Murder Most Foul: Houston Police Officer Kent McGowen looking for revenge after getting dumped and the Horrific South Carolina Murdaugh Family Deaths, but it sure helps that dad is a county prosecutor and friends with the sheriff.
Suburban Houston Police Officer Kent McGowen was a Deacon in his Evangelical Church and served as a conservative Law and Order Bible Belt Texas Police Officer for several years. He was also a corrupt, abusive cop and a murderer. He killed a woman for dumping him after a couple of dates. A truly wonderful documentary about this case on YouTube titled
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McGowen got dumped by his "girlfriend," successful nurse Susan White, after a couple of dates. McGowen was furious. His first act of revenge on Susan was to go after her teenage son, Jason Aguillard, Susan retained her third husband's name, while Jason retained his Dad's name. Officer McGowen blackmailed another teen, Michael Schaeffer, a friend of Jason's at Westfield High School, who had been arrested for drug possession. This boy's job was to entice and frame Jason Aguillard, by talking Jason into buying a stolen gun from him and then McGowen would charge Jason with the very serious felony of gun running, which could have meant years in prison. Remember boys get tortured and raped in juvenile prisons. McGowen set the date and time to buy the gun at a fast food restaurant parking lot, making sure that other boys were present as witnesses. Immediately there was a problem, Jason made it clear from the beginning that he had no interest in buying a gun, Jason didn't even want to look at it.
McGowen swept in anyway, arresting Jason for multiple felonies buying a gun and possessing a stolen credit card, which Jason claimed wasn't his and was planted on him. Jason wasn't charged immediately because of conflicting stories from the boys present and pending fingerprint tests for the gun. Jason repeatedly said he didn't want to even touch it. As the gun wasn't found in his possession, another boy, with an extensive criminal record had examined it and showed an interest in buying it. While the DA was deciding whether to charge Jason, Officer McGowen convinced a Republican Conservative Judge to issue a no knock search warrant for Susan and Jason's home. Officer McGowen claimed Susan White had called the mother of the boy who set up the meeting and advised her to get an attorney, that her son might become a target of the bad people associated with this gun sale and gold her to remain silent until she talked to an attorney and the matter was sorted out. McGowen argued that she was witness tampering to protect her son and was a threat to that same witness, reminding the judge that Jason was charged with a very serious felony. The Judge granted the no knock warrant authorizing the entry into Susan White's home. Which led to McGowen entering Susan White's home with the warrant squad but strangely enough, McGowen waited until after midnight 24 HOURS AFTER THE WARRANT WAS ISSUED, entering by breaking down the door, a few seconds after entry, McGowen shot and killed Susan after saying she had a gun, which McGowen said she pointed at him. Jason was arrested in only his underpants. Oddly McGowen lead the way, ignoring procedure to secure the premises first, instead heading directly for her bedroom, where he immediately shot and killed her. Normally, officers systematically take control of and secure a premises in effecting an arrest warrant. There was no reason to wait to serve the warrant, except McGowen hadn't finished his plan for that evening.
"One day you'll believe me but by then I'll be dead, and it'll be because Kent McGowen killed me," she'd said."
While serving as a contract police officer, basically acting as a security guard for a wealthy neighborhood, who was paid for by the Olde Oakes Community and not taxpayers, Officer McGowen would stop by Susan White's house almost every day, volunteering to be a strong male presence in Jason's life and keep him out of trouble. When that didn't work, he started stopping Jason and writing him multiple tickets, harassing him any way he could. On the surface, Joseph Kenton McGowen must have seemed like a model candidate for a career in law enforcement. He had been raised in a religious Evangelical, wealthy Texas ranching family. His father, William, owned McGowen Land and Cattle Co. in Hockley, northwest of Houston. At age 18, McGowen married Michelle Morgan, his sweetheart from Lee High School in Houston. The couple have three children: two boys, ages 8 and 10, and a 6-year-old daughter. But beneath the All-American family façade lay a troubled marriage and a dangerous, egotistical, arrogant misogynist. Michelle would claim in her divorce that McGowen constantly cheated on her with many other women and was verbally abusive and threatening to her during their marriage. She eventually remarried him, but the same behavior immediately reappeared.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Years ago an elderly friend of mine, who I knew from church, was hit by a car driven by a car dealership employee at a three way intersection, Bascomb Carmel Road at Lovejoy Lane, all of which were governed by stop signs. The dealership employee had not stopped at his stop sign at the intersection, while she had. The car dealership employee immediately left their vehicle and went to the Cherokee County Policeman and began speaking to him. After about 5 minutes, the officer came over to my friend and asked for he driver's license. He then issued her a ticket, she asked why hadn't he asked for her statement. The officer said he already knew what happened.
