Frank Cullotta and Tony Spilotro Part 1

How Frank Cullotta met Tony Spilotro

In this first of a 2 part interview of Frank Cullotta, we talk to a guy who was a career criminal from his teenage years and rose through the ranks of the Chicago Outfit from being an associate who made money as a burglar to becoming a “Mustache” or a “guy” in Tony Spilotro’s crew. If Spilotro was the boss of the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas, then Frank was his Underboss. Frank came up on the west side of Chicago and first met Tony when they were 12 years old. Joey Aiuppa sent Tony Spilotro out to Las Vegas to monitor Lefty Rosenthal’s activities when he needed a backup, he called Frank Cullotta.

Spilotro, Culotta and others at the Upper Crust

Spilotro and Mad Sam Destefano

Frank tells how the Chicago outfit placed Tony Spilotro with the vicious Outfit Associate, Mad Sam DisteFano to learn the loan sharking business and to keep an eye on Outfit money invested with Mad Sam. When I mentioned that I heard that Spilotro and Mad Sam’s brother killed Mad Sam, Frank hints that he will reveal the details of Mad Sam’s murder in his new book. Tony Spilotro made Frank the boss of his “Hole in the Wall Gang.” This was a crew of professional criminals who participated in many “high end” home and business burglaries in southern Nevada and Arizona. Frank shares the story of his relationship with Spilotro and some of the crimes that Spilotro committed.

Frank reveals the real story behind the famous torture scene in the film, Casino, where the Joe Pesci character is tightening a vise on a man’s head.

He has co-authored 3 books with famous mob author, Dennis Griffin. His most recent is The Rise and Fall of a Casino Mobster.



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2 thoughts on “Frank Cullotta and Tony Spilotro Part 1”

  1. Tony John Spilotro -may 19,1938 – June 14,1986 body found jun23,1986.
    Spilotro brothers Tony and Michael drove to Ohara nearby hotel ,then
    were driven to property with basement which then Spilotro brothers were
    beaten ,Supposedly by 10 others (1.James LaPietra 2.John Fecarotta
    3.John DiFronzo (noNose) 4.Sam Carlisi 5.Louie Mooch Eboli 6.James
    Marcello 7.Louis Marino 8.Joseph Ferriola 9.Ernest Infelice 10.Nick
    Calabrese (brother to Frank Calabrese Sr. (March 17, 1937 ‚Äď December 25,
    2012 Butner, in North Carolina)who ran major loansharking and illegal gambling
    operations for the Chicago Outfi, central figure in Operation Family Secrets Trial )
    Frank Jr Calabrese detailed how he helped the _ _ convict his father of several murders by
    wearing a hidden wire and taping his father’s conversations.Nicholas testimony helped to
    convictions of mobsters Joseph Lombardo, James Marcello and his brother, Frank Calabrese Sr.etc..

    1. John, thanks for posting this information. When I get time to do a whole Tony Spiloto story, you will save me some work looking for the story of their murder. I did interview Frank Calabrese Jr.

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