Corn sugar and blood and the rise and fall of the Mafia in Cleveland

Chapter I

The Big Anger and the death of the Cleveland Mafia

In 1983, Angelo Lonardo, a 72-year-old one-time Mafia boss in Cleveland, turned to a government informant. He shocked family, friends, law enforcement officers and, in particular, criminal associates with his decision, which was taken after he was sentenced to life plus 103 years for convicting drugs and racketeering. The verdict came after a monumental investigation by local, state and federal agencies, but did not destroy the Cleveland Mafia.

The "big angel," as they called him, was the mafia with the highest rank for defect. He testified in 1985 at the Las Vegas casino on "skimming" in Kansas City and in 1986 in the New York Mafia "governing committee" process. Many of the country's top mafia leaders were convicted as a result of these lawsuits.

During his testimony, Lonardo recounted how at the age of 18 he took revenge for the murder of his father by killing the man he was found guilty of. He further testified that after the killing, he was responsible for the murders of several of his father's business rivals Porrello during the ban.

Chapter II

Birth of the Mafia in Cleveland

At the end of eighteen hundred, the four Lonardo brothers and seven Porrelo brothers are friends of the boys and colleagues of the workers of the sulfur mine in their hometown of Licata, Sicily. They came to America in the early nineteen hundred and eventually settled in the Cleveland Forest District. They remained close friends. Several Porrelo brothers and Lonardo worked together in a small business.

The leader of the Lonardo clan, Big Joe, has become a successful businessman and community leader in the lower Woodland Avenue area. During the ban, he gained success as a dealer in corn sugar, which was used by bookers to make corn liqueur. Big Joe provided stationary materials and supplies to poor people in the Italian neighborhood. They would make the drink, and Big Joe would buy it back, giving them a commission. He was respected and feared as a "patron" or godfather. "Big Joe" became the leader of a powerful and vicious gang and was known as the "Baron of Corn Sugar." Joe Porrello was one of his corporals.

Chapter III

The first bloody angle

With the advent of the ban, Cleveland, like other big cities, has experienced a wave of bootleg-related killings. The murders of Louis Rosen, Salvatore Vela, August Rini and several others produced the same suspects, but without charge. These suspects were members of the Lonardo gang. Several of the murders took place at the corner of E. 25th and Woodland Avenue. This intersection became known as the "bloody corner."

By this time, Joe Porrelo had left the Leonardos employee to start his own wholesale sugar business.

Porrelo and his six brothers raised their money and eventually became successful maize sugar traders, based in the Upper Forest Ave Avenue near E. 110th Street.

With small competitors, sugar traders and bootleggers mysteriously dying of a violent death, Lonardos's business thrives when they acquire a near-monopoly on the corn-sugar business. Their main competitors were their old friends Porrellos.

Raymond Porrello, the youngest of his brothers, was arrested by federal undercover agents to arrange the sale of 100 gallons of whorehouse owned by Porrello in E. 110th and Woodland. He was sentenced in Dayton, Fr. Shelter for the poor.

The Porrelo brothers paid the influential Big Joe Lonardo $ 5,000 to get Raymond out of jail. "Big Joe"

failed in his experience but never returned $ 5,000.

Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Ernest York and Jack Brownstein arrived, proclaiming themselves "tough guys" from Philadelphia. York and Brownstein were shake artists and their victims were Cleveland boulevards who shouted how they both felt it necessary to explain that they were difficult. Real healthy guys didn't need to tell people they were difficult. After providing laughter to the gangsters in Cleveland, York and Brownstein were taken on a "one-way ride."

Chapter IV

Corn sugar and blood

"Big Joe" Lonardo in 1926, now in the midst of his wealth and power, went to Sicily to visit his mother and

relatives. He left behind his closest brother and business partner, John.

During Big Joe's six-month absence, he lost much of his $ 5,000-a-week profit to the Porrelos, who took advantage of John Lonardo's lack of business skills and the help of a disgruntled Lonardo employee. Big Joe is back and business talks are beginning between Porrelos and Lonardos.

