Charles Nicoletti

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Charles Nicoletti
Born(1916-12-03)December 3, 1916
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMarch 29, 1977(1977-03-29) (aged 60)
Cause of deathMultiple gunshot wounds
Resting placeMount Carmel Cemetery (Hillside, Illinois)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesChuckie Nicoletti
Chuckie the Typewriter
OccupationMobster
AllegianceChicago Outfit

Charles Nicoletti (/ˌnɪkəˈlɛti/; December 3, 1916 - March 29, 1977), also known as "Chuckie the Typewriter", was an American mobster of the Chicago Outfit, who served as hitman under boss Sam Giancana before and after Giancana's rise and fall. Nicoletti was murdered on March 29, 1977.

Early life[edit]

Nicoletti was born on December 3, 1916, in Chicago. He was the second son of two sons to Philip Nicoletti and Grace Alessi,[1] Italian immigrants from Santa Caterina Villarmosa, Sicily, Italy. His family lived in Near West Side, Chicago. On February 25, 1929, at the age of 12, Nicoletti shot four times his father, allegedly in self-defense.[2][3] His father who was a drunkard, attacked Charles and pursued him with a knife, he ran into his father's room, where a gun was kept in a bureau drawer.[4] Two days later, Nicoletti was exonerated by the Cook County coroner.[4] He dropped out of school in eighth grade and soon joined the Forty-Two Gang. At the time, the gang's members included such future Outfit members as Giancana, Sam "Teets" Battaglia, Lew Farrell, "Mad Sam" DeStefano and William "Willie Potatoes" Daddano.

Outfit assassin[edit]

By the late 1950s, along with Felix Alderisio, Nicoletti was one of the most feared triggermen in Chicago and was drawing attention from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Chicago police. A number of times Nicoletti and Alderisio teamed up for a "hit", including one occasion on which they were discovered by police sitting on the floor in a car later dubbed "the hitmobile" by reporters. This car had special compartments where guns were stored and special switches to turn lights off at certain times.[5] When questioned by police the two said they were "waiting for a friend".[5]

In 1962, Nicoletti took part in an infamous torture case. He, Alderisio, Carlo "Duke" Olandese and Tony "the Ant" Spilotro, had kidnapped 24-year-old Billy McCarthy, a thug who had killed two Outfit associates with the help of Jimmy Miraglia, also age 24. The three men started torturing McCarthy to find out the name of his accomplice. Spilotro had placed the man's head in an industrial vice and started squeezing it tighter and tighter. Suddenly, McCarthy's eye popped completely out of its socket.[6] At that point, he revealed his accomplice's name; then both men were killed. Years later, Tony Spilotro told this story to his friend Frank Cullotta. Spilotro was impressed by Nicoletti's reaction to the gory scene: "Boy, this is a heartless guy. He was eating pasta when Billy's eye popped out".

In the 1960s, Nicoletti was questioned by two FBI agents, including Agent William F. Roemer Jr., to see whether they could develop Nicoletti as an informant against the Outfit. According to Roemer, Nicoletti gave him the names of several car dealerships he worked at and was very cordial; apparently, all the employment leads checked out. But Nicoletti never flipped and never talked to the FBI again, though there was eventually talk in Chicago that Nicoletti had flipped.[7]

It has been alleged that Nicoletti was involved in as many as 20 mob hits during his career as a hitman.[8] In 2010, Playboy magazine published an article by Hillel Levin in which Nicoletti was implicated in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by James Files, an inmate within the Illinois Department of Corrections, and Chauncey Marvin Holt.[9]

Death[edit]

On March 29, 1977, Nicoletti was shot three times in the back of his head while waiting in his Oldsmobile in the parking lot of the Golden Horns Restaurant in suburban Northlake, Illinois. He was brought to the Northlake Community Hospital where he died six to seven hours later.[10] Nicoletti's car was never turned off and consequently overheated and caught on fire, causing initial incorrect press reports that his car was firebombed. Nicoletti was due to testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations at the time of his death.

According to Roemer, Chicago mob assassin Harry Aleman is the suspected hitman.[11][12]

Nicoletti is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "DEATH NOTICIES". Chicago Tribune. December 28, 1967. p. 65. Retrieved June 14, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Grace Terzo [...]; beloved mother of Phillip [Rose] and Charles [Agnes] Nicoletti; grandmother of Arline Micucci, Richard and Donna Nicoletti; great-grandmother of two; sister of Joseph Alessi. open access
  2. ^ "Son Slays Drunken Father Who Spanked, Beat and Cocked Him". El Paso Herald. February 26, 1929. p. 2. Retrieved June 14, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Philip Nicoletti spanked his 12 year-old-son, Charles, last night, beat him, chocked him and then started after him with a knife. The boy shot him dead. Charles was held by juvenile authorities today, but the stories of his mother and an older brother, who witnessed the shooting, led the police to believe it was self-defence. The witness said the father, who had been drinking, punished Charles for coming hom late and that the boy ran to his father's room, snatched up a revolver and fired four shots after Nicoletti senior, had raised a knife against him. open access
  3. ^ "BOY NOT AFRAID". The Jacksonville Daily Journal. Jacksonville, Illinois. February 27, 1929. p. 4. Retrieved June 14, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. "I shot him four times." Charles Nicoletti said in telling about the shooting which took the life of the father, Philip Nicoletti. open access
  4. ^ a b "CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT HOMICIDE RECORD INDEX". Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930. Retrieved June 14, 2020. Charles, pursued by his drunken father, ran into a bedroom for the gun which was in a bureau drawer. On 2/27/29 Charles was exonerated by the Coroner. 23 Dist.
  5. ^ a b Sifakis, Carl (1999). The Mafia Encyclopedia. p. 177.
  6. ^ Roemer, William F. Jr. (1994). The Enforcer. p. 28.
  7. ^ Roemer, William F. Jr. (1994). The Enforcer. pp. 32–158.
  8. ^ Roemer, William F. Jr. (1995). Accardo: The Genuine Godfather. p. 292.
  9. ^ Levin, Hillel (November 2010). "HOW THE OUTFIT KILLED JFK". Playboy. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  10. ^ "Slayng puts end to chase". The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus. Moline, Illinois. March 30, 1977. Retrieved June 14, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Charles Nicoletti, 61, suffered three gunshot wounds in the back of the head when he was contered at the Golden Horns Restaurant lot in suburbian Northlake about midnight. He died about 5 1/2 hours later in the intensive care unit of Northlake Community Hospital. open access
  11. ^ Roemer, William F. Jr. (1995). Accardo: The Genuine Godfather. p. 291-292.
  12. ^ Roemer, William F. Jr. (1994). The Enforcer. pp. 158–159.

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