Making Money Online in Uganda – A Quick Guide

In this ever changing world, it is always important for you to think outside the box and not rely on a single income or even rely on your formal job. Let’s face it, the world is increasingly becoming expensive and we would all love to live a certain life style. Unfortunately, not many of us can afford the lifestyle we would like to have, at least not with single formal employment. The fact that there is a high rate of unemployment today does not help the situation and this goes for both the educated and the uneducated alike.

This, therefore calls for ways of how to make extra money to increase your income base. One of the ways that you could make some extra money is online. However, the question would be how you go about making some money online, especially given that the World Wide Web is filled with con artists and some not so honest jobs. Contrary to what you might think, it is actually possible for you to make money online without necessarily doing illegal or immoral things. Below are some of the legit ways of making money online in Uganda that have been tried and tested.

Article or Content Writing and Rewriting

Writing is not only reserved for journalists but can be done by all who have a passion for it. If you love to read, then I guarantee that you can write as well, or at least you can learn to do so. There are a number of legitimate sites online that connect article writers to those who would like content to be written for them. Not that you will get a highly paying job as soon as you start, but like all things in life, your reputation will speak for itself. Slowly build a clientele and in a short time, you will have so much work to do, that you may not be able to finish it all. Some of the sites that you could start with are freelacer.com and fiverr.com among others. You could also look out for some blogs that are looking for paid content.

Affiliate Marketing

Sell other people’s products online and make money. Affiliate marketing is that simple. If you have your own products, you could sell those but if you don’t, all you might need to do is pay a small fee to access other people’s content and start marketing it or selling it on their behalf to earn a commission.

Start your own Website/Blog

You need not have a degree in computer engineering or programming to start your own website. There is so much content online as to how to start your own website right from choosing a domain to templates and design. Create your own website, post attractive or good content, get visitors and start earning money. However, for this to be a viable income generating activity, you need to employ some bit of creativity. Create a website that has content which will attract as many visitors as possible. Remember that the more traffic you receive on the site, the higher your earnings.

Surveys and Reviews

There are several websites online that offer payment for surveys and reviews of different products and services. You might be required to write reviews about certain products or take surveys on them. However, it will also require you to supply certain information to that website for example your credit card information or banking details. It might also require that you purchase the products or try out the services for you to be able to offer a proper input as to their quality. However, it is of utmost importance that you be careful when supplying your bank details since they can be used by fraudsters to rob you. In other words, only deal with websites that are genuine and remember that if a site is offering money that seems too good to be true, it probably could be a scam.

Virtual Assistantship

It is possible for you to work from home and work as a virtual assistant to businesses or companies that need help doing things like answering phones, responding to emails, data input and any other administrative support. You will most likely work with businesses that are too busy to do the work themselves and are looking for a work force that is not too expensive yet effective at the same time. You could choose to do this as a solo or make a company and partner with other virtual assistants especially if you are looking to dealing with big companies that might have loads of work. You too do not want to be overwhelmed and seem ineffective in the work given.

Data Entry

Many may argue that automation is threatening this kind of work today but I assure you there is still lots of data that needs to be entered in many companies in the world. This is one of the easiest jobs you can do online since it doesn’t require any special skill other than having a good typing speed and dedication. So if you get a data entry job, take it not for granted but do it effectively and it could bring for you some good money.

Gaming and betting

Gambling is also another thing that you could look into, though it is often best that this is combined with another job all together. For you to benefit from gaming, you need to do it responsibly and also understand the kind of game you intend to invest in. For example, if you are a football fan and understand the game and teams well, you are probably best placed to focus on betting on football than going into say, horse racing.

The ways of making money online at home are endless and it is not possible to exhaust all of them in one single article or go. But whatever you try, remember that like all other jobs, you may have to start small and slowly grow your business. You could choose to do online work as full time or simply take it on on a part time basis as a way of earning some extra money. Whatever you decide, the work is out there and you need only go out and search for it.

