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John Tuohy's history of organized crime in Chicago (J)

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Jacques restaurant: A favorite for Mob bosses in the mid 1960s. It was at a meeting here that the mob decided to kill Sam Giancana.

Jordon, John:  A levee pimp and cohort of Colosimo, active in 1912.

Jamaica: In the late 1950s and early 1960s the Chicago mob made an all out effort to corner the gambling market in Jamaica. Mob operatives already had tied up controlling interest in two racing tracks, the national lottery and two casinos’. With nothing else left to them the Jamaican government sent two representatives to Chicago to negotiate a percentage deal with Giancana and Accardo. Murray Humphreys and Les Kruse (Boss of Lake County) expanded the Outfits holdings in Freeport and Cat Cay Bahama's. On November 21 1963 Kruse went to Freeport with Louis Chesler of the Lucayan Beach Hotel in Freeport and looked into expanding the Outfits holding there.

Jackson, William AKA Action Jackson Born 1923 Died 1961 Gangster. Murder victim.
By comparison to New York, the Chicago Mob has had relatively few problems with informants within its ranks, in some part because informants, once discovered, or even suspected, were dispatched quickly. 
 The Chicago Mobs gangster in charge of Calumet City, Illinois, was Frankie Abatte who lived peacefully at 672 Douglas Avenue in Calumet with his daughters and wife. Abatte had been in the sugar rationing racket during the Second World War and then went on to supervising the Oak Lawn racing track where he also kept thoroughbred horses.   The underworld gossip was that he had fallen behind on his taxes and was talking to the Federal government, trying to work a deal for himself to avoid a long prison sentence. Unfortunately for Abatte, the mob found out and killed him with a bullet in the face. His nude dead body on the side of a road in Hot Springs Arkansas April 22, 1944.  A few days later, his Capo’s, (or lieutenants) Tommy Neglia and Onofrio Vitale were killed.  Vitale was found face down in a sewer, Neglia was gunned down while getting his hair cut in a barbershops. In 1953, Boss Paul Ricca ordered the murder of Anthony Ragucci, one of his sub bosses who began in the rackets under Al Capone. Ricca suspected that Ragucci, who had tax troubles, was talking to the Federal government.   Police found Ragucci shot to death on October 1 1953 and left face down in a sewer on 35th street. His brother identified him by his ring with the initials “AR” since the rest of his body was so ravaged by the cold. In July 1954, Charlie Gioe, a life long member of the mob, asked mob lawyer Sidney Korshak to help Paul Ricca with his naturalization papers. One month later on August 8 1954 Gioe was machine gunned to death and his body stuffed in the trunk of a stolen car. The mob suspected that he was talking to the federal tax people or knew too much about Ricca’s immigration status. It didn’t matter. They killed him as soon as they suspected him so he couldn’t have told them much. Shortly afterwards, another hoodlum, Paul “Needle Nose” Labriola was poisoned, strangled and shot to death under the suspicion that he had turned informer.  One informant they missed was Frank The Bump Bompensiero was the Chicago mobs Capo in San Diego, California who was Jailed by the federal government jailed him in 1955. Bompensiero felt that the outfit should have taken better care of his family while he was in prison. When he was released, Giancana demoted him to a solders rank. As a result Bompensiero turned F.B.I informant and provided information on the organization for two decades.
    Since the early 1950s, 300 pound, hood William “Billy Action” Jackson, had been a loan collector and leg breaker for Willie “Potatoes” Daddano, a one of Giancana’s childhood friends and a lieutenant in his organization. Jackson was not only loyal to the Outfit; he had spurred the FBI’s attempts to turn him into a well-paid informant.  However, somehow, the Bosses assumed that Jackson was an informant.
    In the winter of 1961, two of Giancana’s best men, Turk Torrello and Fiore “Fifi” Buccieri, kidnapped Jackson off a Chicago street. They pulled their car up to Jackson while he walked down the street towards a parking lot. Rushing out of their car, they beat Jackson to the ground with tire irons, threw him in the trunk of his own car and drove him to a meat rendering plant owned, in part, by Paul Ricca.  Two years after Jackson murder, Buccieri, Torrello and a half dozen other hoods were captured on an FBI microphone talking about the murder. Buccieri’s account of the murder convulsed his listeners into fits of laughter. He said that Jackson was dead man as soon “As I learned that big fat slob was a stool pigeon for the G” [1] At the plant, they told Jackson that they suspected that he was an informer. When Jackson resisted, they shot him “just once in the knee” Buccieri later laughed “You should have heard that fat prick scream! .... So then I shoved that electric stick (a cattle prod) up his ass and he shit all over the fucking joint! Boy! Did he stink!”? [2]As a point of professional pride, Jackie Cerone, another hood, took credit for the cattle prod idea having once seen the Chicago police use one on a burglar they had arrested.
The two hoods then impaled Jackson enormous frame on to a large iron meat hook, ramming the hook through his rectum. “He was so fuck’n heavy” Torrello laughed “He bent the fuck’n hook...we had his fat ass up there for three days” Buccieri giggled “You should of seen this guy, like a fuck’n elephant, he was. Then (Torrello) hits him in the balls with that electric prod thing...so we toss water on him to give the electric thing a better charge, so now he’s screaming....”They smashed his knees with a hammer used on cattle, and burned his penis with the cattle prod and stabbed him with an ice pick in the ears and eye balls, all the while asking “What did you tell the G?”  And “Who did you rat on?”   Torrello said “It took him three days to croak, three days, I got him on that fuck’n hook...I still don’t know why he didn’t admit to be a stoolie” [3]  Remarkably, Jackson lived for three days before he died of shock.  
   Another version of Jackson’s murder is that he killed in retaliation for the brutal rape-torture of a mob associates wife.  

