Borcia John Patrick AKA John Borcy. Born 1896 Borcia was a close friend of Tony Accardo’s and Nick Circella. Borcia criminal record included one conviction in new York for murder in the late 1930s. Other arrests were for burglary and assault with intent t kill. On record he was a supervisor for Checker Cab, actually he operated the Primrose Path Bar at 1159 North Clark Street, in Chicago, which was probably owned by Accardo. In the late 1950s, he opened a second bar called the Primrose in Los Angeles, which had been owned by LA mob boss Jack Dragna. Police suspected that Dragna continued to run a brothel above the bar after Borcia took over. The place was also known as a buglers meeting place.
Bettinus, Jimmy: A long time business partner and general manager for the Fischetti Brothers in various deals and businesses. Bettinus operated the Fischetti’s spectacular Rock Garden Club in Cicero. After it was closed by a grand jury investigation in 1943, Bettinus and Rocco Fischetti moved the club to Lake County where they also operated the Vernon Country Club. After the grand jury was dismissed, they reopened the club in Chicago. Gus Liebe has served as the manager for most of the partnerships operated by Bettinus and Fischetti.
Bennett, Hugo: (Born HB. Benvenuti) In the 1950s, Bennett was the auditor for the mob controlled Sportsman’s Park. He was questioned before the Kefauver committee for loaning Paul Ricca $80,000
Big House: A swank gambling casino in Lake County, Ind., in the 1950s. It was operated by mob associates William Gardner and William J. "Sonny" Sheetz. Sheetz was alleged to be the crime boss of East Chicago Indiana in the 1930s. Sheetz’s relative was the caretaker for Little New York Campagna farm in Indiana. In 1948 it was reported that the Big House took in approximately $9,000,000 that year.
Battaglia Sam AKA “Teets” (1908-1973) was a burglar and mob enforcer who joined the Mob in 1924, also graduating from the 42 gang. Sam was a good looking, huge teenager when he smashed onto the headlines in 1930, after he was charged with robbing, at gun point, the wife of Mayor William “Big Bill” Hale Thompson, of $15,500 in jewelry and taking the shield and pistol off of her police bodyguard-chauffeur, Officer Peter J. O’Malley. He was arrested a few days later and released for lack of evidence. Two weeks later, on December 1, 1930, he was picked up for driving the getaway car for hold-up men who robbed a high stakes poker game of a bunch of successful merchants who met each Sunday for a friendly game. However, the police were tipped off, and were waiting for Battaglia and the others when they arrived. After the robbers entered the house, the police were already inside, with their guns drawn. There was a shoot-out, and one of the players, a city egg inspector Leonard Sanor, was caught in the crossfire and killed. All the robbers got away except Battaglia, who was sitting in the car with the motor running. Released on bond, Battaglia was later accused of shooting police detective Martin Joyce at the C&O Cafe, a speakeasy, on New Year’s Eve, 1929. Apparently, Joyce was in the bar room drinking when Battaglia and three others crashed into the front door and attempted to rob the place. Joyce pulled his weapon and ordered them to surrender but Battaglia fired off a round into the policeman’s belly and then fled. Later that year, Battaglia was accused of kidnapping Louis Kaplan, a wealthy car company owner and holding him for a $100,000 ransom.
In each case, Battaglia was represented by Sidney Korshak, the mob’s lead attorney and advisor in the late 1950s through the 1970s. When called before the McClellan committee in 1959, Battaglia took the Fifth sixty times in less then an hour of questioning. In total, Teets Battaglia, (He earned the name from his threats to pay up or he would “kick your Teets down your throat,” )was arrested twenty-five times in thirty years and was suspected in no less then seven murders.
In the 1950s, Battaglia was promoted to crew chief working under Rocco DeGrazio in Elwood Park, in suburban Chicago. While DeGrazio busied himself in the narcotics financing business, Battaglia opened a string of gambling dens and prostitution rings. When most other Italian mobsters refused to dabble in loan sharking, more or less leaving it to the Jewish arm of the organization, Battaglia readily leaped into the business and for almost a decade was one of Chicago’s leading loan lender, or juice king.
Battaglia was such a big money earner, that it was widely assumed, in and outside of the mob, that he, and not Sam Giancana, would take Tony Accardo’s place when Accardo retired. However, Battaglia didn’t want leadership of the mob, he was earning enough money without it, and Accardo allowed him to run a bigger than usual crew. Working directly under Battaglia’s command were some of the biggest names in the rackets: Albert “Obbie” Frabotta, Felix “Milwaukee Phil” Aldersio and Marshal Caifano. Aldersio, Battaglia and Jackie “The Lacky” Cerone and a lesser-known hood, Frankie Beto, owned the Sahara North Hotel together, as well as a massive handbook out of a storefront called Court Cleaners, on West Harrison Street. Battaglia’s other business partner included Irwin Weiner, the bail bondsman and friend of Jack Ruby, who assured the Warren commission that Ruby wasn’t at all connected to the mob. Weiner and Battaglia owned several businesses together including a meat processing plant.
The Battaglia crew made a fortune selling whiskey to Chicago’s bars, arson for hire and by laying claim to all of the parking services across the city. The crew pooled 25% of their funds and invested heavily in commercial real estate in Nevada and Arizona, where they owned a massive industrial office complex. They owned car leasing companies, laundries, hotels, motels, resorts trucking, building supplies wholesale companies, clothing factories, food processors, dairy products and theaters. Battaglia’s crew made so much money that the entire gang were regular attendants at the stockholders meeting of giant conglomerate, Twin Foods. A company spokesman later identified four of the gangsters in Battaglia’s crew as paid salesmen for the company. The crew also owned a car dealership together, on North Cicero Avenue. One day 300 cars, the dealership’s entire stock, simply disappeared from the lot. The crew filed for bankruptcy and collected on the insurance. With the cash they made from that scam, Battaglia sent crew member Marshal Caifano out to Las Vegas with “a boat load of cash” to invest in real estate that surrounded the casinos along the strip. Battaglia and Caifano went back to the 42 gang, and they were arrested together on August 18, 1943, when a cruising police car stopped them after recognizing Battaglia. A search of the car produced a sawed off shotgun, a rifle, a hand grenade and five pistols. Battaglia said he didn’t know whom the weapons belonged to, and since the car was a rental, the case was dropped. From that day onwards, not a single ranking member of the Mob ever rode around in a car that was owned by him, outright.
Although otherwise happily married, and an indulgent father to his children, in 1960 Battaglia was keeping Darlene Fasel as his mistress. Fasel was the daughter of a wealthy River Forrest industrialist who disowned her and cut her out of the family will. Battaglia’s daughter would marry Donald Gagliano, creating a sort of mob royalty. His son gained a reputation as a high school football star that looked like he might go on to the professional leagues.
Sam Giancana’s place as Don of the Chicago Mob was taken by Battaglia in 1965. Accardo pressured him into taking the position although it soon became evident that he lacked even basic leadership skills. By June of 1966, Battaglia almost went to war with leading gangster Fifi Buccieri and his crew after Buccieri invaded the north side gambling locations that belonged to Battaglia. Accardo and Ricca called an emergency meeting and tried settle the war, but when under boss Joe Ferriola seemed to be siding with Buccieri, Milwaukee Phil Aldersio leaped across the table at the hood, threatening him. At this point, Chicago was almost leaderless. Then Battaglia brought around more trouble when Police Captain Lewis Case of suburban Oak Park, was forced to resign due to his deep involvement with Battaglia, even escorting the hood and his wife to Miami Beach in the winter. Shortly afterwards, his son was brought up on draft dodging charges. Battaglia brought in the legendary, and colorful Edward Bennett Williams to defend him, which created another media circus around the Mob. It became clear that he would either have to step down like Giancana did, or be killed. Luckily for all involved, the federal government convicted Battaglia on an extortion charge in 1967 and sent him to prison. He had been boss for just over a year, the shortest reign in the history of the mob. Battaglia died of cancer in 1973. While he was serving time both his wife (Angela) and his son (Sam Jr) died of heart attacks.