After 12:30 a.m. Officer Kent McGowen and the other 2 deputies, Michael Malloy and Todd Morong, banged on Susan White's doors/windows, to arrest her. She came to the door, but refused saying McGowen should leave her property, she then called 9-1-1 instead. Meanwhile, McGowen radioed the duty sergeant asking for permission to break into the house. As the back door flew open, the burglar alarm blared, and McGowen -- his gun drawn -- charged inside, heading straight through the laundry room, the kitchen and then down the hallway straight towards Susan White's bedroom. In his statement Officer McGowen said he stood in the bedroom doorway, pointing his semi-automatic pistol at Susan White and ordered White to drop her gun----White's .25-caliber pistol was found on the bed by McGowen and one of the other two deputies after the shooting. In his statement to investigators and later at his trial, McGowen claimed that White turned and faced him and raised her pistol at him with her right hand. When she did, McGowen says, he fired at her three times. Later he would brag to a jailer that he had shot White first in the head and then twice in the torso -- in reverse order of the method recommended in a federal law enforcement training films. White was taken into the living room where she was pronounced dead by paramedics after efforts to save her life. Several of his fellow officers noticed that McGowen began bragging about the shooting a perpetrator as the ultimate in crime fighting, the equal of arresting Al Capone. He told other officers that he wanted to mount his shell casings on a plaque to memorialize his first kill. When another officer asked him why would he do that? He said that was what officers like those who got Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger did. But several officers questioned if shooting a mother in her home on a no knock warrant was the best example of heroic law enforcement.
"And I say, 'Well, I think you need to write a ticket.' And he says, 'No, the captain says we don't have to write tickets. As a matter of fact, I don't even carry a ticket book anymore.'"
A dispatcher reports that McGowen asked to be assigned to the Houston Galleria "because that's where the pussy is." And McGowen -- who was investigated by internal affairs on allegations of the sexual harassment of a female officer -- then boasted how he practically had his own harem at the Galleria.
"He got over to the district and was bragging about getting all these women," says the sergeant. "And he said, 'Yeah, I've only had one that made me wear a condom. I finally broke down and wore one. But then it broke, so that taught her.' He didn't think much of women."
And the sergeant didn't think much of McGowen. He took his chance to write his true opinion when McGowen resigned from Houston Police Department in 1989. In his report, the sergeant said that the only future law enforcement job that McGowen might be suited for would be one where he could work alone, have few or no responsibilities and kept away from the general public, especially anywhere with women present.
McGowen reapplied to HPD in 1991, and the sergeant says he was asked to change his exit report to help McGowen, a fellow officer. He refused. One of the contrary, investigators assigned to Susan White's murder says that despite the sergeant's steadfastness McGowen was allowed to take two psychological evaluations when he tried to hire on again at HPD. He failed both. The evaluations -- one conducted by a HPD staff psychiatrist, the other by a doctor at Baylor College of Medicine -- concluded that McGowen had violent tendencies and a disdain of women and minorities, but did get along well with fellow white men.
"I wrote [the exit report] the way I wrote it because I didn't want him back," says the sergeant. "I felt that he was a danger, that if the city took him back, they'd be leaving themselves wide open for anything that happened. Because I really felt that something might happen. I said, 'Somebody's going to die out here.'"
Unfortunately for Susan White, no one at the Harris County Sheriff's Department bothered to read the sergeant's report. Or if they did, they didn't care.
Another case turned up, a teenage boy was driving through McGowen's apartment complex. McGowen stopped him and said he knew that he was up to something, the boy actually lived in the complex and was dating a girl in McGowen's building. The encounter escalated, McGowen grabbed the boy out of the car and beat the hell out of him, including pulling his gun and pistol whipping him. The boy was in fear of his life. Because of the threats from McGowen, a police officer, the boy never filed charges.
In Texas, peace officers must be certified by the state's Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. To be licensed by the commission, an applicant must have received 560 hours of law enforcement training. (In contrast, a hairdresser needs 1,500 hours of training for state certification. In the words of one assistant district attorney, "A bad hair day is obviously infinitely more important than whether you are killed by a police officer in Texas.")
