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.

 

New Detroit mob boss Jack Giacalone appoints new mob hierarchy

 

Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone the new boss of the Detroit mafia has officially appointed his cabinet, so to speak, recently filling slots for his underboss, street boss and consigliere posts according to sources.

There were no surprises in the selections.

Underworld sources claim that Giacalone, 62, tapped Anthony (Chicago Tony) La Piana his underboss, Peter (Specs) Tocco his street boss and Anthony (Tony Pal) Palazzolo his acting consigliere, with a promise to move him into the position in a permanent capacity soon.

Earlier this year, Giacalone was named only the fourth-ever Godfather in the 83-year history of the Midwest mafia family that his father and uncle helped build and protect dating back to the 1930s through the 2000s, replacing the retiring Giacomo (Black Jack) Tocco, 87, previously the longest-sitting mafia boss in the United States, leading the Family for the past three and a half decades.

 

“Jack Giacalone”

 

Tocco went into semi-retirement two years ago, easing Giacalone into the role of don, appointing him acting boss in 2012. Prior to the promotion, Jackie the Kid, the son of deceased underboss Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone and nephew of Michigan mob icon Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone, was the syndicate’s street boss for roughly 15 years. He took over for his uncle who died of cancer in 2001 while under a massive federal racketeering indictment he would never face in court after 40 years running the Family’s day-to-day affairs.

Informants tell local law enforcement that It’s been long known across the Motor City mob landscape that Jackie the Kid, Chicago Tony, Tony Pal and Specs Tocco represented the future hierarchy of the Family, a foursome of capos Black Jack hand-picked more than a decade ago.

La Piana, 71, is a protégé and nephew via marriage of Jack Tocco. Born and raised in Chicago, he married Michigan La Cosa Nostra royalty, wedding the daughter of capo and future underboss Vincent (Little Vince) Meli, in 1974 and moving to Detroit, after years in the Windy City learning the tricks of the gangland trade from mob heavyweights like, John (Johnny No Nose) Di Fronzo and Sam (Wings) Carlisi.

Although La Piana has been identified as a major Midwest mafia power broker in numerous federal government reports, U.S. congressional committee testimony and police intelligence logs over the last 30 years, he hasn’t faced criminal charges since he was a young mob wannabe on the Westside of Chicago in the late-1960s. Chicago Tony beat federal truck-hijacking charges out of Illinois at trial in 1968. He was called Jack Tocco’s “lieutenant for labor union affairs” at Tocco’s federal racketeering trial in 1998, however avoided ensnarement in the giant Operation GameTax bust himself.

Tony Pal oversees Detroit’s Downriver area and is in charge of the Family’s rackets in Canada. His last run-in with the law came in 1993 when he was arrested and served time for operating a money-laundering service for local underworld types looking to wash their criminal proceeds. FBI audio surveillance caught Palazzolo bragging to an undercover policemen from Canada that, “This is my city,” as he gazed out the window of a hotel suite at the Detroit skyline.

Palazollo, 73, had his name surface in the Jimmy Hoffa murder investigation, both at the time that it occurred in 1975 and last year, when deposed Detroit underboss Anthony (Tony Z) Zerilli pointed the FBI to a piece of property once-owned by Jack Tocco, his first-cousin, in suburban Oakland County and told investigators that he was informed by Tony Giacalone that Palazzolo bludgeoned Hoffa with a shovel and then buried him there alive. According to what

Giacalone filled Zerilli in on, Hoffa was lured to the property by then-capo Peter (Bozzi) Vitale, the Family’s longtime “Godfather of Greektown” (a popular entertainment district downtown) and Tony Pal’s mentor.

While Tocco’s underboss and the city’s undisputed porno king for the past 50 years, Joseph (Joe Hooks) Mirabile is retiring along with him, his consigliere Dominic (Uncle Dom) Bommarito is said to be staying on temporarily to help guide the transition of power. Uncle Dom is expected to step aside in the next year or two and pass the No. 3 spot on the Family totem pole to Palazollo.

Specs Tocco, Jack Tocco’s nephew, has been acting street boss since 2012 when Jackie the Kid Giacalone got bumped up to acting boss. Both Specs, (sometimes also referred to by his childhood nickname, “Blackie”) and Jackie the Kid were indicted on federal racketeering and gambling charges in 2006, the lead defendants in a case which saw Tocco, 66, convicted and hit with prison time (2 and a half years) and Giacalone acquitted at trial.