The 40 Percent Rule

What is the 40 percent rule? Well for starters it is a game changer when it come to building wealth. I have read over 100 books on investing and personal finance. I do not recall coming across the 40 percent rule. I discovered the rule by reading The Millionaire Playbook, by Grant Cardone.

I got excited when I read it. It gives a different perspective on building wealth. An aggressive game plan to help you become a millionaire. One concept is saving to invest. Not saving to save. That’s where the 40% rule comes in. Save 40% of your gross income and put it into your “Sacred Accounts” until you are ready to invest it to create more income. Sacred accounts are accounts where you never touch the money.

40% of your income is some major cheese from your paycheck. That is a huge lifestyle change especially if you are living paycheck to paycheck and in major debt. This will leave you broke most of the time but it is how the wealthy build their wealth. This is how the wealthy stay… WEALTHY.

Rich Vs. Wealthy

There is a difference between rich and wealthy. You get rich before you get wealthy and as Chris Rock said, “The ball player is rich, the guy paying the ball player is wealthy.” Bruckminster Fuller said wealth is measured in time. How long can you not work while your assets produce income? Wealth produces more wealth and it can withstand economic downturns. Look how many people stayed wealthy during the past recession.

How to Do the 40 Percent Rule

First decide that you are going to start building wealth. It’s simple not easy. Take baby steps. I couldn’t save 40% in the beginning and I was already putting 20% of my income towards paying down my debts. So I started with 4%. That was manageable and I moved up gradually. Now it’s automatic and I don’t even miss it.

If you read The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clauson, then you are familiar with, “A Part Of All You Earn Is Yours to Keep”. Saving 10% of your income and 20% to pay down your debts. Now just bump your saving up to 40%. As I mentioned earlier it is a game changer.

Sacred Accounts

Remember this is wealth building. You are saving so you can invest into income producing assets. This will take time. Use time wisely. Research investments that will produce more income streams. I chose real estate because it is not a fad and dependent on technology. People need to shop, eat, and live. Real estate takes care of that.

Emergency Fund

I suggest you have an emergency fund. Start with $1000. It is for emergencies only. Life always brings a crisis several times a year. But ever since I have had an emergency fund I haven’t had any financial emergencies. I have had this for several years. I have never had to dip into it. This is not an investment. It’s cash to take care of the unforeseen.

Your Income Increases

Stash away all of your bonuses, raises, and surges of income. Put that in your sacred accounts. You don’t want expenses rising to meet income. Continue to drive a wedge between expenses and income. Put all your increases into the sacred accounts.

Pull The Trigger

After some time you will have enough to start investing. I don’t know how long it will take you. I know my mentor saved for 8 years before he pulled the trigger. He turned that investment in to a $5 million dollar profit a couple of years later. He pulled the trigger after he felt confident and made sure he could get his money back. This isn’t gambling.

He got a great deal because he had access to cash. Money loves speed and when you are liquid you can pounce on opportunities. There are awesome deals everyday which people miss out on because they don’t have access to capital. This is why saving to invest is so important.

Just Start

Here is what you need to do now:

1. Open up your sacred accounts. (I have one for real estate and business investing). Chose accounts where you will not have immediate access to the money. Online savings accounts are great and pay a higher interest rates.

2. Decide how much you are going to save. Start with your first paycheck, commission, or any other income. Even if it is 1% that’s better than nothing. It’s easier if you have automatic deductions. That way you won’t miss it.

3. This is a lifelong activity. Keep going until you die.

A Review of the eLottery Syndicate and Virtual World Direct MLM Program

Even though the launch date for eLottery Syndicate and Virtual World Direct was April of 2002, it wasn’t until 2006 that they became a well known force around the internet outside of the UK. Founders Tom Brodie and Len Fitzgerald organized a unique lottery system where affiliates and players can both become winners in a booming industry. Giving people better odds to win was only a small idea to a bigger picture, it will be interesting to see just how big it becomes in the future.

