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Frankie Carbo Chooses Alcatraz: "It's Cleaner There"

May 25, 1962 - Frankie Carbo went to Alcatraz Penitentiary today at his own request. The 57-year-old underworld figure had been in Los Angeles County Jail awaiting his appeal on a Federal conviction of attempting to obtain a share of the contract of Don Jordan, former welterweight champion, by threatening bodily harm to the boxer’s manager, Don Nesseth, and a fight promoter, Jackie Leonard. Carbo was a gunman with Murder, Inc. before transitioning into one of the most powerful promoters in professional boxing. He was sentenced last May to 25 years. Denied bail pending the appeal, Carbo asked to go to Alcatraz because “it’s cleaner there.”

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