this day in crime history: june 19, 1975

On this day in 1975, Chicago mob boss Salvatore Giancana, aka “Momo,” aka “Mooney,” aka “Sam the Cigar,” aka “Sam Flood” and aka “Sam Gold,” was killed in the basement of his Oak Park, IL home. Giancana was due to testify before a Senate panel later that month. He was shot several times, once in the back of the head, and several times in the face.

Further reading:

Gangsters Incorporated: 1975:Murder of Sam Giancana

Find-a-Grave – Sam Giancana (1908-1975)

American Mafia: Sam Giancana

Wikipedia: Sam Giancana

4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: june 19, 1975

    • Oh yeah. In addition to his scheduled testimony, there was a dispute about the proceeds from gambling operations he was running while he was living in Mexico. He thought he didn’t need to cut in the Outfit because he was out of their jurisdiction. They disagreed.


  1. John D.:
    Seems “someone” didn’t want an OPEN casket funeral.
    (nice bit of disrespect for someone turning state’s evidence)

    And they never found out WHO did it.

    Good post.
    Stay safe out there.


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