Getting an Edge

If this is your first time coming across information on eLottery Syndicate and Virtual World Direct, the object is quite easy. Anyone who has ever played the lottery before has the understanding that in order to win, the odds are definitely not in your favor. This company has changed that using two different jackpots which revolve around the UK National Lotto and EuroMillions. The chances of winning is increased by unheard of amounts, which range from 700%-3600% between the two lotteries.

What Everyone Else is Saying

Testimonials are important for companies to show potential prospects that people believe in their product. The same thing goes for eLottery Syndicate and Virtual World Direct where their website offers a good amount of people who have used the system and sent in their thanks and accomplishments that have taken place over the years. One of the most interesting ones was a woman who had played for 18 months and won 29 different times. They have an area dedicated to testimonials on the home page of the website.

What Other Questions Do You Have

Most companies today offer a section to answer what they can to make everyone feel at ease when joining. The eLottery Syndicate and Virtual World Direct company offers much of the same with anything about becoming a member, playing periods, divided winning, and so many other areas they just seem to cover everything. One of the better F.A.Q. sections we have seen over the years.

Affiliate Program

Getting involved with eLottery Syndicate and Virtual World Direct on a business front is simple as well. Adjusting to how it all works may take some decent training, but once the ground rules have been understood you won’t find too many things that are this easy. You have two options with their affiliate program which is either deciding on keeping your commissions for payments or playing your own lottery games. The opportunity to play for free and keep the winnings is something they stress, but it’s not necessary.

What We Think

The main thing to understand is how big the gambling industry is on the internet. With eLottery Syndicate and Virtual World Direct there won’t be card playing, sports wagering, or anything that might be potentially illegal. This company deals in the lottery which has been around for hundreds of years and was in fact the first legalized gambling mechanism in America. Based out of the UK and covering 127 countries to date, we will be hearing much more from this company in the future. It might just be your big break in the affiliate program market.

Horse Racing Systems – The Advantages and Disadvantage of Laying Horses!

As you are most likely aware the invention of the betting exchanges around a decade ago swept in a new era of betting, especially when it came to horse races. Betting on a race became so much easier as all you needed to do was get online and get betting. But that wasn’t the only thing the exchanges brought to the gambling world, they also brought the ability to lay or as some call it the ability to be the bookmaker.

Also for those of us currently residing in the UK it meant that we had to get our heads around decimal odds. However being able to lay horses was the real big thing to come from the exchanges. It meant that we, the betting public, could now make a decision as to whether a horse will win or not and if we did not think it would win instead of backing another horse as we would normally do we could lay it off. This was a totally radical new way of betting and one that has only gotten more and more popular since it’s invention.

The best thing people say about laying horses is that it is much easier to select a loser than it is to select a winner. That is to say if there were a 10 horse race it would be much easier for you to pick a horse that will not win the race than for you to pick a horse that will win the race. As we can see here you will undoubtedly have a much higher strike rate than ever before and you have the chance to start making the big profits like the bookmakers have been doing all along.

The drawback with laying horses to lose is that you have to put up with the liability involved if the horse does win. Take for example you lay a horse at 5.5 on the exchange to make a profit of £100 and it wins you will have to pay out £450 to the person who took you up on the bet. It is probably important to point out now is the reason why betfair is so popular is because it boasts higher odds than most traditional bookmakers.

On betfair the prices are said to be a standard 20% higher than at a traditional bookmaker. This means that you are still not in the same boat as the bookmakers as they are laying things off at considerably lower odds than you are. All of this is still not including the commission charged by betfair also!

Even after all of the disadvantages I have just mentioned I still love lay betting and I will tell you why; you do not have to do it for every race! Sure the bookmaker is compelled to offer odds for every horse on every race but you don’t have to, you can pick and choose and it is this reason and this reason alone why there is money to be made in laying horses

Corn Sugar and Blood And the Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia

Chapter I

“Big Ange” and the Death of the Cleveland Mafia

In 1983, Angelo Lonardo, 72, one-time Cleveland Mafia boss, turned government informant. He shocked family, friends, law enforcement officers and particularly, criminal associates with his decision which was made after being sentenced to life plus 103 years for drug and racketeering convictions. The sentence came after a monumental investigation by local, state and federal agencies had all but wiped out the Cleveland Mafia.

