Reputed Detroit Mafia soldier Joseph “Jo Jo” Ruggirello passed away from diabetic related illness at the age of 82.
The Ruggirello family has deep family roots tied to the Detroit crime family as his father Antonio “Big Tony” Ruggirello longtime driver and bodyguard of one time Detroit mob boss William “Black Bill” Tocco and brothers Antonino “Tony the Exterminator” Ruggirello Jr current administrator/advisor for the Detroit family, Antonio “Toto” Ruggirello current member, and Luigi “Louie the Bulldog” Ruggirello former capo now deceased. The Ruggirello brothers controlled some non-Italian area’s of Michigan mainly Ann Arbor and Flint on behalf of the Detroit mob and ran multiple mob style rackets. The Detroit Mafia family has been able to stay a very low key organization over the years and avoid deep infiltration by the feds and any major media attention.
But many wonder how long the mob family also known as the Detroit Partnership can remain a viable family as they have lost valuable members over last couple of years. Ruggirello’s death is one of many over the last couple of years that included Vito “Billy Jack” Giacalone (former capo), Anthony “Fat Tony” Giacalone Jr (former capo), Anthony “Tony T” Tocco (former capo), and Frank “Frankie the Chink” Versaci (former soldier and major earner). But the Detroit family still has a intact administration led by acting boss Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone who has take the reins of the family as former aging boss Jack Tocco is now semi retired. So much like mob families in New England and Philadelphia the Detroit family has taken its hits but continues to operate even if they have shown some decline in power over the years.