Wednesday, 30th July 2014

ANP’s Roundtable: A True Chicago Police Hero

Posted on 31. Jan, 2014 by in History, Organized Crime, Webcast

Michael ‘No Show’ Magnafichi

Today’s show features retired Chicago Police Official Don Herion, who penned two famous books on his crusade on Organized Crime in Chicago back in the day when the Chicago Outfit was at its deadliest stage. His books are titled Pay, Quit, or Die and The Chicago Way. I recently had contact with Michael Magnafichi who [...]

Outfit Stool Pigeons Want Their Cake And Eat It Too

Posted on 21. Apr, 2013 by in Analysis, Organized Crime

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Some Chicagoans appear to be living a charmed life when it comes to federal prosecution. The men I have in mind are all involved in the Chicago Outfit, one of the most powerful and enduring organized crime families in the United States, yet they constantly seem to avoid the full wrath of the U.S. Justice [...]

Millionaire Gets His Way With Benigno’s Office

Posted on 06. Mar, 2013 by in Organized Crime, Politics

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If you did not read my piece about Illinois Secretary of State bigwig Thomas Benigno, please do so now because it serves as an entree to this week’s article. You may access it by clicking here. I would like to tell you about a very wealthy Lake Forest, Illinois, resident named Joseph “Joe-Millionaire” Vasselli, who [...]

Joe “Shine” Amabile And Mondo Fosco

Posted on 08. May, 2012 by in History, Organized Crime

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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 [...]

The Keys That Opened The Door To ANP

Posted on 13. Dec, 2011 by in Analysis, History

The Keys That Opened The Door To ANP

In early 2007, I was having dinner with Cardinal Francis George and Lord Black of Crossharbour, along with a few others. Lord Black, who prefers to be called by his first name, Conrad, and I had a very deep and long conversation with His Eminence (I am not at liberty to discuss the details). The [...]

Outfit Capo Lee Magnafichi

Posted on 18. Nov, 2011 by in History, Organized Crime

Outfit Capo Lee Magnafichi

Eligio Magnafichi became the proud father to his second son, Lee, on January 10th, 1927. The name Lee is the Americanized version of Eligio. Eligio’s son, Lee, grew up in the Galewood/Montclare area of Chicago near Harlem Avenue and Grand Avenue. Lee was the third child of four children, which included Evelyn (who I know [...]

Outfit Boss John DiFronzo Is A Double Agent?

Posted on 16. Nov, 2011 by in Current Events, Organized Crime

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According to my sources, rumors are swirling in the Cicero-based faction of the Chicago Outfit that the number of the defendants in the landmark Family Secrets case who strongly suspect that Chicago Outfit boss Johnny DiFronzo is a double agent is growing. During the Family Secrets trial federal witness Nick Calabrese testified that John DiFronzo [...]

Elmwood Park’s Finest – Part II

Posted on 15. Sep, 2011 by in Current Events, Organized Crime

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By the time you finish reading this article, I might remind you of Clara Peller, the now late Chicago-born actress, whose fame stems from a Wendy’s commercial and her deadpan delivery of the line, “Where’s the beef?!” My concern, however, does not revolve around an obsession with ground chuck. My query is centered on a [...]

Elmwood Park’s Finest – Nicholas Rada?!

Posted on 07. Sep, 2011 by in Current Events, Organized Crime

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On September 1st, 2011, Nicholas P. Rada, 29, grandson of now deceased Outfit heavy Willie Messino, was arrested and charged with a number of crimes in the City of Chicago. These include aggravated false personation of a peace officer and possession of $10.00 (street value) of cocaine. The charge of aggravated false personation of a [...]

Sam (Dyno) DeStefano

Posted on 29. Aug, 2011 by in History, Organized Crime

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Not quite one full decade into the twentieth century – September 13, 1909 – something occurred that would change the Midwest region of the United States of America for the next 63-years, seven months and one day. Sam “Mad Sam” DeStefano (known as Dyno to his Outfit cronies) was born. His legendary, blood-curdling reputation, replete [...]