“Big Ange” as he was called, was the highest ranking mafioso to defect. He testified in 1985 at the Las Vegas casino “skimming” trials in Kansas City and in 1986 at the New York Mafia “ruling commission” trials. Many of the nation’s biggest mob leaders were convicted as a result of these trials.

During his testimony, Lonardo told how at age 18, he avenged his father’s murder by killing the man believed to be responsible. He further testified that after that murder, he was responsible for the killings of several of the Porrello brothers, business rivals of his father during Prohibition.

Chapter II

Birth of the Cleveland Mafia

During the late eighteen hundreds, the four Lonardo brothers and seven Porrello brothers were boyhood friends and fellow sulphur mine workers in their hometown of Licata, Sicily. They came to America in the early nineteen hundreds and eventually settled in the Woodland district of Cleveland. They remained close friends. Several of the Porrello and Lonardo brothers worked together in small businesses.

Lonardo clan leader “Big Joe” became a successful businessman and community leader in the lower Woodland Avenue area. During Prohibition, he became successful as a dealer in corn sugar which was used by bootleggers to make corn liquor. “Big Joe” provided stills and raw materials to the poor Italian district residents. They would make the booze and “Big Joe” would buy it back giving them a commission. He was respected and feared as a “padrone” or godfather. “Big Joe” became the leader of a powerful and vicious gang and was known as the corn sugar “baron.” Joe Porrello was one of his corporals.

Chapter III

The First Bloody Corner

With the advent of Prohibition, Cleveland, like other big cities, experienced a wave of bootleg-related murders. The murders of Louis Rosen, Salvatore Vella, August Rini and several others produced the same suspects, but no indictments. These suspects were members of the Lonardo gang. Several of the murders occurred at the corner of E. 25th and Woodland Ave. This intersection became known as the “bloody corner.”

By this time, Joe Porrello had left the employ of the Lonardos to start his own sugar wholesaling business.

Porrello and his six brothers pooled their money and eventually became successful corn sugar dealers headquartered in the upper Woodland Avenue area around E. 110th Street.

With small competitors, sugar dealers and bootleggers, mysteriously dying violent deaths, the Lonardos’ business flourished as they gained a near monopoly on the corn sugar business. Their main competitors were their old friends the Porrellos.

Raymond Porrello, youngest of his brothers was arrested by undercover federal agents for arranging a sale of 100 gallons of whiskey at the Porrello-owned barbershop at E. 110th and Woodland. He was sentenced to the Dayton, Oh. Workhouse.

The Porrello brothers paid the influential “Big Joe” Lonardo $5,000 to get Raymond out of prison. “Big Joe”

failed in his attempt but never returned the $5,000.

Meanwhile, Ernest Yorkell and Jack Brownstein, small-time self-proclaimed “tough guys” from Philadelphia arrived in Cleveland. Yorkell and Brownstein were shakedown artists, and their intended victims were Cleveland bootleggers, who got a chuckle out of how the two felt it necessary to explain that they were tough. Real tough guys didn’t need to tell people that they were tough. After providing Cleveland gangsters with a laugh, Yorkell and Brownstein were taken on a “one-way ride.”

Chapter IV

Corn Sugar and Blood

“Big Joe” Lonardo in 1926, now at the height of his wealth and power left for Sicily to visit his mother and

relatives. He left his closest brother and business partner John in charge.

During “Big Joe’s” six-month absence, he lost much of his $5,000 a week profits to the Porrellos who took advantage of John Lonardo’s lack of business skills and the assistance of a disgruntled Lonardo employee. “Big Joe” returned and business talks between the Porrellos and Lonardos began.

They “urged” the Porrellos to return their lost clientele.