Giacalone, Specs Tocco and La Piana are alleged to have all been “made” together in a February 1986 induction ceremony and according to informants and FBI documents, “made their bones” alongside each other. All three are considered suspects in the 1984 murder of labor leader Ralph Proctor, a onetime Hoffa ally, and Giacalone and Tocco, are suspects in the 1985 slayings of Detroit underworld figures Peter (Fast Pete) Cavataio and Harold (Harry Mack) Macairz.

The Family’s new brass keeps the balance between the syndicates’ street and boardroom groups that has existed ever since Jack Tocco took power in the
1970s, with Giacalone, like his father an uncle before him, representing the blue-collar faction and La Piana, the white-collar faction.

Retired federal prosecutor and Detroit mob nemesis Keith Corbett compares the situation to a successfully-implemented “Castellano-Gotti” alliance, referencing the power split in New York’s Gambino Family during the 1980s where roughneck John Gotti seized control by assassinating the more refined, business-oriented Paul Castellano.

“Jack Tocco was always more akin to Castellano and the Giacalones more like Gotti and unlike what happened in New York they always made it work, so I see no reason why this new arrangement, which is similar, but not an exact replica, won’t work as well,” he said. “Now, it’s just reversed with whose No. 1 and whose No. 2. In the tradition of his family, Jackie is more Gotti and La Piana, who was brought up under Tocco, is more Castellano. I’m pretty sure just like with Jack Tocco, Tony La Piana is fine being in the background and having a Giacalone out in front taking most of the exposure.”

The Giacalone brothers in tandem did significant more prison time and faced numerous more indictments in their gangland careers than Jack Tocco and his brother and top aide Anthony (Tony T) Tocco (died in 2012) – well over 25 years locked up combined for the Giacalones against a paltry two for the Toccos.

 

Article courtesy of Scott M. Burnstein Author of Motor City Mafia: A Century of Organized Crime in Detroit (Images of America) and other great mafia titles.
 

 

Detroit Mafia transitions to new leadership

 

The Detroit mafia also known as the Detroit Partnership for the first time in over thirty years now officially has a new boss. Former boss Giacomo “Jack” Tocco has now retired and the family is now being lead by new boss Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone. The change over in power has been rumored for years now and has finally happened according to sources. Anthony “Chicago Tony” La Piana will serve as under boss under Giacalone but work more as a co-boss along side Jackie. Source claim that La Piana has already started to assert his power on the streets and has taken over most of the interests that belonged to former boss Jack Tocco.

 

“Jack Giacalone” 

 

Jackie Giacalone has family ties going back decades in the Detroit mob and has long been tapped as the heir apparent to the thrown. He became a captain in the mob back in the 1990’s and was appointed as street boss for the family sometime around 2000-2001. The Detroit La Cosa Nostra family remains as one of the more stable families outside of the New York mafia five families. They are believed to control rackets not only in Detroit but also in states like California, Florida, Ohio, and Texas along with Canada.
 

Here is a break down of the 2014 Detroit Mafia leadership from new boss Giacalone down to the families current capo’s. This is roughly what things may look like on the streets now that the change over in leadership has taken place.
 

Administration

Boss – Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone
Underboss – Anthony “Chicago Tony” La Piana
Consiglieri – Anthony “Tony Pal/The Butterfly” Palazzola
Street Boss – Peter “Specs/Blackie” Tocco
Counselor emeritus: Giacomo “Black Jack” Tocco, Joseph “Joe Hooks” Mirabile, Dominic “Uncle Dom” Bommarito

Capos

David “Davey Donuts” Aceto
Joseph “Joey Jack/Joe Vine” Giacalone
Joseph “Joe the Hood” D’Anna
Paul “Big Paulie” Corrado
Antonino “Tony the Extermintor” Ruggirello (coming out of retirement for short-term stint until La Piana names an official successor as boss of his crew, the former Meli crew)

 

The low key and steady leadership which has made the Detroit mafia so successful over the years is believed to continue under the control of Giacalone. Although many believe the Detroit family will soon suffer from its older leadership base and a lack of a younger generation coming up to fill the ranks it remains a viable mob family and in the current climate that is no easy task.
 

