Four months after a former soldier for the Trafficante crime family was indicted in connection with a $3.8 million health care fraud scheme, another 10 South Florida residents have been. Florida mob boss Santo Trafficante Jr. had every reason to loathe JFK after the Bay of Pigs failure. The Tampa mob made a considerable amount of money in Cuba, but never achieved its ambition of making the island part of its territory. [11] The indictment stated that Gotti Jr. along with the other men had been involved in various criminal activities in Tampa and New York during the early 2000s. Tampa Mafia Takeover Of The Burg | Cigar City Magazine, The Tampa Tribune, 16 Oct 1963, Wed, Main Edition, Page 21. This page was last updated at 2023-02-17 00:03 UTC. Yeah, Scott has some great information. But I didnt find that., The House Committees final report, though it acknowledges that the national syndicate of organized crime, as a group, was not involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, also notes that the available evidence does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved., .css-m6thd4{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;display:block;margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;font-family:Gilroy,Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif;font-size:1.125rem;line-height:1.2;font-weight:bold;color:#323232;text-transform:capitalize;}@media (any-hover: hover){.css-m6thd4:hover{color:link-hover;}}Idaho Murders: What Led Police to Bryan Kohberger, Adnan Syed: A Complete Timeline of His Trial, Appeal and Killing of Hae Min Lee. LoScalzo pleaded no contest on October 7, 1997, and received three months of probation. Santo, Jr. never spent a day in jail, and he died of natural causes in 1987. Both Wall's and Antinori's organizations were weakened, leaving Santo Trafficante as one of the last and most powerful bosses in Tampa. [1] Author Scott Deitche reported that Santo Jr. was involved with the CIA to plot assassination attempts on Fidel Castro. After the hearings ended the Trafficantes returned to Tampa to find out that Italiano had just fled to Mexico, leaving Jimmy Lumia the biggest mobster in the city. After the death of Santo Jr. in 1987, the Tampa Mafia family has been controlled by Vincent LoScalzo. Santo Trafficante Sr. had now taken over organized crime activities in a majority of the city and started to teach his son Santo Trafficante Jr. how to run these operations. [9] Raffa the leader of the familys Miami faction committed suicide on November 16, 2000. In Trafficante Sr.'s adult life he portrayed himself as a successful Tampa cigar factory owner. Wall controlled his organization from the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor City, and employed Italians, Cubans and men of other ethnicities in his organization. He stood back in the shadows, while men like Ignazio Antinori and Charlie Wall were well-known crime figures about town. [1] [5], Despite numerous unrealized ambitions, he was regarded as one of the most powerful mob bosses of the American Mafia and ruled his family with an iron fist. ST. Petersburg Times. Havana, Cuba.png. The Havana Conference is considered to have been the most important mob summit since the Atlantic City Conference of 1929. The family was taken over by Santo Trafficante Sr. after Antinori was murdered by rival gangster Charlie Wall in 1940, and Wall would himself be killed in 1955 by the Trafficante family. [6] Trafficante Jr. had known Lucchese since the 1940s, when his father and Lucchese had trained him in the mafia traditions. When bolita kingpin Charlie Williams was killed in Ybor City in February of 1953, it was the end of a local control of the bolita rackets in the burg. Salerno said he reviewed thousands of pages of electronic surveillances of organized crime leaders all over the United States at the time the killing took place and heard nothing suspicious. Trafficante Jr. would frequently meet with Lucchese in New York City for dinner. Trafficante had already set up Bolita games throughout the city and was a very powerful man. Biography and associated logos are trademarks of A+E Networksprotected in the US and other countries around the globe. Google Translation . In 1987, Vincent LoScalzo became boss of the Trafficante family and Florida was declared an open territory, meaning that the Five Families of New York City could operate in any city in Florida. [1] LoScalzo pleaded no contest on October 7, 1997, and received three months of probation. "[ citation needed ], In 1978, Trafficante was called to testify before the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations investigating possible links between Lee Harvey Oswald and anti-Castro Cubans, including the theory that Castro had President John F. Kennedy killed in retaliation for the CIA's attempts to assassinate Castro. It is located next door to the old Colegio de Beln, presently, the Instituto Tcnico Militar. Santo Jr. was deeply involved in the CIA efforts to involve the underworld in assassination attempts on Fidel Castro. He also controlled a few bars, lounges, restaurants, night clubs and liquor stores across Florida. Oct 24, 2020 - Explore Clinton Fussell's board "Trafficante Family" on Pinterest. There are tons of strip clubs around here and I figure someone has to be running those rackets. The Last of Us - The Loop