Sam Giancana

Mobster and Hitman
Born Jun 15, 1908

Salvatore Giancana, better known as Sam Giancana, was a Sicilian American mobster and boss of the Chicago Outfit from 1957–1966. Among his other nicknames were, "Momo", "Mooney," "Sam the Cigar," and "Sammy."

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Giancana.


1908 Birth Born in 1908.


1933 25 Years Old Sam married Angelina DeTolve, the daughter of immigrants from the Italian region of Basilicata, on September 23, 1933. … Read More


1945 37 Years Old In 1945, after serving a sentence at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, Indiana (during which time he told his children he was away "at college"), Giancana made a name for himself by convincing Accardo, then the Outfit's underboss, to stage a take-over of Chicago's African-American "policy" (lottery) pay-out system for The Outfit. … Read More


1951 43 Years Old What is more, on June 19, 1951, Roe had fatally shot Lennard "Fat Lennie" Caifano, a made man in Giancana's crew. … Read More
1957 49 Years Old 1 More Event
It is believed to have been a major factor in his being "anointed" as the Outfit's new boss when Accardo stepped aside from being the front boss to becoming "consigliere," in 1957. … Read More


1960 52 Years Old According to the recently declassified CIA "Family Jewels" documents, Giancana and Santo Trafficante, Jr. were contacted in September 1960, about the possibility of an assassination attempt by a go-between from the CIA, Robert Maheu, after Maheu had contacted Johnny Roselli, a Mafia member in Las Vegas and Giancana's number-two man. … Read More
1966 58 Years Old When Giancana was called before a grand jury in 1966, he was ordered to stay silent, which put him in prison for over a year. … Read More


1974 66 Years Old 1 More Event
After his release from prison, Giancana relocated to Cuernavaca, Mexico in order to avoid further grand jury questioning. He was arrested by Mexican authorities on July 19, 1974 and deported to the United States.
1975 68 Years Old Died on June 19, 1975.
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