Red Wemette

Red Wemette and the Chicago Outfit

October 2, 2016

William “Red” Wemette was an FBI informant who testified against against the most feared and dangerous Chicago Outfit killers of modern times. I must note that Red was not the usual infomant but more a contract agent. He was not providing information as a trade to get out of a criminal charge, he was gathering information as a public service. He was paid, but this work was so dangerous, the pay was minimal compared to the risk and time involvement required. In this exciting interview Red Wemette calls in from an undisclosed location in a warmer climate (his words) and recounts how he got started as an undercover contract agent for the F.B.I. He explains how he was not trying to inform his way out of a criminal case, he just saw the arrogance and brutishness of the Chicago Outfit and wanted to help stop them.

Red recently released a biography of his exploits in a book titled “Nobody Cares and What I did About It! The Red Wemette Story of the Chicago Outfit” through Joshua Tree Publishing in Chicago, IL.

Red operated a pornography shop in Chicago and in Chicago if you are involved in any grey area business like a porn shop, you must pay a “street tax” to the outfit. Red was so angry about this interference with his business that he contacted the FBI and agreed to wear a wire and allow a hidden video camera to be installed in his office have his discussions with the mobsters recorded. Red reveals the Outfit Capo who was to receive his street tax money was the notorious  Joseph “Lumpy or Joey the Clown” Lombardo.

He met with FBI agents in 1971 at the Lion House in the Lincoln Park Zoo and agreed to become a

Hidden Camera

Hidden Camera

contract agent and provide information on Chicago Mob activity and figures. Wemette had video cameras concealed in his apartment that captured his regular meetings with organized crime figures.

Frank "the German" Schweihs

Frank “the German” Schweihs

One of the most dangerous killer ever produced in Chicago was Frank “The German” Schweihs. “The German” took a liking to Red and often showed up at his office telling stories into the hidden recording equipment. Click here to see a news story that contains some of that hidden video footage.
Wemette has been a key witness in a number of federal trials of mobsters and other Chicago area crime figures ending with the well known and important Family Secrets trials.

If you have ever wanted to see what it is like to live on the wild side—all from the safety and security of your own armchair, listen to this interview and then read Nobody Cares and What I Did About It! The Red Wemette Story of The Chicago Outfit. 

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5 comments on “Red Wemette and the Chicago Outfit

  1. Mike Byrne Oct 4, 2016

    Robert Cooley didn’t set off Operation Greylord. Terry Hake was the undercover guy in Greylord. Robert Cooley started up Operation Gambat.

    • Gary Jenkins Oct 4, 2016

      Mike, I need to do a show or 2 on Operation Greylord. You know of anybody connected to the investigation that I could get on the phone for an interview.

  2. Mike Byrne Oct 4, 2016

    Great job Gary. All your podcasts are great. Keep up the great work.

  3. Great Interview Gary. Thanks for having me on your show.

  4. Bonnie and Francine Giancana claim they only knew one side
    of their dad life.Dad Sam Giancana never brought his work
    home with him .But admit to holiday gatherings in the basement
    of their home.That Jun19,1975 English & Blasi at their home.
    (so Giancana daughters knew outfit members visit their home)
    Chuck & Sam Giancana Jr claim that Sam Sr visit with Friends
    (outfit associates members) and Familly on jun19,1975.
    Chuck Giancana claim he kept in touch with brother Sam Giancana(while he was in mexico) goings on through several outfit guys,among them ,Chuckie Nicoletti(henchman) Milwaukee Phil ,
    DeStefano,,all sat at the table near the bar. Chuck Giancana
    scanned the faces of the men at the table seated along side him,
    There wasn’t a man sitting at table who hadn’t done a job for Giancanataken a guy out ,except him (Chuck Giancana).
    Chuck Giancana claim that Chuckie Nicoletti told him ,(Nicoletti said)Well,one more Kennedy out of the way,So Mooney did it again,…I tell you ..your brother a F~kin genius .It work like a charm. Of coursethe man has no choice.Hey when you work for the outfit, and owe em small fortune,..and you can’t cough it up ,..that’s what happens.Now that i think about it ,it was a lot like Ruby /Oswald deal.You know Oswald didn’t fire a shot.He couldn’t even hit a barn.but it didn’t matter cause Mooney had another guy to do the job on __ ,can you believe it Mooney,must like to nail those Kennedys, in front,of everybody. Hell ,hit a broad is the same as hitting a man,…only she’s got t*ts,and _,who the F~k cares,the guy’s not there to screw her,he’s there to do a job.
    So did Chuckie Nicoletti make a confession to Chuck Giancana?
    Salvatore “Sam” Giancana (né Giangana; June 15, 1908 – June 19, 1975).Sausages,Peppers,Onions ,enter basement of home,which
    outfit members did,Sam cook while recovering stomach surgery?
    Charles “Chuckie” Anthony Nicoletti (December 3, 1916 – March 29, 1977.Johnny Roselli Born: July 4, 1905, Esperia, Italy
    Died: August 9, 1976, Florida..Felix Anthony “Milwaukee Phil” Alderisio (April 26, 1912 – September 25, 1971).
    Richard Cain (October 4, 1931 – December 20, 1973),
    George DeMohrenschild died March 29,1977 florida.
    Charles Carmen Inglesia (died February 13, 1985) more commonly known as “Chuckie English”and Dominic “Butch” Blasi April 1993,( It is widely believed that Dominick “Butch” Blasi was Giancana’s assassin.Tony Accardo – 1906-1992 Accardo, who died in 1992, owned and occupied several mansions in River Forest chicago il. .Santos Trafficante Born: Nov 15, 1914Died: Mar 19, 1987Florida..

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