Nick Civella and the Chicago Outfit Segment 2

January 21, 2016

Open CityIn the second segment, Bill Ouseley tells about Chicago mobster,  Charles “Cherry Nose” Gioe and his connection to Nick Civella and the 1950s KC Mob Boss, Anthony “Tony” Gizzo. Gizzo was made famous during the Estes Kefauver hearings when asked how much money he usually carried and he pulled a stack of hundred dollar bills from his pocket and counted out twenty-five of them. Gioe and other Chicago Outfit members were doing a “bit” in Leavenworth for extorting money from Hollywood film studios. During that time, Chicago Outfit members would travel to KC and Tony Gizzo would meet and transport them to Leavenworth for visits. During Nick Civella’s last Chicago visit, he made friends with Gioe. When Civella was allowed to return, Gioe and probably Chicago Mob Boss Tony Accardo, paved the way and Nick was given the job as Tony Gizzo’s driver. Apparently, all was forgiven and Nick would soon rise from driver to Under-Boss to Boss of the KC Family.

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2 comments on “Nick Civella and the Chicago Outfit Segment 2

  1. Tony D Jun 25, 2018

    My father witnessed the murder of Gioe in front of his house when he was 10

    • Gary Jenkins Jun 25, 2018

      Thanks for the comment, a lot of history in Chicago. Do you remember the address?

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