To keep the license without having to submit to new psychological screening and drug testing, an officer can't go more than six months without holding a commission -- that is, without having a job, paid or unpaid, with a law enforcement agency. Many former officers who have moved on to other careers are able to retain their certifications by becoming reserve officers -- unpaid volunteers -- usually in small cities or counties that can't afford a large number of paid officers.
In his resignation letter to the HPD, dated December 20, 1988, and effective January 9, 1989, McGowen indicated that his decision was based on his desire to become a full-time student and earn a college degree. Shortly after leaving HPD, however, McGowen applied with the Tomball Police Department to become a volunteer reserve officer, a job that would allow him to keep his state certification. The population of Tomball Texas was 10,753 in 2010 and the starting police salary is about $35,000 a year. while Houston had a population of 2,099,451 and starting police salary is $58,000 a year. According to Kent McGowen, he chose to work for Tomball Texas Police Department. I doubt it.
McGowen was chosen as the department's representative on the Harris County Organized Crime Task Force. Questions arose in regard to what McGowen charged the task force for mileage, though not official action occurred.
"He was always working on a big case," says Michna, who had retired as a captain from HPD after 21 years of service. "Whenever you talk to policeman wannabes, they're always working on that big one. 'Got a big one fixing to go down tomorrow.'"
Although he was beginning to have his doubts about McGowen, Michna, who is now assistant chief deputy constable for the Precinct 5 constable's office, says there was nothing he could really put his finger on -- that is, until the day McGowen came to the Tomball station to tell Michna there had been a threat on his life.
"He said he had received a page on his pager, returned the call and the man had threatened to kill him," says Michna, who decided to check out the story. The phone number was still in the beeper, and Michna traced it to an oil field supply company in north Harris County. Michna drove there and started asking questions. A nervous 45-year-old oil field equipment salesman denied any knowledge of the calls. Still, Michna says, he knew there was something strange afoot and asked the salesman to call him later.
"Turns out this guy calls me back," says Michna, "and he says, 'Look, chief, I don't want to go to the penitentiary. I'm a businessman. McGowen's daddy is a very wealthy man. And he told me that he wants his son out of law enforcement. And he wanted me to call and scare him. And that's what I did for him. Because his daddy promised me a big order."
"It was so crazy," says Michna, "that I finally told Kent that I didn't know what was going on in his life, but I knew that he was going to do something that was going to embarrass somebody. And when it happens I do not want the headlines in the paper to say 'Kent McGowen, Tomball police officer.' So I told him I was pulling his commission."
During the next year, Michna says he was besieged with calls from McGowen. One day, he says, McGowen would call and claim to have a job with an area law agency. The next day, Michna says, McGowen would call back accusing him of costing him his new job and threatening to get even. After several such calls, Michna had had enough. https://www.houstonpress.com/news/killer-behind-the-badge-6572421
McGowen lost another job as a reserve deputy after being accused of a civil rights violation complaint, according to the Harris County District Attorney's office after reviewing McGowen's employment records. Despite this in October 1990 McGowen was hired by the Harris County Sheriff's Department.
There are two tiers of sheriff's deputies in Harris County: district and contract. District Deputies are regular employees, patrolling public streets and private businesses in their own area within their department's jurisdiction for a particular shift. Contract deputies receive pay from civic associations and provide security for upscale subdivisions with low crime rates. Basically it was the equivalent of a private security guard with a real badge, McGowen was assigned to patrol Olde Oaks, an affluent Houston suburb subdivision in the northwest part of Harris County, by the summer of 1992.
One person to whom she did turn for support was Helen Bazata. An old friend of White's who was running a modeling agency at the time, Bazata says she and White talked on an almost daily basis. White worked for a finance company but had, with Bazata's help, landed a few modeling assignments. She also enrolled in an acting class.
White complained to her that a Harris County deputy -- Joseph Kent McGowen -- had once again pulled her over as she drove through the quiet neighborhood in her white convertible BMW.
"He was hitting on her," says Bazata, "and she just wished he would leave her alone."
White had developed a friendship with Ray Valentine, a man 13 years her senior. Valentine says he and White met at Del Friscos Steak House, a FM 1960-area restaurant, where they had dinner together a half-dozen times during a two-month period before she was killed. Sometimes they would be joined at Del Friscos by C.J. Harper, a captain with the sheriff's department, one of the many local law officers Valentine had come to know in his long tenure as producer of the Shrine Circus in Houston and 53 other cities.
