Warren Swanson was a former mental patient who'd been confined to the Camarillo State Hospital as late as January 1962. Following his release he made his way to Cincinnati. While there he claimed to have received a message to kill Jimmy Hoffa while he was reading a Bible in his hotel room. Finding an ad for an air pistol at the back of a magazine, he purchased the gun through the mail.
John Priziola was one of multiple Detroit area Mafia bosses in the years between the 1930s and the 1960s. He was involved in numerous rackets, most notably the lucrative narcotics trade. Michigan's largest city became a nexus of a thriving drug trade that operated internationally. Detroit Police Commissioner, George Clifton Edwards, testified about the city's huge mob problem in October 1963.
Anthony Giacalone may have been part of the reason that the Detroit Tigers lost a close pennant race to the Boston Red Sox in 1967. Sports Illustrated reported that Tigers' star pitcher Denny McLain's toes were dislocated in a bizarre incident near season's end. An organist and bookie in a Flint, Michigan steak house, Denny paid out funds to a disgruntled bettor who'd lost money in a horse race.
My Father’s Blood delves into one man’s pursuit of recognition and approval in the wrong places, only to discover that it is available through the Father who paid the ultimate price through the shed blood of Jesus. Read his story of how rejection, restoration and redemption—acceptance of Jesus Christ—led him to a destiny he thought he was unworthy of.
The January 1945 murder of Michigan State Senator Warren Hooper made national headlines in the US. The politician was en route to his home in Albion, when he was ambushed after leaving the state legislature in Lansing. Shot multiple times he was left in his burning vehicle to die. The Purple Gang and Fleischer were involved in extortion, bootlegging, kidnapping, and various other illicit deeds.
Frank Cammarata was an instrumental figure as a Mafia enforcer and a mob connection to the lucrative record and jukebox industry. Summoned before the U.S. Senate Racketeering Committee in 1958, Cammarata took the 5th Amendment rather than incriminate himself. A shady figure among gangsters he moved throughout the U.S. freely until immigration officials discovered his illegal reentry to America.
William Bufalino came head to head with Senate Rackets Committee Chief Counsel Robert Kennedy in 1959. Kennedy and committee chairman John McClellan were convinced of Bufalino's ties to organized crime. Bufalino denied this as a witness and sued Kennedy following the conclusion of the Senate proceedings. Bufalino later defended Alan Markowitz, a topless dance club owner, before retiring in 1982.
Leo Moceri served a prison sentence for extortion before he was released and returned to California in 1966. He began investing money in an earth moving operation run by Los Angleles mobster James the Weasel Jimmy Fratianno. In the 1970s Moceri was an underboss in Cleveland who was second in command to Jack White Licavoli. Eventually Moceri became involved in a disagreement that led to his murder.
Yonnie Licavoli had an extravagant Detroit wedding where Al Capone was his best man. Licavoli and his bride honeymooned at Capone's home in Florida. Yonnie's only true rival during his Toledo years was a bootlegger name William "Jack" Kennedy. Operating a nightclub the Irish Kennedy refused to go along with rules and regulations established by Licavoli and his cronies. Kennedy survived until 1933.
Several hit men have been hired by the mayor to clean up the streets by getting rid of 1000 of the worst of the worst murderers, rapists, and threats to public safety. The hitters pasts are just charmed as the goons their being forced to go after. Thugs days are numbered as the push for power & profit fuels the growth of "New Detroit." 3 short stories in 1 awesome comic as hunters become the prey.