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Louis Louie Domes Pacella

Genovese Soldier

Frank Sinatra Pal

Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords

Copyright 2019 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.

Genovese soldier/caporegime Louis Louie Domes Pacella (October 28, 1921-December 3, 1996) was a close personal friend of singer Frank Sinatra (1915-1998). He also managed a popular Manhattan restaurant. On three different occasions Pacella had secured performances by Sinatra at the Westchester Premier Theater in Greenburgh, New York.

In late 1978 the United States government accused Pacella of skimming $50,000 from theater concessions and proceeds. Most of this revenue came from Sinatra ticket sales. Louie’s illegal earnings were in addition to the $500 salary Pacella earned weekly from the theater.

A federal indictment accused Pacella of failing to report both the concessions and ticket proceeds on theater books. Altogether Pacella was charged with accepting $50,000 from an overall take of $1.5 million in ticket proceeds and concessions. Pacella was paid specifically to induce Sinatra to perform in Greenburgh in May 1977. Other prominent attractions who appeared at the theater were Paul Anka (1941-) and James Taylor (1948).

Sinatra’s first appearance at the Westchester Premier Theater was in April 1976. On May 7, 1977 mobster Gregory DePalma and Pacella talked about t-shirts for the anticipated Sinatra show. They also discussed the problem posed by entertainment lawyer Milton A. Mickey Rudin’s (1920-1999) request for additional seats. Presiding Judge Robert Workman Sweet (1922-) had finally ruled Rudin’s testimony inadmissible. Government attorneys had insisted that Rudin’s desire for more seats was proof that he was part of the ticket scalping and money skimming that bankrupted the venue.

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