Max & the Mob

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Steven Spingola is a former Milwaukee Police Department Homicide detective and the author of The Killer in Our Midst: the Case of Milwaukee’s North Side Strangler.

Copyright, Steven Spingola, Wales, WI 2010

6 Responses

  1. Jim

    Steve – once again, thanks for the great writing! As a former Milwaukeean, I still have alot of interest in these crimes that occurred during the 28 years I lived there. I also always had an interest in the Adonnis murder as well as the earlier car bombings of Maniaci’s and Palmisano’s etc. Keep up the great work! I check your blog daily hoping for a new entry.

    April 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm

  2. great post as usual!

    May 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

  3. Bubba Blister

    I remember Max well from my many evenings at the restaurant back then. I also remember the restaurant from when it was a gas station and my friends brother worked there. I liked the neighborhood much better in those days before the Yuppie pukes moved in.

    November 1, 2010 at 4:45 am

  4. candy cane

    i am the lover of one of the young men that was killed on 35th street in milwaukee,and i can say that those young men did not kill how ever killed him got away

    January 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm

  5. Beer City

    I remember the one-armed Max Adonnis very well.

    In the late 1960’s he lived directly across from St. Matthew’s Parish on the corner of 25th Street and Scott St. I attended elementary school at St. Matthew’s and lived about a block away. My friend’s parents owned a two family home and lived directly above from Adonnis. They rented the lower floor to Adonnis and his family. I recall routinely bumping into his wife and his two kids (a boy and a girl both younger then me and always polite.)

    I was in 8th grade and about 14 years old at the time and routinely stopped over at my friend’s house. I would see Max leave the house frequently dressed up really fancy and get into a big car like a Lincoln Town Car. He frequently had a cigar in his mouth and the one arm really stood out. He wasn’t very tall, but big and overweight. I wonder what happened to his family? I wonder if he was carrying a “piece” every time I saw him? Yikes!

    Great story Steve … brought back old memories.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

  6. Diane

    Max’s 3 adult children are all doing fine.

    February 9, 2018 at 3:06 pm

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