John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

John Tuohy's History of organized crime in Chicago (P)


Pegler, Westbrooke: A very powerful newspaper columnist in the 1940s, Paul Ricca ordered his death for the stories he'd written on Ricca. It was an unusual move for the cool tempered Ricca. Accardo talked him out of it.

Pineapple gang: A mob made bomb was sometimes called a pineapple.  In 1928 and 1929, 232 bombs were exploded in the war for control of the Chicago teamster, Sam Hunt, Red barker and Murray Humpreys were suspect in most cases. 

Peick Louis:  The office manager for local 705 AFL truck drivers oil driver’s filling station and platform workers the largest and richest local within the teamsters with $12 million treasury and 12,000 members. Peick had a reputation as a two fisted fighter who refused to give into the mob. On June 1, 1950, he was driving home to 3305 Fullerton Avenue when he was pulled over beaten with a baseball bat and shot through the hand lower right through and head

Pensioned: In October of 1953, Giancana, Marshal Caifano meet with Ricca and Accardo in Miami Beach to discuss the Outfit’s future. It was agreed  that older members of the outfit would pensioned off rather then simply cut out of the underworld, therefore, buying their cooperation and silence. In 1970, the pension system was still in place because the FBI recorded elderly members of the New Jersey mob complaining that they had no back up system to retire with as they did in Chicago.  

Phoenix, Arizona Chuckie English, Sam Giancana’s top aide, died with vast interests in the Phoenix area, real estate and construction
Patton, Johnny: The so-called “Boy mayor” of the tiny village (less then one square mile) of Burnham, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He was elected to the office, with considerable help from Johnny Torrio, at age twenty. In 1919, Torrio opened one of his first suburban brothels in the town. In 1919 Patton received $100,000 in stolen property government property that had been cosigned to the troops serving in France. The loot was removed from the boxcars in the Calumet district station in broad daylight. Patton’s name appeared as one of the stock-holders of  various Mafia scams, mostly race tracks until 1941, when he was believed to have retired to Florida and started to dabble I the race track business. His stock in various Mob enterprises was carried on in his son James name.
Paddock Lounge: An all night Chicago club active in the 1930s. Dago Mangano was a regular customer.

Potenza, Thomas AKA Tom AKA The Parrot Born 1918. 4640 North Drake Ave. The brother of Rocco the Parrot Potenza. A gambler with deep connections in the Outfit. In the 1960s he operated the Rivera Restaurant at 6540 Milwaukee Ave (On November 11, 1962 it was raided for operating as a casino) 

Potenza Rocco: AKA The Parrot.  Resided at 8847 North Kildare Ave. Skokie. Crime boss of the North Suburbs who rose up the ranks thanks to his friendship with Sam Giancana. In the late 1960s he was the hidden owner of Plaza Liquers in Rosemont although the owner on record was his wife, Rose. Potenza claimed he worked in the store as clerk for $150.00 a week. The store was located in a multi million dollar plaza developed by Sam Giancana’s half brother, Charles. Cook County police suspected that Potenza was also the secret owner of other Rosemont investments such as the Taste Of Honey Lounge at 9463 Taste of Honey Lounge, The Fools Rush Inn at 6150 River Road and the Shady Rest Inn at 9415 Higgins Road. Potenza was questioned in the murder of Leon Marcus.

Pad: For law enforcement during prohibition, “Going on the pad” meant taking bribes from bootleggers. The term arose from the note pad that the bootleggers accountant, or pay off person, carried with them to write down the names of the officers who would take money to look the other way.   Federal prohibition agents, on salaries averaging less than three thousand dollars a year, bought country homes, town houses, city and suburban real estate, speedboats, expensive automobiles, furs, and jewelry. Several owned horse farms. Many reported for work in chauffeur-driven cars. "I don’t know of anyone," said the superintendent of the New Jersey Anti-Saloon League, "who can make a dollar go further than policemen and dry agents. By frugality, after a year in the service, they acquire automobiles and diamonds."
 Local police officers did well, too. In Philadelphia, police inspectors made $3,000 to $4,000 a year; captains from $2,500 to $3,000. "One inspector had $193,533.22 in his bank account, another had $102,829.45, and a third had $40,412.75. One police captain had accumulated a nest egg of $133,845.86, and nine had bank accounts ranging from $14,607.44 to $68,905.89.

