Fiore "Fifi" Buccieri
(December 16, 1907 - August 17, 1973The Milwaukee Journal
, "Gang Boss in Chicago Dies at 65," Aug. 20, 1973, 12) was a Chicago mobster and member of the Chicago Outfit
who specialized in loansharking
As a youth, Buccieri was a member of the Chicago 42 Gang
with future Outfit boss Sam "Momo" Giancana
. He was the brother of mobster Frank Buccieri
. During the 1920s, the two men worked as gunmen for future Outfit boss Al Capone
. In 1925, Buccieri was arrested for the first time on concealed weapons
charge. During the bootleg wars of Prohibition
, Buccieri was reportedly involved in at least 10 gangland slayings. In the 1960s, following Giancana's rise to the day-to-day "boss" position in the Outfit, Buccieri served as a top enforcer and personal hitman. He was also involved in labor racketeering
and loan sharking.
As a loan shark, Buccieri would send his men to stake out employment offices. These thugs would pass out business cards to the unemployed that listed Buccieri as a, "loan officer." The mob generally viewed unemployed workers as poor loan prospects; however, Buccieri was so effective at intimidating his "juice," or "loan interest," victims that they would steal or rob to pay him off. Buccieri would often warn friends of a "juice" victim not to ride around with him, "because he is going to get...