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Dust Bunny Mafia Comics http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com Dangerously Cute Dust Bunnies in Fedoras Fri, 03 Dec 2021 04:14:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 33904109 On Account of Rain http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/on-account-of-rain/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/on-account-of-rain/#respond Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:04:48 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4392

According to local legend, Bugsy Siegel visited Portland during World War II to talk to Al Winter, Portland’s own 1940’s gambling overlord. Supposedly there were talks of establishing a Las Vegas-like casino complex on Sauvie Island, located north of Portland[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

According to local legend, Bugsy Siegel visited Portland during World War II to talk to Al Winter, Portland’s own 1940’s gambling overlord. Supposedly there were talks of establishing a Las Vegas-like casino complex on Sauvie Island, located north of Portland where the Willamette and Columbia Rivers meet. The plan was abandoned after Siegel visited Portland one day and it didn’t stop raining the whole time he was there…for two weeks straight.

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Take a Hint http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/take-a-hint/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/take-a-hint/#respond Tue, 05 Oct 2021 11:24:08 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4382

Francis Colacurcio Sr. was an American mobster and boss of the Seattle, Washington, crime family. One day, Frank and an associate were sitting in the lobby of the Lake Quinault Lodge, next to a big fireplace, talking business. And this[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Francis Colacurcio Sr. was an American mobster and boss of the Seattle, Washington, crime family. One day, Frank and an associate were sitting in the lobby of the Lake Quinault Lodge, next to a big fireplace, talking business. And this woman comes up and starts looking at the coffee tables sitting between them. It’s for sale for $600. She sits down and rubs it, and pokes around and starts asking questions about it. Frank and his associate tell her they don’t know anything about it. While she’s sitting there examining the table, Frank can’t say what he wants to say. She just won’t leave. Finally, Frank stands up, goes over to the hotel man, peels off six $100 bills, walks back and throws the table in the fireplace. The woman took off like lightning.

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Off Limits http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/off-limits/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/off-limits/#respond Tue, 28 Sep 2021 11:20:58 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4378

In the book, Leaving Vegas: How FBI Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos by Gary Jenkins, he explains that, Nick Civella, head of the Kansas City crime family, liked the slot machines for skimming cash from the Stardust,[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

In the book, Leaving Vegas: How FBI Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos by Gary Jenkins, he explains that, Nick Civella, head of the Kansas City crime family, liked the slot machines for skimming cash from the Stardust, but Carl Thomas explained to him that the silver was too heavy and if someone was caught with a large bag of coins it was obvious the coins are stolen. But if someone has a large amount of cash, no one suspects it was stolen. After rigged scales were discovered at the Stardust casino, where he worked, he explained to Civella how he created a separate count room and bank room for the slot coins. He would put a large amount of cash into the bank and simply change out the skim in coins for cash.

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A Fighting Chance http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/a-fighting-chance/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/a-fighting-chance/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 11:22:07 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4374

A favorite tactic of Las Vegas Metro Police Department detectives was to enter a restaurant or bar where their subjects were and get as close to them as possible. Usually, the targets didn’t appreciate the unwanted company. Some ignored the[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

A favorite tactic of Las Vegas Metro Police Department detectives was to enter a restaurant or bar where their subjects were and get as close to them as possible. Usually, the targets didn’t appreciate the unwanted company. Some ignored the cops, others became confrontational. If a cop was ignored, they would often initiate dialogue with derogatory or mocking comments. Many times these encounters ended in pushing and shoving matches.

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Holed Up http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/holed-up/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/holed-up/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:39:14 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4368

In 1973, the Chicago Tribune ran a series of articles by reporter Robert Wiedrich titled “Portrait of a Hitman.” This well-known mob reporter obtained a series of interviews with Charles “Chuckie” Crimaldi in a series of secret locations. Crimaldi alleges[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

In 1973, the Chicago Tribune ran a series of articles by reporter Robert Wiedrich titled “Portrait of a Hitman.” This well-known mob reporter obtained a series of interviews with Charles “Chuckie” Crimaldi in a series of secret locations. Crimaldi alleges that the Outfit owned a man he knew as Dr. Bruni and this doctor would admit wanted men into Northlake Community Hospital and allow them to hide from the authorities. Crimaldi said the Outfit might take over a whole ward on a weekend and run big Gin Rummy tournaments.