Battaglia, John: Born 1906.Brother of Sam Battaglia. One time head of the 42 gang. On September 25, 1930, Judge John Lyle sentenced Battaglia to year in Bridewell prison for carrying a concealed weapon. Battaglia was arrested by Detectives after he whirled around to them, gun in hand and pulled the trigger several times but nothing happened. Apparently he had forgotten to load the weapon. During the hearing Louise Battaglia, John’s wife, cussed the judge and said “It’s to bad he didn’t kill the goddamn coppers”
Battaglia Anthony: 1502 Deer Path Lane, LaGrange Park. Brother of Sam and John. Born 1914 Died April 29, 1979. Like Sam Giancana, who was killed the same year, Battaglia was shot under the chin by a small caliber handgun, probably a .22, Tony Spilotro’s weapon of choice. Battaglia was probably killed for pushing his way into policy rackets that belonged to another, more powerful, hood
Belomatic Corp: Formally the Mills Novelty Company. A Chicago based company which in 1954 produced 75 percent of the slot machines used in the United States. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of the balances were manufactured by the O. D. Jennings Co., also of Chicago.
Borcia John Patrick: A close friend and partner of Tony Accardo in the 1950s. He was also associated with Nick Circella. He operated the Primrose Path, 1159 North Clark Street, Chicago, and later the Primrose Bar in Los Angeles, which had been operated by
Jack Dragna. A prostitution racket was run out of the clubs upper floors.
Banghart, Basil: AKA The Owl He was an underworld legend, a man's man, whose prison escapes made him a celebrity in every major prison from Atlanta to Soladad. He could drive a train, fly a plane, shoot a machine gun from a speeding car with deadly accuracy and pull off mail heists that produced a million dollars.
Basil Hugh Banghart was born in Berville Michigan in 1900 and finished one year of college before he became a professional car thief, stealing over 100 cars in the Detroit area, still dubious but unbroken, before he was arrested in 1926 at age twenty-six.
Prison sociologists rated him as "a professional criminal, recidivist with unfavorable prognosis. A sophisticated criminal who is astute, well poised, alert, but without social conscience or scruples. His I.Q 107."
Banghart, dubbed "The Owl" because of his abnormally large eyes, had been associated with Gerald Chapman and George Dutch Anderson having met the both of them while he was doing time in Atlanta Federal pen.
Chapman liked Banghart and took him under his wing and tutored him in the fine arts of mail robbery and prison escapes.
Chapman had taught The Owl well. Assigned to a window washing detail, Banghart made his first, but unsuccessful, escape from Atlanta, by leaping 25 feet from a window he was washing into a marsh area on the other side of the prison's wall. He made his way to Montana, but was captured and sent back to Atlanta.
His second escape was with George Chapman in 1927 but he was arrested in Pittsburgh a year later, in October of 1928, while trying to steal a car.
Escorted by US Marshals back to prison, Banghart was taken to the federal building. Left alone in an office for several minutes, Banghart escaped by calling police and telling them he was an FBI agent who had been assaulted and overpowered by his prisoner, Basil Banghart, who had escaped after handcuffing him.
The Owl gave the cops a description of the Marshal who was escorting him and said, "He's a dangerous, armed felon and a police imposter."
Police, pistols drawn, flooded into the building and overpowered the FBI agent as he and Banghart walked through the building's lobby. The Owl disappeared in the confusion.
He was arrested in Knoxville in February of 1930. Returned to Atlanta, he escaped again but was arrested in January 1932 in Detroit for armed robbery.
Held in the South Bend Indiana jail, he escaped by throwing pepper in the guard's face, grabbing his machine gun and shooting his way to freedom.
Banghart made his way to Chicago and went to work for Roger Touhy. While Banghart probably played a major role in the Touhy-Nitti union wars of 1932-33, there is only one incident on record where police suspected he was involved.
In January of 1933, the Nitti organization trapped and killed one of Touhy's gunmen, a union extortionist named Jimmy O'Brien.
Seven days later February 8, 1933, the Touhy's struck back.
It was 15 degrees below zero and snowing. There was two feet of snow already on the ground. A dark colored sedan pulled up in front of the Garage Nightclub where Jimmy O'Brien had been killed.
A tall man, identified as Banghart, and wearing a dark hat and overcoat, probably Basil Banghart, opened the front door to the club and said: "This is for Jimmy, you bastards!" and tossed a bomb into the bar room which blew the place to bits but remarkably didn't kill any of the occupants.
In August of 1933, Banghart's occasional partner, Issac Costner, a Tennessee moonshiner working for the Touhy's as an enforcer, convinced Banghart to meet with an international con man named John Factor, AKA, Jake the Barber.
Costner told Banghart that the Barber was wanted in England on a bonco conviction and needed to avoid extradition by kidnapping himself. Factor had promised Costner $50,000 if he would help make the kidnapping look real by picking up the ransom money.
Remarkably, Banghart agreed.
On August 17, 1933, Banghart drove to the forest preserves outside of Chicago where the ransom money was to be dropped.
It was supposed to be an easy deal, a man in a cab would meet Banghart at the intersection of Wolf and Ogden roads and hand him a bag filled with 50k, in small unmarked bills.
But, unknown to the Owl, two hundred and fifty policemen, cadets, Sheriff's deputies and FBI agents, two airplanes, sixty-two squad cars, ten machine guns and a dozen aerial bombs were waiting for him.
Banghart and his partner, Ice Wagon Connor, were late picking up the money. They sped onto the roadway where the cab was waiting and pulled up to the cab's fender, screeching to a halt just barely avoiding an accident.
Connors, in a gray summer suit, was on the passenger's side. He stepped out and walked over to the cab and looked at Officer McKenna in the back seat. "You got a package, a package for Smith?" he asked.
The plainclothes policeman inside the cab nodded. "Yes. It's here."
The cop handed Connors a package that contained nothing more than scraps of paper and then waved for the others to move in.
Banghart and Connors saw the set up. Banghart floored the car while Connors threw himself into the back seat.
Banghart raced the car down the road only to find it blocked by a dozen squad cars. Throwing the car in reverse, he raced down to the other end of the road and into another road block.
The Owl threw the car in reverse again and dodged back and forth between the roadblocks, looking for an opening.
At one point, McKenna and Meyers, the two cops in the taxi, drove up behind Banghart's car and fired the machine gun at the gangster, missing every shot. In frustration Meyers pulled the cab up alongside Banghart's car to give McKenna a better shot. McKenna let a burst go from the Tommy gun, but missed again.
Banghart drove the car straight at the roadblock in front of him and the cops, not really sure if he would stop or not, moved out of his way and Banghart drove straight into the forest preserve to get out of the view of the airplanes above him.
With the police only yards behind them, Banghart and Connor leaped out of the car and let it smash into a tree and ran away on foot and split up and escaped.
With the Factor business behind him, or so he thought, in the winter of 1935, Banghart joined Roger Touhy and his gang in planning and executing what was then the largest string of mail robberies in history.
Banghart's contribution was to steal $105,000 in federal reserve notes from a truck in Charlotte North Carolina in broad daylight.
Unfortunately for Banghart, he used a stolen car for the heist, which brought the FBI into the case. The car was found outside of a Baltimore hotel a month after the robbery, and the FBI arrested Banghart shortly afterwards as he left the hotel.
Banghart was returned to Chicago, where, to his surprise, he was indicted, along with Roger Touhy and four others, for kidnapping Jake the Barber Factor. The Owl had been set up.
When Banghart was called to the stand during the Factor kidnap trial, the prosecuting attorney, Wilbert Crowley asked: "What is your occupation, Mr. Banghart?"
The jury laughed but Crowley was confused. "What?"
"I'm a thief. I steal...that's how I make my living."