Then McGowen turned his rage and need for revenge on Susan's son, Jason. McGowen pulled Jason over repeatedly for several traffic violations. After a short period, Susan realized that McGowen was taking out his vendetta against her by persecuting her son.
"She was scared to death of him," says Valentine. "I thought she was just hysterical about it. But she told me, 'Well, I guess you and everybody else will believe me when he kills me or Jason or both.' And about 12 days later he did."
On Sunday, August 23, White and Valentine were again having dinner at Del Friscos when they received a call on Valentine's portable phone. On the other end was Jason's girlfriend, calling to let White know that her son had just been arrested by Deputy McGowen. Valentine drove White to the nearby strip center parking lot of Cliff's Hamburgers along FM 1960, where Jason was being accused of selling a stolen gun to one of McGowen's so-called "confidential informants," another teenager who also happened to be Jason's best friend.
Valentine says when they arrived on the scene he introduced himself to McGowen and told him that he and White were there to see how they could help.
"He took his gun and stuck it in my face," Valentine recalls. At that point, according to the testimony of several witnesses at McGowen's murder trial, White, who had apparently been drinking, began shouting obscenities at the deputy. Jason was placed in the back of a patrol car and taken to the sheriff's department's Cypresswood substation, where he was detained for several hours before being transferred to one of the downtown jails. Prosecutors on duty at the jail thought so little of the evidence that they refused to charge Jason with a firearms violation, but they did hold him on two counts of credit card abuse. For much of the next 24 hours Susan White tried to cut through the county red tape to free her son on bond.
It took her until 9:30 on Monday night to finally get Jason out of jail. She had been in contact by phone with Ray Valentine for much of the day as he drove to Wichita Falls in preparation for an upcoming Shrine Circus. Exhausted and a nervous wreck, White called Valentine for the last time around 11:30 that evening. Valentine says White voiced fears that McGowen would show up at her house. The last thing he remembers her saying was that she had taken two Valiums and was going to go to sleep.
"I told her that sounded like a damn good idea," he recalls.
Meanwhile, according to Harris County authorities who investigated White's murder, McGowen was outraged when he learned that the weapons charge against Jason had been ignored. The investigators say a revenge-seeking McGowen concocted a tale to obtain a warrant for the arrest of Susan White -- a warrant that accused her of threatening the life of his in-formant. According to trial testimony, McGowen, after several hours of trying, was able to cajole an assistant district attorney into okaying the warrant, and the piece of paper approving the arrest of Susan White was signed by a judge.
According to trial testimony, McGowen gave the prosecutor the impression that his informant's life was in imminent danger. But rather than immediately arresting White, McGowen went home after obtaining the warrant. The next afternoon, August 24, he returned to work. It was not until after midnight, early on Tuesday the 25th, that McGowen, accompanied by two other deputies, drove to 3407 Amber Forest, ostensibly to finally arrest the woman who he claimed was an IMMEDIATE life and death threat to the teenage boy/informant he used to set up Susan White's son, Jason. On March 1994, after six days of testimony, McGowen was convicted of murder. However, prosecutors, not to mention White's family, were shocked when the jury sentenced him to just 15 years in prison. Under Texas law, a defendant sentenced to 15 years or less can remain free on bond while his conviction is appealed. At least one juror in the McGowen trial has said that he and other jurors were unaware of that provision of the law, and if they had known they would have imposed a lengthier sentence. McGowen's Attorney Clint Greenwood admits that McGowen's defense team "stayed out of the character issue," while maintaining his innocence. "If he wanted to commit a murder," Greenwood says, "he wouldn't have brought along witnesses. If you set out to murder someone, you don't do it with a roomful of witnesses." Greenwood knew that McGowen would be granted a new trial on appeal, based on the argument that the court denied the defense the right to make on opening statement. He was right. The first trial gave McGowen a 15 year sentence, which was put on hold until his appeals were exhausted, He was allowed out on bail. If he had a sentence over 15 years, he would have remained in jail until his final sentence was resolved. In his first trial, his attorney was not allowed an opening statement. But, as Oscar Wilde said, be careful what you wish for. There is always the awful chance you will get it and then you will be in real trouble. While the evidence of appellant's guilt was compelling, it was not overwhelming. To the extent that we are able to perform a meaningful harmless error analysis in this case, we have “grave doubts” about the error's effect on the outcome of the trial. Therefore, under Appellate Rule 44.2(b), we do not find the error to be harmless. Accordingly, we sustain appellant's point of error, reverse the trial court's judgment and remand for a new trial.
