest in several Las Vegas Casinos, which in turn allowed for a massive profit “skimming” operation from the gambling tables right into the pockets of Scalish and his contemporaries before the cash boxes hit the “counting rooms” which was under the surveillance of casino regulators. This scheme undoubtedly became one of the greatest racket operations ever operated by this Family, and Cosa Nostra in general.

Another important figure was top “capo di decina” Charles (Cadillac Charlie) Cavallaro. Born in the Agrigento region of Sicily in 1902, he was an old line “Zip” and Youngstown resident who controlled area gambling and vice until he was blown to bits along with his two young sons in a November, 1962 car bombing during the strife of warfare between factions.

Former boss - “Big Al” Polizzi
Former boss – “Big Al” Polizzi

Technically, Ciccio Milano’s reign as head of the Family was short however because of a tax-evasion indictment brought against him in 1935. He fled to Mexico where he would live as a well-respected mafia boss in exile for years to come down south of the border.

In fact, in later years he still exerted influence back in Cleveland as well as on the west coast in Southern California because of the great respect his name and reputation generated.

It was widely reported and documented that back in 1930 he and several other top members of the Cleveland Outfit had all pooled their resources together and invested a great deal of money in the purchase of over 80,000 acres of land south of the border in Mexico.

At some early point in time, his partners all wanted to bail out of the land deal, so Milano accommodated them. Soon, he was the sole owner of these vast tracts of land and decided to go it alone.

Giovanni (John Scalish) Scalisi
Giovanni (John Scalish) Scalisi

Over the next 35 years, Milano developed some of the land and leased out portions for a coffee plantation, and sold the trees he had chopped down during development as timber. In approximately 1968 Milano sold the property to the Mexican government for a huge profit and completely relocated himself to Southern California where had also operated over the years. 

Frank (Ciccio) Milano was indeed an extremely wise and business savvy mafioso. Maybe thats another reason why he was so revered for upwards of fifty years, whether he was “technically” in the boss seat or that of a semi-retired elder statesman. 

Side Note: The Peter Milano, Frank Milano Jr., and Carmen Milano we have heard about who were later active in the Los Angeles borgata are the direct descendants of Ciccio Milano; they were his sons and his nephew.

Their later ascendancy to hierarchy positions can be directly traced to the reverence the Milano name carried within the Italian underworld.

Capo - Frank Brancato
Capo – Frank Brancato

After Milano a close associate named Alfonso (Big Al) Polizzi aka “Alfred Polizzi” would rise to steer Cleveland’s ship for approximately a decade until he too stepped down because of an income-tax evasion case.

He later moved to Miami, Florida by the late 1940s where he would mostly reside and operate from for the rest of his days….Enter the new boss of the Family, John Scalish.

He would run a solid borgata which boasted such capable mafiosi over the years as underbosses Anthony (Tony) Milano, Leo (Lips) Moceri, as well as consiglieri Johnny DeMarco and Frank Brancato.

Another key mob figure closely associated with this crew was the Jewish hoodlum Milton (Maishe) Rockman, who was Scalish’s brother-in-law and treated as somewhat of an unofficial “counselor” or advisor through the years.

Consigliere – Antonio (Tony) Milano

Giovanni (John Scalish) Scalici – born 1912, was to become the longest-reigning “Representante” of this borgata. From 1944 until his death in 1976, Scalish would rule over a tightly run crew for 32 years.

Ostensibly, he was a partner in a large jukebox-cigarette-pinball game vending firm named the Buckeye Cigarette Service Company. Scalish also held interests in taverns, nightclubs, restaurants, and other businesses as a partner with various members of his borgata.

One of his greatest “coups” was to invest in Las Vegas casinos. His leadership saw the Family prosper at a time that was “heady” days for organized crime in general.

Underboss - Johnny DeMarco
Underboss – Johnny DeMarco

The 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s were generally successful eras for the brotherhood. Only with the advent of the federal government’s onslaught of investigations, indictments and subsequent imprisonments did the armor of Omertà start to crack.

This was also largely brought on by the bloody infighting that soon commenced in many cities as the former bosses were either jailed, died, or otherwise removed from the scene, leaving the doors open for less capable, and hungry mafiosi to try and fill the vacuum created by their absence. 

Side Note: The Cleveland Family was well represented at the November, 1957 Apalachin Mafia Meeting at the Upstate New York home of Binghamton boss Joseph Barbara Sr., by boss John Scalish, and his underboss John DeMarco.

This exposure would create intensified investigation into Scalish’s activities and those of his close associates by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for years to come.

James (Blackie) Licavoli
James (Blackie) Licavoli

With the death of Scalish, a former “capo di decina” named James (Blackie) Licavoli aka “Jack White” was elected to head the Family.

Although Licavoli was a tough, loyal and dedicated mafioso to his craft for upwards of 40 years, he lacked the smarts and organizational savvy required to sometimes navigate the murky waters of the underworld.

He was mostly a blue-collar, unsophisticated hoodlum who made a great soldier, a pretty good capo di decina, but a weak leader.

1951 - Licavoli at U.S Senate Hearings
1951 – Licavoli at U.S Senate Hearings

Under his leadership, the Family would suffer. First with a dwindling of racket income because of his narrow vision of the world, and next by his weak response to several challenges to both his leadership and the overall territory his Family governed. 

A disgruntled former “associate” of the Family named John Nardi (who coincidentally was a nephew of Ciccio Milano), who doubled as a labor-union official and mob figure, in an unlikely partnership with an arrogant Irish hoodlum named Danny Greene, decided to challenge the leadership of the Licavoli Family and its top figures.

Over the course of a decade or so, they increasingly went nose to nose against multiple “made” members of the Cleveland Family competing for racket revenue.

Teamster & Hoodlum - John Nardi
Teamster & Hoodlum – John Nardi

Greene was a hardheaded screwball of an Irishman who proudly wore his Celtic colors on his sleeve. He fancied himself a tough guy who didn’t give a fuck for those Guinea “Spaghetti-Benders”. Greene felt that he should be the boss of the area.

He ran a small gang of like-minded hoodlums who later allied with Nardi for added strength to bring down the Licavoli’s.

During this protracted conflict the City of Cleveland suffered through many car bombings (a favored method of disposal), shootings, and a few MIAs or missing in action, where mob guys disappeared forever including that of Licavoli underboss Calogero (Leo the Lip) Moceri…It was the last straw.

Danny Greene
Danny Greene

For their efforts, John Nardi would later get blown to smithereens on May 17, 1977 by a remote-controlled dynamite car bomb that had been placed under his automobile while he was retrieving it from the parking lot of his Teamsters Union hall headquarters in Cleveland.

Nardi had been long destined to meet his maker.

Greene was also killed in late 1977 by a remote-detonated car bomb placed in an auto parked next to his car in the parking lot of his dentist’s office where he had gone for an appointment…and that was that as they say!

1977 - what’s left of Danny Greene
1977 – what’s left of Danny Greene

But the fact that Licavoli had chosen to use an “outside” associate and not “made” members of the Cleveland Family for those killings would create big problems. It would come back to haunt the Family.

A struggling hood named Ray Ferritto had been contracted to carry out the hit with the promise of mob “membership” upon successful completion. It was said that not only did Licavoli renege on that promise but he considered eliminating Ferritto altogether.

Ferritto soon turned informant… Now what came first? The “chicken or the egg” is up for debate. Did Ferritto turn rat and Licavoli wanted him killed? Or did Licavoli betray the confidence of Ferritto which made him “flip” to the government?

Ray Ferritto
Ray Ferritto

It’s really of little consequence because either way the information provided by Ferritto would help convict Licavoli and other top members of their borgata. They all went to prison in 1982 for the murder of Greene. 

Next up at bat was an old-timer and veteran of the Cleveland mafia named Angelo Lonardo, the son and nephew of the original Lonardo’s of the 1920s-1930s era of the Family. His underworld resume helped insure him a top spot.

But he was another semi-incompetent hoodlum who chose to sanction narcotics dealing by certain members of their shrinking Family membership because of the big profits that could be made.

They would all prosper moving large quantities of cocaine for several short years before the federal hammer of the DEA came down with a series of large indictments charging Lonardo and several other important members with narcotics trafficking.

Angelo (Big Ange) Lonardo
Angelo (Big Ange) Lonardo

Facing heavy time, Lonardo caved, and soon betrayed his “Oath of Omertà” and spilled the beans to federal investigators and before a U.S. Senate Hearing on the mafia.

He became the highest ranking mafioso of his era to betray his oath, and his testimony helped put away many mob luminaries such as New York City “underboss” Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno and other top bosses in federal prison, not only in the famed Commission case, but in other such trials as well.

In the nearby city of Pittsburgh, their underboss Charles (Chuck) Porter would also later became a “rat” for lack of a better word because of a major narcotics conviction as well. Involvement in drugs can be seen as the start of the decline in both crews.

1977 narcotics pinch - Angelo Lonardo
1977 narcotics pinch – Angelo Lonardo

The betrayals of both Lonardo and Porter were devastating blows to their respective hierarchies, and the morale of their remaining respective membership… these events can be seen as the true beginning of the end of this borgata, and that of nearby Pittsburg as well.

By the end of the decade and into the early 1990s what was at one time a stable and vibrant Family of Cosa Nostra was hobbling on one leg.

The FBI, IRS, DEA and every other “letter” of their partners throughout law enforcement had pretty much cannibalized what remained off the carcass of the Scalish/Licavoli Family.

The “original” Angelo Lonardo
The “original” Angelo Lonardo

It was said that the leadership over whatever was left of the Family fell to John (Peanuts) Tronolone for a time. Then on to Anthony (Tony) Liberatore. Soldiers Russell Papalardo and Joseph (Joe Loose) Iacobacci were also fleetingly mentioned as “holding the preverbal fort” in those last years for whatever that was worth.

But with just a few aging “made” members left on the streets, and a handful of inexperienced and highly-suspect younger associates who were untrained and “green” at best, this once proud borgata pretty much disintegrated into oblivion. 

Today, whatever and whoever remains of this Family, if anything, pretty much hide under rocks and inside of their caves. Because by and large, the Scalish Family of Cosa Nostra is no more!

Until the next time, “The Other Guy”.

What follows below is an organizational hierarchy chart of the Cleveland Family from approximately 1945 through 1980. Most names listed were believed to have been formally “inducted” members of the borgata at some point during this thirty-five year period. The men who may not have been officially “made” into the Family, nonetheless were important “associate members”, some of whom were thought to have been eligible as “proposed members” for possible formal induction down the road. The remainder were at least active Family associates. Please refer to the “Key to the Chart” below to identify known and suspected members from the mob “associates”.

Key to the chart:
^  connotes later elevated to the hierarchy
~ connotes probable “associate”
+ connotes informer
= connotes transfers from/to another Family


1930, John Scalisi on his wedding day


Giovanni Scalici


James Licavoli


Francesco Milano
Alfred Polizzi


John DeMarco
Leo Moceri 
Angelo Lonardo +


Anthony Milano
Anthony Delsanter


Milton Rockman ~



John Angersola
Frank Brancato
Frank Cammarata
Charles Cavallaro

Giuseppe Di Carlo =
Russel Papalardo ^
 Thomas Sinito
Frank Visconti


Gaspare Aiello
 Fred Angersola ~ 
Angelo Amato 
Samuel Bussaca ~ 
Nicholas Bibbo ~
Anthony Buffa ~ 
Alfred Calabrese
John P. Calandra
Ronald Carabbia ~ 
Frank Ciccarello
Eugene Ciasullo ~ 
John Ciricullo ~ 
Paul DeMaio
James DeCore
William DeNova ~ 
 Raymond Ferritto ~ 
  Joseph Giamo ~ 
John Iorillo
Frank Liosi ~
Dominick Lonardo
Samuel Lucarelli 
Nicholas Nardi ~
  Michael Panzarella
Anthony Panzarella
Salvatore Poliafico
 Sylvester Papalardo
Frank Pircio ~
Peter Sanzo
Charles Spitalieri ~ 
Louis Triscaro 
Joseph Zingale ~
Calogero Vizzini
Frank Embrescia
James Lupo
Michael J. Minaden ~  
Anthony Mollica ~
Angelo Sciria
Nicholas Barone ~ 
Anthony Bonadonna ~
 James LaFatch
William Lantini
Frank Favaro ~ 
Charles Cassaro =
Charles Lakis ~
Anthony Randazzo = 

George Angersola
 Nicholas Danolfo
 Carmen Basile
Angelo Bucci
Giuseppe Blumetti
Joseph Cupido ~
Frank Fioretti ~
Pasquale Catalano
Charles Carabbia ~ 
Alex Calarco
John Cirelli ~
Pasquale Cisterino
Ernest J. Fusco
John Delzoppo ~
Pierino DeGravio
Joseph Gallo ^
Joseph Iacobacci ^
Anthony Liberatore
Frank Lonardo ~
Tommaso Argento
John Nardi ~
James Palladino
Marino Paolucci 
Angelo Perna
 Samuel Papalardo
Paul Perrotti ~
Giuseppe Orteca
Anthony Spitalieri ~
Salvatore Sirna ~ 
John Tronolone ^ 
  Thomas Zingale ~
Frank D’Agostino
Joseph Fontana
Michael DeAngelo
Frank Minniti
Nicholas Satullo
Dominic Sospirato
Louis Battista ~
August Demma
Anthony LaFatch
Nunzio Destro ~
Dominick Popa ~
John Zittello Jr. ~
Jack Lubin ~

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The cocaine trafficking charges filed against Alkhalil in Longueuil stemmed from Project Loquace, an investigation led by the Sûreté du Québec. When arrests were made in 2012, the SQ alleged that six men had formed a consortium to take control of cocaine distribution in Quebec. Alkhalil was alleged to be among the six leaders as was Shane Kenneth (Wheels) Maloney, 42, a leader in Montreal’s West End Gang. Maloney pleaded guilty to charges related to Project Loquace in 2017. He was left with a five-year prison term to serve and was granted day parole on Dec. 18 last year. On Aug. 13, the Parole Board of Canada extended Maloney’s period of day parole for another three months.

Project Loquace began after a man who was working for Quebec City resident Frédéric Lavoie as a runner decided to become an informant for the Sûreté du Québec. Lavoie depended on the informant for all aspects of the kilograms of cocaine he was distributing from an apartment in Griffintown, including storage, sales and accounting. While they worked together, Lavoie told the informant who his partners were, including a man nicknamed Honda, who turned out to be Alkhalil. During the probe, an informant passed on photos of the text messages he received from Lavoie and their conversations were secretly recorded.

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The Chicago Outfit…Wiseguys of the Windy City

by The Other Guy | August 29, 2020

Chicago’s skyline from the lake

The city of Chicago holds a special place in gangland. It always has! The “Windy City” has been at the very core of organized crime in this country since the first days of Prohibition. 

Chicago, the town of Cicero, illegal bootleg booze and bathtub gin, Alphonse “Scarface Al” Capone, Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti, George “Bugs” Moran, and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre are virtually synonymous with the early development of organized crime.

The infamous Gene & Georgetti Restaurant in River North where Frank Sinatra hung out with "the boys" in the upstairs mural room.
The infamous Gene & Georgetti steakhouse in River North where Frank Sinatra hung out with “the boys” in the upstairs mural room. Still serves a great steak today.

In fact, the very thought of Chicago most often conjures up images of machine-gun-toting gangsters and gangland murders, the most infamous, of course, being the historic St. Valentine’s Day Massacre where seven of Bugs Moran’s Irish gang got theirs in that damp garage that early morning back in 1929 from Capone’s boys…it’s just the way it is!

