Bompensiero’s family was from Porticello, Sicily. Early in Bompensiero’s crime career in San Diego in the 1920s, he met Jack Dragna in Los Angeles, who was the boss of the Los Angeles crime family. After seeing how fearless Bompensiero was, Dragna soon became his mentor. Impressed with the young criminal, Dragna eventually made him a caporegime, placing him in charge of all of the L. Wanted for questioning in the Redondo Beach murder of mobster Les Brunemann, Frank Bompensiero left California, but was able to return in 1941 after an innocent man was convicted of Brunemann’s murder.
During this time Bompensiero was tabbed by Dragna as an extortion shakedown artist and hitman in San Diego and Los Angeles. He was involved in one of the attempts on Mickey Cohen’s life at Cohen’s business office on the Sunset Strip, and killed Cohen torpedo Neddie Herbert. Bomp’s San Diego crew included Tony Mirabile, Paul Mirabile, Gaspare Matranga, Joe Adamo, Biaggio Bonventre, and Joseph Li Mandri. He began his sentence at Chino in Chino.
While in prison, his wife Thelma died of a stroke. Bompensiero was escorted from prison by the police so he could attend her funeral. Bompensiero had numerous dealings in Las Vegas with Cleveland mobster Moe Dalitz and Chicago Outfit mobster Anthony Spilotro. In the early 1970s, Bompensiero and Tony Spilotro started a large loan sharking operation in Las Vegas. In November 1975 Bompensiero helped Spilotro murder Tamara Rand, a multi millionaire real estate broker and investor from San Diego. Since the death of Los Angeles boss Jack Dragna, Bompensiero had been highly critical of the new family leadership.
Boss Dominic Brooklier, who never trusted Bompensiero, finally lost patience and decided to have him killed. Bompensiero was an extremely cautious gangster and proved difficult to kill. In 1977, the FBI set up a pornography business called “Forex” and used Bompensiero to convince the Los Angeles family to make an attempt to extort it. The sting operation worked, and Michael Rizzitello was given a subpoena.
After the Forex indictments in February 1977, Fratianno questioned Bompensiero about the company. A week later, on February 10, 1977, Frank Bompensiero was shot to death at close range with a silenced . 22 caliber handgun while standing in a phone booth in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego. The following is a list of confirmed murders that Bompensiero committed.
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