But far more serious complications lie ahead for those involved, White's son Jason Aguillard now lives with his father in Baton Rouge. He has filed a $3 million federal lawsuit against McGowen, the Harris County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Johnny Klevenhagen. Jason Aguillar is represented by Blair Davis, a former assistant district attorney, who says the department was on notice that McGowen was a rogue cop and should have never hired him. There are a lot of questions as to why anyone would hire a man like Ken McGowen to work for them in law enforcement.
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In the 2nd Trial Kent McGowen was again found guilty, this time with a 20 year sentence, which required him to be taken into custody and imprisoned immediately. McGowen is now appealing his a 20 year sentence from his second trial, so far, all of his appeals were denied. So his defense teams successful appeal to get a new trial, worked, plus their victory in Appellate Court got McGowen a TWENTY YEAR SENTENCE, FIVE YEARS LONGER IN PRISON.
The Chicago Outfit and their Boss Tony Accardo didn't tolerate problems, America's #1 Safe Cracker was going to learn that personally. The Mafia's longest serving boss was no one to mess with.
Mafia Boss Paul Costellano killed in front of Sparks Steakhouse by John Gotti
Don Vito Genovese attempted the assassination of Mafia Boss Frank Costello by hitman Vincent "The Chin" Gigante in 1957, but missed. Genovese was probably the most cold-blooded Mafia Boss since the Mustachio Pete's. Costello retired with his stream of income intact, but turning over his power to Genovese, who then made the biggest mistake in Mafia history. Don Vito Genovese held his coronation in Apalachin NY near Binghampton, (the hometown of Rod Serling), at Mobster Joe Barbara's house. Police figured something big was going on when all the chauffeurs and limousines showed up in town and decided to raid Barbara's home. Mobsters like future boss Carlo Gambino would never forgive Genovese for being arrested there. In retaliation, former bosses Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello are believed to have set Genovese up for the heroin trafficking arrest which put him prison until his death in 1969.
Frank Costello would take revenge on usurper Don Vito Genovese, both he and Lucky Luciano would get the last laugh.
Brilliant Lucky Luciano overthrew the Sicilian Mustachio Pete's and turned the Mafia into a business. He was far more concerned with profits and low profiles than acclaim. He created the Mafia Commission which ruled the Mafia until the death of Vincent Gigante in 2005.
Bugsy Siegel and some of his pals ambushed and killed Joe Masseria in the Nuova Villa Tammaro Restaurant, 2715 West 15th Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn New York. A clever reporter put an Ace of Spades, the death card, in Joe "The Boss's" hand as a gimmick and grisly joke for his story. Masseria heard rumors that Luciano was getting too powerful, too rich and wasn't totally loyal. Masseria hired Joe Adonis to hit him. Adonis warned Luciano, who invited Masseria to dinner in Coney Island. Immediately before Bugsy Siegel and Albert Anastasia's Murder Incorporated hit team entered, Luciano left to use the bathroom. Bugsy and his crew entered the restaurant and took care of business, April 15, 1931.
Years later Frank Costello described Reles as the canary who could sing but never learned to fly. Albert Anastasia is believed to have bribed police officers to push him out the window.
Finally it got so bad, that lifelong buddy Meyer Lansky could no longer defend him. A contract was issued and executed at Virginia Hill's Los Angeles home.
Mafia Prime Minister Frank Costello was born Francesco Castiglia to an Italian Grocery Store owner and his wife. Frank made a decision in the early 1920's to change his name to the Irish Costello so he sounded more American and to protect his parents. Few people know that Lou Costello of Abbott and Costello made the same decision in the 1920's. He was born Louis Cristillo. Lou chose Costello to sound more American adopting the Irish name Costello too to aid his Hollywood and Vaudeville career.
Old St. Raymond's Cemetery Bronx New York
Frank Costello Castiglia lies buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in Queens about 8 miles away from his pals.
While in the yard at the US Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Don Vito Genovese walked up to Joe Valachi and gave him the kiss of death. If you remember Godfather II (1974) Michael walks up to his brother Fredo in Cuba and gives him the Kiss of Death for betraying him and the family.
