Detroit mafia: D’Anna brothers trial finally set


Detroit mafia brothers Giuseppe “Joe the Hood” D’Anna and Girolamo “Mimmo” D’Anna are finally set to begin their racketeering and extortion trial in October. The Detroit mob duo was indicted by the feds back in 2013 but were able to delay the start of the trail through various legal motions and continuances. Guiseppe D’ Anna is a reputed capo for the mafia in Detroit heading up the Zip faction of the family while his brother Mimmo D’Anna is an alleged soldier.


Giuseppe Danna and Girolamo Danna

Girolamo D’Anna (front) and Giuseppe D’Anna (back)”


The brother were charged with attempted murder by the state for the 2011 near death beating of Pietro Ventilmiglia a rival business owner. Ventilmiglia owned Nonna’s Italian Kitchen a restaurant which sat across from Tirami Su Ristorante the headquarters of Joe the Hood. After rebuffing shake down attempts and warning to shut down from the mafia brothers Ventilmiglia was beaten with wooden baseball bats inside his restaurant in front of onlookers.

The state trial ended with plea deals and the mob duo getting sentences of less then three months each in prison and some home confinement. The feds then decided to hit them with racketeering and extortion charges and now they each face up to 20 years in prison. The brothers are first cousins of Salvatore D’Anna a mob boss in Sicily and nephews of now deceased Detroit mafia capo Anthony “Tony Cars” D’Anna.

Tony Zerilli former Detroit Mafia acting boss has died


Anthony “Tony Z” Zerilli the former underboss and acting boss of the Detroit Mafia passed away of natural causes in Florida at the age of 87. He was the son of Joseph “Joe Uno” Zerilli himself a former Detroit mob godfather and the son-in-law of one time New York mafia don Joe Profaci. He was one of the last of the old guard that controlled the mafia in Detroit for years and is one of many passing’s in the organization in last couple years.


Tony Zerilli

Tony Zerilli


Zerilli was indicted back in 1996 along with then boss Giacomo “Black Jack” Tocco and the rest of the administration in a massive racketeering case. Upon his release from prison in 2008 Zerilli was “shelved” or demoted and revealed of his position in the Detroit mob by Tocco blaming Zerilli for the bust. The evidence gathered by the feds came from a bug located in the car of one of Zerilli’s crew.

In 2012 Zerilli decided to talk to the feds giving them information about the possible burial ground of Jimmy Hoffa and the alleged story of his murder. He claimed Hoffa was killed by Detroit mob members and buried on land once owned by Tocco and his brother, dropping a dime on them both. He claimed he was told about the hit on Hoffa by former mafia street boss Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone the man Hoffa was supposed to be meeting for lunch the day he disappeared. After an extensive search of the property no body was recovered.

Detroit Mafia set to downsize under new regime


The Detroit mafia is now firmly under the control of a new regime lead by new official boss Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone as its latest transition period winds down. The Detroit mob is going to be downsizing from having 5 crews on the streets down to four at least temporarily according to sources from Scott Burnstein’s Gangster Report. The mafia in Detroit has had five capo’s running their respective crews since the early 1990’s but Giacalone wants to minimize exposure and feels the smaller things are safer according to reports.


jackie giacalone

Jack Giacalone


The crew formerly run by now underboss Anthony “Chicago Tony” La Piana is set to be dissolved with in the next year per sources. It is now being run by acting co-capo’s Antonio “Toto” Ruggirello and Antonio “Tony the Exterminator” Ruggirello who are ready to retire with Chicago Tony already semi-retired and in an administration position. Once the Ruggirello boys retire the transition will be to dissolve the crew all together.

The mob in Detroit has been one of the more stable and low key mafia families for years and after the 2014 installation of new boss Giacalone and underboss La Piana things should remain that way. Both Jackie the Kid and Chicago Tony were groomed to take the lead running the family in an “acting” capacity for a couple of years before they were officially installed into the hierarchy by deceased former boss Giacomo “Black Jack” Tocco. Recent mafia news out of The Motor City indicates the transition has been smooth.

Detroit Mafia appoints Anthony Palazzolo as new consigliere


Anthony “Tony Pal” Palazzolo has been appointed as the new official consigliere of the Detroit mafia. Previous consigliere Dominic “Uncle Dom” Bommarito has stepped down into retirement after holding his post during the recent leadership transition. Newly named boss Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone has now fully taken the reigns of the family and now has his full administration in place with Palazzo and Anthony “Chicago Tony” La Piana holding rank of under boss.


anthony palazzolo


This trio has been dubbed “the future big 3″ by Detroit mob family administrators over the past few years according to Motor city mob expert Scott Burnstein who broke story of new consigliere in his gangster report column. A long time Detroit mobster Palazzolo now 74 has overseen the family interest in Canada and in the city’s downriver area. He has roots in the mafia as his father was a lieutenant in the Michigan mob under Goivanni Priziola longtime consigliere.

Palazzolo was named as a mob captain back in 1998 taking over the crew once led by capo Peter Vitale who groomed him through the years. According to the FBI Palazzolo has been a very illusive guy and hard to keep tabs on through out the years. The Giacalone , La Piana, and Palazzolo trio will lead the Detroit mafia into the next generation after the passing last July of long time boss Giacomo “Black Jack” Tocco the longest tenured mob boss in America.

Detroit Mafia Godfather Jack Tocco Passes Away


Giacomo “Black Jack” Tocco the longtime boss of the Detroit Mafia passed away of natural causes in an unexpected bit of mafia news. Tocco took power of the mob in Detroit back in 1979 and was the longest tenured mafia boss in the country. He was known as a very low key old school style boss who was more intelligent and business savvy then he was violent. Tocco was born into the mob with his dad William “Black Bill” Tocco being one of the founding fathers of the crime family. Black Jack operated behind the scenes and was able to avoid many of the pitfalls of a mafia boss staying out of jail for the majority of his career, except for a 1998 conviction on racketeering charges resulting in an 11 month stay in prison.


Giacomo Tocco

Giacomo “Black Jack” Tocco


Tocco was long considered a suspect in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa and then was directly implicated in his disappearance by former Detroit Mafia underboss and his first cousin Anthony “Tony Z” Zerilli. Acting on information supplied by Zerilli the FBI dug up plots of farmland once owned by Tocco back in 2013 hoping to recover Hoffa’s remains.

Zerilli claimed that mob underlings informed him that Hoffa was taken out to the property beaten to death with a shovel and buried there. Tony Z was also convicted in 1998 along with Tocco and the two had a falling out which eventually led to him cooperating with the FBI in 2012 leading to the search in 2013. But the dig came up empty and no remains of Hoffa were discovered.


Jack Tocco was one of the last remaining links to the mafia of old the Golden Era or the American Mafia of the 60’s through the early 80’s. The Detroit Mafia has just recently began moving into a new era with new leadership but Giacomo was truly one of the last Godfathers.


For more information on the history of the Mafia in Detroit check out Motor City Mafia: A Century of Organized Crime in Detroit (Images of America) and other great mafia titles by author Scott M. Burnstein.