Jackie Cerone

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John Cerone
Born John Philip Cerone Jr.
(1914-07-07)July 7, 1914
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died July 26, 1996(1996-07-26) (aged 82)
Barrington, Illinois, USA
Other names Jackie The Lackey
Spouse(s) Clara Cerone
Children 1

John Philip "Jackie The Lackey" Cerone (July 7, 1914 – July 26, 1996) was a Chicago mobster and boss of the Chicago Outfit, during the late 1960s. He was the younger brother of mobster Frank "Skippy" Cerone and father of lawyer, John Peter Cerone and husband to the late Clara Cerone.

He was born to John Cerone Sr. and Rose Valant. He stood at 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg). During the 1950s Cerone was a chauffeur to boss Antonino "Tony" "Joe Batters" Accardo, then became the protege of boss Salvatore "Sam," "Momo" Giancana. Cerone was part of the enforcer team that tortured and murdered loan shark William "Action" Jackson.[citation needed] As an Outfit enforcer, Cerone was arrested over 20 times on charges including armed robbery, bookmaking, illegal gambling, and embezzlement. Cerone became boss of the Outfit following the semi-retirements of Accardo and Joey "Doves" Aiuppa. In 1986 Cerone, Aiuppa, Carl "Corky" Civella, Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra and Carl "Tuffy" DeLuna were convicted of skimming $2 million from a Las Vegas casino. Joseph Agosto, Kansas City crime family member and Las Vegas casino worker, turned states evidence and testified against the bosses. Milwaukee organized-crime boss, Frank Balistrieri, was sentenced to 10-years in prison in the same case, in December 1985.

Once a mob figure in Palm Springs, California, Cerone died of natural causes[1] six days after his release from prison in 1996


  1. ^ Fessier, Bruce (December 1, 2014). "Mafia in the valley fades into the shadows". The Desert Sun. Gannett. 
  • Sifakis, Carl. The Mafia Encyclopedia: Second Edition, New York, Checkmark Books Inc., 1999
  • Demaris, Ovid. Captive City New York, Lyle Stuart Inc. 1969
Business positions
Preceded by
Sam Battaglia
Chicago Outfit Boss
Succeeded by
Felix Alderisio