I have authored some difficult articles in my nearly five-years of writing for American News Post, however, this one takes the cake.
Those of you who are steady readers of American News Post would be familiar with Theodore Roe, one of my literary contributors here at ANP. Those who are extremely knowledgeable on the history of the Chicago Outfit might recall another Theodore Roe, the 30s and 40s era African-American policy boss from the South Side. This Theodore (better known as “Teddy”) Roe was an Outfit murder victim who was permanently silenced on August 4, 1952. In a sense, I feel as if I am offering the late murder victim the opportunity of having a voice by helping the Roe of American News Post to be heard. ANP’s Theo Roe is a good journalist who attacks corruption (especially Chicago area corruption) in both the church and state. As you continue to read this article, you will discover why I feel strongly about Teddy Roe.
Teddy Roe’s story is a fascinating one, and I suggest that if you are not familiar with it, you learn a thing or two about him before proceeding with this article.
There was an Outfit member who was a very close friend to Outfit Chief Sam Giancana, by the name of Leonard “Fats” Caifano, a.k.a. Lenny. Many people, including Giancana, believed Teddy Roe murdered Lenny. Giancana was, to put it mildly, over-the-moon livid because of the death of his friend. Needless to say, Giancana was more interested than ever in eliminating Roe.
It has long been a mystery who exactly knocked down Teddy Roe. Numerous names of Outfit members have surfaced as likely suspects in his murder. Jack Cerone, Willie Messino, Joe Gagliano, Joe Ferriola and James “Turk” Torello have all been mentioned at one time or another. Heck, Willie Messino told me himself that law-enforcement hung him out of a fourth story window by his ankles trying to force a confession out of him for the murder of Roe.