"Success is relative: It is what we can make
of the mess we have made of things."
-- T.S. Eliot

After the bloodletting that was Momo’s life gorged over with the murder of a top celebrity and the nation’s chief executive, the Outfit was wondering if maybe Momo was getting carried away, or if he perhaps might be psychotic. He seemed like the bored pagan emperor who, when there were no more Christians to kill, had turned the lions loose on the spectators.

When he was incarcerated in Cook County Jail for nearly a year (1965-66) for not responding to a Justice Department subpoena, the tensions within the mob seemed to ease. When Momo was released in May, 1966, possibly feeling the present sentiments, he decided to relocate to Mexico. From there, he could manage his Latin American investments from a geographically closer point.

He had told the American press, upon their inquiring, that he was simply an American businessman enjoying his retirement in a foreign port of call. Of course, no one, especially the FBI, believed him. From his luxurious villa outside San Cristobal, he trotted the globe, meeting with top mobsters and financiers in Peru, Bolivia, Haiti, Chile, the British Honduras and Europe.

Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, the FBI made several attempts to roust him from his Mexican hideaway, even harassing his daughters. Finally, in 1974, under pressure, the Mexican government extradited him back to the United States. Immigration agents "literally dragged (him) from his Juarez, and pushed him across the border at El Paso, Texas, into the awaiting arms of U.S. Customs and FBI agents," wrote daughter Antoinette.

Summoned to appear before the Senate Select Subcommittee on Intelligence, Momo’s deteriorating health allowed him to postpone his appearance. A series of gall bladder operations kept him bedridden. At last, back on his feet, another subpoena ordered him to appear without alibi in Washington, D.C., on June 24, 1975.

But, alibis aside, he would never testify. While cooking up a pan of escarole and sausages on the evening of June 19, in his Oak Park basement, someone snuffed the demon forever.

1. Fondless Memories

2. Born in Hell

3. Killin' for Capone

4. Changing of the Guard

5. Moving Up

6. Eyeing the World

7. Kennedy Connection

8. Wayward Politics

9. Betrayal

10. Marilyn Monroe

11. Nov. 22, 1963

12. Downfall

13. To Die in Hell

14. Bibliography

15. The Author
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