||Los Angeles| Anthony Fiato
Birth: August 31, 1949
Fiato grew up in Boston's Hanover Street area. At seventeen, he moved to Hollywood. He rose in rank to enforcer and street boss. Fiato worked with mobsters Anthony Spilotro, John Roselli, Mike Rizzitello,"Crazy Joey" Gallo, Pete Milano, J.R. Russo, and Jimmy Fratianno. Fiato was a feared member of the L.A.Mafia.. Consigliari Jack LoCicero sponsored Fiatos' membership into the Los Angeles Mafia. Anthony "the Animal" Fiato and his vicious crew were the enforcing arm of the Los Angeles Mafia. Fiato's Jewish partner Puggy Zeichick bankrolled a seven figure juice loan operation that was backed by Fiato's mob muscle. Fiato and Zeichick incorporated all the top west coast Jewish bookies into their gambling syndicate.. Law enforcement and Mafiosi alike referred to Anthony Fiato and Puggy Zeichick as the Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky of Los Angeles. Anthony Fiato was well liked and respected by Mafiosi all over the country. Mafia cutthroats Anthony "the Animal" Fiato and Mike "Rizzi" Rizzitello were the vicious muscle overseeing east coast Mafia operations in Los Angeles. Gambino Family member Guido" the Bull" Penosi cut Anthony "the Animal" Fiato in for a big piece of his "sky-is-the-limit". poker game that was located in a ritzy Sunset Strip high-rise.. As Mafia boss Pete Milano was counting his end from the poker game an F.B.I.bug picked up Milano praising Fiato to capo Louie Gelfuso saying , " finally someone knows how to get things done the right way in this Family". "Anthony is worth ten men". Fiato's violent life of crime is graphically depicted in the best selling book The Animal In Hollywood : Anthony Fiato's Life in the Mafia, by John L. Smith.
Fiato says Denise Brown was his girlfriend, Witnesses and photos show the two together shacked up at swanky Coply Plaza hotel in Boston. In the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Tony and Larry Fiato testified on September 19. They claimed that they heard detective Philip Vannatter say he suspected that O.J. Simpson murdered Nicole Brown, revealing that perhaps Vannatter was not impartial. Judge Ito ordered the press to turn off the television camera and microphones to protect the Fiato brothers from endangerment, if their identities became widely known.
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