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Gizzo was born in New York City and was known as "Tony". In the early 1920s, after being arrested on a narcotics charge, Gizzo attempted to bribe a federal officer with $10,000 ($122,159 today). Gizzo was convicted and in 1924 served one year and a day at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Gizzo was a close friend of mobster Charles Binaggio. In 1930, Gizzo and Binaggio were arrested in Denver, Colorado, on a minor charge. During this time, both men were lieutenants to Kansas City North End political boss John Lazia in his illegal gambling operations. Gizzo soon became known as one of the five "Iron Men" due to his underworld clout.
In 1950, with Binaggio's murder, it is believed that Gizzo assumed leadership of the Kansas City family.
- "What is the Mafia? I don’t even know what the Mafia is."
Later on, Gizzo had the following exchange with the Committee when asked if he knew Balestrere:
- "Yes, sir", Gizzo replied.
- '"He is rather widely known as a prominent man in the Mafia, isn’t he?" asked the committee.
- "That’s what you hear," said Gizzo.
- "What did you hear?" questioned the committee.
- "The same thing that you just said there", answered Gizzo.
- "Find-A-Grave". Retrieved April 12, 2016.
- "The Mafia Made Easy" by Peter J. Devico, Peter J. De Vico
- The American Mafia: Crime Bosses of Kansas City
- American Mafia: The Five Iron Men of Kansas City by Allan May
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