John DiFronzo

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John DiFronzo
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Born (1928-12-13)December 13, 1928
Died May 27, 2018(2018-05-27) (aged 89)
River Grove, Illinois
Cause of death Complications of Alzheimer's disease
Other names Johnny Bananas, No Nose
Occupation Mob boss, Car dealer, Businessman
Allegiance Chicago Outfit

John DiFronzo (December 13, 1928 – May 27, 2018), nicknamed "No Nose", was an American mobster and the reputed former boss of the Chicago Outfit.[1] DiFronzo died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on May 27, 2018.[2][3]

Criminal history[edit]

DiFronzo, a former enforcer and caporegime, first appeared in the criminal record in 1949. He got the nickname "No Nose" because he sliced off part of his nose while jumping through a window during a 1949 clothing store burglary. Reportedly, the police gave him back the missing part which was almost perfectly restored.[4] In 1950, DiFronzo served two years in prison for burglary.

DiFronzo was a suspect in the unsolved 1952 murder of Charles Gross, a West Side politician with suspected ties to organized crime. He was a member of the Three Minute Gang, and identified as a member of a loansharking operation along with former Chicago police officers Albert Sarno and Chris Cardi in 1964. Imprisoned syndicate leader Joseph Aiuppa chose DiFronzo to head criminal operations in Chicago's western suburbs over acting syndicate boss Joseph Ferriola. Eventually, he became one of several de facto leaders running The Outfit in Chicago.

His brother, Peter DiFronzo, a made-man, was convicted of warehouse burglary in 1963.[5]

He was convicted along with Chicago boss Samuel "Black Sam" Carlisi on federal racketeering charges in 1993. The 1993 conviction was reversed on appeal, however, and DiFronzo was released from prison in 1994.[6]

In 2009, John DiFronzo, Rudy Fratto, and several others were named in a civil lawsuit by Joseph Fosco, the son of late Teamsters treasurer Armando Fosco, alleged to have tried to extort $400,000 from Fosco.[7]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Who's Who in Chicago Outfit for 1997 ISPN-97-10-12". Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Chicago mob boss John "No Nose" DiFronzo dead at 89". ABC7 Chicago. 2018-05-29. 
  3. ^ "With top Chicago mob boss dead, Outfit looks for new blood". ABC7 Chicago. 2018-06-01. 
  4. ^ Roemer, Jr., William F. (1996). Accardo : The Genuine Godfather (1st Ballantine Books ed.). New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0804114641. 
  5. ^    (2009-03-12). "I-Team Report: Lunch with 'No Nose' |". Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". 1994-07-19. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Reputed mobster charged with tax evasion in new case". Chicago Breaking News. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
American Mafia
Preceded by
Samuel Carlisi
Chicago Outfit Boss
Succeeded by