They "urged" the Porrelos to regain their lost clientele.

On October 13, 1927, Big Joe and John Lonardo go to the barber shop in Porrelo to play cards and talk to Angelo Porrelo, as they did last week. As the Lonardos entered the back room of the store, two gunners opened fire. Angelo Porrelo leaned under one table.

The underworld of Cleveland lost its first boss as Big Joe came down with three bullets to the head. John Lonardo was shot in the chest and groin, but he pulled out his pistol and managed to chase the attackers through the barber. He dropped his gun at the store, but continued to chase down the gunners on the street, where one of them turned and shot Lonardo in the head several times with the butt of his gun. John fell unconscious and died to death.

The Porrelo brothers were arrested. Angelo was charged with the murder of the Lonardo brothers. The charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. Joe Porrelo succeeded Lonardos as the corn sugar "baron" and later appointed himself the "capo" of the Cleveland Mafia.

Chapter V

The meeting in Cleveland

The trail of Boolean blood continued to flow with many murders stemming from the conflict between Porrelo and Lonardo.

Lawrence Lupo, a former Leonardo bodyguard, was killed after he was told he wanted to take over the Leonardo corn sugar business.

Anthony Caruso, a butcher who saw Leonardo's killers flee, was shot and killed. He was thought to know the identity of the artillerymen and intended to expose them to the police.

On December 5, 1928, Joe Porrelo and his lieutenant and bodyguard Sam Tilochko host the first known major mafia meeting at the Cleveland Hotel Statler. Many great mafia leaders were invited from Chicago to New York to Florida. The meeting was raided before it actually began.

Joe Profaci, a mafia leader in Brooklyn, NY, is the most famous of the arrested gangsters. Within a few hours, to the consternation of police officers and court officers, Joe Porrelo gathered thirty family members and friends who put their houses as security for the bandits' bonds. Profaci was rescued personally by Porrelo. There was a great deal of debate about the validity of the bonds.

Several theories were given as to the reason for the meeting. It was first thought that the gangsters, the local presidents of Unione Siciliane, a mafia-infiltrated immigrant relief society, were there to elect a new national president. Their former president, Frankie Yale, was recently killed on the orders of the notorious Chicago al Capone. Second, it was thought that the meeting might be convened

to organize the high-yield corn sugar industry. It was also said that the men were there to "confirm" Joe Porrello as Cleveland's "capo".

Capone's non-Sicilian is reported to be in Cleveland for the meeting. He left shortly after arriving at

a council of associates who said the Sicilians did not want him there.

Chapter VI

The second bloody angle

As Joe Porrello's strength and wealth increased, the heirs and close associates of the Lonardo brothers flared up for revenge.

Angelo Lonardo, Big Joe's 18-year-old son, along with his mother and cousin, drove to the corner of E. 110th and Woodland, Porrelo Fortress. There, Angelo sent a message that his mother wanted to talk to Salvatore "Black Sam" Todoro. Todoro, already Porrello's lieutenant, had worked for Angelo's father and is believed to be guilty of his murder. In later years, he was thought to be one of the gunsmiths.

When Todaro approached to speak with Mrs. Lonardo, whom he respected, Angelo pulled out a pistol and emptied it into the crammed frame of Black Sam. Todaro slumped on the sidewalk and died.

Angelo and his cousin disappeared within a few months, hiding in the kind assistance of a friend of Leonardo Al Capone. Later, it was believed that Angelo was spending time in California with his uncle Dominic, the fourth brother of Leonardo, who fled west when he was charged with murder in 1921 for robbery.

Eventually, Angelo and his cousin were arrested and charged with the murder of Black Sam. For the first time in the history of the Cleveland murders, justice was done as both young men were sentenced and sentenced to life. Justice, although served, will be delayed as they will only be released a year and a half later after winning a new trial.

