Thursday, November 4, 2010
JFK and Skinny D'Amato
JFK & Skinny D'Amato in Camden County, New Jersey during the 1960 Presidential Campaign
Here's Skinny D'Amato giving John F. Kennedy some advice. Standing in the background is Camden attorney Angelo D. Malandra
[ http://www.dvrbs.com/People/CamdenPeople-AngeloDMalandra.htm ], who represented "Jersey Joe" Walcott (aka Arnold Cream), the oldest heavyweight Champion of the World.
It was during the crucial and pivitol West Virginia primary when, according to Mob Legend, Skinny and Malandra took suitcases of cash to distribute to the local West Virginia sheriffs, whose annual convention in Atlantic City brought them to Skinny's 500 Club.
Skinny then became the manager of the Cal-Neva Lounge on the California-Nevada border when his Pal Frank Sinatra and Frank's partner Sam Giancana owned it. Before Skinny, Frank and Sam took over, part of the Cal-Neva was said to have been owned by JFK's father Joe Kennedy, who knew Giancana from their bootlegging days.