Saturday, July 21, 2018

Trans crime kingpin 'Mr. Gill'

They called her Mr. Gill. She insisted and they obeyed. Pittsburgh gangster Dante “Tex” Gill is now the subject of a new biopic. Born in 1931 as Lois Jean Gill, she worked as a blacksmith in the Steel City’s many factories.

Gill racked up her first arrest at the age of 18, and in 1963 began moonlighting as a sex trade worker. The following year marked her first arrest for prostitution. In 1977, when local vice lord George Lee went down in a hail of bullets, Gill took over.

At the same time, the aspiring mob boss was transitioning from female to male.
He undeniably had a vicious cruel streak. Girls who knew too much about the rub parlor rackets ended up dead. At least four women with ties to Gill’s 'rub parlors' were murdered or died under mysterious circumstances. For years the crime kingpin raked in millions from his illegal operations until he was finally stopped, not by other gangsters but the IRS. Gill indulged himself in finely tailored suits, fine dining, trips to Europe and a collection of rare animals.

He was finally brought down by the US Treasury department, which in 1984 charged him with tax evasion. The IRS found the $60,000 Gill claimed as income and his lavish lifestyle didn't add up. Each of the vice lord’s scores of massage parlours was raking in more than $500,000 yearly. Gill was sentenced to 13 years in prison for tax evasion.

He died, aged 72, in 2003.
Gill and wife Cynthia Bruno Gill in 1984.