John DiFronzo

John DiFronzo (December 13, 1928 – May 27, 2018), nicknamed "No Nose", was an American mobster and the reputed former boss of the Chicago Outfit.[1] DiFronzo died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on May 27, 2018.[2][3]

John DiFronzo
John difronzo
BornDecember 13, 1928
DiedMay 27, 2018 (aged 89)
Other namesJohnny Bananas, No Nose
OccupationMob boss, Car dealer, Businessman
AllegianceChicago Outfit

Criminal history

DiFronzo, a former enforcer and caporegime, first appeared in the criminal record in 1949. He got the nickname "No Nose" because he sliced off part of his nose while jumping through a window during a 1949 clothing store burglary. Reportedly, the police gave him back the missing part which was almost perfectly restored.[4] In 1950, DiFronzo served two years in prison for burglary.

DiFronzo was a suspect in the unsolved 1952 murder of Charles Gross, a West Side politician with suspected ties to organized crime. He was a member of the Three Minute Gang, and identified as a member of a loansharking operation along with former Chicago police officers Albert Sarno and Chris Cardi in 1964. Imprisoned syndicate leader Joseph Aiuppa chose DiFronzo to head criminal operations in Chicago's western suburbs over acting syndicate boss Joseph Ferriola. Eventually, he became one of several de facto leaders running The Outfit in Chicago.

His brother, Peter DiFronzo, a made-man, was convicted of warehouse burglary in 1963.[5]

In 1993, DiFronzo was convicted along with Chicago boss Samuel "Black Sam" Carlisi, his gambling capo Donald "The Wizard of Odds" Angelini, and four other men of federal racketeering charges for attempting to subterfuge gambling operations at the Rincon Reservation near San Diego. [6]The 1993 conviction was reversed on appeal, however, and DiFronzo was released from prison in 1994.[7]

In 2009, John DiFronzo, Rudy Fratto, and several others were named in a civil lawsuit by Joseph Fosco, the son of late Teamsters treasurer Armando Fosco, alleged to have tried to extort $400,000 from Fosco.[8]

Further reading

  • Capeci, Jerry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0-02-864225-2
  • Mannion, James. 101 Things You Didn't Know About The Mafia: The Lowdown on Dons, Wiseguys, Squealers and Backstabbers. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media, 2005. ISBN 1-59337-267-1
  • Wilkins, David E. American Indian Politics and the American Political System. Oxford: Rowman & Littleton Publishers, 2006. ISBN 0-7425-5346-9
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Implementation and Enforcement of the Indian Gaming Regulatory ACT, Public Law 100-497. 1992. ISBN 0-16-039224-1 [1]
  • Devito, Carlo. The Encyclopedia of International Organized Crime. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2005. ISBN 0-8160-4848-7
  • Sifakis, Carl. The Mafia Encyclopedia. New York: Da Capo Press, 2005. ISBN 0-8160-5694-3
  • Coen, Jeff. Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-56976-545-6
  • Complete John DiFronzo Mob Article Archives (


  1. ^ "Who's Who in Chicago Outfit for 1997 ISPN-97-10-12". Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  2. ^ "Chicago mob boss John "No Nose" DiFronzo dead at 89". ABC7 Chicago. 2018-05-29.
  3. ^ "With top Chicago mob boss dead, Outfit looks for new blood". ABC7 Chicago. 2018-06-01.
  4. ^ Roemer, Jr., William F. (1996). Accardo : The Genuine Godfather (1st Ballantine Books ed.). New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0804114641.
  5. ^    (2009-03-12). "I-Team Report: Lunch with 'No Nose' |". Retrieved 2011-12-04.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Eidsmoe, John "Legalized Gambling: America's Bad Bet", page 68
  7. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". 1994-07-19. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  8. ^ "Reputed mobster charged with tax evasion in new case". Chicago Breaking News. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
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Armando Fosco

Armando Fosco Sr. (July 13, 1922 – February 5, 1987) was former Secretary-Treasurer of Local 738 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.According to FBI documents, the government believed Armando was a member of the Chicago Outfit. FBI Agents observed Armando working with Outfit heavyweight Ross Prio. His wife, Gloria M. Nappi, was a blood relation to Outfit political fixer Romie J. Nappi.In 2009, Armando’s son, Joseph Fosco, named Armando in a first of its kind civil RICO lawsuit against a mafia group. Armando was identified in the lawsuit as a suspected embezzler who failed to make a kickback payment to the Chicago Outfit. According to the complaint, it was alleged that members of the Chicago Outfit, including Outfit boss John DiFronzo, schemed to extort money from the Fosco family, as if the family was in possession of said ill-gotten gains alleged to have been skimmed from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The case was ultimately dismissed for statute of limitations issues.

Chicago Outfit

The Chicago Outfit (also known as the Outfit, the Chicago Mafia, the Chicago Mob, the South Side Gang, or The Organization) is an Italian-American organized crime syndicate based in Chicago, Illinois, which dates back to the 1910s. It is part of the American Mafia originating in Chicago's South Side.

The Outfit rose to power in the 1920s, under the control of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone and the period was marked by bloody gang wars for control of the distribution of illegal alcohol during Prohibition. Since then, the Outfit has been involved in a wide range of criminal activities, including loansharking, gambling, prostitution, extortion, political corruption, and murder. Following Capone's conviction for income tax evasion (in 1931), the Outfit was run by Paul Ricca. From 1943 until his death in 1972, he shared power with Tony Accardo, who became the sole power in the Outfit upon Ricca's death. Accardo was one of the longest sitting bosses of all time right up until his death in the early 1990s.