"What was the last place of your residence?"
"601 McDonough Boulevard SE, Atlanta Georgia, but it wasn't permanent."
Later in the day Crowley found out that 601 McDonough was the address for Atlanta Federal prison and called Banghart back to the witness stand to explain himself.
"Why didn't you tell us," Crowley demanded, "that you were in prison?"
"Four walls and iron bars," Banghart replied, "do not a prison make."
Flustered, Crowley said, "So you escaped from prison, isn't that correct?"
Banghart was indignant. "No. The warden says I escaped from prison."
"And," Crowley asked, "What do you say?"
"I say," replied Banghart, "that I left without permission."
"The point is, Mr. Banghart, is that you are a fugitive, are you not?"
"Yes I am. I am a fugitive."
"From where, sir?"
"Well hell son, from justice."
The jury had a good laugh at the Owl's testimony but they found him guilty anyway. He was sentenced to 99 years for his role in the Factor kidnapping, plus 31 years for his part in the mail robberies.
In 1935, Banghart started off his new career at Menard State prison by driving a laundry truck through the main gates.
The escape was short lived, he was recaptured and sent to the main prison with Roger Touhy at Statesville.
In October of 1942, Banghart escaped prison again, this time with Roger Touhy and four others, going over Stateville's enormous 45-foot walls in a daring daylight breakout.
They were recaptured several months later after one of the escapees, Matlick Nelson, who had been severely beaten by Banghart for drinking, turned himself into the FBI and told the agents everything he knew about the escape.
By nightfall, a small army of agents was slowly and carefully moving in around the gang's apartments.
J. Edgar Hoover arrived on the scene to personally supervise the raid.
At zero hour, powerful searchlights were turned onto the windows of Touhy's apartment and then a loudspeaker cracked the silence of the night. "Roger Touhy and the other escaped convicts! The building is surrounded. We are about to throw tear gas in the building. Surrender now and you will not be killed."
Banghart wanted to shoot it out, but Roger didn't. They debated over what to do for the next ten minutes before Banghart shouted out the window, "We're coming out."
"Then come out backwards with your hands high in the air! Banghart you come out first!"
Banghart, wearing only his pants, appeared at the front door, his back to the agents. Roger, clad in fire-engine-red pajamas, followed him.
The agents leaped on each of them as they came out of the building and knocked them to the freezing cold pavement and handcuffed them.
A dozen agents rushed into the apartment and found five pistols, three sawn off shotguns, a .30/30 rifle and $13,523 in cash which they handed over to Tubbo Gilbert, who was still the Chief Investigator for the States Attorney's Office.
When Gilbert returned the cash to the prisoners at Stateville prison, he said that he had only been given $800 by the FBI.
After Touhy and Banghart were handcuffed, J. Edgar Hoover, surrounded by a dozen agents and a dozen more newspaper reports, strolled up to Banghart and said "Well, Banghart, you're a trapped rat."
The Owl burst out into a huge smile, "You're J. Edgar Hoover, aren't you?" he asked.
"Yes," Hoover beamed, "I am."
Banghart nodded his head and said, "You're a lot fatter in person than you are on the radio."
On January 2, 1943, The Owl was returned, by a massive and heavily armed convoy, to spend his 36th birthday in solitary confinement in Statesville.
But State authorities had enough of Banghart and his death defying escapes. He was becoming a convict's legend. He had to be made an example of.
Several days after his return, the Owl was dragged from his cell by eighteen federal marshals, chained at his wrists and ankles and sent by airplane to Alcatraz prison island.
It was a stroke of bad luck for Banghart, for one thing, although he could fly a plane and drive cars better and faster than most mere mortals, Banghart had never learned to swim.
The Owl was assigned to the prison kitchen where he and Alvin Karpis were assigned to the bakery although Banghart was later promoted to kitchen clerk, the same position Roger Touhy would hold at Statesville prison.
"The Karpis Kitchen Crew", as it became known, was the stuff of convict legends. Banghart and Karpis learned to make wine out of cherry pie juices, spending all of their off time making and testing different types of wine and getting drunk. "The challenge was," Karpis wrote, "to avoid becoming an alcoholic."
In 1959, after it had been proven that John Factor had arranged his own kidnapping, the Owl was transferred from Alcatraz back to Statesville prison.
Eventually his conviction for kidnapping was overturned and his 30-year sentence for mail robbery was dropped for time served. In 1960, the Owl, now a graying man of sixty years, strolled out of prison for ever.
There is, more or less, a happy ending to Banghart's story. When he left prison, his girlfriend of thirty years, Mae Blacock, was waiting for him as was a small but very respectable real estate fortune left to him by an aunt in 1945.
The Owl lived out the remainder of his life in relative comfort on a small island in Puget Sound, watching the ships go by.
Barker, George: Killed June 17 1932 Leading Capone’s assault on the labor unions was George “Red” Barker and his assistant Murray Humphreys, then a lower level street operative. When the decade of the 1930s opened, George Red Barker (Born 1896) was, as one Chicago cop put it, “riding on top of the world.” Barker all but controlled the Chicago teamsters and was reported to be earning $200,000 a year as a result.
A West side Irishman who, before he took to a life of crime, had been an honest bookkeeper, Barker was literate, devouring every union newsletter and newspaper he could find from anywhere in the country and paid for information on locals as well.. If the union had potential, Barker recommended the takeover to Ralph Capone and Frank Nitti who talked it over with Al Capone. If Capone agreed, and he almost always did, Barker and his gang went after the union. In early 1931, Capone urged Barker to go after the Coal teamsters. Barker approached James “Lefty” Lynch, an independent gangster who controlled the coal Teamsters local 704, which delivered fuel to the entire downtown district. Barker told Lynch that Capone expected him to turn over half the control of his union to him as well as his seat on the prestigious and important joint Teamsters council. In exchange, Barker offered not to kill Lynch. On the upside, Barker told Lynch, Capone intended to double the union’s membership and as a result Lynch’s income would double as well. Lynch tossed the hood out of his office.
Later in the month, Lynch went to his summer home with his family to Brown Lake outside Burlington, Wisconsin. The family was preparing a barbecue, and seated around a long picnic table, when Danny Stanton and Klondike O’Donnell, two of the meanest hoods in Chicago, drove into the yard and parked.
They climbed out of the car slowly. They were in no hurry. There were no cops or witnesses around for miles. They were armed with shotguns, pistols and rifles. Stanton walked over to Lynch and said, “The Big Fellow back in Chicago sends this message. You just retired from local 704. From this moment on, you stay away from the Union hall. You stay away from the office. You stay away from the joint council. You understand?”
Lynch nodded his head and Klondike added, “Well, just so’s you don’t forget what was said ...” and pulled out his pistol and shot Lynch through both of his legs while his wife and children looked on in horror.
Lynch fell to the ground, groaning in agony. Stanton bent over Lynch to make sure he was alive and said, “You got balls, and I’ll give you that.” He stood up and turned to Lynch’s daughter and said, “Get him to a doctor and he’ll be alright.”
At the next meeting of the joint council, Red Barker and Murray Humphreys appeared at the door with a dozen heavily armed Capone hoods. Barker, carrying a baseball bat, stood in the center of the room and asked, “Which one is Lefty Lynch’s chair?” Somebody pointed to a large leather chair in the middle of the room and Barker sat there. He looked around the room and announced that he was now running the Coal Teamsters Chauffeurs and Helpers Union Local 704 and that everything would remain just the way Lynch had left it. The only difference was that the entire treasury was turned over to Capone except for $1,000, which was left to cover administrative payrolls.
After that, Barker went to the fuel dealers in the district and informed them that they were only hiring union members and that they were giving all of their drivers a massive pay rise or else Capone would see to it that not a lump of coal was delivered downtown.
The dealers had no choice but to agree and passed the cost along to the real estate developers who raised the price of office space in the area to make their money back.
