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Mob Jobs

Tamara Rand, 54
Bandini Street, Mission Hills
November 10, 1975

The victim, a real-estate broker and the wife of a wealthy physician, was found sprawled on the floor of her kitchen, a cup of tea untouched on a nearby countertop. She had been neatIy shot five times: once through the back, once through the ear, and three times under the chin. A few months earlier, she had sued Allen Glick, 33, La Jolla financier with Las Vegas gambling interests, for fraud stemming from a land deal.

In his biography of Jimmy "the Weasel" Fratianno, author Ovid Demaris reports that the slaying was the work of the mob:

"'Jimmy, this broad was going to drag Glick through a lot of shit,' [Frank] Bompensiero [a reputed mobsterJ said." They were in the cocktail lounge at the San Francisco Hilton, and Jimmy was pumping Bompensiero on the Rand murder.

" 'So you're still working?' Jimmy said. 'Where'd you get the silencer?'

"'Hey, not so fast,' Bomp said, chomping on his cigar. 'No shit, now, Jimmy, I'm an innocent bystander. I just took Tony [Spilotro] and showed him her house.'"

Frank "the Bomp" Bompensiero, 71
Phone booth, Lamont Street, Pacific Beach
February 10, 1977

The victim was a Mafia chieftain turned FBI informant. Ovid Demaris, in The Last Mafiosi:

"Frank Bompensiero enjoyed the both worlds. On the one hand he was permitted to pursue his criminal career with impunity, and on the other he could use the government to malign or dispose of his competitors and enemies."

According to Demaris, the FBI had tricked the Bomp into telling mob kingpin Jimmy "the Weasel" Fratianno about a pornography operation that was really an undercover government operation. When FBI agents concluded the sting by busting some of Fratianno's men, it blew the old mobster's cover: "[Bomp] was a snitch and he had set them up .... Whatever his doubts before, [Fratianno] knew now that Bompensiero was a dead man."

Four .22-caliher bullets in the head finished the Bomp as he returned from a neighborhood phone booth, where he had made a nightly series of calls to his confederates. Fratianno was dining at a luxurious Italian restaurant in Las Vegas when he got word the Bomp was dead. "Jimmy reached over and broke off a piece of Italian bread to sop up some of the sauce. 'What do you mean, what do I think? If you say he's dead, he's dead. It's one of them fucking things. Sit down and have some wine.'"

George McMahon
San Marcos Avenue, Burlingame
February 28, 1925

Scandal erupted following the trial of Thomas Johnson and Hugh McGovern for the murder of McMahon, with allegations that San Diego District Attorney Chester C. Kempley and his assistant, C. Guy Selleck, took a $40,000 bribe to rig the evidence in the defendants' favor.

According to sensational newspaper reports, the killing took place in a bungalow "discovered to be a combined arsenal and charnel house, with pistols, shotguns and blood-stained clothing and rugs scattered or hidden within." The body was discovered dumped on a "lonely road" in the Morena district north of Old Town. Since both the defendants and the victim were originally from Chicago, it was suggested that the slaying was mob-related.

The defendants were acquitted July 3, 1925, in part because two blood-stained suits introduced into evidence as proof of their guilt were too small to fit them. Then, on October 7, 1926, attorneys Kempley and Selleck were accused by the grand jury of having had the clothing altered to throw the trial for the defense. They were convicted of bribery on December 16, 1926, but were cleared nearly two years later, when the California Supreme Court reversed the verdict because key testimony against the men had come from Agnes Keller, a prostitute they had earlier prosecuted and sent to San Quentin.

Murder and Money

Estella Logans
North 27th Street, San Diego
May 6, 1959

The victim had checked into Mercy Hospital "suffering shock, infection of the uterus, and uterine bleeding," before dying. Logans's sister, Ruby Love, subsequently told police that both she and Logaos had gone to Vemedia Vivian Hawkins, a 40-year-old Southeast San Diego housewife, for abortions.

"Many persons interviewed by the police during the course of their investigation indicated that it was common knowledge in the colored district of San Diego that the defendant perfomed abortions for fees ranging anywhere from $35 to $75. Human blood was found on three of the five instruments examined; however, no blood was found either on the length of black {coat hanger} wire or on the catheters."

From the probation report: "The defendant is a soft-spoken Negress who, although she was encouraged to make an honest statement, continued to deny she is guilty of the present offense," Hawkins was convicted of second-degree murder and abortion and sentenced to state prison. She was paroled during the 1960s and later pardoned. During a recent interview, she continued to maintain her innocence. "I have always been against abortion," she said. "If it were on the ballot tomorrow, I would vote against it."

John R. Larendon, 86
Ludington Place, La Jolla
November 20, 1960

Scandall hit La Jolla when Larendon, a wealthy old gentleman, was taken to a hospital and died, and his longtime nurse and companion, Robert B. Dalton, 41, was convicted of first-degree murder. "The evidence in this case showed that defendant Dalton beat to death John Larendon, who had been his benefactor for 12 years, and from whom he had received monies well in excess of $100,000....

"It is believed, on the basis of the evidence, that defendant is a homosexual who would stop at nothing to satisfy his own greed. It is therefore the recommendation of the Office of the District Attorney that defendant Dalton never be released from prison." Dalton was paroled from state prison June 25, 1970, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died December 21, 1970, in New York City.

Donald Edward Tubach, 47
Lowell Way, Point Loma
December 10, 1976

The decomposing body of teh victim, a wealthy travel agent, was found stuffed into the wet bar of his lavish Point Loma home on Christmas Eve, after his employees became concerned about his extended absence from work. A trail of tabs run up on Tubach's stolen credit cards led investigators to Mexico City, where they apprehended Isabel Zerda Beltran de Tubach, 37, the victim's ex-wife; her two attractive daughters, Patricia Zerda Zerda, 20, and Glorida Zerda Zerda, 19; along with Gloria's muscular suitor, Federico Frank. 22. The women were Colombian citizens . Frank was Swiss.

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