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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 3:18 am    Post subject: Dragna Family Reply with quote

There is nothing that shows the younger Dragna's outside of Louis Tom were ever involved in crime very deeply. The same cannot be said of Jack his brother Tom and their father (Francesco Paolo Dragna). A few notable facts about Dragna include his arrival in the U.S., which came much later than is usually described. I had read that Dragna came to the U.S., around the turn of the century but I found that not to be the case. In documents relating to his conviction, Dragna served in the Italian Army in Libya and served a term in an Italian conscription camp (Ignazio Dragna # 512). He was released in 1912 and came to the U.S where he settled in the North End Italian colony. Convicted in Nov. 1915 of Extortion, Dragna entered San Quentin (as inmate #29262 Jack Rizotta) on January 26, 1916. He served his full 3 year sentence before returning to Los Angeles. At the time of his conviction, Dragna stood just 5'4 and listed his occupation as Grocer.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jiggy,
What's your spin on how Jack died? I heard all the stories, of how he was found in pink pajama's in some Sunset Blvd motel, with a prostitute who was a heroin addict. I believe you're the one that said there was a rumor that he was using heroin. What are the facts behind his demise?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: The last years of Jack Dragna Reply with quote

The fact that Jack Dragna messed around with prostitutes is nothing shocking but unlike Mickey Cohen who dealt with high end prostitutes, Jack dragged the bottom of the barrel and took way to many chances to have been of sound mind. His death as strange as it was, was simply the final act in the seedy saga which was the final chapter of his life. The very presence of Dragna in a cheap hotel room with a drug addicted prostitute says a great deal about the man. The fact that he was arrested and served a jail term prior to this. Dragna was caught with a prostitute who allowed the vice squad to bug her apartment on S. Mariposa Street. As a result Dragna was sentenced to jail "he served part of his sentence at Patton before being transfered to Terminal Island," which is where he was when his wife Frances died.

At the time it was common for drug addicts and alcoholics to be sent to Patton to dry out or recouperate. Do you recall that Dragna's kids didn't even know where he was at the time of his death and learned of his death over the radio. KFI broke the story. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was he arrested for, Solicitation? What kind of sentence did they give for that in those days? With a capable attorney like James Cantillion, it surprises me that he got any sentence at all. Sounds to me like his legal troubles got the best of him, not to mention his deportation issues, and he fell head first into a bottle. Did his brother Tom face the same deportation threats?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 2:35 pm    Post subject: Dragna Charges Reply with quote

It was a morals charge "lewd behavior," a simple misdemeanor but no solicitation. He got 180 days which was later reduced to 30 days. The sentence seems abit excessive to me because the penalty for pandering was a $50 fine. Tom was a naturalized citizen, Jack didn't attempt to get his citizenship papers until after he began amassing a criminal record. Unfortunately for him, left him vulnerable. I don't know why Dragna was never deported, the order stood unacted on for nearly 3 years before he died. As you will recall, Johnny Russo was detained before his trial and deported almost immediately after his hearing without ever gaining his freedom. Same with Marco Albori several years prior.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have any record of a big mob funeral for Jack, you know, like when a boss dies and other bosses come to pay their respects. I'd like to see the FBI photos of that gathering.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:51 pm    Post subject: Dragna Funeral Reply with quote

Dragna had a small private ceremony but I don't know how much coverage it received from law enforcement, it may not have been needed. Not many people around Jack during those last days.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about Joe Dip's or Licata's funeral? You got any pics in your files for those guys last rites?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:15 am    Post subject: Funeral photos Reply with quote

I have a couple photos from the Licata wake, one appeared in the Herald. I don't have any of Joe Dip's wake, I know there was law enforcement present so there is a good chance that somewhere in some old file, the pictures sit waiting to be discovered.
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