Palm Island Florida:  In 1928, Capone purchased a 14-room, two-story, white-stucco, Spanish-style home that was, ironically, built for beer brewing magnate Clarence M. Busch of St. Louis. The mansion was located on Palm Island, a part of Miami Beach. Capone spent an additional $100,000 on home improvements, including the construction of a swimming pool.

The Palm Tavern: A South gambler hang out in the 1930s-1940s

The Panama: A popular Black night spot on the South side in the 1930s 

Pierce, Ralph: Born 1900. One of Murray Humphreys men, and a trusted bodyguard, he was arrested at least 100 times but never convicted. At age ten, Pierce shot and killed his 14 years old cousin while the boys were playing cowboys and Indians. According to reports, Pierce put the gun to his cousins temple and fired off a round, killing him instantly. Pierce said it was an accident. No charges were field. During the 1928 elections, Pierce operated a Capone jail house at 1352 South Peoria Street where political opponents and their supporters were held until after the polls closed. He that one election day he was named in indictments for one robbery, five assaults and five kidnappings. 
  The dapper and flashy Pierce was indicted in the Bioff movie scandal in the 1940s, although he was later acquitted of all charges brought against him.  Piece was arrested in connection to a 1929 kidnapping, but the charges were dropped without reason. In 1935, , he was arrested as the probable killer of motion-pictures operators' union Tommy Malloy and as one of the murderers in the gruesome killing of Estelle Carey in 1943. In both cases, the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. Two years after he was suspected of hacking Estelle Cary to death (Marshal Caifano was also questioned in the murder) Pierce was arrested in 1945 while running the mobs operations along Roosevelt Road for questioning in connection with the murder of James "Red" Forsythe, a long time underworld hoodlum. In the late 1940s, he was a co-investor with Sam "Golf Bag" Hunt in a series of floating casinos across the south side. Pierce was technically employed by Laborers Local 714 although he was the virtual boss over the South side rackets in the 1950s, meaning he earned millions of dollars each year. He kept close contact to John D'Arco and Pat Marcy, the First Ward "fixers" with the ability to influence the outcome of murder cases for the right price and was well liked by Sam Giancana when Giancana was boss. At the heyday of the Outfits involvement in Las Vegas, through his connection with his direct boss, Murry Humphreys, Pierce was known as the man to see for “Comps” by hoods traveling to Vegas on vacation.  In 1971, Ross DiMauro was a high-volume bookmaker who also dabbled in real estate. received a three-year prison term for criminal contempt of court after refusing to answer questions of a federal grand jury concerning his dealing with Pierce. In 1975, Piece, then 75 years old, was still the gambling boss of the Loop until that, as well as his gambling empire on the south side, were taken over by Black street gangs. Pierce died on July 8 1974 of a heart attack.
Pape, Anthony: A member of the 42 gang and brother of Joe Pape, in 1931, he shot and killed police officer Caplis during a cafĂ© robbery. He was captured and sent to Joliet state prison. 
Pape, Joseph: 912 South Marshfield Avenue. A member of the 42 gang with a record for rape, murder and robbery, who was shot dead on January 26, 1933, by a restaurant owner named Joe Tuso whom Pape tried to extort $5 from “To get a pal out of jail” When asked if Tuso would be arrested, a local cop from the Maxwell Street Station replied “Certainly not. He did a good job. That fellow Pape should have been shot long ago”      
Public Enemies: In March of 1930, Frank J. Loesch, the head of the Chicago Crime Commission, put together a Public Enemies list. At the top of the list was Al Capone, followed by Ralph Capone, Frank Rio, Jack McGurn, and Jack Guzik, and others. The list was publicized across the world and as a result was quickly adapted by J. Edgar Hoover as the FBI's list of the "Ten Most Wanted" criminals, which survives today. As far as Capone reaction to making the list, he was outraged. He saw himself, or at least wish the public to see him, as a benefactor to the community.

