#36. . Sept 5,
P. 14, AMERICAN
FREE PRESS * September 5, 2005...
Behind the Scenes
with Michael Collins Piper
Police Chief’s Explosive Account Exposes Chicago Mob’s
Ties to CIA, Mossad
By Michael Collins Piper
eye-opening book bares new facts about the secret history of the
famed Chicago “Mafia,” revealing certain significant
never-before-told details that cast a whole new light on many events
that shaped American life (and foreign policy) during the second
half of the 20th century. Double Deal,
by Michael Corbitt, adds remarkable validation to the thesis that
Israel’s Mossad was a key player alongside the CIA and organized
crime in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Corbitt, the “mobbed-up” former chief of police of Willow
Springs, Ill., a Chicago suburb, has joined writer Sam Giancana,
nephew and namesake of legendary Chicago Mafia boss Sam Giancana,
in producing a startling 347-page expose that unveils, for the first
time, the surprising identity of the “mystery man” who
was the real “power behind the throne” in organized
crime in Chicago and whose influence reached all the way to Israel,
Panama, Iran, Las Vegas and Washington.
Corbitt, who spent a lengthy stretch in prison after being convicted
on federal racketeering charges, the culmination of a lifetime of
involvement in organized crime, admits freely to his own many misdeeds
and makes no claims of innocence. His first-hand (and often chilling)
account of life in the mob parallels many previously told stories.
Despite his famous “Mafia” name, Corbitt’s co-author,
Giancana, was never involved in the “family business.”
Some years ago he wrote Double Cross,
a best-selling account of the life and crimes of his late uncle,
who was murdered in 1975.
However, what makes the new Corbitt-Giancana book unique is that
the authors dare to say something that has never been published
anywhere before: A shadowy non- Italian gangster named Hyman “Hy”
Larner was the continuing behind-the-scenes force guiding the Chicago
mob for over 30 years.
Despite the media-ballyhooed “revolving door” of Italian-American
Mafia bosses such as Giancana and others, who were alternately jailed
or “whacked,” it was Larner who was the man continually
Beyond that, the authors reveal that much of Larner’s criminal
activity was conducted not only in concert with the CIA, but also,
in particular, with Israel’s Mossad.
Larner was not just a major figure in Chicago crime, but on the
international scene as well. He was not only a top longtime associate
of Jewish crime chief Meyer Lansky, a known Mossad collaborator,
but, effectively, Lansky’s successor when Lansky died in 1983.
According to Corbitt, he learned early on, during his mob days,
of Larner’s existence, although Larner’s presence so
high up in the mob was something neither government investigators
nor a mob-captivated media wanted to focus on. Corbitt writes:
All the other Outfit guys were in the papers
every day, their pictures plastered all over the front page of
the Tribune. But when Hy Larner’s
name was mentioned in the papers, he was described only as an
“associate” or “protégé”
of some gangster and nothing more than that. Nobody knew how deep
his contacts went or how high up. Reporters called him a “riddle”
and a “mystery man.”
As Corbitt advanced in organized crime circles
under the patronage of mob boss Giancana, he ultimately began to
learn the secret of how and why the Chicago mob was able to operate
so freely. It was the partnership with the Mossad — running
guns to Israel — that gave the Chicago mob its “get
out of jail free” card as far as U.S. government officials
At the insistence of Meyer Lansky, [Giancana]
and his pals started working with the Israeli Mossad, smuggling
weapons into the Middle East.
Everything was coming in and out of Panama, which meant that everything
was being handled by Hy Larner. Larner was without a doubt Sam
Giancana’s most trusted financial advisor.
He had everybody who was anybody in Panama — from bankers
to generals — eating out of his hand.
Once they started running guns to Israel, Larner also had the
U.S. military and its airstrips at his disposal.
And contrary to popular legend, it was not Giancana
nor another famed Chicago mobster, Johnny Roselli, who cemented
the now infamous CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro, it was Larner,
along with his partner, Lansky.
In addition, Corbitt and Giancana reveal, Larner’s associations
with other crime figures, such as New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello
and Santo Trafficante of Tampa, were equally intimate.
Larner and the two Southern Mafia figures were engaged in lucrative
guns and drugs smuggling operations in the Caribbean, not to mention
mob gambling enterprises. And as far as Larner’s association
with Lansky, Corbitt writes:
They were both absolutely brilliant when it
came to handling money, probably the best the mob had ever seen.
They were also Zionists, passionate defenders of the divine right
of Jews to occupy the Holy Land of Jerusalem. You wouldn’t
think a person’s religion would make any difference, not
when it came to a deal like the one organized crime had with the
CIA. But Hy Larner and Meyer Lansky weren’t just Zionists,
they were also mobsters who believed the end justifies the means.
Put organized crime and the U.S. government at their disposal
and you’ve got a very powerful force, a force that’s
capable of changing the face of the mob. And the world.
Larner and Giancana were also engaged in gambling
deals with casinos based in Iran, then the fiefdom of the shah of
Iran whose infamous secret police, SAVAK, was a joint creation of
the CIA and Mossad — a major point of contention when Islamic
fundamentalists overthrew the shah and forced him into exile.
Corbitt also reveals the amazing story of how Giancana, with Larner’s
help, finally got the Justice Department off his back.
THE ISRAEL-MOB CONNECTION
As much as President Lyndon Johnson and his Zionist advisors wanted
to wage war against Egypt and the other Arab states on behalf of
Israel, U.S. entanglement in Vietnam made it impossible for Johnson
However, Giancana not only put up a substantial amount of money
to help arm Israel for its 1967 war against the Arab countries,
but, in addition, Larner and Giancana arranged shipments of stolen
weapons to Israel from one of their outposts in Panama, an operation
conducted in league with the Mossad’s Panamanian-based operative,
In return for this service on behalf of Israel, Johnson ordered
the Justice Department to drop its campaign against Giancana.
But the arrangement between Giancana and Larner came to an end.
Larner, it appears, was almost certainly behind Giancana’s
1975 murder. Larner, however, continued to thrive, even as a series
of Giancana’s successors were faced with a continuing series
of federal prosecutions, widely hailed by the media as “the
end of the mob in Chicago.”
During his years in the mob, Corbitt often acted as a courier for
Larner, traveling to Las Vegas, Central America and elsewhere. According
to Corbitt, he is now certain that many of Larner’s activities
were very much a central part of the now-infamous Iran-contra affair
that rocked the Reagan- Bush administration during the 1980s.
Corbitt finally went down on corruption charges and ended up in
prison. But he was bitter at his mob allies whom he felt had betrayed
him. He offered to help the FBI put Larner away.
However, in 1997, just when it appeared the move against Larner
was under way, Corbitt was told by the FBI that the State Department
had intervened and quashed the investigation. As Corbitt put it:
“It seemed my old pal Mr. Larner had some very influential
Although Panamanian newspapers announced in 1991 that Larner had
died, rumors surfaced, several years later, that Larner was actually
very much alive, living in Flathead, Mont. Then, just as Corbitt’s
book was ready to go to press, the Miami Herald
announced that Larner had died on Oct. 12, 2002, and was going to
be buried in Skokie, Ill.
Photograph of Sam Giancana sitting in a chair.
Caption: "SAM GIANCANA,
nephew and namesake of the legendary Chicago Mafia boss
`Momo' Salvatore Guingano, (aka Sam Giancana, above), joined
with Michael Corbitt, author of Double Deal,
to show the mob’s secret collaboration with the Israeli
Mossad. Hyman `Hy' Larner was unveiled as the hidden power
behind the Mafia."
September 5, 2005.
American Free Press)