Tony Accardo is Joe Batters
The Last Untold Story of the 20th Century
Accardo had secrets, not the boyish yarns of pranks and horseplay, but Hitchcockian tales of the macabre. He owned Las Vegas, from the Desert Inn and Sahara to the Stardust and Caesars. Why has this story never been told? Accardo killed everyone in his path. Ruling his criminal empire from the depths of the shadows, he influenced national policy, exploited the FBI, owned Supreme Court Justices and fixed presidential elections. Add in the mobbed-up careers of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack, every gangster from Al Capone to John Gotti crossed his path.
With the passing of Tony Accardo (aka Joe Batters) in 1992, America lost forever the inside story on Jimmy Hoffa, Sam Giancana, Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, Johnny Roselli, Lee Harvey Oswald, Marilyn Monroe, and President John F. Kennedy.
Arguably some of the most scandalous assassinations of the 20th century, if anyone in history knew where the bodies were buried, it was “Joe Batters.”
"This kid's a real Joe Batters." -Al Capone
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About the Author
Neil Gordon is the author of the sensationally terrifying book Joe Batters, the definitive work on Tony Accardo and The Chicago Outfit. A creation of nonfiction, this is the last untold story of the 20th century.
Gordon’s story began as a kid. While growing up in Phoenix, his father Dean, a novelist of Caribbean intrigue, surrounded his son with tales of mystery, suspense, and adventure. In 1972 when The Godfather premiered at the Cine Capri Theater, it was an eye-opener, and Gordon was hooked into the history and lore of the Mafia.
A graduate of DU’s Hotel and Restaurant School, Gordon career included owner/operator of a Scottsdale steakhouse and blues club, and ten year stints as Senior Buyer with City Meats Phoenix and Vice President of Meat Operations at Braunger Foods in Sioux City, Iowa.
While vacationing in Nova Scotia where his father grew up, a stop at what was once his great-great uncle’s house changed Gordon’s life. The man renovating the house happened to be Chicago’s mob boss Tony Accardo’s illegitimate son, Stephen. Stephen’s mother, who survived a mob hit and attempted kidnapping, was one of many affairs Tony Accardo took to his grave. The story of Joe Batters started to manifest. After nearly ten years of research, writing, and editing, Neil Gordon is excited to share Joe Batters with Mafia fans around the globe.
Bill Emblom, Amazon Review
I give this book a five star rating yet I admit being a gangster is a disgusting way to make a living. This book is really a book of losers in society. The language in the book, as you would expect, is course, and murders in any disgusting way imaginable, populate the book on most of the pages. The life of a gangster is one of either an early death or a life spent in prison. Tony Accardo was one who managed to live into his eighties but a life of cigarettes eventually got the best of him. In short, the men in this book are losers in society even though they may become well known or infamous, well known for something bad.
The book does contain interesting scenarios as to the deaths of President John Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe Dorothy Kilgallen, and Jimmy Hoffa. The total truth of these stories passed into history with the death of Tony Accardo. The longest life is short in time and the life of a gangster may appear glamorous but they contribute nothing positive to society. I found a mistake on page 247 where the author mentions that Crazy Joe Gallo was killed at Umberto's Clam House "in broad daylight." Gallo was killed in the early morning hours around 2:00 a.m. In addition Fred "Killer" Burke is usually mentioned as one of the shooters in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. This book claims Tony Accardo and Gus Winkler were the triggermen.
Craig Morrison, Amazon Review
This was good in the fact that its the first book written about Accardo that is not simply a rehash of stuff taken from newspapers or parts of other books. Yes some of the dialog was assumed and sometimes a little corny but there was finally some new info about him,instead of the same old stuff that everyone has already seen a hundred times.