In the fall of 1974, after Mike Craft had returned from Canada on the ill conceived hit on Pierre Trudeau in order to kill Fidel Castro, Mike Craft got another little gem from the Little Man Meyer Lansky via another member. Mike Craft was to go to California and kill Richard Nixon because Meyer said so. It seemed that Meyer hated Nixon almost as much as he had hated Kennedy for not going after Castro. Castro had nationalized all Lansky's holdings in Cuba and financially broken him. Craft was to receive a lousey $95,000.00 and the go ahead. Mike Craft was not stupid. He was now a full General Member of the NCS and The Lansky group, (same as made member term) and was not going to put himself in harms way. The secret service would never let this go, if he did it. They looked bad after the Kennedy hit and tightened up all Presidential security. Craft was not going to have 1000 secret service men looking for him for life, or as long as that might be! Mike Craft first told the go between to tell Mr. Lansky that the expenses would be a lot on this one. It was a President of the United States, even though an ex-President, and the Secret service were no push overs. I was going to have to case this one from land, sea, and air. I needed a lot more than 95 large. Eventually Meyer had a bag man deliver another $50,000.00 in crumpled bills. It looked as though they knocked over a numbers bank ,the money was so crumpled. Craft took the money and went right to Albany county airport to fly American to Chicago. He was not going to kill Richard Nixon for Meyers revenge. He was going to ask the Commission for dispensation and protection on this one. He was going to save every gangster in the United States. He was going to ask Tony Brown to put a stop to Meyer Lansky's hit contracts or in other words set Meyer Down for the good of everyone! Mike had to think of the future and his new executive decision was to protect Nixon, even though Nixon deserved to get hit, for the good of everyone! Craft was on a flight to Chicago in only a few dats after the lousey $50,000.00 arrived. On landing in Chicago, he called a pay phone number he had been given in case he was in trouble. Meyer Lansky had not known of Craft's friendship with Tony Brown (an aka) or he would have put pressure on Craft & DiCocco. Paul DiCocco was Mike Crafts partner in 3 bars & a Disco. He also needed Tony Browns juice. Craft was picked up at the airport and driven to a remote warehouse. Inside there was a new mobile home, and it was surrounded by guards. To be short, Craft voiced his objections to Tony and Tony responded " Mike, you did good, this nation never figured out that Jack Kennedy was hit by us and Meyer Lansky. We let them believe Sam Giancana had juice but you know he didn't. It was the entire Commission. We even owned J.Edgar Hoover, that degenerate horse bettor. If we didn't fix Hoover's races, he could not have won! Go home to Albany, keep the money, I will send word for DiCocco to patch things up, but Meyer will know it was you that really set him down through us. He will love retirement, Richard Nixon is and will be alive thanks to your good judgement and things will go on as usual. Kid you are ok." Craft was an inside famous person! He was Meyer Lansky's Last Enforcer. He had taken the hits on Trudeau of Canada and Castro of Cuba but informed on the Richard Nixon hit to the commission inorder to stop it. He was flying high in the 70's. With the extra money from the hits he never had to do, he bought a few bars and made sure Paul DiCocco was involved. Paul loved the restaurant business, but liked being included by Craft. It was a sign of respect. Paul DiCocco had been with Meyer Lansky since 1949 through Carmine Galente. Mike Craft was very fond of Paul and could always count on him for national backup and that gave Craft the absolute use of Teamsters local 294 and the use of Nick Robolotto! Mike had made a good living in hi-jacking using the Teamsters. Craft's eventual problems came from gambling and more gambling. His businesses made money, he had money coming in from all over, but gambling was his monkey! Mike Craft had moved to a number 3 position by 1980 and it was all because he decided to go to Tony Brown and the Commission to stop Meyer Lansky from killing Richard Nixon! Nixon may have deserved killing but the American people could not have taken another Presidential Assassination in that century. Mike Craft had done the right thing in saving Nixon'sLife!
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