They were a formidable bunch of racketeers and gangsters. Their iron-clad control over their city of Chicago and its outer territories is legendary.

The Chicago Outfit’s reach extended to California and Hollywood itself, Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, and its strip of world-famous casinos as well as a near 100% “domination” of every labor union that functioned within the Windy City. Not just the “Locals” but right into the highest levels of the Internationals themselves. Prime examples of this are the Hotel, Restaurant & Bartenders Union, and the Laborers & Hod Carriers Union International, which were based in Chicago giving The Outfit control over those unions.

The town of Cicero in 1940
The town of Cicero in 1940

Chicago is the borgata that allowed all the other borgatas around the country to infiltrate the “Locals” in their respective areas… it is the way of Cosa Nostra, to share the “wealth” and spread around the influence of each Family in order to strengthen the over brotherhood.

They also held influence and operated in Arizona, Wisconsin, and other nearby states. Because the Chicago Outfit was the dominant Family in the midwest territories, they more or less held sway over many smaller Families and ran what amounted to a “second” small Commission from the later 1960s forward.

They kept in constant touch and communication with the larger Luciano/Genovese Family in New York City and worked in tandem with the New York Families in setting policy and enforcing the same.

We here at Button Guys thought it would be fun to compile thumbnail sketches to profile many of the Chicago Outfit’s more colorful mafiosi and gangsters who’ve operated on its streets through the years.

Most everybody is familiar with Capone, Nitti, and the more notorious in their bunch. What I thought would be more interesting would be to dig into the backgrounds of some of their “rank and file”: capos, soldiers, and non-member associates, both well-known and not so well-known, Italian or not, who formed the very backbone of who and what the Chicago Family was really all about… I hope you like it.

Antonio (Joe Batters) Accardo
aka “Big Tuna”
FBI # 1410106, Chicago PD # D-83436

Anthony Accardo

He was born April 28, 1906 in Chicago. As he climbed in the rackets, Accardo would reside at 915 Franklin Street in suburban River Forest on the outskirts of Chicago. He married the former Clarice Evelyn Porter. Together they would have three children: Anthony Jr., Marie and Lindy Lee. Tony Accardo was arguably one of the most powerful members of the Chicago syndicate to ever operate. Starting out as a young gunman under Capone and Nitti, Accardo was thought to have done “plenty of work” in his early career. In fact, Accardo was thought to have been one of those handling the “Choppers” that faithful day when the Moran Gang was cut down on that bloody Valentine’s Day. Built solid at 5-feet 9-inchs tall and weighing 200 pounds, Accardo had a deadly reputation. His early arrest record included entries for gambling, concealed weapons, disorderly conduct, and murder investigation (twice). He listed employment as a salesman for Premium Beer Sales Inc., 2555 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. As a top member of the Old Capone Mob, Accardo was familiar with virtually all major mob figures in the Illinois area and for that matter, all top mafiosi across the entire United States. But numbering among his inner circle was his lifelong partner Paul (The Waiter) Ricca, Sam (Mooney) Giancana, Jackie (The Lackey) Cerone, Murray (The Camel) Humphreys, (Greasy Thumb) Jack Guzik, Felix (Milwaukee Phil) Alderisio, and the Fischetti brothers. Accardo died on May 27, 1992 but for upwards of 60 years, Joe Batters was the ruling “Don” of the Chicago syndicate, whether he was in the “official” position of Representante, Underboss, Consigliere, or as the “Elder Statesman” who ruled over everybody else… he was the man. Period!

Joseph (Joe Doves) Aiuppa
aka “Joey O’Brien”
FBI # 951184

Joseph Aiuppa

Born on December 1, 1907 in Chicago. He stood 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighed 185 pounds with thinning black-grey receding hair, brown eyes with glasses and a hawk-like face. He resided at 4 Yorkshire Drive, Elmhurst, IL. His criminal record dated to 1935: assault with intent to kill, criminal contempt of court before a Senate Rackets Committee, and interstate transportation of gambling devices (slot machines and gaming tables). Aiuppa was the longtime acknowledged gambling boss of Cicero. Aiuppa was behind The Turf Club – a Cicero gambling casino. He was a partner with other mob elements (Robert Ansoni and Joey DiVarco) in Taylor & Co., a manufacturer of gambling equipment. He was also a “director” and the hidden power behind Local # 450 of the Bartenders Union in Cicero. By the 1970s, Aiuppa was considered by the FBI to be one of three top mafiosi who ruled the Chicago Family, the others being Accardo and DeLucia (Ricca). He was actually named the “Acting Boss” at one point.

Felix (Milwaukee Phil) Alderisio
aka “Philip Alderisio”
FBI # 1021382, Chicago PD # D-62062

Felix Alderisio

Alderisio was born on April 26, 1910, in Chicago. He stood 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighed 190 pounds. He had a medium build and soft hazel eyes which belied his reputation as one of the deadliest killers of the Chicago syndicate. Even into his later years, Milwaukee Phil was well-known as one of their top “enforcers” and hitmen. He was the married father of one son. His arrest record commenced in 1933 for bootlegging and auto theft, but he was knee-deep in bodies and narcotics trafficking for which he was known as a “financier.” He was also active in labor-union racketeering. Ostensibly, he was a partner with fellow soldier Albert (Obie) Frabotta in ownership of the Hickory House Restaurant located at 750 N. Rush Street in Chicago. He numbered among his top associates, bosses Tony Accardo, Mooney Giancana, Fiore (Fifi) Buccieri, and Marshall (Shoes) Caifano, all well-known hoodlums…his power was said to have emanated even from the grave. Mobster Sam (Sambo) Cesario was shot to death after Alderisio had died for daring to disrespect the mafioso by taking up with Alderisio’s former girlfriend. Legend has it that Milwaukee Phil had ordered his 1971 killing from beyond the grave.

Robert (Bobby Taylor) Ansoni
FBI # 178416

Robert Ansoni

This little known mafioso was born on January 12, 1904. At 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with light brown hair and bespectacled brown eyes, Ansoni drew little attention to himself. One certainly wouldn’t have taken “Bobby Taylor” as one of the top gambling controllers of syndicate gambling in Cicero, but that’s what the feds had to say about him. He was alleged to be close to both Aiuppa and Accardo himself. He resided at 3320 Oldstead Road, in Riverside. He had a police record for attempted assault, speeding, and interstate shipment of gaming devices. He was a listed owner of Taylor & Co., the same gambling equipment manufacturing firm as Joey Aiuppa and Caesar Di Varco. 

Salvatore (Teets) Battaglia
aka “Sam Rice”
FBI # 320614, Chicago PD # D-20339

Salvatore Battaglia

He was born on November 5, 1906, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sam resided at 114 N. Ridgeland Avenue in the Oak Park suburb of Chicago. He stood 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighed 140 pounds, with blue eyes, grayish-brown hair and a light complexion. His record starts in 1924 for burglary, larceny, armed robbery, murder (he was a suspect in seven homicides), and possession of guns…Battaglia was a serious guy, as clearly evidenced by his police yellow sheet. He was never known to engage in any legitimate business. Top associate of mob boss Sam Giancana. He was also an intimate of Paul Ricca, Louis (Lou Farrell) Fratto, and Marshall Caifano. Battaglia was appointed “boss” over the West Side and oversaw the organization’s gambling and prostitution interests there. He was a regular at Giancana’s Armory Lounge, the de facto headquarters for many years of the Chicago mob, and Sam Mooney’s daily hangout. Once when subpoenaed before a federal grand jury, he invoked the Fifth Amendment 60 times not to answer a single question put to him. In 1967, Battaglia fell for 15 years on a Hobbs Act extortion case. That essentially took him out of the running for the “acting boss” position for which he had been a contender. He died on September 7, 1973. 

Antonio (Tony) Bello
aka “Tony Cello” “Tony Bacino” “Philip Bacino”
FBI # 2020359, Cleveland PD # 32767

Antonio Bello

This little known mafioso was born back in Ribera, Sicily on January 4, 1902. After immigrating to the U.S., he settled in Calumet City where he resided at 14 163rd Street. Tony stood 5-feet 5-inches tall and weighed 170 pounds, with jet black hair and brown eyes. He had a limited but very serious police record for murder, liquor law violations (bootlegging), and conspiracy investigation. One of the higher-ranking mafiosi in the United States. He attended and was detained at the infamous 1928 Cleveland Mafia Meeting with top members of the Sicilian mafia. This was even before the formation of the national Commission in 1931 as we know it. He ostensibly operated John’s Pizzeria at 121 State Street in Calumet City but, in truth, was the overseer of several large gambling operations in that territory of Illinois. He numbered among his intimates Paul DeLucia, Anthony Accardo of Chicago. Giuseppe Profaci, Giuseppe Magliocco, Andrew Lombardino, and Emanuele Cammarata of the New York/New Jersey area, and Anthony Pinelli, Paolo Mirabile, Antonio Mirabile, and Frank Bompensiero of Southern California. Bello also held close ties to the borgata based in Elizabeth, New Jersey that would later become better known as the DeCavalcante Family. Many of its members including Giuseppe Lolordo hailed from the same town in Sicily as Bello.

Nathan (Moe) Biegler
aka “Roy Howard” “Moe”

Nathan Biegler

Originally born on August 21, 1904, in New York City, Biegler relocated to Chicago where he became FBI # 587489, Chicago PD # D-22718. His arrest record started in 1932 and consisted almost exclusively of narcotics-related arrests. He had no less than three convictions for violations of the federal narcotics laws (heroin). He resided at the Pratt Lane Hotel at 1246 Pratt Blvd., Chicago. His makeshift headquarters was the Lakeside Tavern on South Lake Park in which he held an ownership interest. He numbered among his narcotics contacts the notorious Jewish traffickers Moische (Moe) Taubman and Jacob Klein. At one time, Biegler was considered one of the most important drug traffickers in the midwest. But regardless of the era, he was capable of supplying kilo quantities of heroin and opium from his previous associations with top Italian and Jewish narcotics smugglers on the east coast. 

Dominick (Butch) Blasi

Dominick Blasi

He resided for years at 1138 Park Avenue in suburban River Forest. Although a notorious ex-convict with an arrest record dating to 1932 for auto theft, counterfeiting, and possession of a machine-gun, Blasi was able to become a licensed real estate broker in the 1940s. He continued in the real estate business, and in 1966, opened up the Park Avenue Realty Company at 4907 Chicago Avenue in Chicago. Butch was a very close companion to boss Sam (Momo) Giancana and served for years as Giancana’s driver-bodyguard and de facto appointment secretary with other mobsters… he also became the prime suspect after Sam was shot to death in the basement of his own home by a silenced .22 caliber automatic “hitman’s” weapon. This was after Giancana was under subpoena by U.S. officials probing attempts by the CIA and Mafia to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro…I suspect the government was “cleaning house” as it were.

Dominick (Nags) Brancato
FBI # 732118, Chicago PD # C-26383

Dominick Brancato

Born on February 26, 1906, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Arrests since 1928 for burglary, suspicion of murder, and armed robbery. He never married and had no known children of his own. He resided for years at the Commonwealth Hotel. He was also never known to be engaged in any legitimate business. At 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, Brancato was not an outwardly intimidating guy. But he was indeed one of the top enforcers of the Chicago Family working in tandem with Dominick DeBello and Dominick Nuccio. Together, they were notoriously known as “The Three Doms” and had all previously been strong-arm men and enforcers for the old Capone mob. They operated handbooks on Chicago’s near north side. They were also tasked with collecting the “shakedowns” from other handbook operators, dice games, shylocks, and prostitutes in that territory. He was also an intimate of boss Sam Giancana and soldier Rocco DeGrazia.

Marshall (Johnny Marshall) Caifano
aka  “Shoes” “Joe Rinaldi” “Marshall Cafano”
FBI # 552863, Chicago PD # C-30104

Marshall (Johnny Marshall) Caifano

He was born on July 19, 1911 in Chicago. By the 1950s, he was residing at 415 Aldine Street, Apt # 6-D, in Chicago. At 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighing 155 pounds with smooth features and brown hair and eyes, Caifano was a nice looking man. His appearance belied his reputation as one of the top killers and executioners of the Chicago syndicate. He had a brother, also a mobster, named Leonard (Fats) Caifano, who was murdered in 1951. Arrests included burglary, compounding a felony, and grand larceny. Never known to engage in any legitimate business or hold a job. He was tasked with overseeing certain gambling operations in both Chicago and Las Vegas. Caifano was a courier of sorts who was utilized to ferry messages and orders among their membership as well as other crime families. A good example of this was his constant contacts with Los Angeles boss Louie Dragna and Nick Licata. Close associate of Sam Giancana, Tony Accardo, Felix Alderisio, and Obie Frabotta. Caifano was another habitué of the Armory Lounge in Forest Park… he was also suspected of interstate wholesale heroin sales. 

Leonard (Lenny Green) Calamia
aka “Lenny Calamis”

Leonard Calamia

Born on January 11, 1910 in Kansas City, Missouri, Calamia resided at 1119 West Drummond Street in Chicago. FBI # 366116, Chicago PD # C35054. At 5’-4”, 140lbs soaked and wet, with a droopy face and eyes, looking at Calamia would conjure up anything but a “professional killer” for the mafia. But according to the FBI and FBN that exactly who and what he was. It was well documented that he was a wholesale heroin dealer and killer utilized for his talents and nerve. He was said to operate between Illinois and California ferrying kilos loads of drugs to mob-connected dealers on the west coast. He had a record that included truck hijacking, murder, and narcotics violations. Calamia was also suspected of being the finger man in the 1948 gangland killing of Nick DeJohn out in San Francisco. He was known to be associated with Dom Nuccio, and Al LaRocca of California.  

Ermino (John) Capone
aka “ Johnny Ermino”
FBI # 282094, Chicago-PD # D-93525

Ermino Capone

Born on April 12, 1904 in Downtown Brooklyn, New York by the Brooklyn Navy Yards. He was the brother of the notorious Al Capone. After establishing themselves in Chicago, John resided at 5423 Hyde Park Blvd. He held business interests in the Steelco Drilling Co., in Chicago, and the Ocean Inn at Miami, FL. Also suspected of holding a hidden ownership in the Tradewinds Bar in Chitown. John Capone was said to be active in bookmaking and floating crap games in both IL and FL. Close associates included Ross Prio, Rocco and Joey Fischetti, Joe Fusco, Sam Giancana, Jimmy (The Monk) Allegretti, and Murray Hunphreys. Capone had arrests for investigation, suspicion of robbery, and bootlegging conspiracy. By virtue of his blood, John Capone always held an honorary spot in the Family despite his brother having retired years earlier. 

