Oct. 18, 1980: In one of the more unusual revelations in testimony by admitted hit man Jimmy “the Weasel” Fratianno, El Monte Toyota dealer Dominic Longo (d. 1985) is described as a Mafia member.
Appearing at the trial of five alleged members of the Mafia, Fratianno said a meeting about killing Frank “the Bomp” Bompensiero was held “at Dominic Longo’s or at the Toyota place,” according to a Times story.
According to a 1992 story by “Gangster Squad” author Paul Lieberman, LAPD detectives once visited Longo to get his side of the story about a purported Mafia connection. The car dealer said he “grew up with some of these guys. I give them jobs, but they’re nothing jobs.”
Ronald Reagan agrees to debate President Jimmy Carter. Reagan had previously insisted that independent candidate John Anderson be included in any presidential debate.
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