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The second the door shut, Ernie The Greek knew something was wrong and began to turn around so he could confront Randazzo about his odd behavior. Around the same time as Dunaway and Vassalo were murdered, Ernie Kanakis went into business with the local mob and indirectly the Giacalone brothers. Divorced from his wife, he had a new girlfriend and in his mind, had successfully outrun all the demons from his past. The Giacalone brothers and Marchesani are each indicted, and the Detroit mafia soon had much more important concerns on their mind than the money owed to them by one, somewhat inconsequential local half-wiseguy. Instead of going to the government and requesting assistance to save his restaurant, Kanakis decided to go the mob. Disturbed by the chain of events, but not quite ready to make their adversary disappear, the mafia gave Ernie the Greek a temporary pass. Ernie the Greek was no dummy. They picked him as their representative. And with that, in essence, Kanakis signed his own death warrant. Biding its time, a trait of deliberate homicidal plodding that was a trademark of the Detroit mafia since its inception, Dunaway was murdered in and Vassalo in John Palmer disappeared in , shortly after his release from prison on un-related felony charges. For several decades the area has been a popular nightlife district and local police officers were once explicitly instructed not to socialize in the booming ethnic enclave when off duty. The rebuilding effort quickly went south and Kanakis could not afford to repay his loan to Marchesani, who at that point, was demanding double the interest the two parties had agreed upon from the outset. He should have been killed instantly. There was always a lot of different kind of activity going on at all hours of the day. Back at the house, Siragusa and Randazzo died instantly, while Nick Ditta held on long enough to make it up the stairwell and call Following his involvement in the carnage-soaked basement massacre, Ernie The Greek went on trial for murder and was eventually acquitted of all charges on the grounds of self-defense. Immediately after the pair of wiseguys entered the house, Randazzo made a quick left turn and opened the door to his basement, inviting Kanakis to lead the way down the stairs. On several occasions in public, he threatened to kill him and his entire family if he did not make good on the outstanding debt. Ernie the Greek was no amature, he had been dealing with seedy and conniving underworld figures for quite a bit of time and had developed a good idea about how they operated. He had not been forgotten about him at all. Pulling the gun from underneath his left pant leg, Kanakis took aim at the three men who were trying to take his life just moments previous and shoots them all at point blank range. Knowing full well that the ill will which existed between himself and Randazzo was most likely not forgotten by him or his bosses in the mafia, he agreed to help. This phenomenon carried over to his eating establishment as well, former bread and butter customers stopped eating and congregating at his diner in fear of upsetting the mafia. It was a tornado of terror and Kanakis was smack dab in the eye of the storm, seemingly bound for certain death. Eager to impress their superiors in the crime family with their effectiveness as enforcers, Vassalo, Dunaway and Palmer, each wielding blunt instruments, went overboard in their assault of Di Maggio. Before he made it, Frankie Razz jumped on his back and pushed him down the flight of stairs. They were the kind of guys who liked being gangsters and got off on the fear they instilled in people. The decision making process was over in a matter of seconds. Fleeing up the stairs and out the back door, he got into his car, drove himself to the hospital for treatment, having nurses call and report the incident to the local police. He was gruff and physically imposing, unafraid to break traditional mafia protocol and sport a thick and bushy beard, sometimes appearing more like a biker than a mobster. Plus, I think they the mob wanted his gambling business, which might have been down in profits from its peak, but was still a lucrative operation. His beef with the mob had cut into his bottom-line and was keeping people away from his restaurant. Weighing his options delicately, Kanakis decided to take his chances on the street and avoid certain imprisonment by showing up and providing testimony at the highly-publicized trial. Not knowing it at the time and to his great dismay, Ernie Kanakis was about to be unwittingly flung into the center of the whole thing. Leave the loans to us. At the same time, he also knew that by testifying against Tony Jack and Billy Jack in open court could mean a death sentence for himself and anybody he associated with, including his family. Randazzo was a Sicilian-born mafioso, widely-feared and highly-respected within the motor city crime syndicate and on his bad side is not where you wanted to be. It was a decision he would deeply regret for the rest of his life, but one he had no choice in making at the time. Looking for the best way to lure Ernie the Greek to his slaughter without arising suspicion, Tony Giacalone called upon his former business partner, Frank Randazzo. A week later and still broke, he failed to fork anything over to Bernie the Hammer when he came to collect the first installment of the loan. Within months, he was broke. Rounding up three of his foot soldiers β€” Pete Vassalo, Robert Dunaway, and John Palmer β€” Marchesani sent them to see Di Maggio with specific instructions to beat him up but not to kill him. He told of his monetary transactions with Marchesani, the threats Marchesani hurled his way when things went poorly, and his knowledge that Marchesani took orders from the mafia. That really tells you all you need to know about what kind of guy he was. Tony Jack β€” Just quit this shit about the drinking and the getting out of hand in public. That one belongs to us now. When you added up his falling out with Randazzo and Siragusa to the beef he had with Marchesani, and the fact that he testified against the mob in court, he was substantially more of a headache than he was worth. You handle all the bonding around here. He was in it for the long haul. The towel he had wrapped around the gun had been tied too tight and caused it to malfunction. This infraction of direct mob orders infuriated the notoriously-hot tempered Giacalone brothers and FBI documents allege they ordered Vassalo, Dunaway, and Palmer all to be executed as soon as possible. Accordingly, Kanakis made sure he had covered all his bases before leaving for his encounter with Randazzo on the evening of July As an extra measure of safety, he arranged for Nicopolous to be stashed in a house down the street from where Randazzo lived, just in case he ran into trouble he could not handle himself and had to call for back up. They owed Kanakis another visit, and by the dawning of the new decade it was only a matter of time before the mob looked to exact their revenge.