Category: Chicago

Trusted Outfit Lieutenant ‘Louie Tomatoes’ Marino Dead At 84, Chicago Mafia Boss’ Chum Checks Out Of The Game

Chicago mob power Louis (Louie Tomatoes) Marino had a brief taste of freedom in his latter years and is now headed to that big social club in the sky. The 84-year Marino, the Outfit’s alleged main man in the North suburbs and reputed Windy City mafia don Salvatore (Solly D) DeLaurentis’ best friend, died of natural
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GR SOURCES: Investigation Into Chicago Outfit’s Westsiders Has Law Enforcement Looking In Iowa & Wisconsin

The continuing multi-agency probe into the affairs of the Chicago mafia’s Grand Avenue crew has expanded out of Illinois and into Wisconsin and Iowa, per sources in Midwest law enforcement. The extensive inquiry which began over three years ago is focused on the Outfit’s reputed Grand Avenue captain and overall street boss Albert (Albie the Falcon) Vena
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Chicago Policy Wars: The Outfit Numbers Takeover Timeline – Momo Makes Good

Starting in the 1940s, the Chicago mafia staged a takeover of the area’s mostly African-American numbers lottery, an illegal operation spread mainly across the Windy City’s Southside and Westside and by later in the decade a 20-million dollar-a-year business. Violence, primarily stemming from the ensuing tensions between local Italian and Black crime syndicates, raged until
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The Weight Met His Fate Two Decades Ago, Outfit’s ‘Fat Herbie’ Felled In Failed Takeover Bid By L.A. & Buffalo Mobs

Gregarious and imposing Chicago mob associate Herbert (Fat Herbie) Blitzstein was killed 20 years ago this week in his Las Vegas home in a poorly-executed attempted takeover of his set of independent rackets hatched in tandem by the Los Angles and Buffalo mafia crime families. The loud-dressing, behemoth-sized Blitzstein, 62, was shot to death on January
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