Gangland Murders, 1977
According to Chicago Crime Commission records, there were sixteen gangland murders throughout the Chicago area in 1977. That was the worst year since 1935, when there were seventeen gangland murders throughout the Chicago area.
In brief, the victims:
Feb. 12 - James Villarreal, age 24, found stabbed to death in an alley
Feb. 12 - Sam Rivera, age 27, fatally shot in a tavern (his wife was also wounded)
Mar. 4 - Patrick Marusarz, age 21, shot five times while playing cards with three others
Mar. 15 - Henry Cosentino, age 52, found in a car trunk, missing since end of Jan.
Mar. 29 - Chuckie Nicoletti, age 60, shot three times in the back of the head in his car
Apr. 4 - John Lourgos, age 53, gunned down with a shotgun
June 13 - Richard Ferraro, age 36, reported missing following day, never found
June 14 - Thomas McCarthy, age 37, found in a car trunk, shot in the back of the head
June 15 - Joseph Theo, age 33, found in the back seat of a car, shotgunned in the head, disappeared two days earlier
July 3 - John Schneider, age 27, shot in the head, wrapped in plastic, found in car trunk, went missing end of June
July 12 - Earl Abercrombie Jr., age 34, shot twice in the head, found in car trunk, disappeared five days earlier
July 13 - Morris Saletko, age 63, shot to death, found in car trunk
July 22 - Mark Thanasouras, age 49, cut down by shotgun blasts while walking with a woman friend
July 25 - Sam Annerino, age 34, blown away in the street by five blasts of a shotgun
Aug. 25 - James Palaggi, age 44, found in the back of his van, shot, wrapped in plastic, missing for a week
Dec. 13 - Leo Filippi, age 43, found lying on the floarboard of a car’s back seat, shot to death
Sixteen murders. No arrests, no convictions.
Only in Chicago.
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