Capone kept Lynch on the payroll to avoid a revolt in the ranks. However, he never appeared at another union function for the rest of his life. As a reward, Capone gave Barker control over the Ushers union with orders to exploit it to its full potential. Barker sent word to every theater owner in the city that they were to use his ushers for every political and sporting event held, indoor or outdoor, and said they would have to pay for “crowd control,” a service only his union could provide at a rate of $10.00 per usher. Movie theaters avoided the hike by paying Barker off in cash, $5.00 per usher, since that was less expensive for them, as they were only paying their ushers 25 cents an hour.
Within weeks, Barker was being paid off by every strip show, opera, ballet, symphony, prizefight and ball game held in the city. He was making a fortune until one prizefight promoter named Walter George decided to hold out. Barker waited until the promoter had sold out the entire Coliseum on South Wabash Avenue for a major prizefight. Then, just before the fight was to begin, a half-dozen cabs pulled up to the coliseum and let out building inspectors, fire marshals, electrical inspectors, plumbing inspectors and health inspectors, all led by Red Barker. Within minutes after entering the building the inspectors declared that the water was unhealthy to drink and ordered it turned off. The hot dog, beer and soda concessions were shut down by the fire marshal and the electrical inspector said that the wiring was faulty and ordered the stadium lights shut off. In the meantime the crowd was becoming violent because the fight was delayed. George turned to Barker and said, “All right, how much you bastard?” Barker answered that his price was up to $20.00 per usher and that the minimum ushers needed was $120 for the night. Barker was paid and the fight went on.
On June 17, 1932, Red Barker was killed, a perilous blow to the Syndicate. Barker was walking down the street surrounded by four friends, three men and one woman. It was a bright, sun filled morning. When the group stopped in front of 1502 North Crawford Street for no more then several seconds. Then there was a burst of gunfire from across the street and then another burst from a window overlooking the street. One of the shooters was Northside gunman Willie Sharky. He was using a tripod set, rapid fire, water-cooled machinegun. Barker was hit 36 times in a matter of . His friends dragged him away and brought him to a hospital. Kicking in the emergency room door they screamed, “Take care of this man, money is no object.” When the doctor on duty declared Barker dead, no examination was needed, the group ran off and left the staff to figure out who Barker was. Breaking their usual silence, the North Side Touhy gang, which was fighting for control of Chicago’s unions, openly took credit for killing George Red Barker in revenge for Matt Kolb’s murder.
Banco Popular, Peru: The Mob under Giancana did business with this national bank as a means to secure business loans to build South American casinos. In the late 1950s, many top gangsters from both New and Chicago kept their cash in Mexican and South American banks as a means to avoid tax problems.
Bannister, Guy: Born March 7 1900 Died June 6 1964 Long associated with the murky New Orleans underworld and the Kennedy assassination in 1963, Bannister left the FBI office in Chicago in 1955 to become deputy police superintendent of New Orleans
Barton, Robert: On January 23, 1925, Johnny Torrio, undisputed boss of the Chicago Mob, stood trial for violating the prohibition act. Several months before, Dion O'Bannion of the North Side gangs, had invited Torrio to a meeting at the Sieben brewery, claiming that he was leaving the rackets and retiring to Colorado. He wanted Torrio to buy out his final shipment of booze and the brewery itself. When Torrio arrived at the brewery, federal agents and police staged a raid and Torrio was arrested. Now O'Bannion was dead, Capone, Torrio's top street general, had the other gangs on the run. At the trial, Torrio played it smart. He pled guilty, thinking it safer to spend some time in the relative safety of a jail cell, while Capone and his boys settled business with the remaining O'Bannions. Federal Judge Robert Cliffe cooperated with Torrio's wishes by finding the little hood guilty and sentencing him to prison. However, he allowed Torrio five days to get his house in order before he had to begin his sentence. The next day, Torrio and wife spent the afternoon shopping. Since their own car was in for repairs, they borrowed Jake Guzak's Lincoln and a driver from Capone, Robert Barton. Silvester Barton, Capone's regular driver had been wounded in a driving-by shooting a few weeks before. At dusk, the couple returned to their expensive third floor apartment at 7011 Clyde Avenue and began to unload packages from the trunk. Anne Torrio walked ahead of Barton and her husband to hold open the apartment house door.
At that second, a black limo slowly drove up out of the dark and unleashed a barrage of bullets, which filled the two men full of holes. Torrio was hit in the jaw and ribs. Barton was hit in both legs. Seconds later, two men leaped out of the car and fired more shots into Torrio, one in the right arm, the other straight in the balls while two other gunners fired from inside the limo, shooting up what was left of Jake Guzak's Lincoln town car. One of the shooters walked over to Torrio's body and held a .45 to his temple and pulled the trigger but the gun jammed or it was empty. Before he could finish his work, the limo driver blasted his horn and the shooters leaped inside the car and disappeared into the night. Ann Torrio dragged Johnny into the lobby of the building and an ambulance was called. When the medics arrived Torrio yelled for them to cut off the circulation in the areas where he had been hit because he was convinced that the killers had dipped their bullets into garlic to cause gangrene to set in faster.
Although a teenage boy who had witnessed the shooting later claimed that Bugs Moran was the shooter whose gun jammed over Torrio's temple, the police picked Bugs up for questioning but let him go because he could account for his whereabouts.
No matter what the witnesses may have said, New York's mobster Lucky Luciano and a lot of other people figured that Capone was behind the try on Torrio's life to get him out of the way. "I know Al was behind the try at Torrio," Luciano said. "He tried to eliminate Johnny the same way Johnny done with Colosimo." In Chicago, the rumor was that Capone's shooter, Leonard "Needles" Gianola, had actually been the hit man.
Torrio recovered from his wounds within three weeks and left the Jackson Park Hospital surrounded by an army of bodyguards. That same day, February 19, 1925, he appeared before the Federal Judge and was sentenced to nine months in the Lake County jail at Waukegan and fined $5,000. Life in the Lake County jail, for Johnny Torrio anyway, wasn't all that bad. The warden, a man who understood how things worked, fitted Torrio's cell with bulletproof metal and steel mesh and assigned two deputies to stand guard outside the cell twenty-four hours a day. Inside the cell Johnny was allowed to have an easy chair, pictures for the walls, a down mattress and a radio.
Since Torrio was also free to hold business conferences when he chose to have them he called a meeting between his lawyers and Capone's lawyers at the County jail in March of 1925. The meeting was called so that Torrio could resign from the organization he had built. Never a brave man, he knew that although Capone's gunners had missed the first time, they wouldn't miss the next. It was time to throw in the towel.
Torrio had his lawyers draw up the papers and everything Johnny Torrio owned, that is everything he had stolen from Big Jim Colosimo after he had him killed, was handed over to Al Capone free of charge. Torrio didn't ask for, not did Capone offer, a penny for the hundreds of gambling joints, beer halls, speakeasies and whorehouses that Johnny owned. The estimated revenue that Torrio walked away from was in the tens of millions of dollars. But Johnny the Fox knew that in order to keep them that he would have to fight for them against the considerable forces of the city's Italian and Irish gangs. It wasn't worth dying for. He had millions salted away anyway. After his sentence was completed, Johnny Torrio packed up his millions of dollars and wife and left Chicago for New York and never looked back. It was rumored in Chicago that when Torrio left for New York he took $40,000,000 out of the syndicate he had built with him. He took millions certainly, but $40 million seems excessive even by mob standards.
Basile James AKA Duke. Chicago mob informant. Born 1936. Basile was a convicted bank robber and collector for the Chicago mob whose record goes back to the 1960s. Basile had told his FBI handlers that he was responsible for murdering of North Chicago nightclub operator named George Christofalos in 1979, and played a role in the 1980 slayings of mobster Billy Dauber and wife and the slaying of suspected mob informant William Wright in 1978. He later recanted by simply explaining that he had lied about his role in the murders.
