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Casey McBride is credited with this piece. He examines the three stories about how the Prime Minister of the Mob, Frank Costello inherited an interest in the Crescent City. Which of them, if any, is true I cannot say, and will leave it for the reader to decide.
As many readers will no doubt already know, Louisiana Senator, Huey Long, was a notorious boozer. This story claims Long was so drunk at a country club one night he got impatient waiting at a urinal, and let loose between the mans legs who was using it. Apparently, he had terrible aim and the man began stomping a hole in Huey. An attendant called for Frank Costello, who was also at the club, and Frank, as always, smoothed things over. Long was grateful, and the two struck up a mutually beneficial friendship.
New Orleans legend, Diamond Jim Moran received a phone call from Frank Costello, warning him of a plot to assassinate Huey Long, at the Roosevelt Hotel. Diamond Jim, passed this information on to his friend Long, who’s bodyguards immediately raided the residence at an address Costello had provided. Though they did not find their suspects, they found evidence that a plan had indeed been put in the works. Long told Moran to pass a message on to Costello, and the message was, “tell him he has a friend.”
In a much less dramatic, though likely more accurate telling, Frank Costello himself insisted he had met Long over dinner at a country club. Both men had a penchant for politicking, gambling and chasing women. The two simply liked each other and struck up a friendship which lasted until Long’s death.
So I suppose the answer to Joe Gallow’s question would be, Huey Long. He would invite Costello to bring his slot machines to Louisiana in 1935, and the pair would prove to be a successful partnership; but that is another story…
By Casey Robert McBride
Curator at Uncle Frank’s Place
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Anthony Casso is a member of the Lucchese crime family. He is currently serving several life sentences. He was at a Supermax prison in Colorado. In 2013, he was transferred to a Residential Reentry Management (RRM) facility in Minneapolis. RRM is a type of halfway house for inmates in Federal custody. However it is doubtful if he will be released.
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Gotti being Gotti retaliated. A hit team ambushed Casso a few month later and shot him six times. However, Casso survived and went on his own vendetta. He had connections to the “Mafia Cops,” NYC Detectives, Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito. They grabbed one of the shooters, James Hydell. Casso tortured him for information before killing him. He learned this name Nicky Guido and these same detectives gave Casso an address for Guido. As a result, an innocent citizen was killed instead of Guido.
Casso was on a murder binge and ordered a crew to kill a mobster named Fat Pete Chiodo In May 1991, a three-man team shot Chido 12 times and left him for dead. Mistake, he survived and started cooperating with the Feds.
association with the “Mafia Cops,” Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito. The U.S. Attorney had enough of Anthony Casso and refused to use him to convict the two corrupt cops. Actually, they would have but they already had a Casso associate named Burt Kaplan to testify about the “Mafia Cops.”
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Aaron and I want to include our fans on the show. Either record and email the audio file or call me at 816-931-3535 and I will record you announcing the show on the phone or via skype for our international friends. Below is the suggested announcement.
Hello, this is (your name) and I welcome you to another thrilling episode of Gangland Wire Crime Stores with Gary and Aaron, so sit back and be entertained.
Plus the password for the free calendar is stardust.
Angelo Lonardo was the highest ranking mob member to ever break the code of Omerta. Lonardo was born in 1911 in Cleveland to Joseph and Concetta Lonardo. His father, Joseph Lonardo was the first mob boss of the Cleveland family. Joseph Lonardo was murdered in 1929. At the time the 18-year-old Angelo Lonardo swore revenge and murdered the suspected killer, Salvatore Todaro . The young Lonardo was tried and sentenced to life in prison. Within a few years, his lawyer was able to get a second trial and he was released. Angelo or “Big Ange” Lonardo worked his way up to underboss in 1976. He was promoted to boss after the 1980s mob war between Danny Greene and the Cleveland La Cosa Nostra family. Shortly after, Lonardo was convicted in a drug conspiracy and he had
enough. He became a government informant and testified against his former colleagues and several mob figures throughout the US. He eventually went into the federal witness protection program, but left it to return to Cleveland. Lonardo died in his sleep on April 1, 2006, aged 95. He was buried in Calvary cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.
Below I have copied his depiction of the scene he remembered when he was inducted into the Cleveland family.
“I was invited into a room at the Statler Hotel in Cleveland and asked if I knew what I was doing there. You naturally say, “No.” Present were John Scalish, the acting boss; Tony Milano, the underboss; John Demarco, a capo; and Frank Brancato. They explained to me that I had been proposed to be made a member of La Cosa Nostra and defined the rules and regulations of the organization. They told me that you cannot fool around with narcotics; you cannot own a house of prostitution or have prostitutes working for you; you cannot fool around with a woman that’s married to a member of La Cosa Nostra; and that whatever illegal activity you engage in, you have to report to the boss and receive permission to engage in that activity: After I was told the rules, I was asked if I still wanted to join the organization.
One can still leave at that time, but the person usually accepts. In my case, I joined and became a member of La Cosa Nostra.
Once you accept the rules of membership, they lift a cloth off a table; underneath is a gun and a dagger. You are told that you now live and die with the dagger and the gun. You die that way, and you live that way. You are then given a card with a picture of a saint on it. This card is placed in the palms of your hands and lit. You shake the burning card back and forth until it is burned down to ashes. They then pinch your finger to draw blood, and then everyone gives you a kiss on the cheek and says, “You are now a member.” I later learned that to be invited to be a member you must have killed somebody and stood up to police pressure.”