Premium Beer Company: In September of 1960, Chicago Tony Accardo stopped reporting his income from illegal activities on his income tax and instead said that he was making $65,000.00 a year as a salesman for Premium Beer Company which had its strongest outlets on Chicago's west side. When asked to prove his income by the IRS Accardo provided weekly pay stubs. He deducted almost $4,000 in expenses from his fire engine red Mercedes Benz coupe, because, he claimed, that he used the car to peddle his wares The FBI could not find a single customer who had purchased beer from Accardo and Ogilivi was able to obtain a grand jury indictment in 1960 charging Accardo with making false deductions on his income tax The government knew it had a weak case the first trial opened on September 12 1960. Accardo's employers said that Accardo did nothing for the firm the IRS was unable to show that it had sent Accardo a certified letter warning him to keep better track of his income because the entire file had been stolen the government showed that between 1940-1955 Accardo income was 1,155,584 which Ogilvy argued was all from gambling  Thomas Letchos owner of a steakhouse and Joseph Nicoletti a fat tavern owner said that Accardo sold them all of their beer they were both later indicted and convicted of perjury

Pyle, Lou Palmer: Accardo’s son-in-law, was, in 1963, recorded by the FBI Pressuring politician Pat Marcy to put him on an insurance company payroll at $400 a week. Remarkably Marcy held out and offered him only $200 a week.

Peskin, Joe: Resided at 1506 East 67th Street. AKA Sugar (A nick name for a pimp) A hood who started in the mob under Johnny Torrio. In 1931 he was indicted for selling more than $1 million worth of corn sugar to alky cookers on the south side from his wholesale grocery business at 4446 South State Street. He was a leading juke-box distributor in Chicago with outlets in Kansas City and Detroit which he ran through a front called The Universal Automatic Music Corporation. On September 23, 1941, Peskin was indicted for severely beating (with a baseball bat) Lionel Nathan, one of his former employees, in front of Nathan’s home at 2737 Clyde Ave. The attackers also fired a shot at Nathan’s father as he ran to help his son. Nathan and another of Peskin’s former employees, Albert Chapman, opened their own Juke Box distribution company and took away several of Peskin’s customers.  Nathan was in a comma for three months because of the beating. Peskin denied he had anything to do with the beating telling the court “Look Judge, if I had anything to do with this I would tell you. This thing is bad publicity for the industry and for me. However, I want you to know these men took fifty spots away from me and I got them all back” When the mob kidnapped Black rackets boss Edward P. Jones in  May of 1946, it was widely assumed that Peskin was a major factor behind the crime. Jones had just invested $100,000 in Juke Boxes that he intended to distribute across Bronzeville, an area controlled by Peskin’s Juke Box rackets.  In August of  1961, the mob decided it wanted Peskin out of the way and made three attempts to kill him with bombs (each failed to go off) and sent a crew to his home beat him with baseball bats.  

 Pilotto, Arthur B: Brother of boss. Born 1916. 237 Chestnut Street. South Chicago Heights. Brother of gangster Al Pilotto (Boss of the Hod Carriers Union), Arthur was arrested for gambling during an August 3, 1971 raid by State Police. His brother Henry was chief of police of Chicago Heights in the 1970s.   

Perotti, Anthony: Once a member of the Capone mob, he survived into the 1960s as a juke box king in the suburbs working under Chuckie English in the Valley Music Company, the front used by English to take over the Juke Box business in Kane, Lake, Will and DuPage Counties.

Podolsky, Max: Born 1900. Known for decades as an enforcer for Joey Glimco in the juke box racket. Officially, Podolsky was an organizer for the egg handlers union local 663. He was indicted for attempted extortion in 1957 of Kraft foods, but the federal government later dropped the case for lack of evidence after their witnesses refused to appear in court. Podolsky had a police record dating back to 1921. However that record disappeared from police files several days after it was requested by the Kefauver Committee. 

Pritchard, Walter Dewey: 3930 North Pine Grove Ave. A private detective and body guard to Manny Skar. He had a record for gambling, grand theft auto, mail fraud and tax evasion.  In March of 1981, he was captured with an assortment of handcuffs, ski masks, three guns and silencers.  

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