Thursday, February 07, 2008
Mystery Package in the Mail: Luigi DiFonzo
It does not stop. I got yet another mystery package in the mail from someone. This time it was "re: Luigi DiFonzo," Count Dante's accomplice in the Purolator robbery. There is a question about them having scammed some of the Outfit guys, making it look like they were saving DiFonzo from the Count so he would appear as a dupe. DiFonzo went on to write a book about the robbery called "Bucks." The book was hard to read.
His next book, St. Peter's Banker, that sports this photo on the jacket cover, was a better read, very detailed and a joy to explore.
I got this picture and a stack of paperwork related to Purolator, his book on the Vatican banker, his screenwriting course he taught at Harvard and his eventual demise as Count Luigi DiFonzo in 2000.
DiFonzo was able to stay in Chicago after the court case ended with his aquittal and Dante's death. By 1980, he was was back in court and eventually sent to jail for 18 months for securities fraud. I guess his time in stir gave him an opportunity to work on his writing. He even got into a fight with some Chicago policemen in Chinatown over blocking traffic.
More on him after I got over this stuff and do some background research. No return address, postmarked from Santa Monica, CA.