Jack (Jackie the Lackey) Cerone

John Cerone

He was born in the city of Chicago on July 7, 1914. Resided at 2000 N. 77th Avenue in exclusive Elmwood Park. He stood 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighed 190 pounds.’ Bald pate with brown eyes and a stout build. He had an older brother who was also connected to the Outfit named Frank (Skippy) Cerone. Cerone was a highly trusted associate of boss Tony Accardo, Paul Ricca, and John DeBiase. Since 1932, he had over 20 arrests for traffic offenses, armed robbery, bookmaking, illegal gambling, embezzlement, and suspicion of a contract murder. Cerone held a legitimate position with Premium Beer Sales Co., and used his underworld position and reputation to expand beer sales and distribution throughout the Chicago area through fear and strong-arm tactics on behalf of Accardo and the syndicate. He started off as a driver for boss Tony Accardo and later became a protege of Sam Giancana. One of his more public displays of terror and depravity was his alleged participation in the torture-murder of loan shark “juice” collector William (Action) Jackson who was beaten, carved up, hung on a meat hook and then wet down and was repeatedly hit with an electric cattle-prod. It burned and seared his skin while the victim screamed out in pain for mercy from his captors. It was also said the Cerone and company stuck the electric cattle-prod up Jackson’s ass as a final act of degeneracy…nice guy that Jackie the Lackey! It was said for all his loyal service as a “sick fuck”, Cerone was later elevated to serve as the “acting boss” in the early 1980s. He was later snagged in a massive case against the Chicago, Kansas City, and Milwaukee Families for skimming $2,000,000 from Las Vegas casinos. He received 28.5 years on that conviction and died only several days after he was finally released on parole on July 26, 1996. 

William (Willie Potatoes) Daddano
aka “Little Potatoes”
FBI # 1922776, Chicago-PD # D-30878  

William Daddano

He was born in Chicago on December 28, 1912. He later resided at 8109 26th Street in the Riverside suburb. A daily visitor to Giancana’s Armory Lounge and one of Sam’s closer aides and associates along with Dominick (Butch) Blasi. Since 1936 arrested for burglary, bank robbery, and grand larceny. Daddano was never known to be legally employed or to hold interests in any legitimate business. Willie Potatoes had the well-earned reputation as a torturer and murderer and was widely considered one of the most dangerous killers among a slew of dangerous killers. Close associate of Giancana, Accardo, capo Frank LaPorte, James (Jimmy the Monk) Allegretti, and Joseph (Black Joe) Amato. 

Rocco (Gramps) DeGrazia
aka “Rocky”
FBI # 389499, Chicago-PD # D-26847

Rocco DeGrazia

He was another original born on December 8, 1897 in Melrose Park, an area he’d operate in all his life. He resided at 171 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. He was married to Margaret but they had no children together. He also had a mistress named Etta Fisher and had one son by her named Nicholas. He had a record of nine arrests since 1914 for burglary, grand larceny, narcotics, and income-tax evasion. As a former bootlegger and Capone associate, DeGrazia was considered a respected member of the mafia and one of the gambling powers in that city. He owned a notorious gambling parlor called the Casa Madrid at 171 25th Avenue, the same address where he resided in an apartment above the club. He was a known associate of Rocco Fischetti, (Al Capone’s cousin), Al and John Capone, Anthony (Tough Tony) Capezio, Samuel (Teets) Battaglia, and gangster Claude Maddox. 

Anthony (Peachey) DeLardo
Chicago-PD # C-17630

Anthony DeLardo

He was born on February 17, 1907 in Chicago. Resided at 6914 S. Marshfield in Chicago. He was suspected of a hidden interest in Coletti’s Celebrity Inn on South Ashland Avenue. Close associate of top capo Frankie LaPorte. DeLardo was a well-known strong-arm man for the Chicago mob. He was repeatedly arrested for murder over the years including being tried and acquitted for the gangland-style murder of Martin (Sunny Boy) Quick. In 1929, he was again tried and acquitted for assault with intent to murder police officer James Kelly. In 1933, he was finally convicted of conspiracy to intimidate Illinois state witnesses and sentenced to eight years imprisonment. DeLardo was considered by authorities to be one of the controlling interests on the south side. He was also said to own a sizable block of “stock” in the famed Mercury Record Corp., on 35 E. Wacker Drive in Chicago. 

Felice (Paul Ricca) DeLucia
aka “Paul the Waiter”
FBI # 832514, Chicago-PD # D-78267

Felice DeLucia

This iconic mafioso was born on July 10, 1898, in Naples, Italy. Since 1943, arrested for extortion, anti-racketeering act, and federal income-tax evasion. Resided at 1515 Bonnie Brae Place, River Forest, IL. He married Mary and they had two children: Paul Jr. and Mary. DeLucia was without question one of the most important mafiosi and racketeers in Chicago. He ranked and at times possibly outranked the likes of Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana. Other intimates included Rocco Fischetti, Jake Guzik, Charles (Chuckie English) Inglese, Eddie Vogel, Murray (The Camel) Humphreys, and (Golfbag Sam) Hunt. DeLucia was on par with “compare” Vito Genovese who was a fellow Napolitano, and Frank Costello. A highly respected mafioso, he was one of the controlling racketeers over all racket operations in Illinois. In the early 1940s, he was one of many top Chicago figures pulled into a highly publicized federal indictment charging a far-flung conspiracy to extort millions from several Hollywood major motion-picture studios out in California. They would all later be convicted and sentenced to 10-year terms in prison, but Ricca and the others would all make parole after 3 years. It was thought but never proven that they had bribed top government officials to gain their release. Frank Nitti shot himself in the head during this time at the prospect of going to prison in this same case. In 1959, he again served a three-year term for an income-tax evasion conviction. He also figured into a major, highly publicized extortion conspiracy against Hollywood movie studios out in California by the mob.

Dominick (Dom) DiBella
FBI # 305340, Chicago PD # 24186

Dominick DiBella

He was born in 1902 in Franklin, Louisiana. He resided at 918 Wellington Avenue, Chicago. Since 1923, eight arrests for auto theft, murder, manslaughter, carrying concealed weapons….A very serious guy! DiBella was a “strong-arm”,  plain and simple. He was a remnant of the old Capone mob, was very active in policy and horse bookmaking, as well as a specialist in shakedown-tactics. Along with Dom Nuccio and Dom Brancato, he was known as one of “The Three Dom’s”. They were entrusted with the weekly extortions of all independent underworld operators active within their bailiwick. He was known to hang around the various nightclubs and restaurants around State and Division Streets in Chicago proper. 

Anthony (Tony Dee) DiChiarinte
aka “Tony Decca”
FBI # 1797682, Chicago-PD # C-87471

Anthony DiChiarinte

Heavyset at 200 pounds and 5-feet 10-inches tall with dark wavy hair and hazel eyes. He was born in May of 1918 in St.Paul, Minnesota. He lived at 6455 Longmeadow Drive in Lincolnwood, IL. He ostensibly was the owner-operator of A & S Auto Sales, Co., 601 W. Madison in Oak Park, IL. Since 1939, arrests and convictions including robbery, theft from interstate shipment, and narcotics. He was known by the FBN as an interstate narcotics violator with connections in New York City that allowed DiChiarinte to conduct a wholesale trade. Suspected sources of supply were Joseph Vecchio, Salvatore Pisano, and Carlo Urbanati. 

Placidio (Joey Caesar) DiVarco
aka “Joseph DiVarco” “Little Caesar”
FBI # 1095466, Chicago-PD # E-33232

Placidio DiVarco

He was born on December 17, 1910, in Chicago. He stood 5-feet 5-inches tall and weighed a stout 170 pounds, with dark brown hair and eyes and an olive Mediterranean complexion. He resided at 4275 Jarvis, Lincolnwood, IL. One of the top mafiosi on the North Side for decades, in control of nightclubs, restaurants, gambling dens, etc. He was the owner of a glassware and dishwasher distributor at 405 N. State Street, that used muscle tactics to secure a near monopoly on that industry service to area businesses. DiVarco handled bookmaking and “juice loans” in his territory. His arrest record dated to 1937 and included one conviction for currency counterfeiting. Close associate of boss Tony Accardo, Jimmy Allegretti, Dom DeBello, and Joe Sica of Los Angeles.  

Rocco (Rocky) Fischetti
FBI # 3854015

Rocco Fischetti

He was born on March 17, 1904 in New York City. One of the notorious “Fischetti brothers”, they were the cousins of the Capone brothers and had been born in the Downtown Brooklyn section of NYC. He resided at 3100 Sheridan Road, and/or 9356 Forest View in Evanston, IL. With his brothers Charlie and Joey Fischetti controlled most gambling operations in the city of Chicago under the auspices of the Chicago mob. He was considered by law enforcement as one of the six top mafia powers in the Windy City. A close personal friend of the iconic singer Frank Sinatra. His arrest record listed conspiracy, bootlegging, refusal to testify before a grand jury, and gambling. He was believed to have a silent interest in the Vernon Club in Lake County, IL., and held interests in several Miami Beach gambling casinos in the 1940s and 1950s. He numbered among his personal friends mob glitterati that included Frank Costello, Trigger Mike Coppola, Meyer Lansky, Vincent Alo, Jake Guzik, Tony Accardo, and Paul Ricca. Repeatedly questioned about his friendship with Sinatra and possible gambling interests in Las Vegas and the Cal Neva Lodge.

Luigi (Lou Farrell) Fratto
aka “Louie Fratto”
FBI # 1194703, Chicago-PD # C-77091

He was born on July 17, 1908 at Chicago, IL, but after first operating there decided to relocate to Des Moines, Iowa, where he resided at 115 Caulder Avenue. He had several arrests since 1933 for mail fraud and conspiracy. He was a well-known racketeer and close associate of top mobsters the Fischetti brothers, Sam Giancana, and Tony Accardo. He owned Superior Distributing Co., of 618 E. 2nd Street, Des Moines, Iowa. He was an active labor racketeer and the most influential mafia member in the state of Iowa during his tenure. 

Joseph Fusco
aka “Joe Carey”
FBI # 854516

Joseph Fusco

He was born on May 6, 1902 in Chicago. The Chicago Crime Commission reported that Fusco’s police file disappeared from the Chicago PD files in the late 1930s. He was known to have had at least two convictions for violation of the National Prohibition Act while affiliated with the Capone Syndicate during the Prohibition era. A very influential mafia member. He was listed as the president of Merit Liquor Co., 372 W. Ontario Street. During 1959, he took over control of Kusper Liquor Corp., Fort Dearborn Wholesale Liquors, and Casey & Evans Wholesale Liquors, all of which were relocated to 36th and Racine Streets in Chicago. A top associate of Anthony Accardo, Paul Ricca, Joseph Fischetti, Charles Fischetti, Jake Guzik, Murray Humphreys, and other leaders of the Family.

Salvatore (Sam Mooney) Giancana
aka “Momo” “Sam Giancana” “ Mooney”
FBI # 58437, Chicago-PD # E-27465

Salvatore Giancana

He was born July 16, 1908, in Chicago. He was raised in a notorious Italian ghetto called “The Patch”, an area that produced many future members of the Chicago mob. He resided at 1147 Wenonah Avenue in Oak Park. Since 1925, he had 13 arrests on such charges as murder, grand larceny, auto theft, burglary, bootlegging, etc., and as of 1963 already had two felony convictions. He was long considered one of the most powerful members of the Mafia. He was also known as a very close friend of singer Frank Sinatra. Giancana was married for decades with three daughters but was still well known to have gone out for years with popular singing star Phyliss McGuire of “The McGuire Sisters”. He held interests in many varied businesses including the Forest Lounge, R & S Liquor Corp., Lohmar Vending Distributors Inc., all in Chicago. He had legal gambling interests and a shrimp business in Cuba. He was also long suspected of having hidden ownership in Las Vegas Casinos and the Cal Neva Hotel & Gambling Lodge in Reno, Nevada, that came under scrutiny by the Casino Control Commission probing underworld interests and Sinatra’s connection as a frontman for them in the casino’s ownership. Giancana held court for years from his de facto headquarters at the Armory Lounge. Among his closest aides were Dominick (Butch) Blasi and Frank (Strongy) Ferraro. By the mid-1970s he and fellow top mafioso Johnny Rosselli came under federal investigation for their collaboration with the CIA and FBI operatives in the “black bag” job attempted assassination of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. It was proven out that the CIA and the U.S. government had conspired with the American Mafia to kill Castro with the promise that the Mafia would be allowed to regain their ownership in Cuba’s casinos if they helped kill him for Washington…during the intense federal grand jury probes and open testimony, both Rosselli and Giancana would be murdered in the midst of this investigation. It was publicized in newspapers across the nation that Giancana was murdered by his associates. A more interesting and plausible consideration is that the U.S. Government and powers that be had him silenced. The same with Rosselli, who was found sawed in half and stuck in a steel drum floating in Biscayne Bay in Miami… So much for law and order, huh, folks?

Giuseppe (Joey Glimco) Glielmo
aka “Joseph Glimco” “Giuseppe Primavera” (TN)
FBI # 233623

Giuseppe Glielmo

He was born on January 14, 1909, at Salerno, in Campania (Naples), Italy, and was naturalized in 1943. He resided for years at 628 Selbourne Road, Riverside. He stood a stocky 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighed 170 pounds. Brown eyes and grey hair swept back. He was married to Lena and had a son and daughter, Joseph Jr., and Joan. Numerous arrests from disorderly conduct to murder, but no convictions. Repeated efforts to deport him back to Naples for falsification of a naturalization application were unsuccessful. Glimco was a labor racketeer extraordinaire with a nationwide reputation in labor-union plunder and jukebox racketeering. He was the longtime president of Local # 777 Chicago Taxi Drivers Union. He was also affiliated with Automatic Phonograph Distributing Company, located at 806 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. A highly respected and very important figure within the hierarchy. On par with the likes of notorious New York labor racketeer Johnny Dio with whom had kept close relations. Additional close associates were Tony Accardo, Paul Ricca, Frank LaPorte, and Willie Daddano. 

Frank (Al Brown) Laino
aka “Albert Bruno”
FBI # 256733, Chicago-PD # C-20378

Anthony DiChiarinte

Born on November 16, 1908 in Chicago. A bartender by trade. Laino was an “associate” of the Family. He resided at 4649 West Lexington Street, in Chicago. Since 1925: robbery, grand larceny, assault, murder, conspiracy, investigation. A lower echelon member serving under Rocco DeGrazia, Laino was considered a distributor of heroin supplied by DeGrazia and other mafia associates. Laino also had a reputation and was utilized by DeGrazia as a strong-arm man. Additional associates included soldier William Daddano, Frank Santoro, and Patrick Russo.

Daniel and John Lardino

Daniel and John Lardino
Daniel and John

Born in 1914 and 1907 respectively, the Lardino brothers were utilized as frontmen and strong-arms in the labor-union field. Both were listed as “business agents” for Local # 593 of the Hotel & Apartment Employees Union (a Capone dominated union). Danny’s criminal record started in 1943 for burglary, malicious mischief, drunken driving, and disorderly conduct. John’s record commenced way back in 1927 and included armed robbery, and criminal investigation counts. They were each closely affiliated with bosses Anthony Accardo and Joseph Aiuppa, John Cerone, Joseph Glimco, and Sam Battaglia. They mostly focused their activities on the North Side and employed muscle tactics against druggists, hotels, motels, apartment house owners, and others in related industries. 

