06 May 2017

A trio of bullets for Little Augie

It didn't make much of a splash but eighty-four years ago today, the body of Little Augie Marino, 23, said to be a gangster affiliated with the Roma - Smaldone gang of Denver, Colorado, was found three bullets heavier. He had been taken for a ride and his body dumped. Denver mob boss Joseph Roma was killed the previous February so perhaps Little Augie's services weren't appreciated by the new management.


  1. Bad day to be a Colorado mobster. According to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, on this date in 1922, Colorado Mafioso Pellegrino Scaglia was shot to death. The subcommittee reported that killing of Scaglia caused "such a crisis in the Colorado and Kansas City Families that a 'general assembly' of LCN leaders had to be called in New York to resolve the dispute." (Pellegrino Scaglia narrowly avoided being stabbed to death at St. Louis in 1910. He was arrested in that city the following year when New York wanted him in connection with a murder. Guy really got around.)

  2. BTW, I haven't personally confirmed the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations' report of Scaglia's death, and I am aware that there are some errors in the subcommittee's chronology.

  3. Thank you for the addendum Tom. A quick consultation with Professor Google confirms the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations' data that Mr. Scaglia did in fact give up the ghost on 5/6. The reference being: Organized Crime: 25 Years after Valachi. For whatever that is worth.