Tony Esperti

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Tony Esperti - 28 —Th« Pottstown Mercury - Wednesday, Nov. 1,...
28 —Th« Pottstown Mercury - Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1967 , Gangland Figure Dies in Hail of Bullets in Miami MIAMI, Fla, f AP) — In a Hal -1 Police said six witnesses told loween Eve slayintf. Thom as ¡them Altamura, who had a rec- “Tbe Enforcer” Altamura be- ord of convictions dating back came the Miami area's ninth to 1931, had just entered the gangland victim early Tuesday Place for Steak restaurant- when he strolled into a well lounge in North Bay Village lighted restaurant lounge and when his assassin loosed a vol- was mowed down by five bul-Jey of five shots, lets. Two bullets struck Altamura A few hours later. Anthony in the head. The other “Big Tony” Esperti surren- ripped into his back and side as dered to police on a charge of he turned, police said, first degree murder and de-j Witnesses said there was no manded to know, ‘'What's this exchange of words between Al- ali about?” tainura and his killer. Told he was being arrested On Altamura’» body, police for killing Altamura, the said, they found $800 in cash 2.'>0-pound Esperti said, “Are and a $10,000 cashier’s check on you kidding? I don’t know what the Lincoln National Bank of it’s all about. You must be Van Nuys, Calif. The check was crazy.” payable to “Irwin Haimowitz.” Esperti’s attorney, Louis Ver- Los Angeies authorities were nell, said from what he could quoted by Miami police as say- find out, “I would say this was a ing Altamura was known on the case of mistaken identity.” Ver- West Coast as an associate of nell, contacted by police, ar- several prominent underworld ranged Esperti’s surrender. figures. A photostat of the check was requested by Los Angelesimember of the Miami under-jBeach. A rear wall was bloen in.had been shot, slabbed and bur- police. world’s loan shark racket. at the lounge but Esperti was ied while still alive, police said. Esperti, who pleaded innocent unhurt. Sincc her murder seven other DRINKING WITH GIRL [during arraignment, was held Altamura was the latest vie- Police said Esperti, 37, had without bond. At the time of the tim of an underworld war being been drinking in the lounge with shooting, he was free on fought with guns and bombs by his girl friend shortly before the $5,000 bond pending his appeal southern Florida gamblers and killing. They said both Esperti jof an extortion conviction which money J™d_ors^ resulted in a life sentence. Esperti recently was the far and the girl fled after the shoot three|ing. The 53-year-old Altamura hadjget served three long terms in Sing Sing prison and was labeled by police informers as a prominent WORLD WEEK STARTED IN lOfifi The slayings began in June of a bombing at Happy s 1966 when the nude body of Pa- Stork Lounge, near the Place tricia Cavanaugh, a convicted for Steak on the causeway be prostitute, was found in a shal- tween Miami and North Miamillow grave north of Miami. She underworld figures have met olem deaths in unsolved »lay. ings which some police officials say probably resulted from forts of out-of-town interests to muscle in on local gamblers and loan shark racketeers. Other authorities say the, deaths resulted from presnire •«Cainst the underworld by Dade County grand juries

Clipped from The Mercury01 Nov 1967, WedPage 28

The Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania)01 Nov 1967, WedPage 28
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