Chapter VII

Rise of the Mobfield Road Mafia

On October 20, 1929, Frank Lonardo, brother of Big Joe and John, was shot to death while playing cards. Two theories of his death were given; that he avenged the murder of Black Sam Todoro and that he was killed for defaulting on gambling debts. Mrs. Frank Lonardo when he was informed

The murder of her husband shouted, "I'll take them. I'll take them myself if I have to kill an entire regiment! "

By 1929, crime boss in small Italy Frank Milano rose to power as the leader of his own Mayfield Road Mafia gang. The Milan band is made up of the remains of the Lonardo gang and is also linked to the powerful Cleveland Syndicate, Mori Klineman, Mo Dalitz, Sam Tucker and Luis Rothkoff. The Cleveland Syndicate was responsible for much of the Canadian beverage imported through Lake Erie. In later years, they went into the casino business. One of the biggest and most profitable businesses was building a Desert Inn hotel / casino in Las Vegas. Dalitz would become known as "The Godfather of Las Vegas."

Joe Porrello admires the political organization of Milan, a bipartisan political club in the East End, and seeing the value of such influence, wants to ally himself with the group. Milan refused. It was later reported that Porrello had affiliated with the newly formed 21st District Republican Club. He hoped to organize voters on Woodland Avenue, as Milano did along Mayfield.

Chapter VIII

More corn sugar and blood

By 1930, Milan had grown quite powerfully. He had gone so far that he wanted some of the lucrative Porrelo corn business. On July 5, 1930, Porrelo received a phone call from Milan requesting a conference at his Venice restaurant on Mayfield Road. Sam Tilochko's brother and Joe Porrelo Raymond urged him not to go.

Around 2:00 pm Joe Porrelo and Sam Tilochko arrived at Milan's restaurant and spoke easily. Porrelo, Tiloco and Frank Milano sat at the restaurant and discussed business. Several of Milan's young men were sitting nearby. The atmosphere was tense when Porrelo refused to join Milan's demands.

Porrello reached into his pocket for his watch to check the weather. Two of Milan's men, possibly believing Porrelo was reaching for his gun, opened fire. Porrell died instantly with three bullets in his head. At the same time, a third Milan gang member fired at Tilokko, who was hit three times but managed to break out of the door to his new Cadillac. He fell to the ground as the gunners pursued him, finishing him with six more bullets.

Frank Milano and several of his restaurant employees were arrested, but only on suspicion charges. The gunners have never been identified in reality. Only one witness was present in the drawing room when the shooting began. He was Frank Joyner, a slot machine distributor whose only testimony was that he "thought" he had seen Frank Milano at the restaurant during the killings.

Cleveland's aggressive and outspoken safety director, Edwin Barry, frustrated by the ever-increasing number of bootleg murders, has ordered all known sugar stores to be closed. He ordered the police officer to be detailed on each of them to make sure that no sugar was imported or removed.

Meanwhile, the six Porrelo brothers donned black silk shirts and ties and buried their most successful brother. The illustrious double gangster funeral was one of the greatest Cleveland he had ever seen. Two lanes and thirty-three cars, laden with flowers, led the procession of the slain don and his bodyguard. More than two hundred and fifty cars followed, containing family and friends. Thousands of grieving and curious onlookers lined the sidewalks.

Cleveland's underworld was rife with rumors of an impending war. Porrello's brother Vincente-James spoke openly about the removal of all those responsible for his brother's murder.

Three weeks after the murder of his brother, Jim Porrelo was still wearing a black shirt when he entered the I&A Food and Meat Market at E. 110th Street and Woodland. As he pulled out the lamb chops on a meat counter, a Ford passenger car, the curtains pulled tight, walked slowly past the store. Several rifles popped up and two shots were fired, one through the front window of the store and one through the front door of the screen.

Amateur gunners were lucky. Two pellets found the back of Porrello's head and entered his brain. He rushed to the hospital.

Chapter IX

"I think it might kill all of us Porrelos"

"I think they might kill all of us Porrelos. I think they might kill all of us except Rosario. They can't

kill him – he's in jail. "So Otavio Porrelo gloomily but calmly predicted the likely fate of him and his brothers as he waited outside Jim's hospital room. Jim Porrelo died at 5:55 p.m.

