Cardillac Charlie Mob Boss of Youngstown,Ohio

Charles (Cadillac Charlie) Cavallaro raised the ranks to become one of the most notable names Youngstown mob history. He was linked to a series of illegal gambling, especially high stake dice games and went to war against the Naples family over the control of gambling across the area. At the time, underground gambling was on the rise and had caused unaccounted murders of several people. The high-end gangster and Cleveland mob capo emigrated from Italy as a stowaway and had been a wine grape salesman when he became affiliated with the Cleveland crime family through Anthony Delsanter A.K.A Tony Dope.

Just a day after thanks- giving on November 3rd, 1963, the 60-year-old Cavallaro was to drive his two sons for a ball game when a bomb placed under his favorite car detonated, killing him and his 11-year-old son on the spot.

The explosion was so severe that it split Cavallaro into half and dismembered his son, some of his son’s body parts were never found. His elder son Charlie junior survived the blast but was maimed for life due to a hip injury that resulted from the explosion. His wife refused to speak to the police over the incident never opening up over who she may have suspected over the murder. The conclusion, however, was, however, obvious s a retaliated gang hit, however, his two sons were casualties and not targeted.

His death was fourth on the hit list of the same ruthless gangster slaying style experienced in the deaths of James DeNiro, Sandy Naples, and Billy Naples. As a result of the two children being caught up in the middle of the mess, the incident made national news. The gangland murders were no longer seen as one gambler fighting another but as an issue of social security which saw the FBI flooding the valley and Youngstown being marked forever a ��Crime-town USA”.

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