Crime: Yes, We Want No Bananas

Thanks to the millions of dollars he invested there, Tucson, Ariz., was most fond of Joseph Bonanno. Joe, in turn, was crazy about Tucson. A resident since 1943, he once declared: "Tucson is my town, a beautiful and wonderful community." Lately, however, the relationship has gone bad—with a bang.

Bonanno is better known as "Joe Bananas," the gangster overlord of a New York Cosa Nostra "family." A Sicilian-born Mafioso who entered the U.S. illegally in 1924, Bonanno rose to a seat on the twelve-man "Grand Council" of organized crime. Though he has been semiretired as an active hoodlum since 1964, he...

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