In the world of the Chicago Outfit (and other Mafias), every member has the equivalent to a guardian angel. Sam Giancana’s guardian angel was Paul Ricca. Obviously, Paul’s death in 1972 paved the way for the Giancana assassination in 1975. There is no doubt that two enterprising hoods, Joe ‘Joey O’ Aiuppa (or Joey O’Brien) and Jackie ‘The Lackey’ Cerone, were on board with the idea of seeking Anthony ‘Joe Batters’ (or Joe B) Accardo’s support in knocking down Giancana.
Giancana did not like Cerone. Cerone loved the limelight that Giancana had and was eager to acquire it for himself. This could not have escaped Giancana’s notice. Beyond that, Cerone was very much angered by Giancana’s decision to ignore Accardo’s advice a decade earlier that Cerone be made an underboss. Giancana’s exact words to Accardo were, “I’ll be my own underboss.”
Aiuppa was strictly focused on the money-making opportunities he would gain if Giancana were out of the way. Giancana had his hands in a great deal of gaming operations abroad, through fellows like Red Lerner. Giancana was internationally known and known well. All those valuable contacts and money-making opportunities could be Aiuppa’s, if he played his cards right.
The decision was ultimately made by Accardo, allowing Aiuppa and Cerone to have Giancana knocked down. Aiuppa’s ‘right arm’ was James ‘Turk’ Torello and Cerone’s man was Johnny DiFronzo. Both Torello and DiFronzo were in different crews. However, both crews were assigned to the Giancana hit and the two groups accomplished the goal together. Turk’s crew finished the job, however, Cerone’s crew made it possible.
June of 1975 was the month that Joey O and Jack Cerone would become the elite faction of the Chicago Outfit. Joey became boss and Jackie his underboss. Accardo sat back and gave advice whenever the two executives consulted him.