Angelo (The Hook) LaPietra

Angelo LaPietra

Born 1920 in Chicago to parents who hailed from the Campania (Naples) region of Italy. He had a kid brother James (Jimmy the Lapper) LaPietra who was his lifelong partner and mob sidekick. Together they would help wreak havoc across the Windy City’s “First Ward” and Cicero districts. He started off as a strong-arm and enforcer for the Outfit who quickly gained a reputation as a merciless killer and torturer of his victims. LaPietra was said to have actually enjoyed killing and being cruel. It was said that he concentrated his early efforts on expanding a loan shark business or “juice” racket into a large operation loaning money to desperate gamblers and other unfortunates and when they’d fall behind on their weekly payments, took a perverted glee out of beating and debasing them. Those who fell too far behind or incurred his wrath for other reasons were bound and gagged and hung on a meat hook like a side of beef. He would then beat them, use a sharp cutting blade to slice chunks of their flesh from their bodies, and sometimes put a blow-torch to them….medical examiners say that victims would typically die from suffocation from the steel hook lodged into their rib cages before the blow torch actually accomplished its dirty deed. He was a sick fuck, to say the least! It is how LaPietra earned his macabre nickname “The Hook”. (PS: I can only imagine how his brother Jimmy earned his nickname of “The Lapper”) LOL… Angelo had an extensive criminal record dating to 1939 for murder, kidnapping, and narcotics. It was said that he served directly under Family boss Joseph (Joey Doves) Aiuppa and had such men as the murderous Calabrese brothers Frank (Frankie Breeze) and his kid brother Nicholas (Slim) under his control. Frank Calabrese was among the “sickest puppies” of the entire Chicago Family. He was another deviant who enjoyed the act of not only killing but defiling his victims. In the early 1980s, LaPietra figured centrally in a massive federal indictment against the Outfit for its illicit control of several major Las Vegas Casinos. It was a multi-Mafia Family operation in partnership with the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Chicago mobs. The feds charged that since the 1950s-1960s, the mobsters had skimmed at least $2,000,000 from the tables of the casinos after securing badly needed Teamsters Pension Fund loans for the ownership of said casinos. In 1986, LaPietra, Aiuppa, capo Jackie Cerone, and several others for their “secret” ownership of the casinos. He received 16 years in federal prison. Aiuppa and Cerone got 28.5 years each. Angelo LaPIetra died in 1999 shortly after he was finally released from jail…. I don’t imagine too many tears were shed for this guy. 

James (Cowboy) Mirro

James Mirro

Resided at 1548 South 61th Street, Cicero, IL. He was a well-liked “soldier” who had once served a 5-year prison term in 1966 for a conspiracy to possess and pass stolen money-orders. He once led police on a high-speed chase after getting pulled over for driving erratically. When the cop approached his vehicle “Cowboy” hit the car and led cops on a chase that reached speeds of almost 90 MPH through residential neighborhoods before he was subdued. They charged him with drunk driving, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a policeman, and speeding of course lol….”The Boys” obviously gave Mirro the perfect mob nickname – “Cowboy”!

Dominick (Little Libby) Nuccio
aka “Ercoli Liberatori” (TN)
FBI # 559718, Chicago-PD # D-15232

Dominick Nuccio

He was born on April 9, 1895, in Chicago. At 5-feet 4-inches tall and weighing 135 pounds, with black hair and dark brown eyes, he was a quiet and unassuming presence. He had been married to Inez, and had two sons Dominick Jr. (who died), and Philip. He resided at 602 North Park Hotel in Chicago. His area of plunder was generally the North Side and The Loop where he held dominion. Since 1918, had arrests for murder (twice), burglary, assault to commit murder, violating internal revenue laws. He was partnered with Dom DeBella and Dom Brancato in overseeing the “shakedown” collections of all independent racketeers, as well as heading up horse handbooks and other gambling rackets. At one time, he owned a tavern but was not generally known to engage in legitimate business. Associates included Accardo, Fischetti, DeGrazia, Giancana, Leonard Calamia. A feared and respected hoodlum!

James (Jimmy the Monk) Allegretti
aka “James Policheri” (TN) “Monk” “James Millo”
FBI # 1500264, I&NS # A-5551562

James Allegretti

He was born on May 31, 1905 in Oliveto Citra, Salerno, Italy (Campania region). He resided at 21 East Cedar Street, Chicago. He had arrests for counterfeiting and bootlegging. Allegretti was a more low-key mafioso who mostly kept his activities to bookmaking, policy, and fronting for mob-owned nightclubs around the Rush Street area. He handled the “police payoffs’ and collections from “Outfit” bookmakers. He owned Ciro’s Nightclub at 816 N. Rush Street. He was suspected of hidden interests in other area nightclubs and holding “points” in Las Vegas Casinos as well. Close associate of Paul Ricca, William Daddano, Frank LaPorte, Joseph DiVarco, John Capone, and Joseph Amato. Also friendly with the Sica brothers in Los Angeles.

Rosario (Ross Prio) Priolo

Rosario Priolo

He was born in Sicily on May 5, 1901. After immigrating to the United States with his parents as a young child, Prio would quickly get involved in crime as a young man rising to eventually become an important “made” member of the Chicago Outfit. He was said to have accumulated a lengthy police record but somehow had it expunged from the records of the Chicago PD early on so his exact yellow sheet is murky. He was said to have been a key figure in the bribing and corruption of both policemen and law enforcement officials, as well as politicians. This “ability” to “reach” into high places to indemnify Chicago crime figures only added to his stature. Another key attribute was Prio’s reputed propensity for extreme violence and torture. He additionally was viewed as somewhat of a mob terrorist by law enforcement because of a bombing campaign he embarked on against a dairy farmer’s co-operative and milk producers in Illinois and Wisconsin during the late 1930s-1940s era. Ross Prio led the Outfit’s “push” into extortionate control over several major dairy and cheese manufacturing companies including the famous Reddi-Wip Corp., Gloverdale Dairies, Blue Ribbon Dairy Co., Gourmay Cheese Co., and the famous Grande Cheese Corp. These early “Dairy Wars” between several mob-connected firms would eventually lead to New York boss Joseph Bonanno interceding and gaining control of Grande, the industry leader even today in the manufacture and distribution of mozzarella cheese in America. Prio’s territory was primarily Chicago’s North Side where he was said to have control over all the B-girl “clip joints” and strip clubs, and “gay bars” and prostitution rackets. His troops also controlled certain gambling rackets within that territory. Prio was an intimate of capo Frank LaPorte, Murray Humphreys, and the overall boss himself Anthony (Joe Batters) Accardo. When Robert Kennedy brought Prio before a U.S. Senate Investigating Committee in the early 1950s, Prio invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege over 90 times when grilled about mob operations and his infiltration of major industries. Ross Prio died in 1972. By the time of his death, it was said that he was an extremely wealthy man, with ownership or hidden interests in the aforementioned dairy manufacturing firms, extensive real estate that included hotels, motels, and office buildings that provided him and his family with huge monthly rental incomes, a vending machine company, a finance company, and nightclubs. His massive wealth was such that he was even said to own extensive stock shares in several oil wells and a “points” in a Las Vegas casino….now THAT’S what I call real wealth. 

Frank (Ozzie) Santore
FBI # 731130A

Frank Santore

Born January 1, 1915 in Melrose Park. Resided at 7508 W. Harrison Street in Forest Park, IL. Frequented the Casa Madrid and was an intimate and known narcotics distributor for soldier Rocco DeGrazia. Since 1951, Santore had several arrests and convictions for federal narcotics laws violations. A known wholesaler of heroin under the auspices of DeGrazia. He worked in tandem with Patrick (Buck) Russo, Jack Rizzo, Joe Bruno, Michael Stasi, Frank Panatera, James Russo, and others receiving their supply from top violators in New York City. 

James (Turk) Torello
aka “Jimmy the Turk”

James Torello

He was born on December 15, 1930 in Woodbridge, Illinois. A hulking framed hoodlum, Torello served for years as one of Chicago’s leading enforcers. He had a serious  arrest record dating to 1945 for auto theft, armed robberies, truck hijacking, burglary, and possession of a firearm. He served a short two-year bid for a gun as a young hood. He was suspected in numerous killings ordered by the hierarchy, and eventually gained the position of “captain” over a crew of soldiers and associates specializing in strong-arm work, gambling, “juice loans”, and porno shops. With his growing position and wealth, The Turk bought a home out in Palm Springs, California, but he never got to enjoy the spoils of his bloody efforts. He died of cancer in April of 1979. He was only 49 years old.

Of course, there were so many other top mafiosi and hoodlums connected to the Chicago mob that it would be a monumental task to list them all. But some of the more dangerous hoods with colorful names were Fiore (Fifi) Buccieri and his brother Frank (The Horse) Buccieri, Alfonso (The Pizza Man) Tornebene, the aforementioned gambling boss Samuel Cesario who was later killed, loansharks William (Wee Willy) Messino and James (Turk) Torello, Teets Battaglia’s aide Joseph (Joe Shine) Amabile, gambling boss and loanshark Joseph (Joe Gags) Gagliano and his aide Chris Cardi, north side leader Rosario (Ross) Prio, the Inglesia brothers – better known as Charles (Chuckie) English and his sibling Sam (Butchie) English, Lawrence (Larry the Hood) Buonaguidi, Mike Glitta, Joseph (Joe Nagells) Ferriola, Frank (Strongy) Ferrara who served for a time as underboss to Giancana, Samuel (Wings) Carlisi, John (No-Nose) DeFronzo, Joseph (Joey the Clown) Lombardo

Many of the aforementioned would serve in the hierarchy of the borgata as the years went on as either boss, acting boss, or underboss (with Accardo and DeLucia in the background pulling the strings of course), the executioner Charles (Chuckie) Nicoletti, the screwball loan shark Samuel (Mad Sam) DeStefano and his brother Mario who took a sick perverted pleasure out of abusing and torturing people, Rocco (The Parrot) Potenza… this list could go on and on naming top guys because at their peak the Chicago Family and all its top-flight non-Italian associates collectively could hold their own with anybody, and were stronger than most other Families in the country.

As late as 2003, the FBI was suggesting that capo James (Little Jimmy) Marcello was now at the helm steering the “Windy City” Mob ship. But he too would soon fall in the “Family Secrets” case along with Joey Lombardo and most of the remaining hierarchy of the Chicago syndicate. 

Today, the Chicago crime syndicate is but a wisp of what they once were. In fact, the Chicago Family or “Outfit” is in worse shape than the New York Families, Philadelphia and New England as well. A once extremely powerful organization has fallen on hard times. Between death and attrition, and a changing Illinois demographic and mindset, as well as law enforcement’s unrelenting investigations and indictments, the Chicago Family, or what’s left of it, is on its knees.

But without a doubt, once upon a time, not so long ago, the Italian criminal organization formed from the ashes of the old Capone mob of the 1920s Prohibition era was one of the premier players in the American underworld landscape. 

Until the next time folks…. “The Other Guy” 

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Lucchese family underboss Steven Crea sentenced to life in prison.

Lucchese crime family underboss Steven “Wonder Boy” Crea, 73, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for murder and racketeering.

Crea and 18 other ‘made men’, associates, and other Westchester, NY residents were sentenced by for their crimes of murder, attempted murder, assault, extortion, defrauding a hospital, drug trafficking, loansharking, and illegal gambling that took place between 2000 and 2017.

Lucchese crime family underboss Steven “Wonder Boy” Crea, 73, was sentenced to life in prison for murder and racketeering.

Lucchese crime family underboss Steven “Wonder Boy” Crea, 73, was sentenced to life in prison for murder and racketeering.

Another trial last year which lasted six weeks, also found Crea, Matthew Madonna, 84, of the Bronx, Christopher Londonio, 46, of Hartsdale, and Terrence Caldwell, 62, of Manhattan, guilty of the 2013 murder of Michael Meldish, 62.

The killing was ordered by Madonna and Crea for the disrespect of Meldish by him not collecting debts owed to the boss. Meldish was no saint however as he was suspected of carrying out over a dozen gang murders.

The hit was executed by Caldwell and Londonio in the Bronx on a quiet residential street.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel ordered Crea to forfeit $1 million for his felonies and pay a $400,000 fine.

Last month, Madonna, Londonio, and Caldwell were sentenced to life in prison.

Previously sentenced were:

Crea’s son, Steven D. Crea, 48, New Rochelle, conspiracy to commit murder, 13 years in prison;
Paul Cassano, 41, Yonkers, conspiracy to commit assault, 18 months in prison;
Robert Camilli, 63, Briarcliff Manor, extortionate extension of credit, one year supervised release;
John Incatasciato, 45, Elmsford, extortionate extension of credit, two years supervised release;
Joseph Venice, 59, Yonkers, racketeering conspiracy, 18 months.

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Federal Records Contend Black Disciples’ “Big Law” Killed Due To Drug Shipment That Vanished

August 27, 2020 – Chicago street gang boss Lawrence (Big Law) Loggins was murdered as a result of missing drugs sent to him by a Mexican cartel, according to new court filings. Loggins, 46, led the Black Disciples gang and was gunned down behind the wheel of his car outside his Englewood neighborhood home on February 6, 2019 on the city’s Southside.

According to the feds, Loggins seized power in the gang in the late 2000s after getting out of a prison sentence for murder. His murder sent shock waves through the Windy City underworld. The Black Disciples is one of Chicago’s oldest and most prominent and feared street gangs.

Close to two dozen Black Disciples, including the gang’s current reputed boss Darnell (Murder) McMiller and its reputed top advisor and supply lieutenant, Kenny (Heat) Brown, were indicted by the feds last month for narcotics and gun trafficking. The 59-year old Brown, who was with Loggins when he was killed, confided to a wired-up informant in the case that Loggins was slain because a large shipment of cocaine Loggins and Brown received from Mexico’s notorious Gulf Cartel in the weeks preceding his murder disappeared.

Brown told the unnamed informant he personally recovered a part of the missing package and repaid the Gulf Cartel $450,000. The informant claims Brown actually calls shots for the Black Disciples gang – voted into the post in the days following Loggins’ slaying and Miller is merely a front boss.

Loggins’ son Lawrence (Lil’ Law) Lee allegedly runs the Black Disciples “Lamron” crew from his prison cell. Lee is doing time for an attempted murder conviction and will be eligible for parole in 2022. Rapper Chief Keef is affiliated with the gang’s Lamron faction.

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POP Montreal brings festivals back with mix of live and online shows

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After a long, quiet summer without festivals in the city of festivals, POP Montreal is among the events bringing music back to town for fall.

The 19th edition of the indie culture fest will not just be online — as was the case with most festivals attempting to maintain some sort of presence during the lockdown over the past several months, with Quebec having banned festivals through Aug. 31.

Most of POP’s vastly reduced roster of concerts, talks, films and other fun will be streamed online, but there will be real-life, physical events taking place at and around Mile End’s Rialto Theatre, from Sept 23 to 27.

Following months of uncertainty, plans for this year’s festival finally came into focus at the beginning of August, when Quebec announced gatherings of up to 250 people would be allowed going forward.

“It was a waiting game all summer, just trying to understand all the government regulations,” said POP Montreal co-founder and creative director Dan Seligman. “(Before) they made the announcement, we were prepared to go either way — 100 per cent virtual, or some sort of hybrid event.”

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Mafia Moon Over Miami…The Mob In South Florida

By The Other Guy | August 25, 2020

Since at least the early 1920s the Mafia has been in South Florida. Up north the City of Tampa specifically developed into a bonafide town with its very own Cosa Nostra Family with all the trimmings; Capo, Sottocapo, Consigliere, Capodecina, and soldiers many years before that. The borgata that would later become known as “The Santo Trafficante Family” was always a small but influential mafia organization active first in the Tampa and Saint Petersburg section of the state that later expanded down into the Miami area, Cuba and beyond… And down the road a bit we plan to write an extensive expose on Tampa’s resident borgata. 

But I’m talking more about the rackets and wide variety of racketeers who would later gravitate to the South Florida area of Miami and Miami Beach, Hollywood, Hallandale, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano, Boca Raton, and all the towns and neighborhoods in-between. 