Herminio Diaz Garcia (1923-29 May 1966) was a Cuban criminal and associate of the Trafficante crime family who was one of the suspects in the assassination of US president John F. Kennedy in 1963. When JFK was elected president in 1960, he appointed Robert as attorney general. Frank Diecidue, a 76-year-old Tampa businessman and longtime underboss to Trafficante. With the Kefauver hearings and Charlie Wall testifying in 1950, both Trafficantes fled to Cuba. "They told me to go to the draft board and sign up. In 1992, LoScalzo was arrested at the Tampa International Airport for carrying a loaded .38-caliber pistol in his brief case. When JFK was unsuccessful in overthrowing Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1961, mafia-controlled casinos on the island remained shut down, angering American crime family bosses who had invested heavily to create a tourist destination to rival Las Vegas. Santo Trafficante Sr. had now taken over organized crime activities in a majority of the city and started to teach his son Santo Trafficante Jr. how to run these operations. That Robert Kennedys attempts to prosecute the mob and to kill Castro had backfired in some terrible way, had blown back, as the intelligence folks say, Thomas said. Line: 192 When doing a chart like this you have to mention the members of the past too. 23 Frank "Cowboy" Ippolito , trafficante mobster who owned La Tropicana Caf in Ybor City. The most notable boss was Santo Trafficante, Jr. who ruled Tampa and the crime family with an iron fist. In 1953 Santo Jr. survived a shooting. "The Mob" April 26, 2001", "Witness denies assassination, Cuba tied", "Entire John "Junior" Gotti Tampa Gambino Crime Family Indictment", "The American Mafia - Tampa Crime Bosses", "FLORIDA MAFIA FIGURE "BIG SAM" CAROLLO GONE AT 83, ONE OF THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS IN TRAFFICANTE CLAN", "Old Florida Mafia Looses Veteran Shot Caller To Father Time, Alleged Tampa Mobster Jimmy Valenti Dies At 91", Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia, Rick Porrello's American Mafia: Tampa, Florida, Dieland Mob: The Trafficante Family (Tampa), American Gangland:Trafficante Crime Family, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Trafficante_crime_family&oldid=1137461244. Are you sure you want to cancel your membership with us? Supposedly arranged by Charles "Lucky" Luciano, the conference was held to discuss important mob policies, rules, and business interests. The Tampa mob made a considerable amount of money in Cuba, but never achieved its ambition of making the island part of its territory. The Trafficante family was involved in gambling, prostitution, and numbers . Bliss, A.J., "MAKING A SUNBELT PLACE: TAMPA, FLORIDA," 19231964, Ph.D. dissertation, 2010, This page was last edited on 4 February 2023, at 19:52. The Trafficante crime family, also known as the Tampa Mafia, is an Italian-American Mafia crime family based in Tampa, Florida. Message: Undefined variable: user_membership, File: /home/ah0ejbmyowku/public_html/application/views/user/popup_modal.php Upon his death, Santo Trafficante Sr. gave the power to his son, Santo Trafficante, Jr. Frank Cowboy Ippolito, Tampa, FL "Involved in the large scale bookmaking lottery and bolita operation of the Tampa Mafia. Ignacio Antinori, a Sicilian-born immigrant, became a well-known drug kingpin and the Italian crime boss during the late 1920s. New York: Barricade Books. In 1964 Hoffa was convicted of attempted bribery of a grand juror and sentenced to eight years in prison. New York: Barricade Books. [1] During the 1950s, Trafficante Jr. maintained a narcotic trafficking network with Tommy Lucchese, the boss of the Lucchese crime family in New York City. Salerno tried hard to find mob involvement in JFKs death, according to The Kennedy Half Century by author Larry J. Sabato. Loscalzo maintained ties to Mafia families in California, New Jersey, and New York as well as being connected to the Sicilian Mafia. With Lumia eliminated Trafficante took over again. The dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, received a large cut of the profits. His only competitor for criminal rackets in the Tampa Bay area was Italian Mafia boss Ignacio Antinori. Are they left over from the Trafficante days? [9], As of November 25, 2007, Vincent LoScalzo was in his 70's and considered a semi-retired mobster and just a "regular Joe" according to Scott Deitche, author of Cigar City Mafia. Under pressure of a court order granting him immunity from prosecution, but threatening him with contempt if he refused to talk, Trafficante admitted to a Congressional committee in 1975 that he had in the early 1960s recruited other mobsters to assassinate Castro. Roselli was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a plot to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. [2][1], Santo Trafficante, Jr. was born in the United States on November 15, 1914, as one of five sons of Mafia boss Santo Trafficante. Nuremberg. Antinori took notice of Santo Trafficante and invited him into his organization and together they expanded the Bolita games across the state. "Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld". [9], As of November 25, 2007, Vincent LoScalzo was in his 70's and considered a semi-retired mobster and just a "regular Joe" according to Scott Deitche, author of Cigar City Mafia.