Known as "Joe Batters" or "Big Tuna", he was a leader of the Italian American crime syndicate known as The Chicago Outfit during the 70's.
He was first recruited to join the mafia by legendary hitman Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn in 1926.
He worked as an enforcer for
His father was a shoemaker and he had four children with his wife Clarice.
He worked under Frank Nitti, who was known as "The Enforcer", in Chicago.