Friday, August 28, 2020

Danny Greene - The Irishman

Daniel John Patrick "Danny" Greene (November 14, 1933 – October 6, 1977) was an Irish American mobster and associate of Cleveland mobster John Nardi during the gang war for the city's criminal operations during the 1970s. Competing gangsters set off dozens of bombs, many successful. Greene gained power first in a local chapter of the Longshoremen's Association, where he was elected president in the early 1960s.

Greene pushed into Cleveland rackets and began competing with the Italian-American Mafia for control of the city. He set up his own outfit called the Celtic Club. After being forced from the teamsters he began acting as an enforcer for Alex "Shondor" Birns, a Jewish mobster.

John Nardi
He became viewed as a threat by other crime figures, including Birns. The relationship between Greene and Birns began to sour. Birns put out a contract on Greene, but despite many attempts could not kill him. Greene retaliated. On March 29, 1975, Birns was blown up by a car bomb.

On May 12, an explosion destroyed Greene's building, but he was unhurt. A second, more powerful, bomb failed to explode. So began the war between Licavoli crime family and Greene's Celtic Club.

Alex "Shondor" Birns death car
In 1976, 36 bombs exploded around the Cleveland area. It is said Greene killed at least eight of the Mafia hit men sent to assassinate him, using bombs or bullets. Greene played up the stories of the Mafia's failed assassination attempts. His bravado and flamboyant behavior added to his aura of invincibility.

On May 17, 1977, Greene's longtime ally John Nardi was killed by a bomb. On October 6, 1977, Greene visited a dentist. He left the office building and approached his car. The automobile parked next to his exploded, killing Greene instantly.
Danny Greene's murder started a crime crackdown. Hitman Ray Ferritto flipped and 22 convictions were made in relation to his death. It decimated the mob in Cleveland. 'Kill the Irishman' is a 2011 American biographical crime film starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Christopher Walken, and Val Kilmer.