The Detroit mafia lost one of its former capos with the recent passing of Frank “Frankie the Bomb” Bommarito.
The 87-year-old mobster was hospitalized with due to symptoms of heart and kidney failure before passing away. Bommarito was once the right-hand man of now-deceased mob leader Vito “Billy Jack” Giacalone and for years acted as a liaison between the Detroit mob and the cities biker gangs according to the feds. He was bumped up to captain back in 2004 and served in that capacity until he was demoted and partially shelved in 2012 by new boss Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone according to sources from Scott Burnstein and his gangsterreport.
Frankie the bombs long history in the mafia included being captured by FBI surveillance in 1979 transporting Giacalone faction members to the inauguration ceremony of former boss Giacomo “Black Jack” Tocco. Bommarito also had his share of run-ins with the law during his illustrious career in Cosa Nostra. He was indicted back in 1985 for taking out a murder contract or a mob associate and did a five-year stretch. He has also long been a suspect in the 1985 mafia murder of Detroit mob soldier Peter Cavataio. He was implicated along with Jackie Giacalone for the hit by mob turncoat John Pree but was cleared after Pree recanted his testimony in front of a grand jury.
Bommarito may have been one of the last remaining people with information about the infamous 1975 disappearance of Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa according to some in law enforcement. According to the feds, some believe that Frank and his brother along with Anthony Giacalone organized the details of the mob hit on Hoffa. The bomb’s close association to the Giacalone’s and being a top lieutenant have fueled speculation that he could have been used in the murder of Hoffa or perhaps the disposal of the body. But as is with many other aspects of the Hoffa case the speculation of Frankie the bombs involvement is likely to remain just that.