On Oct. 13th, 1927 “Big Joe” and John Lonardo went to the Porrello barbershop to play cards and talk business with Angelo Porrello as they had been doing for the past week. As the Lonardos entered the rear room of the shop, two gunmen opened fire. Angelo Porrello ducked under a table.

Cleveland’s underworld lost its’ first boss as “Big Joe” went down with three bullets in his head. John Lonardo was shot in the chest and groin but drew his gun and managed to pursue the attackers through the barbershop. He dropped his gun in the shop but continued chasing the gunmen into the street where one of them turned, and out of bullets, struck Lonardo in the head several times with the butt of his gun. John fell unconscious and bled to death.

The Porrello brothers were arrested. Angelo was charged with the Lonardo brothers’ murders. The charges were later dropped for lack of evidence. Joe Porrello succeeded the Lonardos as corn sugar “baron” and later appointed himself “capo” of the Cleveland Mafia.

Chapter V

The Cleveland Meeting

The trail of bootleg blood continued to flow with numerous murders stemming from the Porrello-Lonardo conflict.

Lawrence Lupo, a former Lonardo bodyguard was killed after he let it be known that he wanted to take over the Lonardos’ corn sugar business.

Anthony Caruso, a butcher who saw the Lonardos’ killers escape was shot and killed. It was believed that he knew the identities of the gunmen and was going to reveal them to police.

On Dec. 5th, 1928, Joe Porrello and his lieutenant and bodyguard Sam Tilocco hosted the first known major meeting of the Mafia at Cleveland’s Hotel Statler. Many major Mafia leaders from Chicago to New York to Florida were invited. The meeting was raided before it actually began.

Joe Profaci, leader of a Brooklyn, N.Y. Mafia family was the most well-known of the gangsters arrested. Within a few hours, to the astonishment of police and court officials, Joe Porrello gathered thirty family members and friends who put up their houses as collateral for the gangsters’ bonds. Profaci was bailed out personally by Porrello. A great controversy over the validity of the bonds followed.

Several theories have been given as to why the meeting was called. First, it was thought that the gangsters, local presidents of the Unione Siciliane, an immigrant aid society infiltrated by the Mafia, were there to elect a new national president. Their previous president, Frankie Yale had been recently killed by order of Chicago’s notorious Al Capone. Second, it was believed that the meeting may have been called

to organize the highly lucrative corn sugar industry. It was also said that the men were there to “confirm” Joe Porrello as “capo” of Cleveland.

Capone, a non-Sicilian was reported to be in Cleveland for the meeting. He left soon after his arrival at the

advice of associates who said that the Sicilians did not want him there.

Chapter VI

The Second Bloody Corner

As Joe Porrello’s power and wealth grew, heirs and close associates to the Lonardo brothers grew hot for revenge.

Angelo Lonardo, “Big Joe’s” 18-year-old son along with his mother and his cousin, drove to the corner of E. 110th and Woodland, the Porrello stronghold. There Angelo sent word that his mother wanted to speak to Salvatore “Black Sam” Todaro. Todaro, now a Porrello lieutenant, had worked for Angelo’s father and was believed to be responsible for his murder. In later years it was believed that he was actually one of the gunmen.

As Todaro approached to speak with Mrs. Lonardo whom he respected, Angelo pulled out a gun and emptied it into “Black Sam’s stocky frame. Todaro crumpled to the sidewalk and died.

Angelo and his cousin disappeared for several months reportedly being hid in Chicago courtesy of Lonardo friend Al Capone. Later it was believed that Angelo spent time in California with his uncle Dominick, fourth Lonardo brother who fled west when indicted for a payroll robbery murder in 1921.

Eventually Angelo and his cousin were arrested and charged with “Black Sam’s” murder. For the first time in Cleveland’s bootleg murder history justice was served as both young men were convicted and sentenced to life. Justice although served would be shortlived as they would be released only a year and a half later after winning a new trial.

