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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 3:42 am    Post subject: Bonanno men in California. Reply with quote

As Bonanno made his move into Los Angeles he succeeded in luring several key people into his fold. The most important people operating in California as Bonanno aides were Pete Notaro, John and Charlie Battaglia, Frank Bompensiro. Obviously his sons Joe and Bill were key as was his nephew Vito DeFillipi. Others with established ties to Bonanno were Joe Cerrito and his successor Angelo Marino and Jimmy Fratianno inspite his demands that he never met Bonanno. With Fratianno's close ties to Joe Dip, Frank Bompensiero and Johnny Roselli, it is hard to believe he never met Bonanno.

Tucson law enforcement found it hard to believe as well and called Fratianno to testify in Arizona about his ties to Bonanno in the late 60s. Roselli's ties to Bonanno is rarely discussed but is well documented in Bonanno's FBI files. Both men were cogs in a syndicate which skimmed profits from the Desert Inn. This will be covered in detailed in the next installment on the Rizzis. Part 5 The Battle for California...
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jiggy,
In Bill Bonanno's book, he states that his dad and he came out to LA for the democratic national convention in 1960, and that his dad stayed out in Ontario. Got any idea who he might have been staying with?
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 1:52 am    Post subject: Bonanno in Ontario Reply with quote

Very likely that he was staying at his place. Bonanno had a home himself in Fontana, infact there is a sizeable chunk of land still owned and held in the Bonanno family living trust. Have you ever seen the old abandoned home sitting out in the middle of nowhere as you leave Glenn Helen Park travelling back toward the Fontana speedway? Bonanno has alot of relatives still living in Fontana, Grand Terrace and San Bernardino. A good portion of the land is controlled through the Bonanno land Company which was organized in San Diego.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you talking about that old 2 story haunted house looking place on Sierra Ave that sits out there by itself??
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 2:18 am    Post subject: The house Reply with quote

Right off of Sierra.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In A Man of Honor Bonanno includes a picture (1941) of himself with a man named Jimmy Costa, identified as a "west coast man of tradition". Who was Costa? was he with Bonanno or another family?
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