Basile wore a wire for the FBI and recorded conversation between himself and boss Joe Ferriola. Although federal sources have never named him, Basile also is believed to be the informant who enabled the FBI to arrest mob hitman Gerald Scarpelli, (Born 1938). It didn’t matter, Scarpelli was found dead in the Metropolitan Corrections Center in Chicago shortly after his arrest. The official explanation was suicide although most doubt that conclusion.
Basile became involved with Paul DiCaro, a onetime trainer at the Balmoral race track, planned to break into the track on the night of November. 28, 1983, crack the safe and steal $1 million in cash. The plan included sneaking onto the grounds through an abandoned tunnel, forcing their way into the grandstands and cutting open the safe with a torch. Gerald Ciancio, an underworld electronics wizard, claimed successfully, that he was abducted at gunpoint from his home on the night of the attempted robbery and forced him to go to Balmoral to short circuit the track's security alarm. A judge believed him and he was later released from the case. The gang, all recruited by DiCarlo, included Ciancio, DiCarlo, Basile and Peanuts Panczko was the youngest of three brothers who had been involved in crime Since the 1940s and four others.
Instead of $1 million stored in the safe, the robbers came away with nothing because everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Two armed guards stumbled on to the robbery but were overpowered, disarmed and tied up, costing the crew valuable time. Since there were other guards on the property who might come to search for their missing companions, DiCarlo decided to call the heist off.
Afterwards Basile started to plan heists with Peanuts Panczko however unknown to Basile, Panczko was also an FBI informant who recorded him bragging about robberies and crimes including the 1981 beating of a man with a baseball bat on Joe Ferriola’s orders because Ferriola wanted to "send a message" to the victim's father, a businessman who was resisting a Ferriola shake down.
Arrested for his involvement in the failed Balmoral robbery, Basile stuck a deal with the government in which he agreed to plead guilty for his role in botched robbery and
Testify against the other. In July of 1989, Basile was sentenced to 10 years in prison
Barsella, James: Born 1915. Resided at 849 North Avers Ave. Suspected killer of Harry Dean in 1946 and of dope dealer Carl Caramusa in 1945. He and Needle Nose Labriola had been convicted of extorting Black Club owners in 1946. Barsella was murdered on September 4, 1948, probably for robbing mob handbooks. He was shot through the head and left dead between the seats, but wire marks on his neck and chest showed he had been tortured first. The word on the street was that Barsella, a chronic trouble maker and womanizer, was getting arrested to much (17 times in 15 years) and was essentially booted out of the mob and fired from his position at a handbook. So he started robbing them instead. Police rounded up Martin “The Ox” Ochs, Chris the Greek Maropulos, Eddie Korsiak, Rocky Miraglai and Paul Needle Nose Labriola in the murder, each of them known to be close to Barsella.
Battaglia, Joanna: When the McClellan committee came to Chicago it sent the FBI out to subpoena Teets Battaglia but he was no where to be found. Agents searched his apartment where he kept his girlfriend, his home where he kept his family and his 400 acre horse breeding farm in Pingree Grove in Elgin in Kane County, fifty miles outside of Chicago. Unable to find him, the agents subpoenaed his daughter Joanna who worked at Vignola’s furniture store. After she was subpoenaed Battaglia showed up and accepted his subpoena
Barko, Louis: AKA Paul Valerie. A hit man under Capone charged with killing O’Bannion gangsters Hymie Weiss and Schemer Drucci. On August 10th, Hymie Weiss and Vincent Drucci were walking from Drucci's rooms at the Congress Hotel to a 10:00 AM meeting with Morris Eller, a hood employed by the Chicago Metropolitan Sanitary District. The meeting was scheduled at the Standard Oil Building, 910 South Michigan Avenue. In his pockets, Drucci had $13,500 in cash as a payoff to Eller. As the pair cross 9th Street and walked toward the building's entrance, four men in a car pulled up to a stop in the middle of street and began shooting at the O’Bannion hoods who dived for cover and returned fire. Barko and another gunman leapt from the car, guns blasting, to get a better shot, sending dozens of by-standers scurrying for cover. James Cardan, an officer worker witnessing the shootout, who was grazed in the thigh. Despite at least thirty shots being fired there were no other casualties. Barko was wounded before Weiss disappeared into the lobby of the Standard Oil Building and Drucci leapt on the running board of a stopped auto. "Take me away, and make it snappy" and escaped.
When questioned about the shoot out, Drucci insisted that it was a robbery attempt, he never before seen any of the gunmen before, had never heard of Capone or Barko. "It wasn't no gang fight. A stick-up, that's all. They wanted my roll."
When asked why he crawled away form the scene, Barko told police "I didn't want to get hit by a stray bullet." Even though he already had been hit. Morris Eller, who would survive in the underworld until the 1950s, was indignant at being questioned by police "Why drag me in? Just because some hoodlums want to shoot in front of our offices? It looks like if a cat has kittens in this town Morrie Eller gets blamed for it!"
Banning Edward: 5200 Harper Ave. In the 1950s, he operated a handbook at 177North State Street.
The Beach Club: A mob casino opened in the 1940s in Hyde Park
Baroni, Joseph: 5024 South Leciaire Ave. An important handbook operator in the 1950s Arrested in 1919 with Frank Chew Tobacco Ryan.
Belcastro James AKA The Mad Bomber AKA King of the Bombers. Born 1895 Died 1945. Belcastro came out of Chicago old red light district, the Levee where he was a Blackhand extortionist before joining the mob under Johnny Torrio.
A skilled bomb maker and terrorist, Torrio and later Capone put his skills to use to conquer the Chicago labor unions and bootleg competitors however, it was during the
1927 Chicago primary elections that Belcastro reached the height of his fame. Belcastro bombed voting booths across the city in the wards known to oppose Capone’s man for office Mayor “Big Bill” William Hale Thompson.
Dubbed "The Pineapple Primary". (The bombs he used resembled large pineapples)
at least 15 people were killed, several at Belcastro’s hands. He was a suspect in the murder of lawyer and political candidate Octavius Granady, was killed on April 10, 1927. On January 11, 1931, Belcastro became wrapped up in the Touhy-Nitti union wars and was shot five times, but survived. Belcastro stayed with the Outfit through the Nitti years dying from a heart attack in 1945.
Bellavia Robert AKA Gabeet. Bellavia was a member in good standing of the so-called
Ferriola street crew. In 1990, he was convicted in the 1982 murder of Hal Smith, a bookie who refused to pay a higher street tax to the crew. The primary witness against him was Bill Jahoda, a gambler turned informant. According to Jahoda, after Smith was killed Bellavia told him "It's nice, you know, when you can do what you have to do and ah don't get no notoriety ... It's the best thing."
Smith was “Sliced and diced” as Jahoda put it, in his kitchen while Jahoda was out. Later, in a secretly taped conversation Jahoda said he was worried about DNA samples being taken from his home and asked Bellavia "Ah, except I just want to know one thing was that guy [Hal Smith] any place but that kitchen ..." to which Bellavia answered, "No." Later in the same conversation Jahoda said "Well Rock [referring to gangster Rocco Infelise] told me he [Hal Smith] pulled a gun on Louie [gangster Louis Marino], is that what started it - or was that a story?" Bellavia answered, "You know it's so long ago I don't remember. I honestly don't ... You know when them things happen I just ah - when they are done -they are done ..."
Benvenuti, Julius, Caesar and Leo: According to their 1947 tax returns, each brother cleared $105,000.00 from the Chicago wheel game It was the Benvenuti's who either murdered or paid to murder, Winston Howard, a Black policy king and close friend of Marva Lewis, Joe Lewis' ex-wife, after he refused to knuckle under and leave town.