Florida’s warm inviting weather, Palm Trees, white sandy beaches and crystal blue ocean waters were an immediate hit with the “bent nose” set and would become the drawing card and magnet for mob guys from across the nation, especially those from the cold northern cities of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Boston, Chicago and Detroit. In fact you would be hard pressed to think of any given town or city where wise guys and major hoodlums operated that weren’t drawn down to the Sunshine State.

This fact became one of the prime catalysts for the Italian underworld to declare Florida an “Open City” that was available to any mob family or racketeer who chose to operate there. Initially most racket guys would visit the area for a quick weekend or extended getaway from the hustle and bustle of their daily mob grind. But gradually the allure of its warm balmy breezes and sandy shores encouraged them to settle down there on either a seasonal or permanent basis. Some “lammed” it there when the heat was on back home. Others came be choice…But wiseguys fell in love with South Florida, and this love affair has continued unabated for the last ninety years!

Among the first to be drawn to Florida were Jewish mobsters from New York City. And of course the most famous of these Jewish racketeers was Meyer (Bugs Meyer) Lansky. Aside from simply enjoying what the area had to offer in the way of leisure and relaxation, Lansky quickly recognized the racket potential of this virgin territory. “The Little Man” as he was widely known, would become a first among equals in its early development and expansion. Having first started out in New York as a major bootlegger during Prohibition, illicit alcohol is where Meyer would make his first fortune…but his true love and his most important attribute to Cosa Nostra would come later with his affinity and uncanny abilities as a top gambling power. 

It was said that Lansky was quick with numbers and had a mathematical mind. He put his head to good use calculating odds and percentages for himself and his Mafia partners in future decades as one of their foremost point men and “pioneers” so to speak in the development of casino gambling in Las Vegas, Cuba, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Aruba, as well as other Island destinations. In Florida his operations ran a bit different. Because try as he might, in those early decades legalized casino gambling would never become a reality. 

Nonetheless Lansky made major inroads with illegal gambling operations in Florida at every turn. He partnered with his New York associates in those early years to develop and later consolidate many different types of gaming rackets. Bookmaking on horses and sports, numbers lotteries, Bolita numbers (which because of Florida’s large Hispanic population was always a very popular game), floating dice games, high-stakes card games, etc. During the 1940s-1950s era its been well documented that the Mafia built and ran some of the plushest illegal casinos one could imagine. Called “carpet joints” these elaborate casinos offered Slot Machines, Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, Poker, Keno, Chemin de fer, and many other games of chance typically only found in the fanciest of Las Vegas Casinos.

The local police departments and politicians were easily bought off or made limited partners in the various gambling operations which mostly insured against police raids and arrests. In those early decades it was a very rare occurrence indeed to experience a surprise raid from the cops. This became the most important factor for gambling to develop in Miami and its outer areas. During those years it was very common to see plush casinos operating wide open without a seeming care in the world. These well-advertised combination restaurants-nightclubs and entertainment venues were in reality nothing more than fancy excuses to draw high society people to the crap tables and rows of slot machines they offered.

In those early years it was very common to actually see advertisements in the local newspapers for these dining-entertainment-gambling venues, and its dining tables and games were often filled with the “Hoy-Paloy” of high-society. Movie stars and Hollywood types, politicians, big business people and other celebrities flocked to these popular mob-operated venues like flies to a flame. They operated in the wide open without any fear of raid or arrest. That could only happen if the right palms were regularly greased…and they were.

Despite Meyer Lansky having been an early proponent for the mob to move into Florida gambling he was certainly not the undisputed leader or the only top operator there. In my opinion Lansky could best be viewed as the “grandfather” so to speak of Florida gambling in that he opened the door with the idea of its development. For that matter he and his Jewish mob associates can be considered the “pointmen” and “frontmen” in a sense for the larger Italian racketeer contingent who most often preferred to stay in the background and work through their Jewish associates in this field.  

The likes of family bosses Salvatore (Charlie Lucky) Luciano, Francesco (Frank Costello) Castiglia,, and Vito (Don Vitone) Genovese trusted Lansky and his men to “run the business” so to speak. Gambling would become Lansky’s “baby” and his lifelong love. But he always operated under the auspices of the Luciano/Genovese Family axis of which he was an “associate”. He was known to have worked with many crews and families throughout the United States. His close association and value to Luciano helped to insure this respect was afforded to him. 

The top mafioso who Lansky was closest to was unquestionably the Bronx based “capo di decina” Vincent (Jimmy Blue Eyes) Alo. Early in his career Alo had reputedly been a top gunman for the New York City mob. But by the early 1940s he had been elevated to a capo status and allegedly ran a huge regime in the Bronx. Somewhere along the line in their early lives Lansky and Alo became good friends, and either by design or direction Alo became Lansky’s lifelong “Rabbi” and protector. Some say that he was assigned to watchdog Lansky to protect the mob’s millions that had been entrusted to Lansky for investment. Others suggest Jimmy Blue Eyes and Meyer just really loved one another and gravitated to each other naturally….regardless, their names would almost become synonymous with each other. 

Side Note: Alo was said to have actually assigned one of his formally “inducted” Bronx based soldiers to be a sort of “runner” or “aide de camp” to Lansky. Nicholas (Bobby Blanch) Belangi became a very close lifelong associate of both Meyer himself and Lansky’s Jewish crew. Belangi was a sort of watchdog for Meyer, and an important courier of money from the Las Vegas Casinos “skim” on behalf of Lansky and Alo.

Many of New York City’s most notorious mafiosi and racketeers soon converged on the area. By the late 1940s Miami and its surrounding territories was like “Mob Central.”  Once the word got out top racketeers from all over such as East Harlem’s Michael (Trigger Mike) Coppola and Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno from the Genovese Family, capo Joseph Massei from the Joe Zerilli Family in Detroit, Philadelphia boss Angelo Bruno Annaloro, and Chicago’s Charlie Fischetti and his brothers started making Miami their own. And who could forget one of America’s most notorious gangsters – the inimitable Alphonse (Scarface Al) Capone who made Miami his retirement home after being released from Alcatraz Penitentiary. He had a sprawling compound where he lived out his last days. 

By the mid-1950s each of New York’s Five Families had at least several individual members if not entire crews operating in the area. One of the best known became a Genovese soldier named Pasquale (Patsy) Erra. He became something of an “unofficial” greeter in those early years for any “connected” guy visiting Miami Beach. Another top hoodlum was the Lucchese Family’s Frank (Frankie Dio) Dioguardi. The brother of notorious labor racketeer Johnny Dio, Frankie in fact earned a notorious reputation himself in Miami with his wild racketeer antics. He was a “jack of all trades” of rackets as it were, with operations over the years that included bookmaking, shylocking, jukebox vending rackets and strong-arm extortion, robberies and other scams to name but a few of his gangster schnanigans. But after playing fast and loose for far too long Frankie Dio fell on a heroin smuggling conspiracy rap and pulled a 15-year federal bid…and that was that as they say. 

Another Anastasia/Gambino soldier and ex-New Yorker who was to become a very notorious guy in 1950s-1960s Florida was Joseph (Joe Scootch) Indelicato. He had served a decades long armed-robbery sentence for a $300.000 plus jewel heist back in New York. After making parole he migrated down to Miami Beach and never looked back. In later years Indelicato became known as a prolific Miami shylock and extortionist. 

Unlike the cowboy-styled antics of Dio and Indelicato, there were many other mafiosi and racketeers of various ethnicities that operated in Florida for years in a low-key fashion and were very successful in avoiding the spotlight and the subsequent law enforcement “heat” that usually comes along with it. Top mafiosi such as Agostino (Augie) Amato and his sons who although were well-known to local police and the Miami FBI office kept off law enforcements radar. The Amato’s ran a very successful jukebox-vending machine business from their Miami base. Amato was also known as a major loan shark with hundreds of thousands of dollars out “on the street” weekly. 

In time many various mobsters would infiltrate a host of businesses in the area. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs, hotels and motels, cigar stores, haberdasheries, taxicab companies, construction firms, import-export companies, vending machines, dry cleaners, etc… you name it, the mob infiltrated it. Whether it was investing their illicit funds legitimately and purchasing the business, building the place from the ground up, or strong-arming their way in and just shaking the joint down. Sometimes it was an unpaid gambling debt or defaulted shylock loan that opened the door. But regardless of the methods, the mob would come to call South Florida their own. And whether law enforcement wants to admit it or not, the American organized Italian and Jewish underworld are largely responsible for South Florida’s early explosion and growth. 

By the late 1960s into the 1970s era many New York mobsters were “commuter” gangsters. “Made guys” and associates alike often flew back and forth from LaGuardia or Kennedy Airports in Queens down to Fort Lauderdale or Miami International on a weekly or monthly basis, with mob operations and schemes actively going in both cities. 

Among the better known wiseguys who became “frequent flyers” were Genovese capo Pasquale (Paddy Mack) Macchiarole and his minions. Gambino capo Anthony (Fat Andy) Ruggiano and his crew. Lucchese capos Joseph (Joey Narrow) Laratro and their New Jersey based capo Anthony (Tumac) Accetturo. Colombo Family acting boss Vincent Aloi and his capo father Sebastiano (Buster) Aloi, as well as some of their top men such as Pasquale (Checko) Fusco. Colombo capo John (Johnny Irish) Matera and former capo Nicholas (Jiggs) Forlano also started up racket operations in Miami and the Hallandale areas. The Bonanno capo Michael (Mimi) Sabella also had several soldiers like Joe Puma and Willy (The Tilemaker) Dara planting the Bonanno flag where they could. In fact Puma opened up and ran the “Little Italy Ristorante” in Hallandale which became a popular destination point for visiting hoods from New York City.

Not to be outdone, the DeCavalcante Family of New Jersey was well represented by their sitting boss Simone (Sam the Plumber) DeCavalcante himself who had relocated there to permanently live in semi-retirement while his “Acting Boss” John Riggi maintained the fort up north in Linden, New Jersey. One of Sam’s top captains Frank (Big Frankie) Cocchiaro who originally flew down south to hideout from a New Jersey State grand jury subpoena liked the area so much that he later chose to relocate down there permanently. He was soon joined by his Queens County based brother Carmelo (Milio) Cocchiaro and nephew Russ, two soldiers who were later indicted for operating a lively loan shark ring charging upwards of 3-5% weekly interest on a laundry list of outstanding loans. 

The list goes on and on. By the 1980s Pittston-Scranton, Pennsylvania Family boss Rosario (Russ) Bufalino as well as his acting boss Edward (The Conductor) Sciandra, the aforementioned DeCavalcante, Buffalo boss Joseph (Lead-Pipe Joe) Todaro Sr., Gambino boss John Gotti Sr., and Philadelphia boss Nicodemo (Little Nicky) Scarfo were all documented regulars among a sea of underworld bigwigs flocking to Florida. Former Philadelphia boss Angelo Bruno was another top mafioso who made it his business to travel to Florida regularly before rival hoods put a gaping hole in the back of his head one evening back in Philly.

Gambino capo Nicholas (Little Nicky) Corozzo and several of his men were actually arrested by FBI agents while vacationing in South Florida a few years back. After an indictment had been filed back in New York, federal agents in suites and ties actually pulled Corozzo out of the surf while he was enjoying himself at the beach one afternoon and brought him to the Miami House of Detention to await extradition back to The Big Apple to face the music…he pulled a big bid on that case.

Another well documented case was that of Bonanno capo Dominick (Sonny Black) Napolitano of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was snagged along with his soldier Benjamin (Lefty Guns) Ruggiero and others by the famed FBI undercover agent “Donnie Brasco” after they were lured by the prospect of establishing mob operations down in Florida. After opening up a phony illegal “after-hours club” and gambling den, The feds came down on them with a historic indictment against the Bonanno mob. Florida played a major role in this probe.

The Genovese soldier Carmine Romano who was a former mob bigwig at the Fulton Fish Market in Downtown Manhattan and went to prison for waterfront collusion in a related racketeering conviction, later migrated down to the Fort Lauderdale area after being paroled. Within a few years he was nabbed in a major bookmaking case along with several dozen others who accepted sports bets across South Florida. 

It is a trend that continues to this very day. In recent decades there have been numerous other FBI documented mob cases and the subsequent indictments to prove this out. As I stated earlier, nearly every Mafia Family in the United States has staked a claim to Florida at one time or another. It would be a monumental task to even attempt to name all the mafiosi and top hoods who have traversed its borders.

Many Family bosses have either made winter homes for themselves or relocated to Florida permanently. DeCavalcante, Scarfo, Genovese boss Gerardo (Jerry) Catena. The Colombo Family’s consigliere Tommy (Mix) Farese and the aforementioned Vinny Aloi. Lucchese acting boss Ettore (Little Eddie) Coco. The list goes on and on. 

Narcotics smuggling from Cuba and the Islands, and other drug running schemes has always been another huge allure for the underworld. Not only for the Italian mob, but Cubans, Colombians, and independents alike have repeatedly tried their luck at smuggling literally tons of narcotics and other dangerous drugs onto its shores through the years.

In large part the cocaine explosion of the early and mid 1970s, and the subsequent “cocaine cowboys” and drug wars that came along with it was largely a South Florida phenomena. Bodies were dropping like flies daily as organized Cuban and Colombian drug gangs (among many others) and independents alike vied for control of the cocaine trade and the untold millions of dollars that could be made from it. Miami became nothing less than a war zone and a very dangerous place to live and operate for many years. Bodies littered the streets daily!

The movie theme made famous by iconic actor Al Pacino in the classic remake “Scarface” centered around this cocaine era and its effect on Miami. He played the infamous “Tony Montana”, a Cuban refugee who comes to Miami and quickly gets involved with the drug rackets, rising to become one of its top leaders. 

Side Note: The original Scarface was filmed around 1931, I believe, and its “Tony Montana” was an alcohol bootlegger during 1920s Prohibition. It makes sense that in the 1980s movie version, Montana would be a drug lord in keeping with the new era of forbidden product, which substituted liquor for cocaine.

What I have compiled below are short thumbnail profiles on over 62 mafia members and associates, who were some of the more colorful underworld characters who have called South Florida home through the years. They were representative of but a speck of literally thousands of racketeers and underworld associates who visited the Florida area over the years. Some were steady annual vacationers. Others became part-time residents. Some become full-time Floridians. And some only stayed for a few years. But all listed would play a role to a greater or lesser degree in the Cosa Nostra’s overall control and dominance of the area… Collectively they would cast a significant “shadow” to put it mildly!


Lawrence (Larry Baccala’) Abbandando

North Miami Beach. Originally out of the East New York section of Brooklyn, Abbandando was the son of the Murder Inc. executioner Frank (The Dasher) Abbandando who went to the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in 1941. He first affiliated with the Franzese regime of the Colombo Family. In later years he transferred to the Gambino Family serving under Anthony (Fat Andy) Ruggiano. Abbandando was very active in the 1950s-1970s in bookmaking in partnership with Franzese regime member Albert Maione (the nephew of another Murder Inc. killer Harry “Happy” Maione who went to the chair in 1941 with The Dasher). He also had a piece of a Times Square pornography peep-show operation until moving to Miami by the mid-1970s. Once in Florida he continued his affiliation with both Colombo and Gambino mob figures. His sons also became mobbed-up as adults. Unfortunately Frank Jr. aka “Junior Abbandando” was shot dead on a Miami street one day in a suspected drug transaction gone wrong, or a prior personal vendetta that caught up to him.

