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The Chicago Outfit's Leading Men

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Comment by jbitowt.com on September 5, 2011 at 9:17am
Great photo, the Chicago Media labeled it, "The Last Supper" photo because allegedly one of the men sitting at the table was dying of cancer, and this was a going away with all of the top Outfit heavyweights present, or the media claims that it was a "making" ceremony, for Joey "the Clown" Lombardo, the only man in a suit, standing in the back with John "Jackey the Lackey" Cerone on his right side. Closest to the camera is Anthony "Joe Batters" Accardo, "Black Joe" Amato, Joseph "Little Ceasar" DiVarco, and Jimmy "the Turk" Torello! Second row, on the opposite side/across the table we have; Joey "Joey O'Brien"/"Doves" Aiuppa, Dominick Dibella, Vincent Solano, and Al Pilotto. Dominick Dibella, who is wearing the white suspenders was sick and dying and the man on his left, Vincent Solano was his successor. Accardo was considered to be the "retired CEO of the Chicago Outfit, while Joey Aiuppa was the boss over-all, the others were the top men of their neighborhoods, five sections of the Windy City chopped up and distributed amongst the racketteers. Rumor has it that the "G" confiscated this photo during a raid of a Outfit heavyweight or family member, and was used against those in the photo by the FBI. These men had Chicago running like a Swiss watch, Accardo was never totally out of the picture, he was consulted on ever major decision. The city was safer when men like this around, in most instances, their reputation/name was enough to get certain people "in line"!  Love this photo, RIP JBATTERS!!
Comment by Gangsters Inc. on September 9, 2011 at 2:26pm
I agree. An amazing photo of the most powerful Italian American mobsters (in the entire country) of that time. Historic is what I would label the photo.
Comment by jbitowt.com on September 10, 2011 at 4:34pm
Very well put, alot of people are New York this, Jersey that, Boston, but Chicago was unique...HISTORIC is fine with me!!!
Comment by Richard Rios on July 11, 2012 at 2:09am
Damn right. Great photograph of some powerful men. There was a time, and maybe still now, when respect went along way to keeping peace in our neighborhoods. We could all use a few good men on our blocks.
Comment by Richard Rios on July 13, 2012 at 5:37am
Have to agree with that as well. You will always get opinions from un-qualified sources who base those statements on what they think they know. They need to remember, its not what you know but what you can prove.
Comment by dino ortiz on November 30, 2013 at 11:44pm

Great photo, good info from @jbitowt.com , I've read the book, bought the shirt. Chicago had it going on back in them days.And then came Rico and rats up the yinyang. There goes the neighborhood.And your so right about the man Joe Batters, he was the main man. Like the song goes "those were the days my friend.....".

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