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Joseph ‘Joey Doves’ Aiuppa; Former Chicago Mafia Chief

Joseph “Joey Doves” Aiuppa, 89, who was a former head of the Chicago Mafia and onetime bodyguard to Al Capone. Originally an amateur boxer who came out of a Chicago ghetto, he was hired by Capone to protect Capone’s bootlegging, prostitution and gambling rackets. He later served as second in command to mob boss Anthony “Big Tuna” Accardo, a former enforcer for Capone, and became the ruthless king of the Mafia’s Midwest operations until his 1986 conviction for skimming $2 million in Las Vegas casino profits. Aiuppa acquired his nickname after federal wildlife agents arrested him in 1962 with hundreds of mourning doves in his car trunk. He was released in January 1996 for medical reasons from a Minnesota prison hospital. On Sunday in Chicago.


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