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jomahmah
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:23 pm    Post subject: Article on Ray Ryan murder and more Reply with quote

Found this nice article from The Desert Sun about oilman Ray Ryan and gambling in the lower desert.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/life/entertainment/2014/11/30/palm-springs-gangsters-in-paradise/19040507/
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting article Jo. The late 60s is a time when most crime writers began to take liberty with truth and many stories from that time frame contain half the story if that much. In particular much has been made of Accardo's presence in Palm Springs. As you know he was one of dozens who purchased homes in the area but little evidence can be found of any ownership in the dozens of clubs that were running wide open. No evidence exists to show he had any hand in the Tit Tit Club or any of the early Cabazon casinos that sprung up. What is known and documented is the involvement of Nick Licata, Louie Tom Dragna and our own Joe Dip and company. You might recall Happy Meltzer and Louie Tom's exploits nearly started a war internally and nearly resulted in Joe usurping the top slot in the family. The only thing that prevented this was the timely legal issues that resulted in his prison term and subsequent health issues.

I have always been leary about Accardo due to the heavy reliance upon a single source, that source being Bill Roemer. A&E did wonders for Roemers reputation and book sales but for all intent and purpose I have always viewed his fawning over Accardo and fostering Accardo's legend as being indicative of a handler promoting one of his sources. We've discussed Jimmy in detail and the scarcity of information and in-depth detail he provided on this key period is interesting. Of course the claim that both he and Johnny were "transferred" to Chicago is the common excuse for this, his actions state otherwise. Why didn't he go into detail about the connections between Chicago's LaBarbera and Gaspare Matranga, Dippolito and the west Valley crew? He could have said much more about the link between Angelo Polizzi and Gaspare but he didn't. Had it been known that Angelo 'a key participant in the two Tony murders," was Gaspare's son-in-law and Gaspare's close ties with Joe Dip and family places a new light on the participants and motives behind this crime.

It also brings to mind other unanswered questions such as why was Admiral Standley appointed Chairman of the crime commission that kept Kefauver out of California. Why was the prostitution shutdown on D Street but allowed to continue to flourish on 3rd street. Why did Ed Reid ignore the connections between Eddie Clippinger and George Hunter White who was behind the secret dealings in the "mystery house," on Cluster Street. How about the links between the DeQuattro brothers and the Sleepy Hollow defendants? Is it plausible that we could have missed something so blatant as the sanctioning of criminal activity and drug smuggling, prostitution and such important figures as George Patton who was training troops in the very region where the Chi-Chi Bar and Tit Tit were blossoming during the early 40s. How about the fact that the Commanding Officer at March Field was the legendary Hap Arnold? Is any of this significant? It just might be considering the official reasoning behind the decision to close the D-Street quarter was to assure San Bernardino's later to be Norton AFB received the order of operation. This order was threatened by concerns that official secrets could be passed via the pillow talk of high ranking officials. It seems like a lot but consider the facts as you know them and the omissions of the official record. I wouldn't pose any of this if I didn't have the documentation to answer all of what I've listed. Missed you all dearly glad to be back.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:36 am    Post subject: Tidbit on James Delmont Reply with quote

One more thing, I found something interesting of note about the still unsolved murder of James Delmont in Ontario in the early 60s. It seems as though Delmont was employed at the time of his murder by an important aircraft manufactuer with both dubious and important political ties. It seems a bit odd that a man portrayed as a two-bit criminal would have this seemingly important detail left out of the stories reporting his death.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's alot to digest!! The thing that always concerns me about the Delmont hit was that the body was "dumped in a field in Ontario". Why would Joe Dip allow such a thing to happen so close to many of his operations?? I can see if they were going to bury him there, but to just leave a corpse in a field?? Draws way to much attention, to me anyway. Maybe your "pillow talk" angle has merit, but remember that pencillin wasn't around then and VD was a real concern amongst the military leaders. I recall my dad's old WWII division newsletters always had articles about "the division VD rate". As far as Fratianno is concerned, didn't you mention that you had his FBI debriefing transcipts?? I take there was no mention about your concerns in it?? But, he does mention a sleeper like Tony Cortesi as part of Joe's crew??
Glad to have you back................ we've all missed your postings.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jo you are spoiling the surprise. 😄. In deed I found something I must have missed 100 times before. It goes to show you can get so immersed in looking for something that you miss it entirely. I believe this to be the case. I'll put it up shortly.
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