Category: Midwest

Freeze Frame: Motown Drug Chief ‘Chill’ Peterson Goes Down In W. Virginia DEA’s Operation Saigon Sunset

Federal authorities have dismantled a Detroit narcotics conspiracy operating in West Virginia for the past 15 years. On Tuesday, reputed kingpin Willie (Chill) Peterson and his younger brother and alleged second-in-command Manget (Money) Peterson were apprehended as part of the DEA’s Operation Saigon Sunset. The elder Peterson was arrested in Detroit, while his baby bro
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The Detroit Mob & The Porn Racket: ‘Frankie Rah Rah’ & ‘Joe Hooks’ Ran Sex Trade In Motor City In Pre-Internet Era

Before an endless trove of nude photos and a countless catalogue of sex videos were available in a matter of seconds with a simple click of a computer mouse, the world of pornography was controlled by the mafia. From the 1960s into the 1990s and the advent of the internet, every mob family in the
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From The Horse’s Mouth: Senate Testimony From Cleveland Mafia Lord ‘Big Angie’ Lonardo Marks 30-Year Anniversary

Cleveland mob boss Angelo “Big Angie” Lonardo was the first sitting American mafia don to become a witness for the government. Thirty years ago this week, on April 15, 1988, Lonardo testified in front of the United States Senate, delivering lurid details on the history of the Midwest mob’s infamous skimming of Las Vegas casinos
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The Race Is Over: Former Crown Jewel Of Detroit Mob’s White Collar Resume, Hazel Park Raceway, Closes Up Shop

The Hazel Park Raceway, for decades the centerpiece of the Detroit mafia’s legitimate business portfolio, shut its door last week after nearly 70 years of operation. The horse racetrack was a college graduation gift from the local mob’s “founding fathers,” Giuseppe (Joe Uno) Zerilli and Vito (Black Bill) Tocco to their eldest sons and eventual
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