Lawrence Mangano: The Immigrant Who Became Public Enemy No. 4

Oct 14, 2009 - by Allan May - 0 Comments

Lawrence "Dago" Mangano

Lawrence "Dago" Mangano

He’s obscure now, but "Dago" Mangano was one rung away from the top of the Chicago Outfit’s ladder in 1944 when hit men pumped some 200 shotgun pellets and five .45 caliber bullets into him.

by Allan May

Lawrence "Dago" Mangano was listed by the Chicago Crime Commission as a public enemy as early as 1923. The day before his funeral in 1944 a Chicago Times article called him, "the immigrant who became ‘public enemy’ No. 4." In William Roemer’s book Accardo: The Genuine Godfather, he states, "In 1931 he (Tony Accardo) was arrested, again with a guy who would ascend the ladder and become one of the most famous names in the Chicago mob: Dago Lawrence Mangano." For someone who was rumored to be that close to the top leadership rung on the Chicago Outfit’s ladder, little is known of Mangano.

Mangano grew up in Chicago’s notorious "Patch" section, an area that also spawned "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, Frankie Pope, Albert Anselmi, and "Diamond Joe" Esposito. His first recorded prosecution was in 1912 for pandering. One source says he was arrested over 200 times, but never spent a day in prison, this being attributed to "bum raps" and "good lawyers." Another source states, "he had a long record of charges and imprisonments for vice, gambling, larceny, etc."

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