Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Chiefs' last superbowl took down KC mob

In their last Super Bowl appearance on Jan 11th, 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the favored Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The game marked a break in cop efforts to bring down the Kansas City mob. Everyone was betting on the Chiefs, and Nick Civella, boss of the Kansas City Mafia, had to scramble to find bettors to take the other side.
Agents monitoring the pay telephone learned that Mafia soldier Frank Tousa was keeping tabs on Super Bowl bets and they were looking to establish a layoff source for $47,360 in bets."What are you doing about all this?” Civella said.

In 1977 Civella was convicted of illegal gambling and sentenced to prison. It was the beginning of the end for the Civella crime family.