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View or edit your browsing history. Not necessarily to kill people. But if they wanted to put fear into the hearts of people, that would do it. There were several people from the 26th Street Crew who had killed people. They were the logical choice.
Gambling was a big cash maker for the crew and helped to establish the crew as a pillar in the Outfits wheel of power. Headed by Frank "Skids" Caruso from the late s through the s, the crew set up illegal backroom betting parlors. When heroin was popular, the crew took its cut of that as well, charging dealers a set fee to operate in their territory. There, crew bosses and enforcers would gather to drop off payments or play craps in the back rooms. Gambler Ken Eto testified that Fecarotta supplied the muscle that kept the deadbeats in line. A customer who routinely disrupted the monte game was taken by car to a secret location where he was beaten by Fecarotta with a two-by-four.
Although Fecarotta was essentially hired muscle, he was, on record anyway, a business agent and organizer for Local 8 of the Industrial Workers Union although federal officials charged he was a ghost employee. He lost the union job in during a federal probe of the union. Fecarotta was jailed in April of for refusing to answer questions from investigators from the President's Commission on Organized Crime in Washington DC. District Court ordered Fecarotta to enter George Washington Hospital after he complained about pains in his arm.
It turned out he was fine. Asked about imprisoned mob chief Angelo LaPietra, his reputed boss, Fecarotta said: I don't know anything about him. Actually, he is a friend. He is not an enemy. My wife," Fecarotta answered.
He never had a credit card, never declared his racetrack winnings on income tax returns and paid cash for everything, including his Mercedes. When it became known that Fecarotta's brother, Thomas, was a Chicago police officer, a prosecutor asked "How does he feel about your life of gambling? According to gangster Nick Calabrese, the Outfit's enforcer in Las Vegas, Tony Spilotro had angered his bosses by indulging in a series of burglaries, dope deals and murders that brought unwanted federal attention.
The bosses wanted them dead. According to Calabrese, the Spilotro's were picked up by James Marcello, considered by some to be the Boss of the Outfit in and were driven to a house in the Bensenville suburbs. Tony Spilotro thought he was supposed to get a promotion and that Michael Spilotro was to become a made member. When they got to the house, they were taken to the basement for the ceremony, and Marcello, Calabrese, and four other men beat them to death. Gangster John Fecarotta was assigned to bury the bodies.
A farmer found their badly beaten bodies in a makeshift grave in an Indiana cornfield, because the ground was freshly overturned. Suspecting poachers had killed and then buried a deer on the spot he turned the ground over and found the Spilotro brothers. Oddly enough, had Fecarotta buried the bodies in an adjacent wooded area just 30 feet from the cornfield, they might never have been found.
The most bizarre part of the murder plot was the mob's plan to feed phony information to the FBI that Spilotro and his brother were alive and living in Italy.
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They intended to plant the brothers' clothing or other personal items in hotel rooms to indicate they had been there but had fled hurriedly. When the brothers' bodies were found they were wearing only underwear. The discovery of the bodies ended the plan and cost Fecarotta his life.
Fecarotta was set up on the ruse that he and other mobsters were going to drop off a bomb which Nick Calabrese, working on orders from his brother and crew chief Jimmy LaPietra, LaPietra died in of natural causes after serving 11 years in a federal prison for skimming money from a Las Vegas casino. When Fecarotta climbed into the stolen Buick at about 7: As they pulled up near a bingo hall on West Belmont, just before 8: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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Please try again later. This book is terrible! Full of mistakes, overpriced, unreadable charts, and would only be about 50 pages if not for the type and layout. I don't even see a publisher named. There is a handful of unknown and uninteresting people mentioned.
Over the last 40 years, I have read over books on organized crime. This is the very worst one.