RAY FERRITTO, HIT MAN FOR THE CLEVELAND CRIME SYNDICATE.

RAY FERRITTO

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Ferritto got involved in criminal activities in his youth. In 1942 at the age of 13, was convicted of burglarizing two gas stations and was sentenced to two years probation. One year later, while Ferritto was working at a bronzing factory, an accident caused the amputation of two of his toes. Ferritto left high school at the age of 17 and joined the Marine Corps. Because of the injuries sustained to his foot; he was honorably discharged a month later and continued with a life of crime..   During his twenties, Ferritto was a bookmaker and vending machine route man in Erie. Ferritto got married in 1948, and fathered three children before he was divorced in 1956.

Ferritto remarried in 1957 and had one child. During that time, he moved to Warren, Ohio and teamed up with organized crime figure Tony Delsanter, a made man with the Cleveland crime syndicate who managed the families gambling interests in the Mahoning Valley. It was at that time Ferritto, unknown to me, along with others dawned silk  stocking and committed a number of robberies including the stag party I had attended.

In 1958, at age twenty-nine, Ferritto, arrested for burglary, plead guilty and served three of a three to five year sentence. Once released, he Ferritto spent some time In the Cleveland area where he committed sever burglaries with his childhood friends, Allie Calabrese and Pasquale” Butchie “Cisternino.

In the late sixties, Ferritto had moved to Los Angeles where he was associated with a group mobster, which included Julius Petro. In the forties Petro wriggled free from a death sentence on a retrial in a murder case. Ferritto and Petro were associates of Jimmy The Rat)(Fratiano A  federal informer, who was closely associated with the Los Angeles crime family. Fratiano also had local connections with the Cleveland syndicate and was a close friend with Tony the dope Dalsanter from Warren, Ohio Likewise, Ray Ferritto was trying to make himself known as a mob guy.

In 1969, Ferritto booked a flight from Los Angeles to Erie. He and another burglar who was originally from Cleveland drove to the airport with Julius Petro sitting in the front seat.  As they approached the airport, the accomplice wheeled the car into an airport-parking garage spot. Frerritto waited for a plane to take off, thrust a gun to the back of Julius Petro’s head and pulled the trigger. The roar of the jet muffled the shot. The murder resulted from conflict with a well-known and successful bookmaker in Los Angeles.

Ferritto tried to plant a bomb on Petro’s car. While assembling the explosive, Ferritto accidentally detonated the blasting cap, causing a minor injury to his leg. He later chose a gun to do the job.

In 1971, convicted of burglar using with explosives, Ferritto was incarcerated at the California Institution for men in Chino, California. Jimmy Fratiano also happened to be doing time at Chino and the two became friends. In 1974, Ferritto, was released from Chino, and returned to Erie. He started booking again and worked for a vending company owned by his cousin. While in prison, Ferritto developed serious ulcers and had a major operation on his stomach. His illness caused him to become so nervous that he would take handful of antacids and even began smoking Marijuana.

In the Nineteen Seventies Danny Green began competing with the Cleveland crime family for control of union rackets, resulting in a violent mob war. During that period, there were almost 40 car bombings in Cleveland, and eight failed attempts to kill Green. Finally, Cleveland family bosses “Jack White contacted Ferritto and gave him the contract to assassinate Green.

After Ferritto put a tap on Green’s phone and found out that he had a dental appointment on

October 6, 1977, he and another man from Youngstown rigged a bomb inside the door of a car and parked it next to Green’s car while he was in the dentist office.  The killers detonated the bomb as Green entered his vehicle.  Two witnesses became suspicious when they saw Ferritto speeding from the murder scene, one of them who was a sketch artist and the daughter of a suburban police officer, drew an amazing likeness of Ray Ferritto. The Cleveland police identified Ferritto from a police file.

Ferritto hid out in Youngstown with some friends until a search warrant was executed at his house in Erie Pa. where police found the registration papers for the bomb car and arrested him. Upon hearing of Forritto’s arrest, Licavoli the Mafia boss put out a hit contract on him. When Ferritto learned that the Cleveland family wanted him dead, he went into the Government Witness Protection program and provided information in the 1978 trail that indicted Licavoli, Leonardo and 15 others, for Danny Green’s murder. Ferritto also admitted to the murder of the 1969 killing of a Cleveland gangster, Julius Petro.  Ferritto served less than four years in prison for both murders.   Frerritto left the witness protection program after one year and went back to Pennsylvania. He told the FBI       “If the mob wants me, let them come and get me”.   In 1992, convicted of bookmaking and conspiracy charges he was sentenced from 6 to 23 months imprisonment, given 3 years probation and ordered to pay fines of $10,500.  Ferritto retired to Florida in 2000 and in 2004, a newspaper article appeared saying

HIT MAN DIES AT HIS HOME IN FLORIDA.  THE MOB NEVER CAME TO GET HIM”

 

 

 

 

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