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  •  Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo (1+ / 0-)
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    Accardo is regarded by some Mob historians as far more intelligent than Capone and demonstrated that with the diversification of Mob business interests. A longtime resident of River Forest IL just outside of Chicago, you can walk past either one of his former homes there.

    "Don't believe everything you think."

    by BobboSphere on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 07:54:06 PM PST

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    •  Rule of Thumb (7+ / 0-)

      if you've heard of a mobster, he probably wasn't a very good mobster.

      Obviously that's an overstatement as lots of people have heard of someone like Carlo Gambino. But the really flashy guys who attract attention, like Capone and Gotti, are usually far less influential than those that hide in the shadows.

      They usually live longer too. Accardo ran the Outfit for 45 years. He let the public think Sam Giancana was the top dog. (Giancana did run day-to-day operations for a while, but he answered to Accardo.)

      Giancana was flashy and sought publicity. He didn't live long either.

      "Because Romney's a clown . . ."--Henry Francis

      by LeftCoastTimm on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 01:31:49 AM PST

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