Willie Messino

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William Messino
Born January 7, 1917
Chicago, Illinois
Died November 5, 2002 (age 85)
Home town Chicago, Illinois, United States
Spouse(s) Marian Messino, Victoria E. Terpening-Messino (1988 till his death)
Children Chris, William Jr. and Bridget (from Marian), Pete Basile (illegitimate son)

William Joseph Messino was an enforcer and adviser to top bosses in the Chicago Outfit. He was known as "Wee Willie" because of his small stature. Despite his diminutive frame, Messino had a reputation as a decidedly violent enforcer.[1]

In the 1960s he worked for Tony Accardo and Joseph Gagliano. In 1970 Messino was sent to prison after being convicted of kidnapping and beating contractors George and Jack Chiagouris, two brothers who owed money to the mob.[2] After his release in the December 1976 he went to work as an adviser to Marco D'Amico and then Outfit chief Jackie Cerone. He died in 2002.


  1. ^ "Obiturary for William Messino". Chicago Tribune. 2002-11-27. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Ex-Chicago cops ran drug ring, U.S. alleges". Chicago Tribune. 1991-09-14. Retrieved 2012-06-18.