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St. Louis Underworld Gaming Kingpin Offed

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 20th July 2005 8:38pm
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Thomas Venezia, who ran a gambling empire in the Metro East area until he was dethroned by the federal government 10 years ago, was found dead Tuesday morning in his Belleville house along with his live-in girlfriend.

Venezia, 64, was found in a recliner, a bullet in his head and a pistol and suicide note by his side. The body of Jennifer Anderson, 21, was found on the kitchen floor, shot with the same .38-caliber pistol. Police say Venezia shot Anderson then turned the gun on himself.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone said Venezia and Anderson had been dead for at least 48 hours. The bodies were discovered about 10 a.m. Tuesday by a friend of Venezia's who went to the house in the 300 block of Mascoutah Avenue because he had not seen him since Sunday.

[ Looks like a mob hit to us. - Ed ]



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