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1956 Press Photo Murderer Lawrence N. Neumann Captured After Two Month Man Hunt

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Neumann sits with Sgt. Robert Lynskey and Detective Sam Canzoneri.

Almost two-month hint for Lawrence N. Neumann wanted for slaying three persons in a North Side tavern, comes to an end after a West Side gun duel. Neumann (above center), medlly answers questions of Sgt. Robert Lynshkey and Det. Sam Canzoneri at the Detective Bureau. A 200-man police hunt was started when Neumann exchanged shot near Flournoy and Leavitt with two Detectives. Photo is ink stamped with the date of AUG 2 1956

Side Note: Later Sgt. Robert Lynshkey became Deputy Chief Robert Lynskey, will head special force assigned to watch protestors during the Democratic National Convention.

Detective Sam Canzoneri was later murdered in his home. Here is what I found on the web
Highland Park murder probed // Ex-detective shot in $800,000 home

City and federal officials are investigating the killing of a former Chicago Police Department narcotics detective found shot to death in his $800,000 Highland Park home.

The body of Salvatore Canzoneri, 61, of 2436 Tennyson Lane, was found by his wife, Karen, late Sunday afternoon, said Highland Park Police Chief Robert Rash.

Canzoneri was shot, apparently with a high-powered weapon, as he hid with his dog in his laundry room, police said.

Investigators from the Federal Task Force on …

(AP Wirephoto)

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  • Jack Descent says:

    I visited with Sam the week of his demise. Had supper with him and Karen on Wednesday evening and returned to Florida the next day. Sam was to fly to Holywood California on Monday morning to appear in a movie I was producing. I called his home on Sunday morning to confirm that he would be in Hollywood and make arrangements to meet him at the airport. His daughter answered and when I asked for Sam she told me he was dead, had been shot and hung up the phone. I called back a few minutes afterward and Karen talked to me. My wife and I met Karen in Florida 6 months afterward. We never knew who, what, and why this happened.
    Was this murder ever resolved? any news?
    Sam was a good friend. Jack

  • Paul Scharff says:

    Hi Jack! Sam’s murderers were never charged for the crime. It is most likely that the murderers were Tony Spilotro (Sam’s protege), and Sam’s brother Mario. I do not know nor do I have any information on why this case was not solved. I believe if they could have pinned this on Tony they would have, otherwise I am not sure if law enforcement cared because of how vicious of man that he was and a danger to the public. I know that Frank Cullotta knew him well. One time they were at the same bar and Sam grabbed a woman and raped her. She came back out to the bar and no one skipped a beat. Everyone was so terrified of him. You are the first person that I have ran into that claims to be his friend. If you do not mind me ask Jack, what movie were you producing and what was Sam’s role supposed to have been?

  • Ruth Henderson says:

    I worked for Sam at Pizza Crisp. I was just a kid (early twenties) helping to set up his accounting and sales. The man couldn’t turn on a computer to save his life.
    He treated me with respect I would not have expected from an old school Italian.
    When my car broke down, he had it fixed. When I was overburden, he sent me on vacation. He was a friend.
    His death was unbearable. God bless.

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