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During the Casino Skimming investigation known as Strawman, Kansas City Mob boss, Nick Civella and Carl “Tuffy” DeLuna (Artie Piscano played by Vinny Vella) were discussing where or not Nick could call Lefty Rosenthal (Ace Rothstein played by Robert DeNiro) without asking permission from the Chicago Mob boss, Joseph “Joey Doves” Aiuppa (Remo Gaggi played by Pasquale Cajano) . In this clip, you can hear a little of the actual discussion.
The rest of this tape and many more will be in my new Kindle book soon.
I am working on a book about the Las Vegas Casino skim investigation. With the new Kindle format being so popular, I have the idea that I would put a link to the actual audio when I use part of the actual transcript in the book. I am looking for feedback. Does this work or not? Read down this post and click on the hyperlinked words, WDM-38 PAY TELEPHONE. Please be critical, this is a lot of work and I don’t want to do it for nothing.
By August 4, 1978, the deal for the Tropicana owners to purchase the Stardust was off. Agosto called Deluna. He reported that Transmission (Jack Ulrich), Hunter (Diel Gustafason) and La Femmena (Mitzi Stauffer Briggs) had backed out of any effort to buy the Stardust. Tuffy asked why and Agosto replied, “Because of the Aladdin.” Tuffy said that bothered him and he did not understand why they would have been “shook up” over the incident. Agosto replied that people getting arrested is not just every little thing. DeLuna wonders if Agosto would fall apart if something happened in his house. Agosto reports that Transmission and Hunter are relieved the deal is off, but the La Femmena is disappointed.
The Aladdin hotel/casino, famous for hosting the wedding of Elvis and Priscilla Presely in 1967, had long been of interest to the F.B.I.. In 1968, a consortium of veteran Las Vegas casino investors purchased the Aladdin. Casino executive Sam Diamond, St. Louis politician Peter Webbe, Sorkis Webbe, and Richard Daly paid $5 million. Using Teamster’s pension money, they gave the Aladdin a $60 million facelift including the addition of a 19-story tower, and the new 7,500 seat Performing Arts Center. F.B.I. agents began looking into the casino affairs at that time.
Apparently the Tropicana owners backed out of purchasing the Stardust because two days before this conversation, on August 2, 1978, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted Aladdin Casino executives James Tamer, James Abraham, Edward Monassum and Charles Goldfarb. They were charged for participating in a scheme of unlawful control and management, or hidden ownership, of the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. The press reported that the real targets of this hidden ownership investigation were Detroit Mob figures, Anthony Giacalone, Vito Giacalone and Anthony Zerilli.
August 4, 1978
AUGUST 4. 1978
THE FOLLOWING IS A SUBSTANTIALLY VERBATIM TRANSCRIPT OF A CONVERSATION BETWEEN DELUNA: CARL ANGELO DELUNA, AND AGOSTO, JOSEPH AGOSTO
DELUNA: What do you say?
AGOSTO: Well, the only thing I want to tell you that I talk to my people and I told the deal is off.
DELUNA: Uh huh.
AGOSTO: And ah, ah, Transmission, ah, and Hunter were kind of relieved.
DE LUNA: Kind of what?
DELUNA: I can’t hear you.
AGOSTO: (overlapped) relieved.
DE LUNA: Relieved?
DE LUNA: Well okay. Why though?
AGOSTO: On account of this deal in ah, Aladdin, they’re really shook up about it, you know.
DELUNA: Oh yeah?
DELUNA: Something like, something like that —
AGOSTO: La femmena (the woman) was really disappointed.
DELUNA: Yeah, well I don’t, I don’t, ah,
DELUNA: It kind of bothers me that, that something like that would bother them two guys.
AGOSTO: Yeah, it did, it did bother them.
DELUNA: Well, Jesus Christ, can’t get shook over every little thing that happens.
DE LUNA: Ah, they shouldn’t get shook up over every little thing.
AGOSTO: Every little thing. They arrested everybody, what do you mean little thing.
DELUNA: Yeah, but it ain’t got nothing to do with ah, with ah,
AGOSTO: Have you read the paper on the Aladdin?
AGOSTO: You read them all?
DELUNA: Yes. But I mean it I don’t see why Transmission and Hunter should get so terribly —
AGOSTO: Because he feels the situation is hot here right now and if there is ah, you know if there is a, a, a, a cooling off period, you know, they, they, I mean they
DELUNA: I could understand
AGOSTO: Can you understand what I am saying?
DELUNA: Sure I do.
DELUNA: I understand the atmosphere.
I mentioned this last week and it is now a reality. I was not busy and decided to take a look at how to create an interactive map. I have two court dates next week and some other legal business, so this week was the right time.
I created a special page just for the map. I placed a Kansas City Mob Map button at the top of each page. Please go back to the home page and access the Mob Map there.
Aaron, Retired FBI Agent Bill Ouseley and I recorded a 3 part series on the relationship between the Kansas City Mob and the Chicago Outfit. Look for that next week. And, please give me a review on Itunes if you have not done so.
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