JB: In the late 1950s, Accardo sought respectability. He pressured mob related businessmen to introduce him and his family to Chicago’s better set and joined the best clubs in the city. He forbade his men to refer to him as “Joe Batters” a name Capone had given him, or even Tony. Instead he insisted on being called “JB” because, he said, businessmen in the city used each other initials.

Janotta, Angelo AKA Ribs. A Bodyguard for Sam Battaglia

Jarrett Ronnie: Born 1945 Died 2000 AKA Menz (The Italian word for half, because Jarret was half Irish and half Italian.) Believed to be the last Hoodlum killed by the Chicago mob on the 20th century. Jarrett’s killing on December 23, 1999, had been the first mob murder in Chicago since 1994. A long time Chicago mob associate, Jarrett 55, was gunned down as he was leaving his Chicago home and walking towards the funeral of another Mob associate (And a Jarrett relative)
   Jarritt had been an earner for the mob, a man who produced money through robbery, fencing and juice collecting. He was also a convicted rapist. Jarrett was first arrested in 1962, he went on to be arrested close to sixty times and suffered over a dozen convictions for various crimes including, robbery, assaulting a federal officer, auto theft, weapons violations and burglary. His first prison term came in 1965 and he subsequently served penitentiary time in the 70s and 80s. In 1981, he was sentenced and served 12 years for the robbery of a suburban Chicago jewelry store. Released in 1993, he acted as driver and bodyguard for the Mafia advisor Angelo “The Hook” LaPietra who assigned Jarrett to coordinate dozens of mob financed robberies.
   Jarrett was one of the hit team that murdered burglar John Mendell, who stupidly led a burglary crew that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars of jewelry from Levinson's Jewelry. Levinson was an old friend of Accardo’s and the heist made Accardo look weak.
When Mendell learned that Accardo’s men were after him, he hid the loot in the rafters of his home and went into hiding. The hoods found the jewels and stashed them in a walk-in vault in Accardo’s home. Remarkably, Mendall then broke into Accardo’s home. That was last straw. Mendell knew Jarrett and trusted him, so Jarrett was assigned to luring the thief out in the open. Waiting for Mendell were the Calabrese brothers, and mob hit man Frank Saladino. The four men beat Mendell to death and stabbed him with ice picks. The five other burglars on his crew suffered basically the same fate.
  At about 10:18 a.m., the killers, driving a yellow Ryder truck, pulled up to the corner where Jarrett was walking. Jarrett was on his way to an Orland Park funeral home for the visitation of his friend and mob turncoat Charles "Guy" Bills, who had died of natural causes. A gunman walked to the back of the truck and opened fire on Jarrett, hitting him in the shoulder and arms and grazing his head and chest. The truck later was found burned in an alley in the 3200 block of South Normal Avenue in Chicago. Jarrett survived but died in the hospital a month later in January of 2000.
   When he was killed, Police suspect that Jarrett was working under alleged South Side boss, John “Johnny Apes” Monteleone. There is only speculation as to why Jarrett killed, but it’s widely assumed that he had been stealing gambling proceeds from Mafia run operations.
  While investigation the killing and trying to learn more about the warring factions in the Bridgeport street crew, the police opened a probe called Vendetta Two in which one of their wiretaps stumbled on a million dollar a year cocaine ring centered in the South Side neighborhood. The information taken from the tap led to the arrest of Chris Marcotte (Who was at that point, recently released from prison for a 1992 conviction for second-degree murder in what police called a street gang-related killing) and Peter Frigo, both of whom lived in Bridgeport and were alleged to be members of the crew there.
  Early the summer of 2000, shortly after the wiretap began, detectives in the Organized Crime Division overheard conversations about a massive drug ring in Bridgeport. At about the same time, police in the Deering District began to take complaints about prolific drug dealing around the intersection of 31st and Halsted Streets. At that point the Jarrett probe, Vendetta II, spun off from its original mission and starting looking into the dope ring. Police learned that the ring brought the mob, in the form of Marcotte and Frigo, in contact with the South Side's Satan Disciples street gang, who allegedly purchased twenty-two pounds of coke a week from Marcotte and Frigo.
  In 2007, when mobster Frank Calabrese was asked about Jarret replied
"He was a nice fella. He liked to steal and was real good at breaking into safes,"

Johnson, William H: 1090 Arbor Lane, Jacksonville, Fla. President of the mob owned Sportsman's Park although Johnson technically worked for the management company that ran the park. His partner in the club was Johnny Patton, one of Capone’s managers. Patton’s son, Jimmy, was a major stockholder in the track. 

Jalas,Clarence: Born 1895. 8465 Skokie Road, Skokie. Corrupt head of the projectionist workers union in Chicago. In 1960, Herman Posner, then 70, tried to toss Jalas and the gangsters out of the union and was knifed to death, one day before he was suppose to appear before the US attorney. Jalas was indicted in 1965 for taking kick backs from film producers. A year later he was found guilty but only of misdemeanor charges. He was fined $1,000.00 Remarkably, even in Chicago, Jalas was elected president of the union again in 1971. He retired in 1974.  

Jahnre, Arthur: 908 Douglas Ave. Former mayor of Joliet Illinois in the 1940s, considered a mob dupe.




[1]  Roemer Man Against the Mob, FBI file
[2]  Roemer, Man Against the Mob, FBI file
[3]  FBI field report 1963

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