Chapter VII

Rise of the Mayfield Road Mob

On October 20th, 1929, Frank Lonardo, brother to “Big Joe” and John was shot to death while playing cards. Two theories were given for his death; that it was in revenge for the murder of “Black Sam” Todaro and, that he was killed for not paying gambling debts. Mrs. Frank Lonardo, when told of

her husband’s murder screamed, “I’ll get them. I’ll get them myself if I have to kill a whole regiment!”

By 1929, Little Italy crime boss Frank Milano had risen to power as leader of his own gang, “The Mayfield Road Mob.” Milano’s group was made up in part of remnants of the Lonardo gang and was also associated with the powerful “Cleveland Syndicate,” Morrie Kleinman, Moe Dalitz, Sam Tucker and Louis Rothkopf. The Cleveland Syndicate was responsible for most of the Canadian booze imported via Lake Erie. In later years they got into the casino business. One of the their largest and most profitable enterprises was construction of the Desert Inn Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. Dalitz would become known as the “Godfather of Las Vegas.”

Joe Porrello admired Milano’s political organization, the East End Bi-Partisan Political Club and, seeing the value in such influence, wanted to ally himself with the group. Milano refused. Later, Porrello was reported to have affiliated himself with the newly formed 21st District Republican Club. He hoped to organize the Woodland Avenue voters as Milano was doing on Mayfield road.

Chapter VIII

More Corn Sugar and Blood

By 1930, Milano had grown quite powerful. He had gone so far as to demand a piece of the lucrative Porrello corn sugar business. On July 5th, 1930, Porrello received a phonecall from Milano who had requested a conference at his Venetian Restaurant on Mayfield Road. Sam Tilocco and Joe Porrello’s brother Raymond urged him not to go.

At about 2:00 p.m., Joe Porrello and Sam Tilocco arrived at Milano’s restaurant and speakeasy. Porrello, Tilocco, and Frank Milano sat down in the restaurant and discussed business. Several of Milano’s henchmen sat nearby. The atmosphere was tense as Porrello refused to accede to Milano’s demands.

Porrello reached into his pocket for his watch to check the time. Two of Milano’s men, possibly believing that Porrello was reaching for his gun opened fire. Porrello died instantly woth three bullets in his head Simultaneously, a third member of Milano’s gang fired at Tilocco who was struck three times but managed to stagger out the door toward his new Cadillac. He fell to the ground as the gunmen pursued him, finishing him off with another six bullets.

Frank Milano and several of his restaurant employees were arrested but only charged with being suspicious persons. The gunmen were never actually identified. Only one witness was present in the saloon when the shooting started. He was Frank Joiner, a slot machine distributor whose only testimony was that he “thought” he saw Frank Milano in the restaurant during the murders.

Cleveland’s aggressive and outspoken Safety Director Edwin Barry, frustrated by the continually rising number of bootleg murders, ordered all known sugar warehouses to be padlocked. He ordered a policeman to be detailed at each one to make sure that no sugar was brought in or removed.

Meanwhile, the six Porrello brothers donned black silk shirts and ties and buried their most successful brother. The showy double gangster funeral was one the largest Cleveland had ever seen. Two bands and thirty-three cars overloaded with flowers led the procession of the slain don and his bodyguard. Over two hundred fifty automobiles containing family and friends followed. Thousands of mourners and curious on-lookers lined the sidewalks.

Cleveland’s underworld was tense with rumors of imminent warfare. Porrello brother Vincente-James spoke openly of wiping out everyone responsible for his brother’s murder.

Three weeks after his brother’s murder, Jim Porrello still wore a black shirt as he entered the I & A grocery and meat market at E. 110th Street and Woodland. As he picked out lamb chops at the meat counter, a Ford touring car, its’ curtains tightly drawn, cruised slowly past the store. A couple of shotguns poked out and two lasts of buckshot were fired, one through the front window of the store and one through the front screen door.

The amateur gunmen got lucky. Two pellets found the back of Porrello’s head and entered his brain. He was rushed to the hospital.

