On May 2, 1962, Chicago cops respoded to a suspicious parties in a car call at 1750 Superior st. in Chicago. They encountered Chicago Outfit members Philip (Milwaukee Phil) Alderisio, an Outfit trigger-man and loan shark, and Charles Nicoletti, a west side gambling boss sitting in a nondescript 4 door 1962 Ford automobile. As they searched this car, the officer uncovered one of the Outfit’s dirty and horrible little secrets. These guys were probably on a stakeout waiting on their victim in a “hitmobile.” The officers checked the registration and found it was registered to a man named Alter Getz of 9430 S. New England Ave., Oak Lawn. Their investigation revealed this address is a vacant lot. The two mobsters were charged with using a fictitious address to register this Ford and Judge Harry G. Comerford ruled the state failed to prove Alderisio and Nicoletti were guilty of using a fictitious address on the registration form for state license plates or of displaying plates listed to a fictitious address.
In the years to come it would be revealed that in May 1962 these 2 guys and Tony Spilotro took part in the famous torture of Billy McCarthy and a few days later grabbed Jimmy Miraglia and killed
him. The torture of Billy McCarthy was made famous in the head in a vise scene on the opening of the film, Casino.
The Ford had three hidden switches under the dashboard. Two of these were for disconnected tail lights and stop-lights so that the car would be difficult for police to follow in a chase. The third switch turned on an electric motor to open a hidden compartment in the back rest of the front seat. The compartment was fitted with brackets to hold shotguns or rifles.
The back of front seat was changed to provide hiding place for bulky objects. Detective John Willems points into compartment, whose door is operated by motor controlled by hidden dashboard button.
The car is held in the police auto pound and “Walter Gezt” never claimed his brand new car
Charles “Chuckie” Nicoletti grew up in an impoverished and dysfunctional family in Chicago; his parents were both natives of Santa Caterina Villarmosa, Sicily. They lived at 737 S. Campbell Avenue in Near West Side, Chicago. On February 27, 1929, at the age of 12, Charles shot and killed his own father, allegedly in self-defense. As is drunken father attacked him with a knife, Charles ran into a bedroom, where a gun was kept in a bureau drawer. Nicoletti was exonerated by the Cook County coroner. He dropped out of school in eighth grade and soon joined the “Forty-Two Gang.” At the time, the gang’s members included such future Outfit members as Giancana, Sam “Teets” Battaglia, “Lew Farrell,” “Mad Sam” DeStefano and William “Willie Potatoes” Daddano.
On March 29, 1977, Outfit killers shot Nicoletti three time in the back of his head while he was sitting in his car in the parking lot of the Golden Horns Restaurant. Chicago mob assassin Harry Aleman is the suspected hitman.
Felix Anthony “Milwaukee Phil” Alderisio began his criminal career as a teenager during the Prohibition era. He hung out around locations where he knew he could find Outfit boss Al Capone‘s like his Lexington Hotel headquarters. He wanted to get noticed and get a messenger’s job. In the early 1930s, Alderisio dream came true and he began working with Sam Battaglia and John Marshall Caifano as an enforcer. Rising steadily through the ranks during the Great Depression, Alderisio soon gained a reputation for brutality. By the end of the decade, Alderisio was working under Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik, the Outfit’s financial expert, as a bagman delivering payoffs to Chicago judges and police officials. Alderisio was suspected in carrying out 13 or 14 “hits” for The Outfit.
Alderisio was part of a burglary crew that operated in Chicago’s upscale Gold Coast district. These thieves specialized in rare gems and jewelry, which they fenced to Outfit-controlled jewelry stores and wholesalers. Alderisio also owned several restaurants, meat packing firms, small hotels, Rush Street nightclubs, bordellos and striptease joints.
Over a lifetime of criminal activity, law enforcement arrest Alderisio at least 36 times for assault and battery, bombing, racketeering, loansharking, illegal gambling, hijacking, narcotics, counterfeiting, bootlegging, bribery, extortion, and murder-for-hire. However, Alderisio usually avoided prosecution because of the Outfit’s strong political connections.
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