Mad Sam

cullotta-cover-web.jpgExcerpted from CULLOTTA – The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witness.

 Although Frank didn’t particularly care about Sam DeStefano, his relationship with Tony Spilotro sometimes brought him into contact with Mad Sam.

One day Tony asked Frank to take a ride with him. Sam was having trouble with a lawyer that was on juice with him. He wanted Tony to bring the guy in for a talking to. They picked up the slow-payer and took him to Sam’s house. Sam started on him, calling him every name in the book and threatening him. He even brought the attorney’s wife and children into the conversation. Most people would have gone to the cops or tried to kill Sam. Not this lawyer, though. He just took the abuse and kept his mouth shut. When Sam finished with him he asked to be dropped off at a cab stand. But at least he got out of the house alive.

To Frank, Sam was a definite head case, capable of most anything. He liked to have people tortured before they were killed, as in the murders of Action Jackson and Leo Foreman. He even killed one of his own brothers.

The last time Frank saw Sam was when they were both in prison. Frank was working in the psychiatric hospital and Sam came in to have some work done on the veins in his legs. He was wearing long johns and a hat, his standard attire while in the joint. Frank noticed one thing: Sam wasn’t the same tough guy inside that he was on the street. That happened to a lot of them, though. When they got inside those walls they lost their swagger.  

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