For more information on the Detroit mafia and its history both Motor City Mafia:: A Century of Organized Crime in Detroit and The Detroit True Crime Chronicles: Tales of Murder and Mayhem in the Motor City are both highly recommended. Would also like to offer a special thanks to author Scott Burnstein for his help with information for this article. Get a copy of Mr. Burnstein’s books above as his insight into the Detroit mafia is second to none and both are phenomenal reads.

 

Detroit Mafia quietly moving into new era

 

The Detroit mafia also known as the Detroit partnership has always been a very low key La Cosa Nostra family avoiding much of the media attention attached to other families in cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. With much of its membership and hierarchy having family ties the Detroit mob family has been with out much of the turncoats and rats that have decimated many of the other remaining mob families across the country. This has allowed the Partnership to maintain a stable leadership base over the years being run by some of the more successful mob bosses in history. Although like all of the mafia families across America the Detroit mob has lost some of its power base and former luster and many believe may be moving into its final stage of power as a new era is set to begin.

 

“Jack Giacalone” 

 

For first time in over thirty years a new boss is set to take the reigns of the Partnership as current aging boss Giacomo “Jack” Tocco is believed to soon step down. The current street boss and acting boss Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone is set to officially take control of the Detroit mob many believe with in the next couple of years. Jackie the kid is the son of former Detroit mafia underboss Vito “Billy Jack” Giacalone and nephew of infamous Detroit mobster Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone. Jack Giacalone is known for being much more like his uncle then his father with a more flashy and egotistical side unlike many of the previous mob bosses in Detroit. Mafia insiders believe that once the younger and more hands on Giacalone takes over the way the Partnership conducts business will under go a change.
 

Jack Tocco known as more of a boardroom boss preferred being very low key and under the radar staying more hands off on the streets allowing underlings to do the families dirty work with little direct access to him. Using a business degree he earned from University of Detroit Jack Tocco built a very profitable business portfolio as head of the organized crime family and avoided any major convictions only spending 2 years in prison for a single charge over his thirty plus year run. Jack Giacalone differs from this business style of Tocco and is a more traditional style of mafioso having a much bigger street level presence. He is seen as a much more daring and aggressive leader and unlike former low key leaders like the Tocco’s and Zerilli’s not as worried about heat from law enforcement. Many mob insiders believe that once Jackie the Kid is in full control of the family we may see a move to grow the family in size and scope.
 

But by pushing the boundaries and making an evolutionary change in the way the Detroit mafia does business Jack Giacalone may speed along its inevitable downfall. With the recruiting pools drying up one has to wonder how much longer the mafia in Detroit has left before resembling more of a street gang then a mafia family or becomes completely defunct. Only time will tell if a new and more ambitious leader like Jack Giacalone is just what Detroit La Cosa Nostra needs to retain its power over the coming years and maybe even usher in a new era of growth. Or is it just too little too late and the Detroit mob like many other current mob families will simply continue to fade away.

 

**note: Detroit mafia information provided by DoubleZee at realdeal-forum.

FBI starts new dig in Michigan in search of Jimmy Hoffa’s remains

 

The FBI executed a sealed search warrant today in a field in northern Oakland township in Michigan in search of the remains of Jimmy Hoffa. The former Teamster boss disappeared in 1975 after leaving to meet a suspected Detroit Mafia member in suburban Detroit. Hoffa was 62 years old at time of his disappearance and was declared legally dead in 1982 after multiple attempts by law enforcement to locate him. Keith Corbett a former U.S. Attorney said that organized crime was involved in Hoffa’s disappearance but Detriot’s Mafia family members are often related to go along with their sworn Mafia bonds and that loyalty is one reason the Hoffa mystery has remained unsolved. The dig is currently underway in the area of Buell and Adams a location provided to the FBI recently by former Detroit Mafia leader Tony Zerilli.

 

 

(Jimmy Hoffa)

 

 
The aging mobster supplied the feds with information on the possible location of Hoffa’s body earlier this year. Zerilli said that the body of Jimmy Hoffa was buried in a field only 20 miles down from the restaurant that he disappeared from all those years ago. His story was that Hoffa was buried in a shallow grave at that location and plan was to have the body moved at a later date. But the plan never worked out and the remains of Jimmy Hoffa were never moved. Zerilli said “once he was buried , he was buried and they let it go” talking about the hit team that killed and disposed of Hoffa. Zerilli and his attorney are expected to arrive at the dig site at some point today. We will update all of our readers as news reports become available and any remains are indeed discovered.

 

 

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