Anthony (Tumac) Accetturo

Anthony (Tumac) Accetturo

5000 Grant Street, Hollywood Hills. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Tumac became a capo and top figure who ran the Jersey branch of the Lucchese Family for years. He was a wild man who operated all types of far-flung rackets and schemes up North and down South after buying a home in the late 1960s in South Florida. Narcotics, horse race-fixing, gambling, loansharking, labor rackets, business infiltration, etc. He originally fled a New Jersey State Grand Jury subpoena by fleeing to South Florida. But his wild exploits would again soon bring him to the attention of both local Florida and federal officials. In time he would fall on several cases, but his “Achilles heel” was a racketeering case brought in the late 1980s-early 1990s that saw him convicted and facing a life sentence for murder and racketeering. He was also on the outs with the Family leadership of Vic Amuso and Gaspipe Casso who had ordered his murder, and those of his son and other key men….he decided to “flip” to the federal government and become an informant. Although he and his son Anthony Jr. betrayed their oaths they later settled back into North Carolina and South Florida respectively, where they lived in recent years. Junior just died not too long ago. Senior is still alive and hanging in there.

Gus Alex

Gus Alex

3750 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale. An iconic Chicago syndicate hoodlum dating back to the Prohibition era. Although not of Italian ethnicity Alex was held in the highest regard by the old Capone mob. He was without a doubt one of the top rulers of the “Windy City Outfit” for decades. He was an intimate of Alphonse (Scarface Al) Capone, Anthony (Joe Batters) Accardo, Paul (The Waiter) Ricca, and Samuel (Mooney) Giancana. He was one of their gambling overlords, controlled several labor unions, and was heavily invested in many legitimate businesses. As he got older, Alex became a regular on the South Florida underworld circuit where he was warmly received by the New York crowd and mobsters from others cities. His fellow “Outfit” member, capo John (Jackie the Lackey) Cerone also bought a home down in Dade County in later years. It became like old home week for the Chicago mob at one point. Joey and Charlie Fischetti had blazed the trail years earlier in the 1940s when they started coming to the Miami area for vacations. 

Vincent (Jimmy Blue Eyes) Alo

Vincent (Jimmy Blue Eyes) Alo

1248 Monroe Street, Hollywood. Born 1904 in New York City, Alo kept residences in both Florida and Riverside Drive in Midtown Manhattan. He was one of the most respected and iconic “capo di decina” to ever operate within the Luciano/Genovese Family. He was a contemporary of Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Joe Adonis, Vito Genovese, Little Augie Pisano, among others. Lifelong friend and partner of Meyer Lansky, it was thought that Jimmy Blue Eyes had been “assigned” Lansky as his “pet project”. Alo was a behind the scenes financier and overseer of gambling in the United States, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, among other destinations. He also ran a huge Genovese regime based in the Bronx thought to have approximately 15-20 inducted soldiers in its ranks, that controlled a huge policy network governed by Battisto (Black Bart) Salvo and Sammy (Sammy Schlitz) Schlitten and his brother Moishe (Moe), and multimillion-dollar shylock operation which was run by his brother Frank Alo. Jimmy spent most of his time in Florida where he invested with his friend Meyer in various gambling operations, both legal and illegal over the years.

Sebastiano (Buster) Aloi

Sebastiano (Buster) Aloi

1720 Moffitt Street, Hollywood. One of the “originals” of the old Profaci Family of Brooklyn, Buster Aloi was an old bootlegger who later rose to lead a major faction of that borgata. By 1975 he had relocated from Queens down to Florida where he semi-retired but continued his high status as an “elder statesman” of the syndicate. Aloi was active in bookmaking, policy, hijacking, extortion, strong-arm, and other various activities overseeing his crew from his home in Hollywood with the help of his sons Vinny and Benny. Many future top members of the Family had gotten their starts under him including; Sonny Franzese, his three sons, the Lombardo brothers, and others. At one time he ruled the North Brooklyn and Queens segments of the Family; Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Maspeth, Middle Village, and the South Queens area of Ozone Park. In 1973 he was indicted for bilking a Las Vegas Casino after receiving $3,000 in chips on credit and then cashing them in. He was later acquitted after a jury trial in Miami. His son Vinny eventually took over control of his father’s old crew.

Dominick (Cokey Dom) Alongi
aka “Fat Dom”

Dominick (Cokey Dom) Alongi aka “Fat Dom”

520 NE 38th Street, Miami. He was a longtime key Genovese soldier and intimate of both Vito Genovese, Thomas (Tommy Ryan) Eboli, and later Vincent (Chin) Gigante. As a young hood, Alongi was indicted for his participation in an interstate auto-theft ring. He later became involved in the policy racket on Manhattan’s Westside. By at least the late 1960s forward, this habitué of Lower Manhattan and Little Italy bought a residence in Miami. From that point forward “Cokey Dom” became a steady “commuter racketeer” flying back and forth from New York to Miami as his borgata required. Alongi also had another good reason to frequent the Southeast United States. He was a blood cousin to Frank Gagliano of Carlos Marcello’s New Orleans Family. I’m sure Alongi and Gagliano used the opportunity to meet whenever Cokey Dom was down south. He was the president of Vindom Inc., a construction company which planned to rebuild the old Colony Club on Biscayne Boulevard, but later folded because of financial problems. In 1970 he was also accused by a U.S. Senate Committee of attempting the strong-arm takeover of a New York bagel company. 

Frank Amato

1160 NE 137th Street, Miami. He and his brother Vincent were the sons of old-line mafioso Agostino (Augie) Amato who was a respected Miami based “capo di decina” in the old Anastasia Family. Both sons would later become inducted soldiers at their fathers request. The Amato’s ran a very successful and extensive jukebox and cigarette vending machine company in Miami since the late 1940s. They were also known to operate as big-time loan sharks. Their father Augie was an intimate of Tampa boss Santo Trafficante, and the Family boss Carlo Gambino. 

Anthony (Tony the Enforcer) Altamura

Anthony (Tony the Enforcer) Altamura

1075 NE 88th Street, Miami. He was born in 1913 and raised the Corona section of Queens. He operated a checkered career as a gunman before relocating down to Miami by the mid-1950s after making parole from several armed-robbery convictions he served prison terms on. He quickly gained a reputation in South Florida as one of the Gambino Family’s main figures operating there. He was an intimate of Tampa boss Santo Trafficante Jr., and one of Santo’s top men Jimmy Costa Longo who were almost daily visitors and companions of Altamura. He was a respected mafioso who had the well-earned reputation as an “enforcer” for the mob, hence his nickname. A person who was said to have performed a lot of “work” for various Families as requested of him. Altamura operated as a bookmaker, strong-arm, shakedown artist, and shylock in the greater Miami area until coming into conflict with another up and coming hoodlum named Anthony (Tough Tony) Esperti who also started flexing his mob muscles in Miami. The men did not like each other and Altamura had threatened Esperti on a number of occasions to stay “off the strip” or else. On October 31, 1967, Altamura was shot dead in broad daylight while having a drink at the bar in the Harbor Lounge in Miami. Tough Tony decided to confront Tony the Enforcer once and for all…Esperti was convicted of murder in a slam dunk case for the prosecution and sent away for life. It was a highly publicized case at the time….it was another shocking example of the mafia on display in Miami at the time.

Modeste (Mickey Morris) Barra

Modeste (Mickey Morris) Barra

3152 Nailer Drive, Fort Pierce. Originally from the Bronx, this old-time mob veteran and Genovese soldier, and thrice-arrested currency and U.S. Postage stamp counterfeiter later relocated down to Ft. Pierce where he involved himself in the construction business. He was instrumental in building a series of tract homes in Fort Pierce. Mickey’s two sons Rocco and Joseph (Gijo) were also in the gambling and loan shark rackets, and soldiers in the same crew as their father. And they too frequented the Fort Pierce area…as the old saying goes “The Mob Family That Plays Together Stays Together.”

Ruggiero (Richie the Boot) Boiardo

Ruggiero (Richie the Boot) Boiardo

Although he resided in New Jersey, Boiardo also held residences down in Miami and Havana, Cuba as well.  He was one of the top Genovese bosses in control of the Northern New Jersey rackets for decades. A very feared mafioso, Bioardo was said to have a pit at the back of his sprawling Livingston, NJ estate where he would torture and then burn his victims alive in a furnace he kept on the property…a scary guy indeed! Among other South Florida interests he was said to have ownership in the Sea Gull Hotel of Miami Beach. He also held interests and “points” in both Cuban and Las Vegas casinos.

Rosario (Russ) Bufalino
aka “McGee”

Rosario (Russ) Bufalino
aka “McGee”

2933 Jefferson Street, Hollywood. This iconic mafioso was the longtime boss of the Northeastern-Pennsylvania Bufalino Family. He resided both in the Pittston-Scranton area and part-time in South Florida as well. He was a snowbird who would visit periodically to both enjoy himself and check on his troops, some of whom had migrated down south as well. The man that became his acting boss Edward (The Conductor) Sciandra, and his top longtime capo overseeing Upstate New York Anthony (Gov) Guarnieri had also relocated down south by the late 1970s. In fact, Guarnieri was later swept up in a Florida State Police undercover probe that snagged a bevy of hoods on a variety of state RICO charges. Guarnieri later received 2-years in prison for a failed marijuana smuggling scheme and the sale of counterfeit goods such as “fugazy” watches and clothes.

Emanuele (Nello) Cammarata

Emanuele (Nello) Cammarata

1050 NE 107th Street, Miami Shores. This veteran Profaci soldier was born back in Villabate, Sicily in 1903. After decades of service to Cosa Nostra in NYC and NJ, Cammarata moved down to Florida where he owned the Club Harmony, located at 184 NE 79th Street in Miami. A well-respected mafioso and Joe Profaci confidante, he attended the infamous 1928 Sicilian Mafia conference at Cleveland, Ohio, where over a dozen top mafiosi from across the country were arrested for conspiracy and suspicious persons. He was later shot to death coming out of a Florida nightclub he owned in 1972.

Gerardo Vito Catena
aka “Jerry” “Jerry Allen”

Gerardo Vito Catena aka “Jerry” “Jerry Allen”

2100 Coconut Road, Boca Raton. One of the most important and successful mafioso of the Genovese Family, by the 1960s Catena had moved to Miami where he lived in Coconut Grove. Attended the 1957 Apalachin Meeting in Upstate New York as a leader from the New York City area. He was in control of vast jukebox-vending machine operations in the New York-New Jersey area, and Casinos in Las Vegas and The Bahamas. A revered hoodlum who later rose to “Acting Boss” over the Family when Vito Genovese was jailed for 15 years in 1959. A multimillionaire many times over.

Salvatore (Sal the Sailor) Ciccone

102-25 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, Miami. This Lucchese soldier migrated to Florida by the 1960s where he operated as a shylock and gambler. He was also suspected of handling narcotics. He was an associate of capo Little Eddie Coco and others. Originally a native of East Harlem, Ciccone mostly kept a low profile in his later years. I also suspect that he was either the brother or cousin of Lucchese hood Anthony (Tony Moon) Ciccone, a longtime mob-connected narcotics trafficker who also hailed from the East Harlem area.

Samuel Cohen

2995 Flamingo Road, Miami Beach. He was the former owner of The Eden Roc Hotel, a famous Miami vacation destination that Meyer Lansky was suspected of holding a hidden interest in. He was a minion and disciple of Lansky, and Cohen pleaded guilty in 1973 to illegally ”skimming” revenue from the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. He was sentenced to one year in prison. Cohen was also the business partner of Alvin Malnik, another Lansky disciple and former Miami attorney who came to the attention of federal investigators after he gained ownership interests in several Las Vegas casinos, according to the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Michael (Trigger Mike) Coppola

Michael (Trigger Mike) Coppola

4431 Alton Road, Miami Beach. One of the top bosses of the East Harlem mob for many decades. A very feared and respected “Capo di decina”. By the later 1940s he had firmly established himself down here and was soon in control of many gambling and shylock sub-operations. His top soldier in the Miami area was Pasquale (Little Paddy) Erra. But Coppola oversaw large regimes in both New York City and Florida that numbered over 100 members and associates. His main overall “aide de camp” was another top mafioso by the name of Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno who had cut his teeth under Coppola. Together they held interests in many licit and illicit interests over the years. Later with Coppola’s death, Salerno would take over this regime. 

Paul (Frankie) Carbo

Paul (Frankie) Carbo

2637 Taft Street, Hollywood. A top soldier in the Genovese Family, Carbo was an infamous mafioso in charge of “prize-fight” rackets for the mob. In his younger years, he was also known as a capable hitman. Carbo was a prime suspect in the 1940s murder of Jewish gangster Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel out in Las Vegas. He was sometimes misidentified as a Lucchese member because of his close association with men from that crew. Carbo was a highly independent mafia soldier who traveled to Philadelphia, Florida, Las Vegas, and California as his superiors instructed. It was suspected that many of these trips had to do with Carbo filling murder contracts in various cities ordered by the bosses.

Frank (Frankie Coch) Cocchiaro
aka “Big Frankie”

Frank (Frankie Coch) Cocchiaro
aka “Big Frankie”

7545 Bounty Avenue, North Bay Village. He was originally from Astoria, Queens, but in time he would become affiliated with the DeCavalcante Family of Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Cocchiaro started of as a bookmaker and heist-man. He was nabbed in 1955 with several associates for the daring daytime $305,000 robbery of the Bank of Woodside. He also operated extensively in Brooklyn and North Jersey where he ran a crew active in gambling, shylocking, and heists. In 1970 while living in Jersey, he fled a New Jersey State Commission of Investigation hearing while under oath during a cigarette break, becoming a fugitive from justice. He flew to South Florida where he hid out until one fateful afternoon he was stopped by a local policeman for a traffic infraction and presented the cop with a phony driver’s license. He was arrested and returned to Jersey where he faced the music. In later years he migrated to Florida permanently as did his mafioso brother Carmelo. They prospered until a RICO indictment in the late 1980s saw them both convicted and jailed. Frank received 20-years in federal prison.

Ettore (Little Eddie) Coco

Ettore (Little Eddie) Coco

6941 Bay Drive, Miami Beach. Born 1908 in Palermo, and although only 5’-2” tall, Eddie Coco was a very feared guy. He was another of the Lucchese Family’s top men who specialized in the “prize-fight rackets” in which he was partnered with Frankie Carbo, Frank (Blinky) Palermo, Harry (Champ) Segal, and Felix Bocchiccio. They were collectively called “The Combination”. Coco was also suspected of being into narcotics smuggling as a financier and was a documented extortionist as well. He later received a life sentence by a Florida State Court judge for shooting to death a black parking lot attendant who Coco felt had disrespected him by not moving fast enough and ogling Coco’s female companion one evening while they were at a Miami nightspot. 

Joseph (Demus) Covello

Joseph (Demus) Covello

707 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale. Born in 1924 he also hailed from North Jersey before moving south to the Broward County area. Demus Covello was active as a Gambino soldier serving in the crew of New Jersey capo Joseph Paterno. Covello was one of over a dozen New Jersey based hoods who fled the jurisdiction down to Florida in order to avoid a State Grand Jury subpoena. His primary activity was bookmaking for which he sustained many arrests both in New Jersey and later in Florida. He also figured into several undercover investigations aimed at stemming mob infiltration of the area. Covello had actually followed his “skipper” Joe Paterno down south after the aging wiseguy permanently relocated there several years earlier. 

