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Frank Desimone, Sr

Birthplace: Pueblo, Colorado, United States
Death: August 04, 1967 (58)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rosario Desimone, Sr and Rosalia Desimone
Brother of Private; Dr Leon Desimone; Tanina Loria; Josephine Shasha; Dr Joseph Paul Desimone and 1 other

Occupation: Lawyer
Managed by: Larry Kenyon
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About Frank Desimone, Sr

Often listed as the successor to Jack Dragna as the boss of the Los Angeles Mafia group however it is unlikely that this extremely straight laced and sober character ever held such a lofty position within the criminal organization. The label of mob boss was applied to Desimone after he failed to adequately co-operate with law enforcement officials investigating the ill-fated Appalachian mob summit of 1957. Desimone was detained, questioned and ultimately indicted after he refused to divulge the purpose of the meeting. There is no disputing Desimone's presence at the conference however it is believed that his cousin Simone Scozzari long a power figure in Los Angeles rackets was the true leader of the L.A., family. Local authorities knew this and moved to have Scozzari deported in the early 60s. The events following the Appalachian affair lend credence to the notion that Desimone was framed or served as a front for Scozzari. With his legal practice ruined by the subsequent bad press, Desimone spent his waning years secluded in the Downey home he shared with his widowed mother until his own death in August 1967 at the age of 56.

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Frank DeSimone (left) with Johnny Roselli. Frank A. DeSimone (July 17, 1909 – August 4, 1967) was the Boss of the Los Angeles crime family from 1956 to 1967. DeSimone was the son of former don Rosario DeSimone. He was sometime referred to as "One Eye" because one of his eyes drooped.[1] Frank DeSimone's well-known nephew, Thomas DeSimone, was an enforcer for the Lucchese crime family. He was also related to Simone Scozzari and Joseph Civello.

Biography Frank DeSimone was born in 1909 in Pueblo, Colorado.[2] As a child, his family moved to California. DeSimone graduated from the University of Southern California Law School[3] passed the California bar exam, and became a lawyer in May of 1933. Soon after, DeSimone also turned to a life in crime. As his career in mob prime commenced, DeSimone was involved in one of the many botched assassination attempts on Mickey Cohen.[4] Jimmy Fratianno signaled DeSimone after a meeting with Cohen and DeSimone pulled up in a car with Frank Bompensiero, Leo Moceri, and another armed man. By the time they got past Cohen's bodyguards, Cohen escaped. With his profession as an attorney, DeSimone was usually able to avoid police scrutiny. His legal career was no front job, however-In the 1940s and 1950s, DeSimone served as lawyer for mobsters such as Jimmy Fratianno and Johnny Roselli as well as providing legal aid to others.[5]

After Jack Dragna died of a heart attack in 1956, DeSimone was elected the third official Boss of the Los Angeles crime family. Jimmy Fratianno believed DeSimone had rigged the election, and transferred to the Chicago Outfit after his release from prison a few years later. According to an informant, shortly after he became boss, DeSimone supposedly raped the wife of his underboss, Girolamo "Momo" Adamo, in front of her husband. The humiliated Momo Adamo later shot his wife, and committed suicide in their San Diego home. Marie Adamo survived her wounds and later married Frank Bompensiero. It is very uncertain if DeSimone actually committed the actions that caused "Momo" to kill himself. By all accounts, DeSimone was a strait-laced and sober character. One of his first acts as boss was attending the 1957 Appalachian mob convention along with Simone Scozzari. When the large mob conference was raided by law enforcement, DeSimone was outed as a mobster, and his underboss was deported to Italy a few years later for being an illegal immigrant.

Frank DeSimone is accused by some of ruining the Los Angeles family's reputation and integrity. Nonetheless, DeSimone was featured in Look Magazine in 1965 as one of the decade's notable figures in organized crime; DeSimone sued the magazine for libel.[citation needed] Jimmy Fratianno also blamed DeSimone in his 1953 extortion case for having been sent to Folsom prison on a six-year extortion conviction, after dealing with fellow con-artists James B. Modica (a man who 'bumped' slot machines and liquor store owners in Tarzana) and Burbank liquor store owner Dominic Raspona. Jimmy Fratianno also accused DeSimone of ruining his extortion case defense case by not recording one of the defendant's key witnesses who skipped town before being able to take the stand. DeSimone was later disbarred from practicing law because of his criminal activities.

In the 1960s, Joseph Bonanno, in a plot to take over The Commission, plotted the murder of Mafia Bosses Thomas Lucchese, Carlo Gambino, and Stefano Magaddino, and added DeSimone to the list for good measure.[6] Although never carried out, DeSimone didn't learn about that plan until after it was thwarted. This caused DeSimone to become very paranoid. During the later part of his life, he never went out during night, and lived with his elderly mother in middle class Downey, California.

Frank DeSimone died of a heart attack at age 57. After DeSimone's death, Nick Licata, DeSimone's third underboss was named the next Los Angeles Boss.


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  • Military service: Oct 17 1942 - Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Residence: 1910 - Pueblo Ward 3, Pueblo, Colorado, United States
  • Residence: 1920 - Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States
  • Residence: 1930 - Downey, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Residence: 1935 - Same House
  • Residence: 1940 - Downey Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Reference: Biographical Summaries of Notable People - SmartCopy: May 15 2020, 2:47:00 UTC
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Frank Desimone, Sr's Timeline

July 17, 1909
Pueblo, Colorado, United States
August 4, 1967
Age 58
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Age 57
Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States