THE MAFIA: The Demise of a Don

There are no truly secure pensioners in the Mafia, but the retired Chicago don Sam Giancana, 66, was probably as much at ease one night last week as a man with his past could be. Just back from Houston and a gall-bladder operation, he had enjoyed a festive homecoming dinner in his fortress-like brick house in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. His guests were the handful of people he could trust: one of his daughters and her husband; Charles ("Chuckie") English, his partner in myriad syndicate enterprises over the years; and...

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