Chapter IX

“I think maybe they’ll kill all us Porrellos”

“I think maybe they’ll kill all us Porrellos. I think maybe they will kill all of us except Rosario. They can’t

kill him – he’s in jail.” Thus Ottavio Porrello grimly but calmly predicted the probable fate of he and his brothers as he waited outside Jim’s hospital room. Jim Porrello died at 5:55 p.m.

Two local petty gangsters were arrested and charged with murder. One was discharged by directed verdict and the other was acquitted. Like almost all of Cleveland’s bootleg related murders, the killers never saw justice.

About this time, it was rumored that the Porrello brothers were marked for extermination. The surviving

brothers went into hiding. Raymond, known for his cocky attitude and hot temper spoke like his brother James did of seeking revenge. Raymond was smarter though, he took active measures to protect himself.

On August 15th, 1930, three weeks after James Porrello’s murder, Raymond Porrello’s house was leveled in a violent explosion. He was not home at the time since he had taken his family and abandoned his home in anticipation of the attack.

Four days later Frank Alessi, a witness to the murder of “Big Joe” Lonardo’s brother Frank, was gunned down. From his death bed, he identified Frank Brancato as his assailant. Brancato was known mainly as a Lonardo supporter and suspect in several murders. Brancato was acquitted of Alessi’s murder.

Chapter X

In March of 1931, Rosario Porrello was paroled from Ohio’s London Prison Farm where he had served one year for carrying a gun in his car.

In mid-1931, National Mafia “capo di tutti capi” (boss of all bosses) Salvatore Maranzano was killed. His murder set in motion the formation of the first Mafia National Ruling Commission created to stop the numerous murders resulting from conflicts between and within Mafia families and to promote application of modern business practices to crime.

Charles “Lucky” Luciano was the main developer of the commission and was named chairman. Also named to the commission were Al Capone of Chicago, Joe Profaci of Brooklyn and Frank Milano of Cleveland.

In Dec. of 1931, Angelo Lonardo and his cousin Dominic Suspirato were released from prison after being acquitted of “Black Sam” Todaro’s murder during a second trial. Because he had avenged his father’s death and (for the most part) gotten away with it, he became a respected member of Frank Milano’s Mayfield Road Mob.

The thirst for revenge had not been satisfied for members of the Lonardo family. It was generally believed

that “Black Sam” Todaro instigated and perhaps took part in the murders of “Big Joe” and John Lonardo. However it was believed by members of the Lonardo family that the remaining Porrello brothers, particularly the volatile John and Raymond and eldest brother Rosario still posed a threat because of

the murders of Joe and James Porrello.

On Feb. 25th, 1932 Raymond Porrello, his brother Rosario and their bodyguard Dominic Gulino (known also by several aliases) were playing cards near E. 110th and Woodland Avenue. The front door burst open and in a hail of bullets the Porrello brothers, their bodyguard and a bystander went down. The Porrellos died at the scene. Gulino died a couple of hours later. The bystander eventually recovered from his

wounds.

Several hours after the murders, Frank Brancato, with a bullet in his stomach, dragged himself into St. John’s hospital on Cleveland’s west side. He claimed he was shot in a street fight on the west side. A few days later, tests on the bullet taken from Brancato revealed that it came from a gun found at the Porrello brothers murder scene. Although never convicted of either of the murders, Brancato was convicted of perjury for lying to a Grand Jury about his whereabouts during the murder. He served four years after a one to ten year sentence was commuted by Governor Martin L. Davey.

In 1933, Prohibition was repealed. The bootleg murders mostly stopped as organized crime moved into other enterprises. Angelo Lonardo continued his crime career as a respected member of the Cleveland family eventually rising through the ranks to run the northeast Ohio rackets in 1980.

In early 1933, in a sequel to the tragedy of the large Porrello family, Rosario’s son Angelo, 21, was killed in a fight over a pool game in Buffalo. It was said that he and his Uncle John were there trying to muscle in on the corn liquor business.

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