Unfound Missing Mobsters

Don’t forget to hit me up on Venmo. Recently, I was a guest on the podcast Unfound. The host of this show researches stories about people who went missing and have never been found. He contacted me to ask about mob guys who went missing and were never found. In this episode which is actually the Unfound show produced on my stream, I tell about a couple of Kansas City mobsters who went missing and were never found.

Jimmy Towles was a career criminal who worked in a gang of jewel thieves who were controlled by the Civella crime family. when he left with one of his gang members one day, he never returned. Sal Manzo was a very closely connected associate of Carl Civella. He helped with the sportsbook, he managed a bingo operation that the KC family skimmed thousands from every week. He was involved in finding and fencing stolen property. He disappeared one day and a few weeks later an unidentified person called a well known KC police detective and instructed him to take a look for Manzo inside a trash can in the Italian section of Kansas City. The detective drove to the area the caller described and found the clothes that Manzo was wearing his last day.

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3 thoughts on “Unfound Missing Mobsters”

  1. The host of Unfound, at the end of this episode, spoke of “everyone’s” desire to live a life with a different set of rules than the rest of us. Well I, for one, have zero such desire. I have no desire to—kill, maim, torture, rob, bully, and upend peoples lives, and cause endless misery—in return for a life of endless money, sex, luxury, and other empty meaningless fluff. I would like to think that I’m not the only one to have this lack of desire. I’m interested in mob/mafia stories out of morbid fascination, not “romance”—the question of “why, how anyone would find this sort of tradeoff to be remotely desireable?” That question is, indeed, most fascinating. If I’m the only one, than humanity is ultimately a lost.

    1. I think he is trying to explain the popularity of true crime. At least that is one way I would explain why the mob in particular and in another way, serial killers are so popular. I don’t believe that most true crime fans think it through to how they would actually live this life but rather it is like a train wreck and they can’t look away. I mean think about it, Robin Hood, Jesse James, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bonnie, and Clyde.

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