William Joseph Dara
“Willy the Tile Maker”

William Joseph Dara “Willy the Tile Maker”

15301 NE Sixth Avenue, North Miami. He was born in 1905 and originally came from New York but had migrated down to South Florida by at least the early 1950s. Supposedly related to a Little Italy-based Bonanno soldier later turned capo Michael (Mimi) Sabella, Dara was reputed to have been inducted into the Bonanno Family as a soldier serving in Sabella’s crew by the early 1960s. He had a checkered career as a mob figure. Dara never seemed to really be “in the chips”. He mostly operated high-risk type ventures such as burglaries, robberies, jewel heists, and other “spur of the moment” desperado schemes. He is thought to have become a paid federal informant at some point in his mob career, providing limited and somewhat conflicting information about the 1960s Banana War, and about his various Florida mob associates. He was once sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison on an extortion conviction for shaking down a Miami beauty contest director…this case is where they may have turned him into a rat.

Emelio (The Count) Delio

Emelio (The Count) Delio

18733 North Bay Road, North Miami Beach. This Genovese Family soldier was born back in 1913 and was an operative based in Northern New Jersey active in gambling operations until he chose to move to Florida in order to avoid a State Grand Jury subpoena. He chose the Miami area where he resumed his bookmaking actives. Delio was affiliated with Accetturo, Gambino capo Joe Paterno and soldier Demus Covello, Genovese Capo Andy Gerardo, and other Jersey mob figures. He ended up moving down there permanently and his name later surfaced in several gambling probes and arrests. He was charged in 1976 with the extortion of a Hollywood businessman after the man fell behind on a shylock loan Delio had extended to him. Two years earlier in 1974 he was one of those nabbed by police who raided a suspected illegal Miami gambling den at 4 am in the morning.

Giuseppe (Joe the Wolf) DiCarlo

Giuseppe (Joe the Wolf) DiCarlo

530 South Shore Drive, Miami Beach. One of the original controlling figures of Mafia operations in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area. DiCarlo was a feared killer for the Magaddino Family and headed gambling operations there until being forced out of the area by police. He later relocated to Youngstown, Ohio, before moving down to Miami where he again resumed his gambling rackets in Miami. The son of an old Sicilian “Mustache Pete”, the DiCarlo’s were both highly respected mafiosi. 

Frank (Frankie Dio) Dioguardi

Frank (Frankie Dio) Dioguardi

1021 NE 162nd Street, North Miami Beach. One of the three “Dio Brothers”, Frankie was in garment racketeering with his brothers up in New York before relocating down to Florida in the early 1950s and setting himself up in the local rackets. He was a respected “associate-member” of the Lucchese Family under his “capo” brother Johnny’s wing. Dio was active in a litany of illicit and semi-legitimate businesses over the years. He owned numerous bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. He owned a cigarette vending machine firm that strong-armed businesses to install his machines. His mother’s brother was the infamous Lucchese capo “Jimmy Doyle” Plumeri. 

Max (Little Maxie) Eder

Max (Little Maxie) Eder

Originally from the Bronx, Eder relocated down to the greater Miami area by the 1950s. He was affiliated with the Trigger Mike Coppola regime of Harlem, and continued this association after relocating. He was a convicted burglar and wholesale narcotics dealer who later turned to the gambling rackets once in Florida. He operated in tandem with soldiers Patsy Erra, Freddy Felice, and other Genovese figures. Eder was entrusted to oversee steady, high-stakes card games operated in private lounges at the Eden Roc and Fountainbleu Hotels along Collins Avenue in Miami. 

Pasquale (Little Paddy) Erra
aka “Patsy”

Pasquale (Little Paddy) Erra
aka “Patsy”

He resided at 5609 NW 7th Ave., Miami. One of the earliest Genovese soldiers to ever relocate to Miami and settle the area, a former professional prize-fighter, Erra became a sort of “emissary” and “good will ambassador” to other mafiosi who later visited South Florida. He was active as a shylock, nightclub operator, bookmaker, dice and card game operator. He was also long suspected of sometimes trafficking in heroin. The “right-hand man” of his capo Trigger Mike Coppola. Paddy Erra held ownership and management interests in some of the most popular Collins Avenue nightclubs and watering holes of the era. He was like the Mafia “Mayor” of Miami. 

Albert (Chinky) Facchiano
aka “The Chink”

Albert (Chinky) Facchiano
aka “The Chink”

1300 Stillwater Drive, Miami Beach. Born 1910, Facchiano had been a Florida resident for decades and became a near iconic mob figure when he was indicted with many, much younger mafiosi in South Florida several years back. At the time Chinky was well into his early nineties and was caught on tape offering his services to his much younger “capo” should the Family need any “heavy work” to be done. He claimed that as a formally inducted “soldier” of the borgata you are never too old to be called upon. He was later charged by the FBI with operating an extensive loan shark business and helping to coordinate Genovese activities in the area.

James (Jimmy Black) Falco

Felice (Philly Black)
Felice (Philly Black)

6905 Willow Lane, Miami Lake. Born in 1912, this veteran low-key Lucchese soldier was originally from East Harlem and later grew up in Corona, Queens. He and his “soldier” brother Felice (Philly Black) were close associates of, and served in the crew, of capo Antonio (Tony Ducks) Corallo. They mostly operated numbers, shylock, and vending machine rackets. They were known to control a large policy-numbers network in the Harlem/Bronx sections. By the mid 1960s Jimmy had moved down to Florida joining other Lucchese hoods staking their claim to the area. He was followed a few years later by Philly. Once there, they operated a significant shylock business in tandem with their relative capo Ettore Coco and several of their Jewish hoodlum associates.

Salvatore Falcone

Salvatore Falcone

1652 NW 62nd Street, Miami. The original “boss” of Utica in Upstate New York. By 1947 Falcone had relocated permanently to Florida where he and his son Joe opened and operated Falcone & Son Wholesale & Retail Italian Grocers Inc., 5609 NW 7th Avenue in Miami. This was a large distributor of Italian-styled food products that supplied various pizzerias and restaurants in the area. Ostensibly under the overall umbrella of the Magaddino Family of Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York, Sal left his brother Joseph Falcone in charge as the “acting capo” back home in Utica. Originally among the biggest bootleggers in Upstate New York, Joe continued to control their large regime for the next forty plus years with his older brother Sal’s guidance. And although to still be at the helm, Sal served in more of a consigliere position in his later years while in Florida. Overall, the Falcone brothers both enjoyed extremely successful careers. Neither of them ever spent a single day of their lives behind prison walls… now THAT’S what I call “wiseguys!”

Robert (Bobby Green) Falvo

Robert (Bobby Green) Falvo

NE 43rd Court, Coral Springs, and later 3400 Galt Ocean Drive, Apt #1204, Fort Lauderdale. Born in Brooklyn in 1926, he mostly operated in Queens and Long Island. Falvo was listed as a Colombo Family soldier serving in the regime of capo John (Sonny) Franzese. He was active as a bookmaker, shylock, dice game operator, and was reported to have extensive interests in various garment factories, bars and nightclubs. By 1971 he had relocated to Florida to avoid several state grand jury subpoenas. By 1973 authorities had documented his involvement in a Fort Lauderdale nightclub he named Bobby G’s Headliner Club, and partnership in the C. & F. Construction & Development Company that was building a condominium complex in Coral Springs. In 1975 the FBI noted his ownership interests in Euro Import-Export Corp., and Compass Sales & Trading Ltd. By 1982, these firms figured into an FBI indictment for him heading a complex international fraud scheme based from South Florida that fleeced major pharmaceutical companies of over $10,000,000. 

Alfredo (Freddy Red Shirt) Felici
aka “Alfred Felice”

Alfredo (Freddy Red Shirt) Felici
aka “Alfred Felice”

This veteran Genovese soldier resided at 1770 Normandie Drive, Miami Beach, and later 7710 Beachview Drive, North Bay Village. In his early years he was reputedly a strong-arm and gunman for the Family suspected in several homicides. After relocating to Miami he bought into the LaRue Club along the famed Collins Avenue. There he operated as a bookmaker and gambler, but was also suspected of heavily trafficking in the interstate narcotics trade for which he had a prior conviction. 

Joseph (Joe Fisher) Fischetti

Rocco and Charles Fischetti

6701 Miami View Drive, Miami Beach. Along with his brother Charlie, he was one of the notorious “Fischetti Brothers” of Chicago, and the cousins of Scarface Al Capone. He was himself a major power in the Chicago bootlegging and gambling rackets since the 1930s era. After relocating to Miami he again became engaged in the gambling rackets. He also opened up the Fount-Whip Corp. (an ice cream business) in Miami and listed his employment there. The Fischetti brothers were also documented to be very good, close fiends to the iconic Italian singer Frank Sinatra.

Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone

Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone

5500 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Giacalone was one of the Detroit mob’s most important members for decades. He and his brother Vito (Billy Jack) both later became “capo di decina” in the Joseph Zerilli Family. They were in charge of overseeing most street rackets for Zerilli that included numbers, bookmaking, card games and the Greek dice game Barbut, extortion, and other such activities. In 1975 the “Giacalone Brothers” became the prime suspects in the disappearance and presumed murder of ex-Teamsters president James R. Hoffa from the Machus Red Fox Restaurant that fateful day Hoffa vanished. The Giacalone brothers became regular visitors to South Florida over the years, enjoying the golf and other activities the area offers.

John Battista Ignizio

201 N. 14th Avenue, Hallandale. Ignizio was another old-line little known soldier in the Gambino Family who resided down in Florida. Not much was ever known about him by the FBI, but he was a known associate of soldier Frank (The Wop) Gagliardi and capo Ettore Zappi. Ignizio was listed on government charts during the 1983 U.S. Senate Hearings held in Washington to probe organized crime in this country.

Joseph (Joe Scootch) Indelicato

Joseph (Joe Scootch) Indelicato

385 82nd Street, Apt #25, Miami Beach, and later 800 W. Drive Harbor Island, North Bay Village. A notorious Gambino soldier who established himself in Miami soon after being paroled from a 40-year armed robbery sentence. Indelicato quickly became a well-known hoodlum and top loan shark figure. He “pushed in” on several businesses including nightclubs and restaurants. He listed employment variously at the Sunshine State Transport Co. (a trucking firm), South Florida U-Drive-It Co., (an auto rental agency), and has had hidden interests in several eateries and a vending machine business.

Jacob (Jake Lansky) Suchowlansky

Jacob (Jake Lansky) Suchowlansky

1146 Harrison Street, Hollywood. The younger brother and lifelong partner of Meyer, Jake has always operated in his brothers shadow in tandem with their various early bootlegging and gambling operations. The Lansky brothers also bought, built, or partnered in various Florida property deals and businesses over the years. Jake was ostensibly the owner-operator of The New Plantation Restaurant in Hallandale. He also owned the property and later received rental incomes from several other parcels. By the end of his life it was said that Jake Lansky had become a wealthy man by sticking close to his older brother and being prudent with his earnings. Ostensibly, Jake held more assets on paper than did Meyer. Although thats not necessarily indicative of the true scope and division of their wealth. 

Meyer (Little Meyer) Suchowlansky
aka “Meyer Lansky” “Bugs Meyer” “The Little Man”

Meyer (Little Meyer) Suchowlansky
aka “Bugs Meyer” “The Little Man”

He lived for years at 612 Hibiscus Drive in Hallandale, before later moving to 5255 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, and later to a condominium waterfront location. This man needs no introduction! He held interests over the years in numerous South Florida gambling establishments such as the Colony Club and The Green Acres. He also held “points” and hidden interests in the Havana Riviera, Capri Hotel, San Souci Gambling Casino, all in Cuba, and the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. He was one of the major controlling interests in the mobs gambling rackets in partnership with various top mafiosi. It was also highly suspected but never proven that Lansky held ownership interests in several top hotels along the Collins Avenue strip in Miami Beach. The federal government also alleged that years earlier he had invested large funds into the Mary Carter Paint Company which made him millions. Through his Jewish mob minions in his personal crew, he also maintained control of certain garment district dress factories, trucking firms, and other garment center racket operations such as shylocking and policy/bookmaking. Men such as “Red Hymie” Siegel, “Bobby Blanch” Belangi, and Phil “The Stick” Kovolick were assigned to oversee things of this nature for him. 

Joseph (Joey Narrow) Laratro

Joseph (Joey Narrow) Laratro

543 Palm Drive, Hallandale. He was born in 1916 and had been a top Queens-based capo and gambling overseer for the Lucchese Family. He was partners with boss Tommy Lucchese’s brother Joseph (Joe Brown) in operating a huge bookmaking-policy network throughout Queens County From the 1940s through the late 1960s. By 1971 Laratro decided to permanently relocate down south. He left his “right-hand man” Neil Migliore as his eyes and ears back in New York. In Florida, he purchased a private garbage-sanitation business with his son Danny. Laratro would soon semi-retire and was astute enough to have never served one day in jail…Unfortunately, in later years, his son was not as savvy or lucky. Danny Laratro was indicted, convicted, and jailed for heading a massive marijuana smuggling ring.

Pasquale (Paddy Mack) Macchiarole

Pasquale (Paddy Mack) Macchiarole

A seasonal resident of Fort Lauderdale. Born 1922. By the mid-1960s Paddy Mack had risen to a position of prominence in the Genovese Family. Based from his home in Middle Village, Queens, he had expanded into extensive gambling, loanshark, and extortion operations. He was a hidden owner of the popular Golden Chariot in Forest Hills, but in truth, controlled many other restaurants, bars, and nightclubs through the extortionate strong-arm tactics he and his crew of hoods had brought to bear on businesses in Queens, Long Island. By the late 1960s, he had expanded into the South Florida area, specifically Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding towns. He focused on “shaking down” every nightclub he could get his hands on. He quicklybecame a fixture on the Fort Lauderdale nightclub circuit, and just as quickly, his reputation grew so much that he became a major target of law enforcement. He was also known to hold interests in several trucking firms and the Frigid Express Company in New Jersey, a large freight and food carrier that served as a linchpin for a lucrative truck hijacking and fencing operation conducted by his minions. Macchiarole was said to have become an intimate of acting boss Frank (Funzi) Tieri, his partner in Frigid Express, among other rackets. But he must have zigged when he should have zagged because in 1978, Macchiarole’s body was found in the trunk of his Cadillac parked on a desolate street in Brooklyn. He had been gutted by a knife and shot several times in the head. His trussed-up corpse was discovered by police when an anonymous caller directed them to the body after he went missing for over a week

Salvatore (Lefty) Mangiamelli

Salvatore (Lefty) Mangiamelli

Fort Lauderdale (no exact address available). Originally a member of the old Gallo Gang of Brooklyn, Mangiamelli was a key combatant in the Profaci-Gallo War of 1961-63, and later in the early 1970s with the next go-around between Joe Colombo and Joe Gallo. But by the early 1980s Lefty had already relocated down to Florida to get away from it all. He had been active in his day with bookmaking, shylocking, extortion, and stolen securities rackets… in Florida he seems to have kept a lower profile for the rest of his life.

Samuel (Sam) and Gabriel (Kelly) Mannarino

Samuel (Sam) and Gabriel (Kelly) Mannarino
Samuel (Sam) and Gabriel (Kelly)

Born 1906 and 1916 respectively, the Mannarino brothers were top figures in Pittsburgh’s Mafia for decades. Although they technically resided in New Kensington, PA., they were both frequent visitors to South Florida and Cuba where they conducted various gambling operations and other rackets. It was alleged by authorities that they were invested in several MiamI Beach nightclubs and a hotel over the years as well. One of Kelly’s favorite haunts was the famous Joe Sonken’s Stone Crabs Restaurant. An acknowledged meeting place for hoods from all over the country, He and the owner Joe Sonken (a former Chicago bookmaker) were the best of friends. So much so that when Mannarino was in Florida his associates all knew they could reach him daily at Sonken’s restaurant. When he was away, the restaurant served as a sort of makeshift message center for him. Joe Sonken would take messages and phone calls and be sure to follow up to give Kelly his messages. 