The brothers ran the only large policy wheel operated by white persons other than the Rome-Silver and Standard-Golden Gate, which were owned by the Capone mobsters, Peter Tremont and Patrick Manno. The brother’s wheel, called the Erie-Buffalo
earned about $5 million dollars gross, per year, (It netted the brothers about $315,000)
operated for decades through the good graces of the Mobs leaders, Capone and Nitti, for whom the Benvenuti's had done a large number of favors.
However, in 1947, after Julius Benvenuti died, the remaining brothers invested in a paper company and landed the contract to print policy slips to wheels within and outside of the State of Illinois. With the extra money they made,
Sam Pardy, an Outfit hood shook down the brothers and received between $1,500 to $5000 from them but felt there was more. Shortly afterwards Caesar and Leo Benvenuti had the homes bombed. Sam Pardy brought in Tom and Pat Manno, both Outfit thugs who simply took an interest in the Benvenuti’s wheels. By 1949, Pardy and the Manno brothers were taking $135,000 each from the Erie-Buffalo, while Leo and Caesar Benvenuti were paid $50,000 each. Tony Accardo and Jake Guzik took another $278,000 for “special services” Finally, in the middle of 1950, the Benvenuti’s left for Italy and never returned to the US.
Bergl Joseph P.: Underworld purveyor. Born 1901. Died September 27, 1950. Resided at 1035 Park Ave. in River Forest. Operating from his garage on 22nd Street in Chicago, next to Ralph Capone's Cotton Club, Bergl was a car mechanic who supplied specially outfitted cars to the Capone mob and freelance gangsters. For a price, Bergl custom installed armor plating and bulletproof windows on hoods cars. He also could install devices that created oil slicks, and smokescreens from the cars exhaust system. His first partner in the garage business was Gus Winkler.
Big Al, Little Al: On November 27, 1959, FBI Director J Edgar Hoover declared war on the mob by opening the Top Hoodlum Program and pressure was placed on the Chicago THP to produce results. When the FBI entered the fight in Chicago they didn’t know the structure or the leadership of the Chicago outfit. They couldn’t rely on the Chicago police department for information since they had scant records on the syndicate or its leadership. There was an office that had existed called Scotland Yard but it was disbanded after Mayor Richard J. Daly, never a mob favorite, had the unit disbanded after he found it bugging a bookmaker in the Morrison Hotel where the Cook County Democratic organization had its headquarters. Daly was also the chairman of the party. “We had so little for background to guide us. About all we knew,” wrote Super agent Bill Roemer, “about the mob was what we had seen in the old Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney movies.” When the FBI asked the Chicago Police Department what they knew about Murray Humphreys, the reply came that the Hump was an old man, bent with age and retired to Arizona, who never came to Chicago. However, one day, agent Bill Roemer spotted Humphreys in the Loop and spent the rest of the day following him around town and finally to the St. Hubert’s Grill where he met with Lester “Killer Kane” Kruse who was running Lake County. Also at the table was Johnny Drew. As agents Roemer and Hill sat a few tables away eating and watching, Humphreys was about to make him the boss of the Stardust. To help them spot the mobsters on sight, the FBI recruited Chicago Tribune crime reporter Sandy Smith who knew most of the wise guys on sight. One thing the Feds learned was that the mobs unofficial headquarters was Celano’s tailor shop at 620 North Michigan, but to throw off any tails, the boys got there by entering from a different street at the rear of the building which let into Celano’s. Every morning at about 10:00, top hoodlums, Gus Alex and Murray Humphreys would show up there, joined by Ralph Pierce (7635 Jackson Blvd) and Ross Prio came every week or so, Accardo and Cerone every few days. The Hump would hold court in the owner’s office in the rear of the shop. The FBI knew that because they were watching with binoculars from an artist’s studio from across the street. The FBI decided to bug the place. When Roemer broke into the office at Celano’s he found a comfortable, large room outfitted with a desk, television set, bar and a couch. He placed the microphone behind the radiator in the room. It was codenamed “Little Al” and it would become the biggest source of information the government would have in its war on organized crime. But even little Al’s usefulness was questionable at times. As Roemer wrote: “When conversing with mobsters one almost always talk in riddles. They are so paranoid about being bugged they talk in circles habitually—even when it makes no difference.” After the bugs were in place, the FBI had a better understanding of who the players were and decided to pick their targets. They chose Tony Accardo, whom they suspected of being the boss, Sam Giancana, Murray Humphreys, South side boss Ralph Pierce, Gus “slim” Alex, Paul Ricca, Rocco Fischetti, Lenny Patrick (Residence in 1960;
4248 Congress Street) who controlled gambling in the Jewish neighborhoods of Lawndale and Roger Park, Eddie Vogel the slot machine king and (In the 1960s) boss over Northern Cook County, Jimmy “The Monk” Allegretti who ran the Rush street nightclubs. The Feds soon dropped Fischetti, Patrick, Vogel, and Allegretti and picked up Marshal Caifano and Johnny Roselli, hit men Felix Milwaukee Phil Aldersio and Chuckie Nicoletti and North side Capo Ross Prio. Since the Chicago organization never had a formalized swearing in ceremony for its Mafia members, like New York, it was virtually impossible to tell who was a made member of the Chicago branch of the Mafia and who was a syndicate associate. Although the organization wasn’t without a semblance of a ceremony. When Jimmy “The Bomber” Belcastro brought Butch Blasi into the organization all he said was “from this point on consider yourself one of us” and that was it. When Capone was locked in one of his beer wars with the Irishmen, he made Tony Accardo part of his organization by saying “All right you’re made, McGurn will explain about how everything works later on.” While the surveillance paid off, “Little Al” was the Fed’s real key to success. The FBI learned that Murray Humphreys, aside from his endless sermons on mob history and protocol, liked to brag about who had corrupted and it was a long, long list. From those tirades the FBI learned to avoid certain cops and judges as to not jeopardize their operations when seeking search warrant. The agents were able to figure out that Humphreys ran the “connection guys” whose job it was to fix politicians, labor leaders, cops and businessmen. Working under Humphreys for the connection guys was Gus Alex who had the Loop, Ralph Pierce who had the South side, Les Kruse who had Lake County and his Underboss Frank Strongy Ferraro.  (Ferraro lived at 320 Oakdale Ave. and ran gambling in the first ward)
Most importantly what they learned was that Gus Alex, who had come into the organization as a bodyguard to Jake Guzak, was the outfit’s controller over Congressman William L. Dawson. Alex and Dawson were so close, in fact, that Alex had a gambling pallor set up across the street from Dawson’s home district office.
It was due to their control over Dawson that the outfit was able to control the Black Ghettos that they flooded with drugs, crap games, whorehouses and loan sharks.
Dawson was the absolute ruler over all the Black second ward and recognized spokesman for Chicago’s black population. In Washington Dawson headed up the powerful House Committee on Expenditures and in Chicago he was known as Cook Counties Democratic machine patronage dispenser. In 1948 Congressional committee to which Dawson replied that he would defend any man of anything, anywhere charged Dawson with defending racketeers. Mobster or otherwise. The agents also learned from the wire that Sam Giancana was planning to operate in the Dominican Republic, that Paul Ricca, who claimed to be retired and informed, was still having his bi-weekly meetings at Meo’s restaurant, and that Joey Auippa was number three man in the organization behind Gus Alex and Murray Humphreys. The also learned how cheap Sam Giancana could be. One day at a meeting inside the tailors, Ralph Capone mentioned that Al’s son; Sonny Capone needed $24,000 to keep his Miami Beach restaurant alive. The outfit had kept Sonny and Mae Capone on the payroll long after Al died back in 1947. Murray Humphreys agreed to the additional $24,000 but Giancana nixed it, mostly because he was a cheap prick and mostly because he felt no loyalty to Capone. Little Al was the beginning of the end of the thick veil of secrecy that had made Chicago such an ominous power in the underworld.
Big Tuna: After Tony Accardo suffered a heart attack in 1982, he walked with a cane that a big Tuna on the handle, a nod to reporter Ray Brennan’s nick name for him “The Big Tuna” of the Underworld.