The only photo of Mafia Capo di Tutti Capi Salvatore Maranzano, a police photo of his body. A lot of websites mistakenly identify a British mobster of the same name as the real Godfather. Luciano's assassins ran down the stairway and ran into Mad Dog Coll, telling him that Luciano had assassinated Maranzano, which cancelled his contract.
Luciano allegedly helped pay part of $100,000 to a Puerto Rican drug dealer to falsely implicate Genovese in a drug deal. On July 7, 1958, Genovese was indicted on charges of conspiring to import and sell narcotics. The government's star witness was Nelson Cantellops, a Puerto Rican drug dealer who claimed Genovese met with him. On April 4, 1959, Genovese was convicted in New York of conspiracy to violate federal narcotics laws. On April 17, 1959, Genovese was sentenced to 15 years in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, where he tried to run his crime family from prison. In his book, Five Families, longtime New York Times organized-crime reporter Selwyn Raab wrote that a number of detectives, lawyers and organized crime experts have questioned the legitimacy of Genovese's conviction. For instance, longtime NYPD detective Ralph Salerno argued that "anyone who understands the protocol and insulation procedures" of the Mafia would find it "almost unbelievable" that a crime boss would be directly involved in a drug operation. Wikipedia
Anthony Accardo was the boss of the Chicago Outfit, the Mafia in Chicago, and the immediate successor to Al Capone, and the 2nd most powerful mafia chief after the Mafia Capo di Tutti Capi Vincent Gigante/John Gotti/Paul Castellano, who was murdered by Gott in front of Spark Steak House on 12/22/91/Carl Gambino/Vito Genovese/Frank Costello and Lucky Luciano who founded the Commission which governed the Mafia in 1931, after the Castellammarese War, in which Luciano overthrew the "Mustachio Petes"/Old Sicilian Gangsters. Luciano turned the Mafia into a business, a business which only cared about profits and which only kills our own Mafia Members. Accardo outlived them all, retiring in the late 1970's. Accardo owned a house which could have been described as a palace. In the 1960's Accardo became, like Capone, the target of the IRS. So he sold it and bought this much more modest house.
So these geniuses came up with a plan to burglarize Chicago Crime Boss Tony Accardo's home. Which they did while Tony and his wife were in Palms Springs California. It didn't take Tony long to figure out who did it and his wrath was quick and sure, Nine members of the Mendell Burglary Ring were sent to the morgue. But one suffered a far worse punishment than the others. And the reason was the dumbest of all.
The only man dumber than Mendell was his associate Vincent Moretti. Moretti was a tough Mafia soldier with 25 years experience. He helped burglarize Accardo's home, but STUPIDLY was seen wearing Tony Accardo's Cuff Links in public days after the burglary, Nine men were executed by the Outfit within the month, but I can't even describe what they did to Moretti. By the way, Moretti was an ex-cop. When they got done with Moretti, there wasn't much left to autopsy.
Chicago Outfit Boss Accardo became the official boss in the early 40's but had been acting boss since the 1930's. In 1957, Accardo "retired" appearing to turn over power to Sam Giancana, but continued as the ultimate profiteer and authority. Accardo was never happy with Giancana, Giancana was arrested in 1965 and fled to Mexico in 1966, extradited to the US in 1974. Accardo used Giancana as a front man even while he was in exile to take the heat off of the actual leadership, himself included. Accardo finally approved Giancana to be hit on June 19, 1975, when he was murdered while cooking sausages. If you saw Robert DeNiro in Casino, Accardo was the real boss who sent Rosenthal to Las Vegas to run the real Stardust Casino/Tangiers. Frank Rosenthal and muscle Tony Spilotro answered to him personally.
South Carolina DA Alex Murdaugh, his family and "hit and run" victim Stephen Smith. The DA's Son Buster was a close friend of the dead boy. One police investigator argued that the scene looked staged. The boy had suffered horrific injuries and yet there were NO evidence of the car, which it was claimed hit him: no broken headlight, no broken turn signal, no car paint, no skid marks etc. The boy had multiple injuries, including a savagely crushed skull, which were more reminiscent of horrific beating by something like a baseball bat, not a car "hit and run". The boy's skull injuries are so extensive, that this investigator questions whether they could be the result of a gunshot wound. Suddenly the investigator is fired by the sheriff, after going to the press questioning the direction of the investigation. Stephen's Mom never buys the hit and run story, feeling like this investigator, that her son was beaten to death and his body staged at the scene.