|Chicago|  Buster from Chicago

Birth: 1910 - Castellammare Del Golfo

Death: May 30, 1933 - New York

Buster from Chicago was a pseudonym used for a Chicago mobster and freelance hitman during the Castellammarese War from 1930 till 1931. According to writer Patrick Downey, the name of Buster could be Frankie Marlo. Many however tried to find out the true identity of Buster, and even more important, if the man actually ever existed.

Who was Buster?
Ever since Joe Valachi first mentioned Buster during his testimony in 1963, crime historicians had tried to find out his identity. Crime boss Joseph Bonanno later responded that Valachi had to be talking about a man named "Bastiano Domingo". Crime reporter Allan May believed that Buster was actually a person made up by Valachi, so he could cover up a couple of murders during the 1930's by blaming Buster. However, another crime historician Tom Hunt says Bonanno was not lying and has written a very interesting article about the man believed to be the infamous "Buster From Chicago", Sebastiano Domingo.

Sebastiano Domingo
Sebastiano "Bastiano" Domingo was born in 1909, Castellammare Del Golfo, to farm workers. The family moved to America in 1913, settling in a violent section of Chicago. During the early 1920's the family was reputidly being threatened by Black Handers. Therefore the familie moved to Berrien County where they became involved in bootlegging with relatives from Castellammare Del Golfo. In December 1925 desaster struck the family as their 6 year-old daughter Matilda Domingo was accidently killed by her 10 year-old-cousin Leo DiMaria. Afterwards the Domingo's would lose a couple of cousins, men from the DiMaria and Ciaravino families, due to their involvment in bootlegging operations. In October 1927 Sebastiano's brother, Tony, lost his wife after she was blown apart by a carbomb which was intended for Tony. Mary's body was to badly mutilated to even be recognized. Tony and 17 year-old Sebastiano immediatly reacted by going after Louie Vieglo, who they believed was responsible for the killing. The brothers bursted in to the Fourth Ward Republican Club but Vieglo managed to escape trough a window. Vieglo was chased untill he could flee in a stolen car. The Domingo brothers were arrested while searching for Vieglo at his shop but were released the next day. They however never heard of Vieglo again, who was a former business partner of Tony.

Tony afterwards moved back to Chicago after selling his Riverside Road Farm. He was murdered in 1929 inside a restaurant owned by Anthony Spilotro's father, Pasquale Spilotro, and never got the chance anymore to avenge his wife's murder. However the killers were never found Sebastiano believed the murder of his brother was ordered by Chicago crime boss Al Capone. Sebastiano moved to Westchester County, New York, where he became a gunman for fellow Castellammarese native Salvatore Maranzano. By this he could take revenge on he Capone/Joe Masseria alliance by gunning down it's members.

Both Bonanno and Valachi said that Buster was one of the best gunmen and was very talented in handling guns, which he proved in a couple of high profile killings. One of them was the murder of respected Don Peter Morello and 2 other men in August 1930. Buster later told Valachi how Morello was running around the room and he had to shoot him a couple of times before he went down (However, Charles Luciano never mentionned Buster in "The last testament of Lucky Luciano", but claims that the murder was committed by Albert Anastasia and Frank Scalise under his command). Another murder was that of Al Mineo and Stefano Ferrigno in November 1930. It was during the days prior to the killings that Valachi met Buster, while they were stalking Mineo and Ferrigno. Joseph Catania, another top Masseria member, was the next victim. Together with Nick Capuzzi and Salvatore Shillitani he murdered Catania in the Bronx. Valachi drove the getaway car. Another report also shows that Domingo murdered 2 unidentified men who were crossing Maranzano.

On the night of May 30, 1933, 4 gunmen burst in into the Castle Café at 72 East First Street and opened fire on a couple of men playing cards. All six of them were hit, but only one was killed instantly, Sebastiano Domingo. According to an eyewitness a gunman shouted "You bunch of rats!". No one was ever convicted of the shooting. Domingo was buried on June 3, 1933. Wether or not he became a made member or was part of any New York family is unknown. If he was the infamous "Buster from Chicago" his identity remained well hidden for many years, although Joseph Bonanno actually gave it away in his 1983 autobiography.
(Source:, NYtimes)

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