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Michael Anthony "Mike Rizzi" Rizzitello
Birth: Mar. 15, 1929
Montreal
Quebec, Canada
Death: Oct. 26, 2005
Palm Springs
Riverside County
California, USA

Organized Crime Figure. He was a caporegime (a high ranking "man of honor" or "Mafioso") in the Los Angeles crime family. As a "capo", he headed a crew of "Soldato" or soldiers. He first worked for the Colombo crime family in New York City in the early 1950s. After moving to California in 1956, he was convicted of armed robbery in 1962 and spent 9 years in prison. Released in 1971, he was again convicted of fraud in 1976. Three other criminal trials ended with acquittals. His last conviction was in 1988 for attempted murder. While he was sentenced in 1989 to 33 years for attempting to kill his old friend William Carroll, he died of complications from cancer at the age of 78. He was still in custody at the time of his death. Known as the "Boss of the West Coast", he was depicted in such books as 'The Last Mafioso', 'Vengeance is Mine', 'The Animal in Hollywood', and 'Breakshot', all written by mobsters-turned-informants. (bio by: Stevan Rich) 
 
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  Theresa Marie Rizzitello (1930 - 1998)*
 
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Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City)
Cathedral City
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: Mission Santa Rosa West Interior, Space 3
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Stevan Rich
Record added: Aug 16, 2011
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Michael Anthony Mike Rizzi Rizzitello
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Michael Anthony Mike Rizzi Rizzitello
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Michael Anthony Mike Rizzi Rizzitello
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