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Santo Trafficante, Jr
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1914
Tampa
Hillsborough County
Florida, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1987
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

Organized Crime Figure. Born in Tampa, Florida to Sicilian parents Mafia don Santo Trafficante, Sr. and his wife Maria Giuseppa Cacciatore. Santo Trafficante grew up in the Florida underworld, working his father's gambling rackets and getting experience in the business. Santos married Josephine Marchese in 1938, they would have two daughters. The elder Trafficante set up illegal casinos in Cuba in the 1940s, which were sanctioned by Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. He maintained close working ties with the Lucchese crime family and the Bonanno crime family from New York City. Santo worked closely with Lucchese family boss Tommy Lucchese, who was a friend of his father, and a man who helped train him in the 1940s. Santo was known to have been deeply involved in the CIA efforts to involve the underworld in assassination attempts on Fidel Castro. Under pressure of a court order granting him immunity from prosecution, but threatening him with contempt if he refused to talk, Santos admitted to a Congressional committee in 1975 that he had in the early 1960s recruited other mobsters to assassinate Castro. It was also rumored that Santos was involved in a Mafia plot to kill President John F. Kennedy, though he denied there was any such conspiracy. Santos ran numerous legitimate businesses as well as illegal, including several legal casinos in Cuba, a Havana drive-in movie theater, and shares in restaurants and bars in Tampa. His health had declined in his later years. He died of natural causes, at the age of 72, in Houston, Texas. (bio by: Shock) 
 
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  Josephine Marchese Trafficante (1920 - 2015)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
L'Unione Italiana Cemetery
Ybor City
Hillsborough County
Florida, USA
 
Created by: K
Record added: Jun 11, 2010
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Santo Trafficante, Jr
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