Eliminating the Competition

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

Being harassed by the law and then becoming the victim in an unwarranted Outfit altercation was causing Frank to develop a bad attitude. Still, he tried to stay on the straight and narrow. And then a situation developed that drove him over the edge and back to his criminal ways.


He found out that a contractor was building another disco just two blocks from his place. Had he been thinking clearly he may have realized that the competition could have been a good thing. Instead, he looked at it as something that would bring his whole world crashing down. He couldn’t let the new joint open.

When the building was nearly completed Frank went into action. He made up a five gallon combination of gas and diesel fuel and put it in a plastic container. He got a canister of dynamite, a cap, wick and timer, and headed for the new lounge. Placing everything in the center of the building, he set the timer and left. Half an hour later the potential competition was flattened to the ground.

It didn’t help, though. Frank’s business continued to fall off and he sold the place for what he’d paid for it. He decided that the legit route wasn’t for him. It was time to get back to doing something he was good at. 

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