Wednesday, May 19, 2010
HitMan Harry Aleman-Mafia HitMan Dies at 71
8:44 pm edt
"He was the hammer of the
Chicago mob," said Lee Flosi, a former FBI agent who headed the
Chicago office's organized crime section in the 1990s. "You never want him sitting the back seat of your car."
During the 1970s, just the mention of HitMan Harry Aleman's name was enough to strike fear into those whose doorsteps
he happened upon
It made local history as the apparent first time in Cook County that a reputed organized
crime hit man had been convicted of murder.
Aleman was in custody for the 1972 shotgun slaying of a union official
and was suspected in nearly 20 others. He was sentenced to serve a term of 100 to 300 years.
The conviction made
American legal history as the first time a criminal defendant had been tried again after an acquittal -- the judge had been
bought off in his first trial, authorities said.
Half Italian, Aleman was born in 1939 in the Taylor Street area.
By the early 1970s, he had a reputation as an enforcer for various crews in the Outfit, Flosi said. His job was intimidation,
and if people engaging in illegal activity neglected to pay the tribute to the local Outfit boss, they would get a visit from
Aleman, and just the sight of him was often enough to get wayward bookmakers to toe the line.
"He had that
kind of fear," said Flosi, who later met Aleman in the 1990s. "He was an intimidating presence."
Added John Drummond, a retired longtime reporter for WBBM-Ch. 2 who covered Aleman's trials: "You were in trouble if
you looked in your rear-view mirror and saw [Hitman]Harry Aleman."
On Saturday, (May 15, 2010) HitMan Harry Aleman
died at Hill Correctional Center.
Illinois corrections spokeswoman Sharyn Elman said Aleman had been ill and there were
no suspicious circumstances around his death, which happened at about 3:50 p.m., according to the Knox County coroner's office.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Mafia Wars Undergoes Changes
11:19 am edt
Mafia Wars continues to undergo changes, including new procedures for establishing "Properties"
in different countries. In the beginning, you had to purchase the business at full value, and then build up the business.
Now you can start a business with a much smaller investment and increase it's monetary output by reinvesting the profits.
Also there are new business that can be built, such as a Weapons Depot and a Chop Shop.
These businesses are unique
in that they are built with the help of your Mafia Family. You put the word out that you need parts and your Family contributes
to it's growth. Although you will accumulate the necessary parts, they are not used in your business, they are to share with
other to help build theirs. A true Family effort.