NFL pick Michael Sam's boyfriend Vito Cammisano is the grandson of the late Kansas City Mafia boss William "Willie the Rat" Cammisano, and this revelation "is not without historical significance" as reported by Michael Daly for The Daily Beast:
Willie the Rat operated out of a bar he named the El Reno Tavern after his favorite prison, but the Kansas City mob also ran most of the city's gay bars back in the benighted time when being gay was considered a crime. The same was true of the mob in New York and Chicago and a dozen other cities. The mob was able to pay off the cops to keep gay bars from being raided. The patrons repaid the mob by buying cheap liquor at premium prices, along with bootleg cigarettes and sometimes drugs.
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