Bivins Matt: A Black South Side gambler who, in 1943, purchased Kennedy Brothers' Moving Company at 55th & State Street and reopened as Bivins Van Lines Coast to Coast Movers, storage, packing, crating, shipping and excellent places to print policy slips because they were always on the go.
Bioff Allen: Born 1906. 1036 Washington Blvd. Oak Park. Brother of Willie Bioff. In 1957, he was employed by the projectionist union. Also employed by the union was older brother Herman Bioff (born 1898. 5061 Kenmore Ave)
Bit and Bridle: A Morton Grove member’s only speakeasy that burned to the ground at the end of prohibition in 1933. It was located on Harms Road
Black and White: A gambling wheel active in 1938 and owned by Ily Kelly
Blasi, Carmine AKA Butch: A life long friend of Sam Giancana, Blasi sky rocketed in the mob after Giancana became boss. However, in 1966, while Giancana was in jail, Accardo and Ricca ordered Blasi killed for stealing outfit money instead of delivering it to Accardo. Giancana doubted it was true and figured that the two bosses were suspicious of Blasi’s loyalty to Giancana.
Borselino, Johnny: Resided at 10207 Peoria Street and later at 744 Magnolla Circle in Lombard. A Hit man and enforcer for the mob for decades, he grew up in the Patch, a south side Irish neighborhood.. Borselino was found dead in a field in Will County Illinois on May 22, 1979. In 1953, Borsellino was a truck driver delivering 40 cases of whisky when his truck was stolen. Borsellino denied that he was in on the theft. In 1960, he and his brother-in-law, Chicago policeman Tony Belmonte couldn’t explain how five stolen crates of women’s nightgowns and 59 electric motors ended up in their garage. Borselino was arrested for grand larceny. In 1961 he was suspected of slashing the throat of mobster Nicky “Boss” Boscarino. Borselino was a member of the silver Hijacking gang and served 13 years in prison for his role in a silver bullion robbery. He was paroled in 1974. He was thought to be the hit man ordered to kill the burglaries of Accardo’s house several years before. He had been Joey Aiuppa’s driver and it was widely assumed that he would one day run the organization. He worked under Harry Aleman and Butch
Petrocelli. It has never been established why he was killed however Borselino quick temper probably led him into several arguments with his bosses which resulted in his death. In August of 1978, Borselino and his son were arrested for battery. Their victim, Steven Olson, was permanently disfigured and disabled by the beating that took place outside of a connivance store in suburban Lombard. He was the 1,065 gangland murder since 1919.
The Bolton Brothers: On July 9, 1935, Chicago’s Mayor Kelly formulated a bill that would legalize handbooks in Chicago Working with him in Springfield was Southside Republican state representative John M. Bolton, (Born 1901) who managed to pass the bill. However it was killed by Governor Henry Horner In the mean time, Bolton and his brother, assured that the bill would become law, were trying to take over gambling on the South side. In August of 1935, Frank Nitti ordered Bolton killed. The killers used shot guns and murdered Bolton as he drove down Washtenaw Avenue and Harrison Street.
The suspected gunmen were Nitti, Little New York Campagna and James J. Adduci, who would later become an Illinois State Representative Bolton was the second elected official from the district killed by the mob. On December 29th of that year, State Representative Albert Prignano was shot and killed outside his home at 722 Bunker Street.
Boyle Mike: Corrupt union official and all around gangster, known as “Umbrella Mike” because he would collect his extortion payments by having victims deposit their payoffs in his folded umbrella, thus avoiding an extortion charge. A long-time business agent for a Chicago local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Boyle’s salary was $35.00 week. When investigators found that he had managed to save $350,000 in an eight year period and ask how he did it on a $150.00 a month salary, Boyle responded
"It was with great thrift, my friend, great thrift indeed" Umbrella Mike was indicted in 1915 for a racketeering conspiracy in restraint of trade, jailed after a five-year legal battle based on evidence that he had extorted $20,000 from Chicago Telephone Company for permission to erect a building without strikes. But after serving less than two months of his one-year sentence, he was pardoned by President Wilson despite a U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that the evidence in his trial proclaimed him "a blackmailer, a highwayman, a betrayer of labor and a leech on commerce." Boyle being Boyle, he was, of course, promptly re-elected to his union job. Always cantankerous, in late 1933 when the pricey Edgewater Beach Hotel refused to let him live there, Boyle called an electricians strike on the hotel. Waiters, cooks, busboys, et al., who joined Mike Boyle's picket line on April 19, 1934.
Bozic, Vince: Born 1912. A rival gangster to Gus Alex. Bozic was shot to death on the front steps of his house on August 2 1947. Before he died Bozic told the police that it was Gus Alex, future boss of the Chicago mob, who shot him but the police had no idea who Gus Alex was at the time. Bozic was a professional dice gambler, (Although his official line of business was a candy store operator) was shot as he sat on his front porch with his brother in law, Tony Kalbic at 2818 Princeton Avenue. A passing car unloaded a shotgun into his head and upper body.
Buccieri, Albert: Brother of Fifi. Born 1910. In 1974 he was convicted of cheating on his federal taxes and was released on five years probation due to his advanced years and poor health.
Buccieri Frank AKA The Horse, AKA Frank Russo, AKA Big Frank Born January 23, 1919. The brother of Chicago mobster Fifi Buccieri, he was a boss in Cicero in the late 1`950s and early 1960s He had one criminal conviction, a petty theft charge dating back to 1936. When called before a Federal grand jury, brother Fifi Buccieri responded to questions about his brother Frank's relationship with a former Playboy centerfold and about the expensive horse which Frank had given her, by saying "I take the Fifth on the horse and the broad." Buccieri was sent to the West Coast on the general agreement of the major Mafia family’s, to watch over their substantial investments there while the Los Angeles mob collapsed. Otherwise he operated quietly out of Palm Springs.
Bronge, Joe: Born 1909. In July 1959, Bronge, who was facing questions before grand jury, was shot through the head five times and killed by persons unknown because the syndicate believed that he was preparing to testify against them. The Outfit had moved in on Bronge’s beer distributorship, West Town Distributors at 2112-14 Division street in Melrose Park. Hoodlum Joe Gagliano had placed himself on Bronge’s payroll for a handsome fee as a consultant. Police believed that the Outfit took a 50% interest in the business. The hoods phoned Bronge and told him to meet him at his plant since they wanted to buy a massive quantity of beer and didn’t want to go through his sales force. When Bronge arrived, they shot him. Bronge’s son had been a classmate of Joe Accardo, Tony Accardo’s son, while the two were enrolled at Western Illinois University.
Buccieri Fiore Resided at 810 South Paulina Street. AKA Fifi. Born December 16, 1907 Died August 1973. A life long friend and advisor to Sam Giancana and a power within the Chicago mob for decades. A member of the 42 gang of suburban Chicago in the 1920 and 1930s, Buccieri’s first arrest came in 1925 for possession of a concealed weapon. In 1939 he was locked up again for trying to muscle Chicago embalmers into a union that he would own. By the close of his long criminal career he was a suspect in at least ten gangland killings including the gangland torture of mobster Billy Action Jackson. His main source of income was from “juice” or money lending. According to Bobby “The Beak” Siegal, an informant with mob connections, Buccieri and hoodlum Vic Simmone were gay lovers and that Boss Joe Ferriola knew about it and accepted it. Gambler Frank Rosenthal, said that when Buccieri was still boss of the West Side, he fell into a dispute with a young Tony Spilotro because he thought Spilotro was mouthing off to him. Rosenthal claimed Buccieri down and he let Spilotro go. His son Andy Buccieri was a business agent for the laborers. Buccieri died of cancer in 1973.