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Once again, nothing happened. While Randazzo and Siragusa were assaulting Kanakis, a third figure emerged from his hiding spot in the back of the basement. Two weeks passed and Di Maggio still had no money to give. Pleading with an angry Marchesani for more time, Di Maggio was sent away with a warning and told he better come up with payment soon or he would be in serious trouble. Suddenly, Joe Siragusa came screaming out of the cellar shadows and began stabbing Kanakis repeatedly in the chest with an ice pick. Kanakis agreed and Randazzo closed the basement door behind them, nervously ushering his target to the pending bloodbath. This placed Kanakis in a very precarious position. However, this crime could have been deterred if the homeowner had purchased a home camera system in order to watch over his property. So keep your hands off. Guys were earning and socializing down there at the same time. It was a vicious cycle and Ernie Kanakis was stuck in the middle of it with no reprieve. He knew something was very wrong. It was Nick Ditta and he was brandishing a pistol with its barrel wrapped in a kitchen towel to act as a makeshift silencer. Starting to drive eastbound on Warren, Kanakis was on edge from the moment Randazzo, also called Frankie Rah Rah or Frankie the Pimp, got into his car. He might have no longer been into the Giacalones for money, but then he found himself in debt to Marchesani, a heavy-handed mob strong arm who in perfect underworld synchronization reported to none other than the Giacalone brothers. Giacalone allegedly informed them to send word through his brother, Billy, if there were any more issues with setting up the contract and then to report back to him after the job was completed. Finally, Kanakis armed himself with a pistol, which he strapped to a holster on his leg, kissed his wife goodbye, and left for his rendevous with the mafia β€” knowing that by doing so he was leaving life and limb in the hands of fate. He told of his distaste for the local crime syndicate and how he preferred operating on the streets independent of mob influence and direction. After a few weeks of considering his options, Ernie The Greek made yet another decision he would live to enormously regret. That should have been the end for Ernie the Greek Kanakis. The pair had had been on bad terms for a while. You respect us, we respect you. Being interviewed by a local paper on the five-year anniversary of his attempted murder, he rejected the idea that the Giacalones would still want to have him killed. By that point he had no choice. The Giacalones, plucked from the streets of Eastern Market as youths and groomed as future leaders of the mob from a very young age, ran a city-wide bookmaking and loansharking operation, and Di Maggio, a heavy sports gambler, owed them a couple of thousand dollars. The Grecian Gardens restaurant on the far West end of Monroe was a big gathering place for organized crime figures and where the Vitale brothers and their crews were centered. Approaching their delinquent target outside his home while he tended to his front lawn, they attacked him with several baseball bats and a led pipe, beating him so badly he died later that same day at a local hospital. He was outwardly displaying signs of extreme nervousness and anxiety, constantly watching his rear-view mirror, commenting he was paranoid about government surveillance and badgering Kanakis about whether or not he had been followed he had told anybody about where he going that night. They would make certain that their target was lulled into a sufficient state of relaxation and security, before they struck again. Six years went by and it appeared, at least on the surface that tensions between Ernie Kanakis and the mob had cooled down significantly. Although making no direct statement regarding either of the Giacalone brothers personally while on the stand, Ernie the Greek did speak on the record at great length about his relationship with their top lieutenant, Bernie the Hammer Marchesani. Now, get out of here! While suspicious, Ernie the Greek was broke and needed the money. Bernie the Hammer had little sympathy for Ernie The Greek and viewed him as a mark. A devilish grin imprinted on his face, Ditta took two steps toward Kanakis, put the gun to his temple, and pulled the trigger. Just like in the basement of his diner, things were cooking from the start down in Greektown. It was known he could handle a gun. Here is an excerpt from an FBI wiretap that was placed in the Home Juice Company, the Giacalone brothers headquarters in the s, where Tony Jack and Billy Jack were browbeating a colleague for trying to loan out money in their territory. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}The air in the city of Detroit was thick and muggy, the weather sweltering, carrying on a heat wave that had blanketed the area since the beginning of the month. Di Maggio was well aware of the Giacalones reputation and knew he had to go to all lengths in order to fix the situation immediately. He also took the time to handwrite a note and leave it with his wife, with instructions to deliver it to the FBI if something were to happen to him while allegedly helping Frankie Razz move his safe. The note was addressed to an FBI agent he had developed a relationship with in his years on the streets, and in it, he relayed the events leading up to his meeting with the mob that evening and informed him that law enforcement should focus on Randazzo and his cronies if he were to wind up dead or missing. The Detroit mafia had reached its breaking point and he would soon find himself designated to be murdered for his repeated indiscretions. Randazzo was exhibiting strange behavior the entire car ride to his house.