[According to the FBI transcript of the meeting, Balistrieri was referring to John DiBella, who was in charge of the Grande Cheese Co. in Fond du lac, WI. Dibella was said to be “a very close friend” of Bonanno.]
[Bonanno’s wife, Faye, held 150 shares of stock in Grande Cheese at the time, but there was no indication if the cheese firm was at issue in the dispute.]
[In a conversation taped after the meeting with Pete, Balistrieri said “That cheese company in Fond du Lac ... belongs to Milwaukee, and it’s under my jurisdiction.”]
[Officials said there was no indication that the current management of Grande Cheese was involved in organized crime.]
Balistrieri continued his talk with Pete: “I’m sure that Mr. Bonanno doesn’t want our family mistreated here in Milwaukee ... First of all, I mean, being a family matter, I’m sure mr. Bonanno has got enough intestinal fortitude to take the message.
[Bonanno eventually was removed from the national commission of the Mafia as a result of his independent attitude, according to federal officials. Sam Giancana, who was on the commission, was the mob boss in chicago and Balistrieri’s boss.]
“He showed me power, and I showed him respect.”
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