June 19, 1975

Oak Park, Illinois

Mobster Salvatore “Sam” Giancana is shot and killed in his home

Giancana was scheduled to appear at a committee meeting involving an alleged collusion between the CIA and Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. Shortly before this meeting, the police detail assigned to guard his house was recalled. The same night, Giancana was killed in his kitchen. He was shot in the back of the head and fell forward, then his killer turned him over and shot him six more times in the face and neck.

Though Giancana’s murder is unsolved, he was not without enemies and several theories exist as to who killed him, including a hit from either rival mafia members, members of his own syndicate to keep him quiet, or the CIA itself due to his links to the agency.

Warning: the following picture is graphic


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