Lombardo just caught in Elmwood Park last night.
I had lunch at the Onion Roll on North Ave last week.
All brings back memories of walking town to Sam Giancana's house as a kid on warm summer evenings to watch the FBI watch Giancana.
So the old neigborhood nostalgia put me in the mood for mob surfing, and I found this history of John (No Nose) DiFronzo over at Big Al's Corner.
John (No Nose) DiFronzo was a colorful member of the Chicago Outfit who worked his way up the ranks and reached the top spot solely by surviving.
Although the rumor was that he got his nickname by having his nose shot off during a shootout with police, the truth is a little less exciting. According to veteran journalist Sandy Smith, when DiFronzo was younger he was a common thief who developed a taste for Michigan Avenue furs.
He would stake out a nice fur shop and at the appropriate moment smash the plate glass window, strip the fur from the mannequin, jump in his car and split.
This technique was eventually DiFronzo's undoing. Once, his face hit a jagged piece of glass as he jumped back out of the window, and police were able to follow the blood trail and arrest him. He had left his nose in the window. Police gave it back to him, and doctors were able to successfully reattach it.