Double Cross: The Explosive Inside Story of the Mobster Who Controlled America

Double Cross: The Explosive Inside Story of the Mobster Who Controlled America

Language: English

Pages: 496

ISBN: 1626361258

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Featuring a brand-new introduction by the author, this New York Times bestseller presents an inside exposé  of mob boss Sam Giancana—talented businessman, Las Vegas entrepreneur, ruthless killer, and outside player for the CIA’s dirtiest deeds. Giancana clawed his way to the top of the Mafia hierarchy by starting as a hit man for Al Capone. He partied with major stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe and did business with agents ranging from the CIA to the Vatican to the shah of Iran. When Joe Kennedy gave Giancana the chance to use mob muscle to get his son John elected, Giancana jumped at the task. But the Kennedy brothers double-crossed him, waging full-scale war on organized crime throughout the United States, and Giancana found himself going after the Kennedys. Undoubtedly, his story, written with suspense and truthful conviction, changed the course of American history. This shocking, inside-the-syndicate tell-all reveals Giancana's first-person testimony regarding his involvement in the deaths of Monroe and others, among other shocking secrets

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they sent flowers. Chuck thought it was quite a tribute to a man who’d risen up from poverty as the son of an immigrant street vendor. Respect—and demonstrating it—was a funny thing with Outfit guys. It was a code they lived by. Mooney had announced he would be placing Antonio’s remains in the mausoleum, still under construction. Chuck wondered whether this tribute was a concrete demonstration of Mooney’s remorse—whether it was rooted in love. But out of respect, he didn’t ask his brother. In

next, a two-mile car chase in March, led by Pete Nicastro and another 42, with the police cars screaming in hot pursuit, their bullets flying. Then two days after curbing Nicastro and throwing him in jail, seventeen other gang members were arrested for attempted robbery. Throughout it all, Mooney remained unscathed, although the detectives hauled him in for questioning almost daily. The Giancana family’s lives changed dramatically in response to Mooney’s presence; 42 smartheads such as “Tumpa”

three-hundred-pound loan shark was forcibly taken to a Chicago meat-rendering plant and hoisted onto a six-inch steel meat hook. There he remained, screaming in inconceivable agony, while Buccieri and his soldiers proceeded to ply their trade. They utilized an arsenal of tools that would have made the Marquis de Sade envious: ice picks, wrenches, bats, knives, razors, and a blowtorch. For added measure, they shot Jackson in the knee, rammed an electric cattle prod up his rectum, and on a whim,

way or another. There’s too big an investment.” “What kind of investment?” Chuck had lost his initial bravado and was now captivated by Mooney’s story. “Well it isn’t fuckin’ steel mills, I’ll tell you that. For some investors, it’s the cheap”—he hesitated—“well, I call it slave labor. For other guys, it’s real estate.” He opened his desk drawer. “See this?” Chuck nodded. It was the most beautiful square-cut emerald pinky ring he’d ever seen. The stone was huge. “Twenty-two carats. This could

had known her, she’d lived her life normally—dancing, swimming, doing whatever her whims told her. Years later, when people related stories of Ange’s frailty and domestic suffering, Chuck would angrily dismiss them. On the contrary, he insisted, his sister-in-law had lived a charmed life, saved from the difficulties of housework and cooking, thanks to an endless string of maids, housekeepers, and cooks. She’d been graced with a lifestyle enjoyed only by the truly wealthy, albeit one that was,

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