We cover the era of the Smaldone brothers including Clyde Smaldone, Eugene "Checkers" Smaldone, and Clarence "Chauncey" Smaldone.
We dive into the history behind this family which ran most of the rackets in and around Denver, Colorado throughout the 1930’s through the 1980’s.
We’re also going to touch on their connection to the Mafia in Pueblo, Colorado, and discuss some of the players in that family as well.
Topics that we dive into:
The Smaldones involvement in the Joe Roma murder
The family background of the Smaldone family
How the Smaldones operated during Prohibition
The Smaldones and bootlegging in Denver and Pueblo
The background of Clyde and Eugene "Checkers" Smaldone
The Smaldone's relationship with Al Capone
The Smaldones, Clyde and Eugune first prison sentence in 1933
The Smaldone's involvment in the attempted assassination of Leo Barnes
The Smaldone's second prison sentence from the late 30's to early 1940's
How the Smaldone brothers built their gambling empire
The Smaldone involvement in several underworld murders
The Smaldone's 1953 prison sentence of 60 years
The rise of Clarence "Chauncey" Smaldone and Paulie Villano
The increased law enforcement scrutiny from the 1960's through the 1980s
The Smaldone's final prison sentences
The Pueblo, Colorado Mafia (Calogero "Charley" Blanda, Vincenzo "Black Jim" Coletti, Joseph "Scotty" Spinuzzi)
Mentioned in this episode: Clyde "Flip Flop" Smaldone, Eugene "Checkers" Smaldone, Clarence "Chauncey" Smaldone, Paul "Fat Paulie" Villano, Raffaele "Ralph" Smaldone, Eugene "Young Gene" Smaldone, Giuseppe "Joe" Roma, Paul Enrichi, Frank "Blackie" Mazza, John "Porky" Routta, Joe "The Ram" Salardino, Calogero "Charles" Blanda, Vincenzo "Black Jim" Coletti, Joseph "Scotty" Spinuzzi, Leo Barnes, Mike "Fats" Falbo, Harold "Murph" Cohen, Robin "Walkie Talkie" Roberts, Sam Shanks, Pauline Smaldone, John "Skip" LaGuardia, Ralph Pizzalato
If you haven't watcehed to Part one, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72WhjfPxUq8
Also, here are the links to buy the books I cited within the episode...
'Smaldone: The Untold Story of An American Crime Family' by Dick Kreck: https://www.amazon.com/Smaldone-Untold-Story-American-Family/dp/1555917062
'Colorado's Carlino Brothers: A Bootlegging Empire' by Sam Carlino: https://www.amazon.com/Colorados-Carlino-Brothers-Bootlegging-Empire/dp/1467143278/
Blog Post: https://membersonlypodcast.com/colorado-mob-history-part-two/