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MI JUDITH RUGGIRELLO: Missing from Southfield, MI - 18 August 1968 - Age 29

Discussion in 'Missing 1900 to 1979' started by Akoya, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Akoya

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    The night before Judith went missing she had told her husband that she was divorcing him and that she had put a deposit on an apartment which resulted in an argument. Her husband threatened her and the next day he arranged for their children to go to his brother's home at around 11am. Judith was never seen again. Judith's car was later found at 7mile and Wyoming in Detroit, with her purse inside.
    http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...in-oakland-county-michigan.2549/#comment-2607
     
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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/18926/243/

    NamUs MP # 18926
    Judith Ruggirello
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    Oakland County, Michigan
    29 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 18926

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Judith
    Middle name Ann
    Last name Ruggirello
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen August 18, 1968 00:00
    Date entered 01/14/2013
    Age last seen 29 to 29 years old
    Age now 78 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 61.0
    Weight (pounds) 115.0

    Circumstances
    City Southfield
    State Michigan
    Zip code 48075
    County Oakland
    Circumstances
    The night before Judith went missing she had told her husband that she was divorcing him and that she had put a deposit on an apartment which resulting in an argument. Her husband threatened her and the next day he arranged for their children to go to his brother's home at approx. 11am. Judith was never seen again. Judith's car was later found at 7mile and Wyoming in Detroit, with her purse inside.

    Physical
    Hair color Black

    Left eye color Hazel
    Right eye color Hazel

    Clothing and accessories are unknown

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Detective
    First name A
    Last name Ceci
    Phone 248 796-5373
    Website https://www.cityofsouthfield.com/LZ/PoliceDepartment/tabid/200/Default.aspx
    Case number 68-18171
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Southfield Police
    Address 1 26000 Evergreen
    Address 2
    City Southfield
    State Michigan
    Zip code 48037
     
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  3. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3629dfmi.html

    3629DFMI - Judith Ann Ruggirello
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    Name: Judith Ann Ruggirello
    Case Classification: Endangered Missing
    Missing Since: August 18, 1968
    Location Last Seen: Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan

    Physical Description
    Date of Birth: circa 1939
    Age: 29 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height: 5'1"
    Weight: 115 lbs.
    Hair Color: Black
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

    Identifiers
    Dentals: Not Available
    Fingerprints: Not Available
    DNA: Available

    Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: White culotte dress with orange trim and white leather shoes with clear plastic bows.
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    The night before Judith went missing she had told her husband that she was divorcing him and that she had put a deposit on an apartment which resulted in an argument. Her husband threatened her and the next day he arranged for their children to go to his brother's home at around 11am. Judith was never seen again. Judith's car was later found at 7mile and Wyoming in Detroit, with her purse inside.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    Agency Name: Southfield Police Department
    Agency Contact Person: Detective A. Ceci
    Agency Phone Number: 248 796-5373
    Agency Website: City of Southfield Police Department
    Agency Case Number: 68-18171

    NCIC Case Number: Unknown
    NamUs Case Number: 18926

    Information Source(s)
    NamUs

    Admin Notes
    Added: 10/22/2016; Last Updated: 10/22/2016
     
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://gangsterreport.com/detroit-man-didnt-get-chance-to-see-sisters-mob-murder-solved/

    DETROIT MAN DIDN’T GET CHANCE TO SEE SISTER’S MOB MURDER SOLVED
    Scott Burnstein

    Thomas Gargaro died at 85 late last week in Metro Detroit never getting the satisfaction of seeing his sister’s killer brought to justice. Gargaro, a retired local builder, passed away on April 2, some 46 and a half years after his sister, Judy Gargaro Ruggirello, vanished August 18, 1968 from her Southfield, Michigan home, never to be seen again. She is presumed dead.

    The No. 1 suspect in her disappearance and murder to this very day is her then-husband, reputed Detroit mafia figure Antonino (Tony the Exterminator) Ruggirello, Jr., alleged to be a widely-respected mob elder statesman in the Motor City these days.

    Ruggirello, Jr., 81, was questioned and heavily investigated for his involvement in the crime at the time his wife went missing nearly a half-century ago, however, he was never charged. Nobody’s been charged, leaving just inferences, accusations and presumptions.

    According to law enforcement records, throughout the summer of 1968, Judy Gargaro Ruggirello began telling friends that she was thinking of leaving her husband and that she intended on purchasing a gun to protect herself from him. On the evening of August 17, the small and petite 29-year old informed the rotund man they called ‘The Exterminator’ in honor of his reputation for being a suspected mob killer and the fact that he owned a pest extermination business, that she was filing for the divorce the following day and had already placed a down payment on an apartment. A heated argument ensued, admitted Tony Ruggirello, Jr. to police afterward and authorities believe during the argument Ruggirello, Jr threatened his wife.

    The morning of August 18, Ruggirello, Jr. sent his two kids to spend the afternoon with relatives and Judy never showed up for a lunch meeting with her sister. By the end of the evening, her sister went to the police and filed a missing persons report. Around 11:00 a.m. on August 19, Southfield Police detectives came across Judy Gargaro Ruggirello’s abandoned car with her purse and keys left inside, at a popular local restaurant and Jewish delicatessen called Darby’s on 7 Mile Road on the Southfield-Detroit border.

    During an intense verbal exchange in a courtroom hallway in the early 1970s, Michigan mob political-fixer, bag man and turncoat, Pete Lazoros accused Detroit Mafioso and convicted racketeer Joseph (Joe the Clipper) Barbara, Jr. of “stuffing Judy Ruggirello down a sewer drain.” Lazoros thought Barbara of raped his wife and admitted to trying to kill Barbara, Jr, himself in an unsuccessful shooting at a suburban Detroit hotel.

