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Fank Bompensiero in an FBI picture (with file markings) taken in Palm Springs.

Frank "Bomp" Bompensiero (September 29, 1905 – February 10, 1977) was a longtime capo in the Los Angeles crime family. In the 1950s, with the death of boss Jack Dragna, Bompensiero was reduced to the rank of soldier by the new boss, Frank DeSimone. He is the older brother of associate Salvatore Bompensiero.[1]

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bompensiero started working in organized crime as a young man. He eventually married Thelma Jan San-Felippe and had one child, a daughter Mary Ann. At one point, Bompensiero owned a San Diego music store with Gaspare Matranga and a wire service company. His early arrest record included bootlegging during Prohibition, illegal gambling, kidnapping, and murder. In 1955, Bompensiero was sent to San Quentin Prison in California on bribery charges.

Bompensiero participated in loansharking and gambling. He also worked as a hitman in San Diego, California, sometimes teaming up with Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno. Bompensiero also had dealings in Las Vegas with Cleveland mobster Moe Dalitz, Chicago mobster Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro and Outfit transplant to Los Angeles John "Handsome Johnny" Roselli. In the early 1970s, Bompensiero and Spilotro started a loan shark operation. In November 1975, Bompensiero helped Spilotro murder Tamara Rand, a millionaire real estate broker and investor from San Diego.[1] At the time, Rand was pressuring Allen Glick, a mob front man in Las Vegas, to pay back a $2 million loan. Spilotro shot and killed Rand in her home.

Bompensiero was highly critical of the leadership of the Los Angeles family, causing boss Dominic Brooklier to grow highly suspicious of him. Unknown to Brooklier was that Bompensiero was working as an undercover informant for the FBI since 1967. However, Bompensiero was an extremely cautious gangster and proved difficult to kill. To make Bompensiero less cautious, the Los Angeles family promoted him from soldier to consigliere. 2 years later, the L.A. family was still trying to get him to let his guard down. In the 1977 the FBI setup a pornography business called "Forex" and used Bompensiero to convince the L.A. family to make an attempt to extort it. The sting operation worked, and Michael Rizzitello was handed a subpoena. Fratianno quickly questioned Bompensiero about the Forex company, and Bompensiero's inadequate response confirmed Fratianno's suspicion of him being an informant. A week later on February 10, 1977, Frank Bompensiro was shot to death at close range with a silenced .22 caliber handgun while standing in a phone booth in San Diego. In 1978, Fratianno told law enforcement that Thomas Ricciardi killed Bompensiero for membership in the Los Angeles crime family for the murder. Ricciardi was later charged with murder but died before trial of heart complications. Others were acquitted of the murder at trial, including boss Dominic Brooklier.


In popular culture

  • The murder of Tamara Rand by Tony Spilotro was recreated in the 1995 film Casino.



  • Roemer, William F., The Enforcer- Spilotro: The Chicago Mob's Man in Las Vegas,Dutton Adult (June 30, 1994) ISBN 0-8041-1310-6
  • Demaris, Ovid. The Last Mafioso. New York: Bantam, 1981. ISBN 0553202308.
  • Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Treasury Department, "Mafia: the Government's Secret File on Organized Crime, HarperCollins Publishers 2007 ISBN 0-06-136385-5

Further reading

  • A Bad, Bad Boy by Judith Moore 2009 ISBN 978-0-615-29879-5
Preceded by
Tommy Palermo
Los Angeles crime family Consigliere
Succeeded by
Jack LoCicero

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