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Aug. 13, 1930: Bessie Stark­man, common-law wife to Rocco Perri is gunned down in the garage of their house on Bay Street South. No one was ever charged in the killing. More than 10,000 peo­ple at­tended her fu­neral.

April 23, 1944: Last sight­ing of Rocco Perri, Canada’s King of Boot­leg­gers, who van­ished while out for a walk. Perri made a for­tune in Hamil­ton through il­licit booze, pros­ti­tu­tion, nar­cotics and the en­force­ment racket.

Late 1970s to sum­mer of 1980: A se­ries of bomb­ings across Hamil­ton tar­gets the Ital­ian com­mu­nity. Hamil­ton be­came known as “bomb city” dur­ing that time. In 1983, An­thony Musi­tano is con­victed of con­spir­acy to pos­sess ex­plo­sive sub­stances with in­tent to cause ex­plo­sions and sen­tenced to 15 years.

Nov. 21, 1985: Sal­va­tore (Sam) Alaimo, a Stelco jan­i­tor and fa­ther of five, is shot as he worked in his Florence Street home. He was killed in a drive-by shoot­ing by for­mer Mob hit­man Ken Mur­dock.

March 5, 1992: Some­one tries to burn down the Collins Ho­tel in Dundas. Pa­per place­mats were soaked in gaso­line and stuffed into toast­ers set on timers. In 1996, Pat Musi­tano and his brother-in-law, John Tri­giani, were ac­quit­ted of con­spir­acy to com­mit arson and arson for the pur­pose of in­sur­ance fraud. At the time, po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing Pat’s fa­ther for sev­eral other sus­pi­cious fires. The fraud and arson in­ves­ti­ga­tion, called Project Toast, was an ef­fort to fig­ure out why Musi­tano prop­er­ties kept burst­ing into flames.

July 23, 1997: Car­men Bar­il­laro, a lieu­tenant of Hamil­ton mob­ster Johnny (Pops) Pa­palia, is shot in his Ni­a­gara Falls home. Ang and Pat Musi­tano pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der.

May 31, 1997: Johnny (Pops) Pa­palia is killed out­side his Rail­way Street of­fice. The pow­er­ful Mob boss, known as The En­forcer, was gunned down by hit man Ken Mur­dock in broad day­light as he walked through the park­ing lot of his fam­ily’s vend­ing ma­chine busi­ness on Rail­way Street. Pat and Ang Musi­tano were charged with first-de­gree mur­der in this con­tract killing, but a deal saw this charge dropped in ex­change for the plea in the Bar­il­laro case. The brothers were sen­tenced to 10 years and re­leased on full pa­role in 2006.

Nov. 18, 1998 and Feb. 3, 1999: A pair of restau­rant bombs are con­nected to or­ga­nized crime. The first was a bomb left at the front door of La Cantina Ris­torante on Wal­nut Street. It mis­fired. The sec­ond went off in an al­ley be­hind La Costa restau­rant on King Wil­liam Street. The ex­plo­sion caused mi­nor in­juries to a man and his sis­ter.

Sept. 22, 2015: Pat Musi­tano’s ve­hi­cle is set on fire at his St. Clair Boule­vard home.

May 2, 2017: Ang Musi­tano is gunned down in his car in the driveway of his Wa­ter­down home.

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