Buglio, Ralph: 7359 Indiana Ave. Buglio, who worked for the Outfit, was indicted in 1922 with Abe Rosenthal and Mary Duff for burglary. They were found guilty and given probation. Buglio's name was also mentioned in connection with the gang killing of Maurice Enright. He owned the car used in the shooting. Buglio was questioned in the February 11, 1933 shooting of hoodlum Frank DeMere, Born 1907, resided at 7118 South Seeley Avenue, Chicago) DeMere had been shot outside the infamous Plantation Cafe, a Black and Tan restaurant at Fifty-first and Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Police learned that Buglio had told DeMere to go outside “for a conference” and a few minutes later the shooting occurred. On February 2, 1936, Buglio and Rocco De Stefano, and others were arrested by the Chicago police in connection with a series of holdups of liquor wholesalers. The two were suspected of being involved in hijacking merchandise amounting to over $75,000 in 1 year. Police suspected that at the time, Buglio and De Stefano were working under Harry Russell, Charles Fischetti and Jack Guzik.
In January 1937 DeMere shot and killed William Stanley, a noted Black gambler after Stanley had killed Frank Buglio, Ralph’s brother. Like most other rich members of the syndicate, Buglio kept a property in Florida at 261 North Cocoanut Lane on Palm Island in Miami. His business partner in Miami was Peter G. Tremont, who operated in the policy business on Chicago’s South Side. Otherwise he was frequently spotted at the Miami Grand Hotel in the company of Joe Adonis, Anthony Carfano, (AKA Little Augie Pisano) Charles Fischetti and Jack Guzik.
Brevos, Nick: 715 North Pulaski Street. A syndicate gambler
Burns, Andrew: The Secretary of the Mob owned Trans-American News Service.
Bombacino Louis, In 1993 Bombacino was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a suburban gambler. While he was still in prison, Bombacino was indicted in 1995 with Calabrese and other crew members on charges of operating a loansharking racket. Three months after he was released from prison in 1996, Bombacino launched a scam to collect state unemployment insurance benefits with the help of an Illinois Department of Employment Security insider. The plan netted them a total of $2,328 in unemployment insurance benefits. The plan fell apart and Bombacino pleaded guilty in May 1997 to racketeering conspiracy in connection with his use of threats and intimidation in collecting juice loans from gamblers. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. "At this rate, I'll probably go home in a pine box" The 55 year old Bombacino said. "I'd still like to go home some day."
Bombacino was the last of nine members of the Frank Calabrese crew to be indicted and jailed by a federal court for their part a vast loan sharking operation that brought in over $2.6 million from the late 1970s through 1992 by making hundreds of juice loans at interest rates as high as 10 percent a week.
Bombacino loved his work. He threatened debtors with beatings and seldom failed to issue a beating at the slightest provocation. One gambler being pressed by Bombacino to pay wanted to know whether he was going to be killed if he didn't come up with the money. "Yeah, yeah, you know why?" Bombacino said to the man, who was cooperating with the FBI and wearing a hidden microphone. "It ain't the money. It's the principle. Money don't mean a . . . thing. They got billions, not millions, billions," he said in reference to the Outfit
Buster from Chicago: A pseudonym used for an unidentified Chicago mobster and freelance hitman during Prohibition. Joe Valachi first talked about Buster in his biography and described him as a "college boy" in appearance who used a Tommy gun which he carried in a large violin case. According to legend, Buster was brought to New York by Salvatore Maranzano and, during the Castellammare War, he was responsible for the deaths of top Masseria lieutenants Alfred Mineo and Steve Ferrigno on November 5, 1930. With him was said to be Joe Profaci, Nick Capuzzi and Joe Valachi. He is also said to have killed James Catania (or Joe Baker) as he and his wife left a building. (Catania's wife was unharmed) Valachi also said that Buster killed Masseria Underboss Peter "The Clutching Hand" Morello, a murder that would begin the Castellammare War. Legend says that Lucky Luciano and Vito Genovese had him killed in September 1931, and secretly disposed of his body. Many doubt that Buster from Chicago ever really existed
Broncato Dominick: A1950s syndicate gambler who helped take over the Ted Roe operations
Bonanza Club: A mob Chicago casino active in the mid 1960s.
Bastone Brothers: Brothers Carmen and Salvatore. Long time suburban bosses active from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Buick and Mercury: In 1946, Sam Giancana, probably with Accardo's money purchased a new Buick and a Mercury, two large cars with big engines. He had them both specially customized with steel plates to make them bullet proof and re-tooled the engines enough so the cars could hit 120 miles per hour in seconds.
Brodkin, Michael: A major mob lawyer in the early 1950s who was brought into the organization by gambler Billy Skidmore. Working through the notorious law firm of Bieber & Brodkin, Brodkin assisted the mob in dividing up the millions skimmed form the Las Vegas casino in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The cash was delivered to Brodkin’s office on a monthly basis by a mobster’s wife who traveled from Chicago to Vegas and back again via railroad. Upon her arrival to Chicago, Brodkin’s firm would book her a her room at the expensive Ambassador East Hotel. The next day she would deliver the cash to Brodkin’s office where Chicago portion was taken and held for a representative from the bosses.
Bohemian Brewing Co. Located in Joliet, Ill., the primary stock holders on record were Joey Fusco and Rocco DeStefano who also owned chain of retail liquor stores in Chicago
The government believed that Fusco was fronting in the business for hoodlum Pat Manno who was then active in the policy business. Manno also controlled a $2 million dollar (1955) firm that held exclusive franchises for many leading brands of whisky in the country.
Bovo, John: A Colosimo agent who worked the field in the Midwest kidnapping girls and bringing them by force Chicago brothels
Bernstein Leo: Levee Brothel keeper arrested for pandering on August 13 1912, he fled Chicago to avoid conviction
B Boys: A term used to describe the lawyers on retainer to defend the mob from the 1930s through the 1960s; George Bieber, Mike Brodkin, Charlie Bellows, Herbert Barsey and Harry Busch.
Bodogolou Mike: AKA Mike Potson. 1936 North Clark Street. A mob gambler and front man active in the 1950s
Boltz, Leonard: 1135 Fair Oaks Ave. Oak Park. A syndicate liquor distributor who was once associated with the Touhy gang. Boltz also ran a detective agency in the 1940s
Burkett, Ames: Active in the 1950-60s, primarily a mob gambler/bookie
Barst, Orivial: Waukegan Active in the 1950-60s, primarily a mob gambler/bookie
Benadi, Sam: 655 Melrose Active in the 1950-60s, primarily a mob gambler/bookie
Betinis, James: 372 Fairbanks Road Riverdale. Active in the 1950-60s, primarily a mob gambler/bookie
Braum, Harry: 3503 Fullerton Ave. Active in the 1950-60s, primarily a mob gambler/bookie
Buffo, John: Kankakee: Active in the 1950-60s, primarily a mob gambler/bookie
 Roemer, FBI Document
 A crew chief runs a gang, or a cell, of between ten to twenty mobsters and answers to an Underboss, in this case Rocco DeGrazio
 The name, Court Cleaners, came from the fact that most of its handbooks' clients were lawyers who came from the nearby law library.
 State of
Nevada, Attorney General’s Office
 Giancana was a practicing Catholic in the sense that he refused to eat meat on Friday or Good Friday
 Stanton and O’Donnell survived numerous gang wars and murder attempts over the years. They both survived to die of old age
 George Bieber, who, in 1950, was on a $250,000 retainer for the
Chicago mob, represented
Panczko “Because I liked to see how long I could keep him out of jail. He was
my favorite charity”
 Strong Ferraro’s brother Johnny Sortino was employed, in the 1950s, as a film projectionist. A one time handbook doorman, he worked alongside Anthony Accardo Jr. in the projectionist union at the Mercury theater. On May 12, 1959, Sortino shot his two teenage sons n his home. He was arrested for assault with intent to murder.
 In 1960
Bolton’s foster son, Fred J. Bolton, was
shot and killed in an argument with a friend.