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testified in Kansas City before the U.S. Senate Kefauver Committee in its investigations of organized crime. At one point, a senator asked
if he belonged to the Mafia.
was a close friend of mobster Charles Binaggio. In 1930,
and Binaggio were arrested in Denver, Colorado, on a minor charge. During this time, both men were lieutenants to Kansas City North End political boss John Lazia in his illegal gambling operations.
soon became known as one of the five "Iron Men" due to his underworld clout.
was born in New York City and was known as "Tony". In the early 1920s, after being arrested on a narcotics charge,
attempted to bribe a federal officer with $10,000 ($ today).
was convicted and in 1924 served one year and a day at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.
had the following exchange with the Committee when asked if he knew Balestrere:
In 1950, with Binaggio's murder, it is believed that
assumed leadership of the Kansas City family.
(August 4, 1902 – April 1, 1953) was a Kansas City, Missouri mobster with the Cosa Nostra and a boss of the Kansas City crime family.
On April 1, 1953
died of a heart attack in Dallas, Texas. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.
Some people theorized that Binaggio and Gargotta were murdered by St. Louis gunmen; others said the hitmen came from Chicago. However, it is most likely that the two mob bosses were killed by members of their own crime family under orders from the Mafia Commission in New York. The probable organizer of the hit was
, who no doubt received the leadership of the Kansas City family as a reward. In any case, the murderers were never found.
In the 1930s, Lococo was frequently mentioned in local newspaper articles about major mob-related events. According to grand jury testimony, Lococo helped gunmen escape from the scene of the bloody June 1933 Union Station massacre in Kansas City. Lococo, Tony
, Charles Gargotta and Dominick Binaggio (brother of Charles Binaggio) allegedly provided the gunmen with a stolen car and escorted them out of the city a few days later.
His first boxing match took place on the Venus Stadium in Bucharest and his opponent was the experienced Italian boxer Severio
. Mitu won by knockout in round five. His second fight was against former Romanian heavyweight champion Dumitru Pavelescu, which Mitu won again by knockout in the first round. The only loss in his fighting career was against American boxer George Godfrey. After this match, his manager Umberto Lancia directed him to more important tournaments in Europe (in Prague and Paris), where Mitu fought the German—French boxer Bergman and the fight ended in a draw. This was Mitu's last fight as a professional boxer.
In December 1930, in Denver, Colorado, Binaggio was arrested for the first time at age 21. The police raided a Denver apartment that Binaggio shared with Anthony
and Tony Casciola, two well-known Kansas City Mafiosi. Searching the apartment, police found a mini-cache of firearms and charged the three with weapons violations. The charges were later reduced to vagrancy and Binaggio was released on bond. As it turns out, Binaggio had been part of a team sent to Denver by then Kansas City boss John Lazia to aid the Denver crime family in a "war" with the crime family from Pueblo, Colorado. In 1931, Binaggio was again arrested in Denver for vagrancy.
When Prohibition ended in 1933, the family, although already involved in various rackets, allegedly began extorting bars. On July 10, 1934, Lazia was assassinated, probably on the orders of his underboss, Charles Carrollo, who ruled as boss until his arrest in 1939 for tax evasion. His underboss Charles Binaggio then became the new boss and expanded the family's areas of labor into racketeering. With the help of Binaggio, Forrest Smith was elected in the Missouri gubernatorial race of 1948, and he took office on January 10, 1949. Binaggio was seen as a liability to the Mafia's nationwide commission, and it was decided that Binaggio should be killed. He was assassinated on April 6, 1950, and his successor Anthony
died of a heart attack in 1953.
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