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Former Mafia hitman Frank Cullotta dies at 81


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Gangsters INC.

David Amoruso

Aug 21 2020

Frank Cullotta, once one of the most feared men in Las Vegas, passed away on Thursday. He was 81. As the right-hand of Anthony Spilotro, the mobster who oversaw the Chicago Mafia’s interests in Sin City, Cullotta’s life was a rollercoaster ride filled with heists, beatings, and mob murders.

According to Geoff Schumacher, vice president of exhibits and programs of The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Cullotta (photo above, far right) was suffering from several medical issues, including COVID-19. At 81, it doesn’t take much to push a person into the other world.

Though a man like Cullotta never had much trouble pushing men decades younger to the other world either. Growing up on the streets of Chicago, he showed he had no problem with violence. His willingness to scrap earned him the friendship of Anthony Spilotro, who would go on to become a powerhouse in the city’s Mafia family known as The Outfit.

The pair mixed business with pleasure as both men continued carving their own path in the underworld. After Spilotro (right) was sent to Las Vegas to oversee the Outfit’s casino interests there in 1971, he invited Cullotta in 1978 to join him and run the street rackets for him.

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check out Frank Cullotta's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPor...

From burglary to armed robbery and murder, infamous bad guy Frank Cullotta not only did it all, in Cullotta he admits to it--and in graphic detail.

his no-holds-barred biography chronicles the life of a career criminal who started out as a thug on the streets of Chicago and became a trusted lieutenant in Tony Spilotro's gang of organized lawbreakers in Las Vegas. Cullotta's was a world of high-profile heists, street muscle, and information--lots of it--about many of the FBI's most wanted. In the end, that information was his ticket out of crime, as he turned government witness and became one of a handful of mob insiders to enter the Witness Protection Program.

"Frank Cullotta is the real thing," says Nicholas Pileggi in the book's Foreword, and in these pages, Cullotta sets the record straight on organized crime, witness protection, and life and death in mobbed-up Las Vegas.

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