The Outfit did not have a monopoly on organized crime in Chicago, but was by far the most powerful, violent, and largest criminal organization in the Midwest. The Outfit's influence, at its peak, stretched as far as California and Florida. Higher law enforcement attention and general attrition has led to the Outfit's gradual decline since the late 20th century. From 1997 to 2018, the Chicago Outfit was believed to be led by John DiFronzo before his death.

Deaths in May 2018

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James Marcello

James J. Marcello (born December 13, 1943), also known variously as "Little Jimmy", "Jimmy Light" and as "Jimmy the Man", is an imprisoned crime boss who was a front boss for the Chicago Outfit criminal organization in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Organized crime observers identified Marcello as a figurehead during that period while the organization's day-to-day operations actually were run by John "No Nose" DiFronzo, Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo, Joseph "Joe the Builder" Andriacchi and Angelo J. LaPietra.

Joseph Andriacchi

Joseph "the Builder" Andriacchi (born October 20, 1932) is a Chicago area resident and convicted criminal, considered by that city's Crime Commission to be a high-ranking member of the Outfit, the city's LCN organization.

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Marco D'Amico

Marco D'Amico (born January 1, 1936) is a Chicago mobster and a high-ranking member of the Chicago Outfit crime organization. He admitted his role in the Chicago Outfit in federal court in 1995.

Michael Magnafichi

Michael Magnafichi is a member of the Chicago Outfit. He is the son of Lee Magnafichi, who also was a member of the Outfit, supposedly working under John "Jackie The Lackey" Cerone. Michael would later become Jackie Cerone's personal driver.

In a declassified 2002 FBI memorandum, Magnafichi was identified as one of the principal threats to the safety of mob turncoat Nick Calabrese, a cooperating witness in the Operation Family Secrets trial.Some sources claim that Michael, along with Rudy Fratto, was or still is an Elmwood Park street boss under Peter DiFronzo, brother of Outfit leader John DiFronzo. However, an in-depth interview of Michael Magnafichi by Outfit historian Joseph Fosco alluded that Michael has not been actively involved with the Outfit for years.Recently Michael, who spent years running book for the Chicago Outfit, began producing a sports podcast.

Peter DiFronzo

Peter DiFronzo (May 13, 1933) is the brother of John DiFronzo (reputed to be the leader of the Chicago Outfit) and Joseph DiFronzo. Peter DiFronzo is supposedly a made man, and stands at 5'8 and weighs 185 pounds. In 1965, he was arrested for interstate stolen property and served ten years in prison. He was featured in William F. Roemer Jr's War of the Godfathers: The Bloody Confrontation Between the Chicago and New York Families for Control of Las Vegas in 1990. His wife, Josephine, is part owner of D&P Trucking, located in Chicago, Illinois, though authorities believe it is Peter and his brothers Joe and John that actually run the enterprise. Peter is also supposedly active in some of the Outfit's racketeering schemes.He has a conviction for transporting stolen goods and served time in Leavenworth. His name appeared on a 2002 FBI list as a potential threat to the life of Nick Calabrese, a star witness in Operation Family Secrets under federal protection.

Rudy Fratto

Rudolph C. "Rudy" Fratto (born December 12, 1943) has been identified by federal authorities and several Chicago newspapers as a high-ranking member of the Chicago Outfit crime organization.

Samuel Carlisi

Samuel A. Carlisi also known as "Black Sam" and "Sam Wings" (December 15, 1914 – January 2, 1997), was a Chicago gangster who was in the Chicago Outfit criminal organization. Sam Carlisi's brother Roy was a caporegime in the Buffalo crime family, otherwise known as the Magaddino crime family. Roy was close to legendary Buffalo Mafia boss Stefano Magaddino, which gave Sam direct access to various east coast crime families that were aligned with the Buffalo Mafia such as those based in Rochester and Utica, New York and in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Sam was known to use these connections to further his gambling and bookmaking interests, to fence stolen goods and possibly for narcotics operations he was overseeing or involved in. He was a cousin of mobster Al Tornabene.

Carlisi started his criminal career with the Outfit as a driver for mobster Joseph Aiuppa when he was boss of the Cicero, Illinois crew. He is the uncle to Chicago Outfit mobsters Dominick DiMaggio and Nicholas DiMaggio.

When Aiuppa was convicted in 1986 for the skimming of the Las Vegas casinos, Carlisi served as his replacement and as a front man. Carlisi earned his nickname "Wings" because he often flew around the country as a mob courier during the 1970s. When Ferriola became the boss of the Outfit, Carlisi served as his underboss. This followed the murders of Michael and Tony Spilotro, in which Carlisi had supposedly been involved.

After Ferriola was diagnosed with cancer, he assigned the day-to-day supervision of the Outfit to Carlisi. After Ferriola died, Carlisi became the new boss. In March 1996, Carlisi was convicted of mob racketeering, loansharking, and arson in connection with an illegal gambling business in the Chicago area and the West suburbs and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Convicted with Carlisi were his chauffeur James "Little Jimmy" Marcello, Anthony Zizzo, Anthony Chiaramonti. On January 2, 1997, Carlisi died with fluid in his lungs as he was being force rushed/dragged out of a prison unit to a waiting golf cart. This caused heart attack while in prison.

Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill (born Onie Virginia Hill; August 26, 1916 – March 24, 1966) was an American organized crime figure. An Alabama native, Hill became a Chicago outfit courier during the mid-1930s. Hill was famous for being the girlfriend of mobster Bugsy Siegel.

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