The Trafficantes, Godfathers from Tampa, Florida: The Mafia, the CIA and the JFK Assassination

The Trafficantes Godfathers from Tampa Florida The Mafia the CIA and the JFK Assassination In this page turning narrative noted true crime writer Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the story of one of history s lesser known but most important mob dynasties For nearly seven decades Santo Trafficante

  • Title: The Trafficantes, Godfathers from Tampa, Florida: The Mafia, the CIA and the JFK Assassination
  • Author: Ron Chepesiuk
  • ISBN: 9780984233304
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this page turning narrative, noted true crime writer Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the story of one of history s lesser known but most important mob dynasties For nearly seven decades, Santo Trafficante, Sr and his son, Santo, Jr were prominent gangsters on the Tampa crime scene Santo, Sr arrived in Tampa in 1902 and settled in the Ybor City area where he slowly began hIn this page turning narrative, noted true crime writer Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the story of one of history s lesser known but most important mob dynasties For nearly seven decades, Santo Trafficante, Sr and his son, Santo, Jr were prominent gangsters on the Tampa crime scene Santo, Sr arrived in Tampa in 1902 and settled in the Ybor City area where he slowly began his climb to the top of the Tampa mob scene Along the way, he became a clever and ruthless gangster who preferred to operate in the shadows By the mid 1920s, Santo, Sr had become a powerful force in the Tampa mafia Two decades later, the U.S government reported that he was strongly suspected of having financed important narcotics transactions During Tampa s Era of Blood from 1930 through the 1950s, in which several local gangsters were murdered, Santo, Sr emerged as Tampa s most powerful mobster He would remain so until his death in 1954 His successor, Santo, Jr lead the Tampa mob for than three decades and became involved in some of history s most seminal events They include mob dominance of the gambling scene in pre Castro Cuba, the CIA plots to kill Castro, the spectacular mob hit of godfather Albert Anastasia in 1957, the famous mob meeting at Apalachin in upstate New York that followed shortly after, the John F Kennedy assassination, and the development of narcotics networks in Latin America and Southeast Asia, among others Unlike most other godfathers, Santo, Jr never spent than a night in an American jail When he died in 1987, organized crime expert Ralph Salerno described Santo, Jr s death as the end of an era and the godfather as the last of the old time gangland leaders In vivid prose and concise detail, Chepesiuk weaves the fascinating story of the legendary gangsters, the Trafficantes Ron Chepesiuk s book on the Trafficantes takes the reader behind the headlines to the real story, uncensored and without filters The book is fast paced with fascinating factual details told in Chepesiuk s trademark tell it as it is writing style A must read for true crime aficionados Elle Andra Warner, author of several best selling books, including Edmund Fitzgerald The Legendary Great Lakes Shipwreck and The Mounties Robert Service.

    One thought on “The Trafficantes, Godfathers from Tampa, Florida: The Mafia, the CIA and the JFK Assassination”

    1. Great Read. I was in high school in chelsea, mass. The day Kennedy was killed. Years later I felt that had the American public ever thought then that the mob had anything to do with the JFK assassination, there would have been massive riots in this countryWho knows what it's outcome would have beenThat's how much JFK was lived by allBob brilliantSarasota, florida

    2. Good readIf interested in mob and Florida and government history, this is a good read. A lot of people mentioned in the book.

    3. Ron Chepesiuk, know his stuff and has written another excellent account of the mob, the Trafficantes and the inner workings, of this arcane societyRonald Fino

    4. It was okIt was ok, a lot to be said about that time and era. I would reccomend this to anyone. Must read

    5. This reads like a high school book report. Though I love all things mob related, this just wasn't written in an interesting way.

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