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Yonnie Licavoli Detroit and Toledo Gangster

Length: 12 pages9 minutes


Damiano Thomas Vonnie Licavoli was a powerful bootlegger in the Prohibition era. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he made his fortune in Detroit before a grand jury investigation forced him to move elsewhere. He relocated to Toledo where he dominated the beer and liquor racket until the end of Prohibition. During this time members of his gang harassed and assassinated their rivals to preserve their predominance. Licavoli ended up serving 37 years in prison before he was released in 1972.

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