In recent days I had the rare opportunity of interviewing a purported ‘made’ member of the Chicago Outfit, although, I did not ask him to confirm his ‘made’ status as a Chicago gangster. His name is Michael G. Magnafichi. From what I understand, Michael has been retired from the Outfit for at least 10-years.
Please understand that every single declaration, accusation and insinuation made against others in this interview are merely allegations and should not be considered as facts until proven in a court of law. Thank you.
JF: Good afternoon, Michael.
MM: Good afternoon, Joseph.
JF: I think starting at the beginning would make sense. Where did it all begin?
MM: Jack Cerone the old man, not his stupid son the lawyer, made arrangements with my father, who worked for Jack, to have me drive him around. I was a teenager.
JF: How old are you now?
MM: I will be 50.
JF: How long did that gig with Outfit boss, Jack Cerone last?
MM: Until the old man went away to prison in 1985 or ’86.
JF: What else were you doing in those days?
MM: I was a bookmaker for my father and his friends.
JF: Who was your dad?
MM: Lee Magnafichi
JF: You seemed to inspire your father and his friends with your ability to golf.
MM: You could say that.
JF: You lost your father a while ago.
MM: My dad died of lung Cancer. He died right before New Year’s Eve in 1989.
JF: Just in time for the New Year. That is especially sad. I am sorry.
MM: Joseph, it was a long time ago. Jack the lawyer insisted that I spend New Year’s Eve with him at Brookwood Country Club. I was insulted that he would be as inconsiderate about the loss of my father to suggest that I join him at a party.