    Barbara, Jr. was raised a mob prince by his father, Joseph (Joe the Barber) Barbara, Sr., the mafia don of upstate New York and parts of northeast Pennsylvania in the mid-20th Century and infamous host of the notorious Apalachin summit, a poorly-executed meeting of Italian crime czars from across the country, raided by the police in 1957. The younger Barbara relocated to Michigan upon marrying the daughter of Detroit mafia capo Peter (Bozzi) Vitale (d. 1997).

    Ruggirello, Jr, and his brothers Luigi (aka “Louie the Bulldog”), Antonio (aka “Toto”) and Joseph (aka “Jo Jo”) were sons of feared Detroit mob enforcer Antonino (Big Tony) Ruggirello, Sr., a longtime personal bodyguard, strong arm and all-around top lieutenant of Michigan mafia “founding father” William (Black Bill) Tocco’s. Black Bill Tocco was the syndicate’s first recognized “LCN don” in the 1930s and ruled at the forefront of crime family affairs until he died of heart failure in May 1972.

    Per FBI and Michigan State Police documents, Tony, Jr. captained a crew of mob soldiers from the 1970s into the early 2000s that oversaw underworld activity in the Ann Arbor and Flint areas. Ann Arbor is a college town, home to the University of Michigan, and surrounded by several rural communities in Washtenaw County, while Flint is a smoky factory town in Genesee County – both regions are located some 40 miles outside of Detroit.

    In 1977, Tony, Jr. and his baby bro and protégé Toto were convicted of attempting to murder a Flint illegal numbers operator named David La Ponsey with a car bomb. La Ponsey survived another murder attempt in federal custody, awaiting his turn to testify at the Ruggirellos’ trial.

    Two years later in the summer of 1979, they hosted an elite mob get-together at their crew’s headquarters, the ritzy Timberland Game Ranch, a private club and hunting lodge 10 miles away from Ann Arbor in Dexter, Michigan, held to anoint Giacomo (Black Jack) Tocco, Black Bill’s eldest son, the new Godfather of the Detroit mafia and attended by only the most powerful members of the crime family.

    Tocco’s “inauguration” was also attended by the FBI through good luck and a tip delivered to them by Tocco’s driver and cousin, Anthony (Fat Tony) Zito, a confidential government informant for years prior to his death in 1990, and photos snapped at the event were used to convict Tocco and several of his Detroit mob administrative counterparts in a wide-spanning RICO case that wasn’t filed until almost two decades after it took place.

    Jack Tocco died of natural causes at 86 last July. Louie Ruggirello, Tony Jr.’s co-captain in the 70s and 80s, died of cancer in 1987. Jo Jo Ruggirello did the same in 2013.

    Sources tell the Gangster Report that both living Ruggirello brothers -Tony, Jr and Toto – remain semi-active in the rackets, having recently emerged from a near-10 year long gangland hiatus to help oversee the former crew of reputed newly-enshrined Detroit mafia underboss Anthony (Chicago Tony) La Piana and aid in the transition of power in the Family from Tocco to La Piana and freshly-minted Midwest don, Jack (Jackie the Kid) Giacalone. Even in his time away from the leadership ranks of the local mob, Tony, Jr. is alleged to have acted in an unofficial advisory capacity to Jack Tocco at the tail end of his reign.
     
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.desmondfuneralhome.com/obituary/Thomas-John-Gargaro-Sr./_/1496653

    Thomas Gargaro, Sr. Obituary

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    Thomas John Gargaro, Sr.

    January 10, 1933 - April 2, 2015
    Born in Detroit, Michigan

    Thomas John Gargaro, Sr., Age 82, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015. He was a former resident of the Novi area.

    Cherished husband of Mary Clare. Dear father of Thomas Gargaro Jr., Elizabeth Hammer, Cathryn Park, Caryn Truax and Cheryl Honey. Grandfather of Danielle, Robby, Chris, Nicholas, Jordyn, Alyssa and Ryan. Brother of Susan Curbelo and the late Judy Ruggirello. Uncle of Richard Curbelo, Linda Curbelo, Tony Ruggirello and Jerry Ruggirello. Son of the late Atly and Marie Gargaro.

    A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 10:00am at Church of the Transfiguration 25225 Code Road, Southfield, Michigan 48034. Visitation will begin at the Church at 9:00am.

    Rite of Committal will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

    Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Alzheimer's Association
     
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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.nampn.org/cases/ruggirello_judith.html

    North American Missing Persons Network
    Judith Ann Ruggirello

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    Above Images: Ruggirello

    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    • Missing Since: August 18, 1968 from Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan
    • Classification: Endangered Missing
    • Date Of Birth:
    • Age: 29
    • Height: 5'1"
    • Weight: 115 lbs.
    • Hair Color: Black
    • Eye Color: Hazel
    • Race: White
    • Gender: Female
    • AKA: Judy

      Details of Disappearance
    The night before Judith went missing she had told her husband that she was divorcing him and that she had put a deposit on an apartment, which resulting in an argument. Her husband threatened her and the next day he arranged for their children to go to his brother's home at approx. 11am. Judith was never seen again.

    Judith's car was later found at 7mile and Wyoming in Detroit, with her purse inside.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Southfield Police Department
    248-796-5373


    Source Information
    Namus
     
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  7. Akoya

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    Antonino Ruggirello
     
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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Around 11:00 a.m. on August 19, Southfield Police detectives came across Judy Gargaro Ruggirello’s abandoned car with her purse and keys left inside, at a popular local restaurant and Jewish delicatessen called Darby’s on 7 Mile Road on the Southfield-Detroit border.

    Darby’s, 7 Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan

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    10020 W Seven Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48221
     
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    Antonio Ruggirello

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  14. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    What a sickening read.
    IMO the poor girl had no chance of moving on with her life. :(
     
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