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Diamond Joe Esposito assassination....

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March 22, 1928

ALBANY EVENING NEWS, Albany, New York, March 22, 1928

* Diamond Joe Esposito assassinated
* Chicago mob boss - mafia

This 36 page has one column headlines on page 10 that include: "GUNMEN SLAY 'DIAMOND JOE,' CHICAGO BOSS", "50 Shotgun Slugs End Political Career of Esposito" and more (see images). This tells of the assassination of Joseph Esposito, who was a rival of Al Capone.

Other news, sports and advertisments of the day. Little margin chipping, otherwise good condition.

wikipedia notes: Joseph "Diamond Joe" Esposito (April 28, 1872 - March 21, 1928) was a Prohibition-era Chicago politician who was involved in bootlegging, extortion, prostitution and labor racketeering with the Genna Brothers.

Born Giuseppe Esposito in Naples, Italy (although other accounts claimed he was Sicilian), he joined one of the street gangs terrorizing Chicago's Little Italy during the early 1900s. When the Volstead Act (National Prohibition Act of 1919) was enacted, Esposito's organization, the 42 Gang, included Sam "Momo" Giancana and Paul "The Waiter" Ricca, quickly entered into bootlegging. Esposito's early success with the Genna Brothers may have been a factor in the 1920 murder of rival James "Big Jim" Colosimo, a long time racketeer who had been hesitant to begin his own bootlegging operations.
Newspaper headline for Esposito's death

By the early 1920s, Esposito had become a Republican ward boss of the 19th Ward in Chicago, one of the earliest Italian-Americans to be elected to this job. Esposito provided political protection to the bootlegging gangs of Little Italy, including the Southside Gang of mob boss Johnny Torrio and the Gennas. In May 1921, Esposito joined city officials and organized crime figures at the funerals of his political protegee Antonio D'Andrea, shot to death shortly after leaving his Neapolitan Restaurant. Several years later, Esposito attended the funeral of another ally, "Bloody" Angelo Genna murdered on May 25, 1925. Esposito's cousin, Frank DeLaurentis, was also killed during the bootleg wars when he and John Tuccello were caught by members of the Joe Saltis-Frank McErlane organization attempting to supply bootleg liquor to a 51st Street saloon on behalf of the Sheldon Gang on April 15, 1926.

In later years, Esposito became a political rival of Chicago Outfit boss Al Capone. On March 21, 1928, Esposito was attacked in a drive-by on his front steps, with his two nieces right inside the house.

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