I originally found out about Northlake Community Hospital from the Gangland Wire podcast by Gary Jenkins, you can listen to that episode here: https://ganglandwire.com/charles-crimaldi-part-1-northlake-hospital/

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Bet on the Wrong Horse http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/bet-on-the-wrong-horse/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/bet-on-the-wrong-horse/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:31:19 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4363

Tony “The Ant” Spilotro had thing his way when it came to sports wagering. Betting through illegal bookies, Tony made his picks, but he didn’t give out any cash. If he won, he expected to be paid. If he lost,[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Tony “The Ant” Spilotro had thing his way when it came to sports wagering. Betting through illegal bookies, Tony made his picks, but he didn’t give out any cash. If he won, he expected to be paid. If he lost, no money changed hands. The bookies had little choice. As one retired FBI agent said, who in their right mind was going to refuse Tony’s action or try to collect from him?

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Murder for Money http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/murder-for-money/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/murder-for-money/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:01:15 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4360

Ernest “The Hawk” Rupolo appeared in court to confront Vito Genovese and the Daily News called “Hawk” Rupolo “a thug as predatory as the bird he was named after.” The judge conducted his own line of questioning who didn’t mince[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Ernest “The Hawk” Rupolo appeared in court to confront Vito Genovese and the Daily News called “Hawk” Rupolo “a thug as predatory as the bird he was named after.” The judge conducted his own line of questioning who didn’t mince words about who he was. What did Rupolo do for a living? “Stabbing, killing, burglary or any other crime I got paid for.” “Murder for money?” “Yes.” Rupolo also gave his address as the Bronx county jail where he was being held for his protection and to await his sentencing.

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Cheap Thrill http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/cheap-thrill/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/cheap-thrill/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:11:50 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4357

Tony “The Ant” Spilotro’s crew of burglars loved to steal. It was in their blood. They could be sitting in a restaurant with ten grand in their pockets and they’d go across the street to a convenience store and steal[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Tony “The Ant” Spilotro’s crew of burglars loved to steal. It was in their blood. They could be sitting in a restaurant with ten grand in their pockets and they’d go across the street to a convenience store and steal a pack of gum. They were always looking for the big score, but stealing was a necessity for them. They were addicted to it.

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The Devil to Pay http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/the-devil-to-pay/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/the-devil-to-pay/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 11:12:29 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4342

In the mid-1940’s Bugsy Siegel was pulled over for a traffic violation. When Siegel handed the officer his license, there was a hundred dollar bill folded up with it, which was a lot of money at that time. The officer[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

In the mid-1940’s Bugsy Siegel was pulled over for a traffic violation. When Siegel handed the officer his license, there was a hundred dollar bill folded up with it, which was a lot of money at that time. The officer let the bill drop to the ground and the last he saw of it, it was blowing down the street. The officer gave Siegel his ticket and let him go. Bugsy was just another thug to the police, but cops soon learned he was a well-connected thug.

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Done like Dinner http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/done-like-dinner/ http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/comic/done-like-dinner/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 11:38:39 +0000 http://comics.dustbunnymafia.com/?post_type=comic&p=4335

During one of Frank “The Prime Minister” Costello’s return visits to Hot Springs, Arkansas, Owney Madden invited him over to his house. Owney’s house was modest, as he wasn’t much for showing off. Agnes (Owney’s wife), naturally made Frank spaghetti[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

During one of Frank “The Prime Minister” Costello’s return visits to Hot Springs, Arkansas, Owney Madden invited him over to his house. Owney’s house was modest, as he wasn’t much for showing off. Agnes (Owney’s wife), naturally made Frank spaghetti and meatballs.

When Agnes and the maid brought the spaghetti out to serve Frank Costello and Owney, Costello took one bite and remarked, “Hey, what say we all eat out tonight?” Agnes did not hesitate and she picked up the bowl and dumped it over on Costello’s head. Costello was not welcome in Hot Springs anymore, not even in Owney’s kitchen.

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