Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gangland Murders, 1977

BY J.P. RICH Off The Cuff/

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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At August 16, 2010 at 6:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a hit on Chuckie the Typewriter. three .38s up close, then they firebombed his car.

At August 19, 2010 at 9:19 PM , Blogger J.P. said...

You are right about how Nicoletti was killed. He was shot three times in the back of the head from the back seat. However, his car overheated because he hadn't cut the engine when he was shot and it kept running after his killers fled the scene. So it wasn't firebombed. That's actually how they found him when the fire department arrived to put out the fire. He was still alive when he was found. He lived like seven hours before dying in a hospital. By the way, thanks for commenting.

At February 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM , Anonymous danielle rivera said...

Sam Rivera, he was my dad and i didn't get to meet him. Not long ago I met his wife n my brother who died recently of leukemia and my sister who still lives in chicago. After 29 years i finally got to meet them but i still got that part in my heart missing about my dad and thats how i came accross this website. Looking for his name and answers

At February 26, 2011 at 12:36 AM , Blogger J.P. said...

Although it was never brought up (to my knowledge) at the Family Secrets case trial, his death may have had something to do with the murder of Henry Cosentino, one of the Family Secrets murder victims. Your father's alleged friend, Jimmy Villarreal, was a friend of Cosentino's. When Cosentino disappeared (he was later found in a car trunk in a police auto pound), Villarreal tried to find out what happened to him. He walked into an Outfit-run bar with a shotgun looking for answers. No one told him anything, and he left. The Outfit no doubt killed Villarreal for that. The same night Villarreal was found stabbed in an alley, is when your father was fatally shot in the tavern, along with the wounding of his wife. The Chicago Crime Commission only noted that your father was Villarreal's friend, which only leads one to assume they thought his death was related to Villarreal's death. However, his death may have had nothing to do with Villarreal's death.

At December 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam Annerino was gunned down in broad
daylight with a dozen witness in front of Mirrabelli Furniture store.
Mirrabelli had lost big playing golf a few week earlier and it seems he was not paying up fast enough. A few weeks after the murder the store was
closed. Apparently he got the message.

At June 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM , Blogger George V said...

Lived 3 doors down on 106th st from Mirrabelli furniture and heard the shots as a 6 year old boy.

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