Two local small gangsters have been arrested and charged with murder. One is dismissed from office with a directed sentence and the other is justified. Like almost all the killings surrounding Cleveland Boulevard, the killers have never seen justice.

At that time, there were rumors that the Porrelo brothers were marked for extermination. The survivors

the brothers hid. Raymond, known for his coquettish attitude and hot temper, spoke the way his brother James tried to get his revenge. Raymond, however, was smarter, and he took proactive measures to protect himself.

On August 15, 1930, three weeks after the assassination of James Porrelo, Raymond Porrelo's house was leveled at a brutal explosion. He had not been home since he took his family and left his home in anticipation of the attack.

Four days later, Frank Alessi, witness to the murder of Big Brother Joe's brother Frank Lonardo, was shot dead. From his deathbed, he identified Frank Branca as his attacker. Branca was known primarily as a follower of Lonardo and was suspected of several murders. Branka was acquitted of Alessi's murder.

Chapter X

In March 1931, Rosario Porrelo was released from the London prison farm in Ohio, where he served one year carrying a gun in his car.

In mid-1931, the national mafia "capo di tutti capi" (boss of all bosses) Salvatore Marantzano was killed. His assassination marked the beginning of the creation of the first national mafia steering committee, designed to stem the multiple murders stemming from conflicts between and within Mafia families and to promote the application of modern business practices in crime.

Charles "Lucky" Luciano was the committee's lead developer and was named chairman. Also appointed to the committee were Al Capone of Chicago, Joe Profachi of Brooklyn and Frank Milano of Cleveland.

In December 1931, Angelo Lonardo and his cousin Dominic Suspirato were released from prison after being acquitted of the murder of Black Sam Todoro during a second trial. As he avenged his father's death and (for the most part) got rid of him, he became a respected member of Mobfield Road Mob.

The thirst for revenge was not satisfied for the members of the Lonardo family. It was generally considered

that Black Sam Todoro instigated and may have been involved in the killings of Big Joe and John Lonardo. Members of the Lonardo family, however, are thought to be threatening other Porrello brothers, especially volatile John and Raymond, and biggest brother, Rosario.

the murders of Joe and James Porrello.

На 25 февруари 1932 г. Реймънд Поррело, брат му Розарио и техният бодигард Доминик Гулино (известен също от няколко псевдоними) играят карти в близост до Е. 110-та и Уудланд авеню. Входната врата се отвори и в градушка от куршуми братята Поррело, техният бодигард и наблюдател слязоха. Поррелосите загинаха на местопроизшествието. Гулино почина след няколко часа. Наблюдателят накрая се възстанови от своето


Няколко часа след убийствата Франк Бранката с куршум в стомаха се завлече в болницата на Сейнт Джон от западната страна на Кливланд. Той твърдеше, че е застрелян в улична битка от западната страна. Няколко дни по-късно тестове на куршума, взет от Бранката, разкриха, че той идва от пистолет, открит на мястото на убийството на братя Поррело. Въпреки че никога не е осъждан за нито едно от убийствата, Бранката е осъден за лъжесвидетелстване за лъжа пред голямото жури за местонахождението му по време на убийството. Той излежава четири години, след като присъдата от една до десет години беше заменена от управителя Мартин Л. Дейви.

През 1933 г. забраната е отменена. Убийствата на буутълг предимно спираха, когато организираната престъпност се премести в други предприятия. Анджело Лонардо продължи криминалната си кариера като уважаван член на семейство Кливланд, в крайна сметка се издига през редиците, за да управлява ракетите в североизточната част на Охайо през 1980 година.

В началото на 1933 г., в продължение на трагедията на голямото семейство Поррело, синът на Росарио Анджело, 21-годишен, е убит в битка за игра на басейн в Буфало. Говореше се, че той и чичо му Джон се опитваха да участват в бизнеса с царевичен алкохол.