FROM WIRE REPORTS
October 26, 1997
Matthew "Mikey" Trupiano, 58, known
to authorities as the ruler of the St. Louis mob, died Wednesday
of a heart attack.
For much of his life, Trupiano held office
in the Local 110 of the Laborers Union in a St. Louis suburb.
But authorities also invariably identified
Trupiano as head of what has been in recent years a weak and
disorganized St. Louis mob.
In 1991, federal agents charged Trupiano
with gambling for his involvement in an illegal gin rummy game
in a back room at a used-car dealership.
Trupiano was later sentenced to two and a
half years in prison.
In July Trupiano was added to the Missouri
Gaming Commission's "black book" of people barred from
the state's riverboat casinos.