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.
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.