Joseph (Joe Martin) Martinelli
aka “Georgie Blue Eyes”

Joseph (Joe Martin) Martinelli
aka “Georgie Blue Eyes”

Born 1914 in Brooklyn, by the later 1960s he resided at 4480 Michigan, Miami Beach. He was a close associate and crew member of Gambino capo Carmine (The Doctor) Lombardozzi and soldier Arthur (Artie Todd) Tortorello, and engaged with the Lombardozzi brothers in shylocking, extortion, frauds, and stolen securities rackets. He was actually once arrested with John Lombardozzi in a related stolen stocks case involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Alfonso (Don Alfonso) Marzano

Alfonso (Don Alfonso) Marzano

729 NE 3rd Street, Hallandale. Born 1890 in Naples, this old-line Cammorista relocated to Florida from NYC where he held ownership interests in the famous Saratoga Springs Mineral Water. Since 1929 he had arrests for possession of a gun, counterfeiting, and narcotics violations. After migrating south he was suspected of engaging in international heroin trafficking with his mafia associates. A respected mafioso. He was associated with the Napolitano faction of the Family such as Vito Genovese, Frank Celano, and Lorenzo Brescia.

Giuseppe (Joe) Massei

Giuseppe (Joe) Massei

520 Lakeview Drive, Flamingo Bay, Miami Beach. Massei was a top mafiosi who was active in both Cleveland and Detroit before later relocation down to Miami in the later 1940s. A very wealthy and business savvy mafioso, he held interests in the Miami Provision Co., Grand Hotel, Sands Hotel of Miami, Tellman Casting Company and Hamtrack Motor Co., both of Detroit, and the Webster Inn and Victory Club of Toledo, Ohio. He was a longtime associate and partner of the Angersola brothers of Cleveland and Miami. Massei later got involved in large-scale bookmaking operations down in the Miami area.

John (Johnny Irish) Matera

John (Johnny Irish) Matera

1943 NE 175th Street, Miami Beach. Born 1932 in the Little Italy section of Manhattan, Matera started his mob career under the tutelage of Profaci/Colombo capo John (Sonny) Franzese. By the mid-1960s Matera was deeply engaged in strong-arm work, shylocking, high-end robberies, and extortion. He beat a murder case in 1966 with Franzese but later fell hard on several armed robbery convictions. The most significant being the daring $2,000,000 jewel robbery of safe deposit boxes at the Harbor Island Spa in Miami. He was sentenced to a life term, but was released after serving 10 years. He decided to stay in Miami and was quickly elevated to a “capo” post. Matera was said to control a regime active in gambling, shylocking, extortion, and narcotics smuggling. By 1981 he had fallen from favor and disappeared forever. Some accounts say he was killed, chopped up and thrown in the Atlantic Ocean off the Miami shore.

Vincent (Jimmy Dee) Palmisano

108-25 NW 29th Manor in Sunrise. Born in 1914, by the early 1950s Jimmy Dee was living and operating down in Miami. He was known as a shylock and bookmaker allied with Joe Indelicato and other Gambino figures. Palmisano himself was listed in U.S. Senate hearings as a soldier in that Family and suspected of being “under” capo Augie Amato. He was also said to have held an interest in several eateries over the years.

Frank (Frankie Hialeah) Pelliccio

116 Palm Avenue, Hialeah. He was born in 1915 and had migrated south many decades before. A Genovese soldier, he was mostly known as a bookmaker and gambler. Pelliccio was generally a low-key guy that the feds didn’t know much about.

Guido (The Bull) Penosi

Guido (The Bull) Penosi

19916 NE 22nd Avenue, North Miami. Born in 1930, Penosi was the brother-in-law to Connecticut Gambino capo Frank Piccolo. He was known as a narcotics trafficker who traveled back and forth from the Northeast to California to transact his narcotics deals. He was also active in the policy rackets early on. Penosi was later killed as was Piccolo, although it was not suspected to have been for the same reasons. They both once figured into a failed extortion attempt against singers Wayne Newton and Lola Falana. 

Anthony (Tony Plate) Plata
aka “TP”

Anthony (Tony Plate) Plata aka “TP”

1230 101st Street, Harbor Island. A longtime, vicious soldier in the Gambino Family who served in the Little Italy regime of capo Aniello (O’Neil) Dellacroce. Plata himself originally came out of West Harlem, but early on relocated to the Bronx where he ran a crew who specialized in policy and shylocking, stolen stocks and securities. He always had a well-deserved reputation as a hothead and vicious strong-arm. After he chose to move to Florida he continued his loan shark rackets. Tony Plate was suspected as the prime triggerman in several gangland homicides. There is a story that went around that one day he walked into the office of a recalcitrant shylock customer, spewing curses and half-foaming from the mouth, jumped onto the man’s desk and literally bit the man’s ear, ripping it from his head….that was TP. Nobody to play with. After he was indicted with his capo/underboss Dellacroce on racketeering charges that included the alleged murder of Gambino associate Charles (Charlie Bear) Calise, Plata disappeared shortly thereafter. Word has it that Dellacroce had dispatched the late John Gotti and Angelo Ruggiero down to Florida to help sever ties with Plata so that Dellacroce with have a better chance to beat the case…after Tony Plate’s disappearance, O’Neil did indeed beat the case. In gangland, everything always works out for the best. Except for Tony Plata of course! LOL

Vincenzo (Jimmy Doyle) Plumeri

Vincenzo (Jimmy Doyle) Plumeri

Seasonal resident who lived at 9224 Dickens Avenue, in Surfside. One of the most notorious and “iconic” of New York’s racketeers. He was a top garment center extortionist and mob figure, as well as a controlling force in the “prize fight” rackets along with his partners Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo. Plumeri was the uncle of the equally notorious Dioguardi brothers and actually groomed them into the rackets. He was regarded as one of the top Lucchese Family ”capo’s” before his murder in the early 1970s. He was partnered with his nephew Frankie Dio in “Angelo Palange’s Pizza Restaurant” which was the Miami version of a popular Queens establishment. Unfortunately, years later Jimmy Plumeri would be found strangled to death, discarded on a Queens street corner. But in his day Jimmy Doyle had been one of the most important garment racketeers the city had ever seen.

Alfonso (Big Al) Polizzi
aka “Al Polizzi”

Alfonso (Big Al) Polizzi
aka “Al Polizzi”

6857 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables. Polizzi was one of the top bosses of the Cleveland mob before migrating to Florida. He was also one of the most respected mafioso in the entire United States. In Florida, he established a large construction firm he named the Thompson-Polizzi Construction Company in Coral Gables. On par with such mob luminaries as Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, and Joe Profaci. He was long suspected of engaging as an international narcotics trafficker as a financier. He also engaged in bookmaking after semi-retiring to Miami. In his later years in Florida, he kept a very low profile but maintained his high status in the underworld.

Alexander (Al Ross) Rosato

Alexander (Al Ross) Rosato

Born in East Harlem and serving under “capo” Michael Coppola, Rosato had the well-earned reputation as one of New York’s most vicious shylocks. He operated for years from a barbershop and private mob social club next door where he loaned out his money to various customers. Rosato had the reputation of being unmerciful if his loanshark customers ran even an hour late in dropping off their payments. More than once he allegedly gave out vicious beatdowns to tardy customers. Once when a black guy from West Harlem who had borrowed money had the temerity to backtalk Rosato, he placated the man encouraging the fellow to come have a cup of coffee and iron out their discrepancy. Upon arriving at Al Ross’ club Rosato ushered the man into the alleyway to chat in private. Once there, Al immediately shot the man to death and threw his body in the trunk of a car for later disposal. Rosato made weekly trips for years down to Miami to deliver racket proceeds to his boss Mike Coppola. He was in charge of loanshark and policy racket collections from the Harlem crew. So years later Rosato himself permanently relocated to Florida joining so many other of his mob buddies in the Florida sun.

Louis Rotondo

198-30 N. Miami Avenue, Miami. He was born in 1910 and originally operated in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. He was a Genovese soldier under the wing of Family boss Frank (Funzi) Tieri. Rotondo was utilized by Tieri as a sometime driver-bodyguard. He operated as a strong-arm and shylock before moving down to Florida where he seems to have kept a low profile.

Luigi (Louie Black) Saccaroma
aka “Blackie”

Luigi (Louie Black) Saccaroma aka “Blackie”

This man resided at 805 NW 109th Street, Miami. With arrests since 1916 for armed robbery, assault, and a federal narcotics conviction, Saccaroma was a well-rounded hood who was active as a “prize-fight racketeer” who “fixed” major boxing matches and horse races. He held ownership interests in the Surf Restaurant, 7417 Collins Ave., Miami, and the contracts for several prize fighters. He was an associate of Frankie Carbo, Patsy Erra, Salvatore Falcone, and Mike Coppola, among many others well-known hoodlums.

George (Georgie Blair) Smurra
aka “Blah-Blah”

George (Georgie Blair) Smurra
aka “Blah-Blah”

He was born in Brooklyn on January 1, 1910, and resided at 2142 76th Street. By the late 1950s, he was also a seasonal resident of Miami Beach where he often flew down to mingle with his mob contemporaries. Smurra became a top soldier under the Brooklyn faction of the Genovese Family. He had a lengthy record for burglary, felony assault, assault and robbery, and murder. He was indicted in 1947 along with Vito Genovese himself, capo Mike Miranda, soldier Gus Frasca and several others for the highly publicized 1934 murder of a small-time hustler named Ferdinand (The Shadow) Boccia. Aside from his strong-arm work as an enforcer for the Family, Smurra was active in bookmaking, running high-stakes baccarat and dice games, and extortion schemes. In the early 1960s, he was busted along with 10 others for operating a high-end baccarat game on Third Avenue and 60th in Manhattan where police confiscated $32,000 in cold cash on the tables. A tidy sum for that era. Smurra was also questioned by Miami homicide detectives about the murder of his close associate Joseph Moscardino who was shot to death in Miami in 1963. At the time of his killing Moscardino was under indictment for murder. Smurra held interests in various nightclubs over the years including the Elegante and Balinese Supper Clubs in Brooklyn, and several clubs in Miami. He was a well-respected original.

Salvatore (Salvy) Spitale – “The Greek”

Salvatore (Salvy) Spitale - “The Greek”

Born 1897 in Petralia, Sicily. He was a little-known but respected mafia member who was involved with Jewish racketeer Irving (Itsy-Bitzy) Bitz in the New York City and Long Island newspaper monopoly extortion rackets. He had a record dating to 1912 for delinquency, bootlegging, burglary, homicide by gun, felony assault, weapons,  grand larceny and conspiracy. Spitale figured prominently in the infamous Lindburgh kidnapping case as a go-between with the kidnappers, the police and child’s parents. He was a seasonal Miami resident who stayed at the Shore Park Hotel. He held ownership interests over the years in the Count Casino Nightclub in Miami, and Shore Park Hotel.

Charles (Chuck White Jr) Tourine Jr.

Charles (Chuck White Jr) Tourine Jr.

1413 N. Venetian Way, Miami. In 1953 he legally changed his name to Charles Del Monico. Born 1927 in New Jersey, by the late 1950s he was residing at both Midtown Manhattan, and 4120 Pine Tree Drive, Miami. The son of the infamous “Charlie the Blade”, Del Monico had arrests for possession of a weapon, vagrancy, and lottery. He was ostensibly a salesman for the Central Art Gallery in Manhattan, but in truth had followed in his fathers footsteps and was active in gambling and narcotics rackets in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Cuba.

Charles (Charlie the Blade) Tourine Sr.

Charles (Charlie the Blade) Tourine Sr.

9101 East Bay Harbor Drive, Miami Beach. Tourine was an “internationally” active mafioso who maintained addresses in Manhattan, Florida, Cuba, and Europe. One of the most well-known mobsters of his era. A highly respected “soldier” in the regime of Ruggiero (Richie the Boot) Board of NJ. He was thought to have invested his funds into the Treasure Isle Motel, and the Casablanca Hotel (which offered casino gambling), both in Miami. At one time he also held gambling interests in Havana, Cuba and London, England.

Santo Trafficante Jr.

Santo Trafficante Jr.

740 NE 155th Street, North Miami. Although he was the longtime boss of the Tampa based Family, Trafficante maintained residences in both cities to better connect to his mafiosi brethren. Santo dealt with the likes of mafia members from most Families that visited “his” Sunshine State….much more will be written about his exploits and those of his borgata at a later time.

John (Peanuts) Tronolone

John (Peanuts) Tronolone

8090 Hawthorne Avenue, Miami Beach. Starting out in Buffalo, New York, “Peanuts” later relocated to Cleveland before migrating further south to Miami. He ran mob rackets in all three cities for decades. A respected soldier who was later elevated to a capo post. He was ostensibly  “employed” at the Tahiti Bar in Miami Beach, but was known as a prolific bookmaker and enforcer of mob dictates. 

Sebastiano (Babo) Vento
aka “Joseph Vento”

Sebastiano (Babo) Vento aka “Joseph Vento”

Although he technically resided in Malba, Queens, this veteran Lucchese soldier was a constant visitor to Miami for many years. When flying to Florida Vento would most often reside at either the Helen Mar Hotel, Golden Nugget Hotel, or the famed Eden Roc Hotel, all in Miami. Babo was a product of East Harlem who he operated policy and narcotics rackets for years until he fell on a heroin conspiracy case in the 1950s. Vento was well known as both a smuggler/distributor, and operator of clandestine laboratories that produced kilogram quantities of heroin. He was most closely associated with the thrice-convicted Lucchese capo John (Big John) Ormento, who later received 40 years in prison for narcotics trafficking. Narcotics agents believed that Vento’s frequent trips south were to facilitate his drug network.

Santo Virusso aka “Santo Russo”

Santo Virusso aka “Santo Russo”

2750 N. Surf Road, Hollywood. This little known “sleeper” was a trusted Sicilian born mafioso who operated in Chicago before relocation to Florida. He was the owner-operator of the Shorecrest Apartments of 2750 N. Surf Avenue, an apartment rental complex he bought and ran. He had been arrested three times for murder (once in Italy), and (twice in Chicago). He was a close associate of Louis (Little New York) Campagna. 

Ettore (Terry) Zappi – aka “Tony Russo”

Ettore (Terry) Zappi - aka “Tony Russo”

Born in Naples, Italy in 1904, he resided for many years at 2300 N. Atlantic Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale. Zappi was the next-door neighbor of his “compare” Carlo Gambino in Massapequa, Long Island, and was one of Gambino’s closest and trusted confidantes. Zappi served the borgata for decades as one of its top capos. He specialized in labor racketeering and shylocking. He and Gambino installed his son Tony Zappi as the secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local #854, and they held a secret ownership interest for years in the famous Castro Convertible Company. Zappi was very heavy into business infiltration and legitimate investments. Over the years he was a controlling partner in Bobby Rubino’s Famous Ribs which originated in South Florida, and several other restaurants such as the T & D Drive-Up Restaurant. He was also a hidden partner in Goldfingers, the popular nude dance club started in Florida in the early 1980s.

Today, Florida is still an ever popular place for mob guys to vacation and reside. Along with more and more people who relocate south and call the “Sunshine State” their home, mob guys equally enjoy the area’s attributes…always have and always will.

Until the next time….”The Other Guy” 

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