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A century of Chicago mob bosses  (Search IPSN)

Here's a thumbnail history of Chicago's mob leaders. Dates are approximate.

 See Mob Roots or for a scholarly look see Genesis  
 

“Big Jim” Colosimo
Death cleared way for Capone


Al Capone
Made Chicago mob famous


Sam Giancana
Shared a girlfriend with JFK


Joseph Aiuppa
Grew into the job


Sam Carlisi
Brought down by feds
1910
"Big Jim" Colosimo (1910 to 1920). Chicago's vice lord runs brothels and nightspots, shot dead in 1920 at his popular restaurant.

1920
Johnny Torrio (1920 to 1925). Reserved boss, eschews violence, retires in 1925 after a fouled-up hit leaves him barely alive.  

1925
Al Capone (1925 to 1932). Perhaps the most successful mob boss ever, the subject of countless books and movies, done in by the IRS for tax evasion.

1932
Frank Nitti (1932 to 1943). With help from Jake Guzik, rebuilds the Outfit after Capone's departure. Commits suicide after he's indicted in 1943.

1943
Paul "the Waiter" Ricca (1943 to 1950). Has a son who's a drug addict and decrees no Outfit member can have anything to do with narcotics trafficking.

1950
Tony "Joe Batters" Accardo (1950 to 1957). Considered the most capable Outfit leader ever. Never spends significant time in jail. Always plays key role as adviser, but facing a tax case, he officially hands reins over to .. 

1957
Sam "Mooney" Giancana (1957 to 1966). Attends the infamous Apalachin, N.Y., meeting that draws national attention to organized crime, draws even more focus on the Outfit with his flamboyance, flees country for eight years, slain in 1975 at his Oak Park home.  

1966
Sam "Teets" Battaglia (1966). Tough leader who is convicted in federal court same year, dies in prison.  

1966
John "Jackie" Cerone (1966 to 1969). Considered one of the smartest underworld figures, a strong leader, then the feds pinch him.   See U.S. v Cerone

1969
Felix "Milwaukee Phil" Alderisio (1969 to 1971). The mob killer is an unpopular leader, then he's convicted of bank fraud.  

1971
Joseph "Joey Doves" Aiuppa (1971 to 1986). A Cicero mobster who ran gambling and strip clubs and grows into the job, with help from Accardo, Gus Alex and, later, Cerone. He is convicted of skimming profits from a Las Vegas casino.  

1986
Joseph Ferriola (1986 to 1989). Heads the Outfit for only a few years before succumbing to heart problems.  

1989
Sam Carlisi (1989 to 1993). Protege to Aiuppa and mentor to James "Little Jimmy" Marcello. Carlisi and his crew are decimated by federal prosecutions.  

1997
John "No Nose" DiFronzo (1997 to present). Called mob boss by Chicago Crime Commission, but other mob watchers disagree. Chicago Crime Commission Chart of Chicago "OUTFIT"
 

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