I testified at the Presidents Commission on Organized Crime in New York, New York, June 24-26 1985 as an expert witness on Chicago’s Outfit.After I testified about the outfit Ken Eto testified, he was dressed in a black hooded cloak as to keep his identity a secret.
Eto who is in the federal witness-protection program, will probably enjoy testifying against Arnold, one of the mob chieftains who allegedly ordered his assassination investigators said.
The two were convicted of buying the silence of a grand jury witness called to testify on the mob’s loan shark racket. Eto, who was in charge of the mob’s bolita racket in Chicago and three states is expected to detail mob activities of Arnold and Grieco as the government presents testimony aimed at winning lengthy sentences for the two mobsters.
Electronic eavesdropping equipment was placed in Arnold’s store, Odds and Ends, at 913 N. to show that Arnold and Grieco conspired with Carazzo to thwart the grand jury.
Prosecutors reported that after the two defendants became aware of the grand jury investigation, they won Carazzos cooperation by promising to wipe out a $15,000 loan he owed Grieco.
He told the commission that the two assassins were under orders of mob boss Vince Solano.
In February 1986 Eto testified in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Federal Court as a government witness describing four gangland murders he had been associated with.
The testimony revealed how the crime syndicate dealt with unwanted gambling competitors in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Eto will be the governments star witness at a sentencing hearing for Joseph “Big Joe” Arnold, 72, of 2724 W. Carazzo a former Rush Street parking lot attendant who worked for Arnold, was not called as a witness at the trial.
In January, 1980 Carazzo was sentenced to 18 months in jail for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury, despite a promise of immunity.