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Sam "Mad Sam" DeStefano
Birth: Sep. 13, 1909, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 1973
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Gangster. Sam DeStefano, a.k.a. "Mad Sam," was the most violent loanshark in Chicago's history. He grew up in Little Italy and fell in with the infamous 42er Gang. He served three years in prison for rape and eleven in Wisconsin for bank robbery. He was known as a "six for five" juice man in Chicago, and enjoyed torturing his victims when they didn't pay. He had a soundproof torture chamber built into the basement of his home. Mad Sam usually wore pajamas wherever he went, carried an ice pick in his pocket and shouted through a bullhorn at his court appearances. Many unfortunate men wound up in Mad Sam's basement over the years. On the morning of April 14, 1973, Mad Sam DeStefano was shotgunned to death in his garage. It was suspected that his killer may have been Tony Spilotro, a former DeStefano apprentice who was due to go to trial with him for murder. (bio by: Dennis Rice) 

Cause of death: shotgunned to death
 
Burial:
Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Hillside
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: section 20, lot 53, block 17, grave 3
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Dennis Rice
Record added: Dec 07, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6996808
Sam Mad Sam DeStefano
Added by: Dennis Rice
 
Sam Mad Sam DeStefano
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Sam Mad Sam DeStefano
Added by: Bobby Hart
 
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