Sam "Mad Sam" DeStefano (1909 - 1973) was an Italian-American mobster, serial killer, loan shark, and a much feared hitman for the Chicago Outfit. Sam DeStefano was described by FBI agent Bill Roemer, who investigated the Chicago Outfit for over two decades, as "the worst torture-murderer in American history", "One of the most murderous and dangerous hitmen in history", "The most murderous, lethal and vicious serial killer in history of the world", and as "one of the most evil men in American history" DeStefano was regarded by the FBI as "One of the most ruthless, murderous, dangerous and evil criminal's in history of the world."
DeStefano was one of the most dangerous and feared men in Chicago. DeStefano was feared by literally everyone in Chicago, and was even feared by his Outfit associates as an extremely lethal, ruthless, bloodthirsty, ferocious, cold blooded, volatile, sadistic, and psychotic man. DeStefano was described as being a "Ruthless Psychotic Killer", "Vicious and Sadistic Psychopath", "Bloodthirsty Psychopathic Maniac", "Homicidal Maniac", "Killing Machine without a conscience", "Murderous Monster" and described as being pure evil, monstrous, fearsome, terrifying, much-feared, brutal, extremely ruthless, cold-blooded, vicious, animalistic, demonic, psychopathic, explosive, psychotic, bloodthirsty, sadistic, relentless, fearless, extremely lethal, heartless, soulless, careless, crazy, demented, merciless, inhumane, ferocious, barbaric, and power-hungry and it was this reputation as an unstable person that prevented DeStefano from ever being promoted from associate to a made member of the Chicago Outfit. It is believed by the FBI that DeStefano single-handedly murdered as many as 1,000-1,200 people. Sam DeStefano is reckoned as the most murderous criminal in American history. According to the FBI: Sam DeStefano has killed more people than any serial killer, hitman, and criminal in American history, and possibly world's history. In 1972, Sam DeStefano once claimed to his brother Mario DeStefano that he murdered more than 1,000 people, Sam DeStefano also once bragged to his brother Mario DeStefano that for over 35 years he murdered someone every 3 to 4 days.
Sam DeStefano participated in one of the most violent and infamous murders in Chicago history, that of William "Action" Jackson. Jackson was a book-maker associated with the Outfit who it became rumored was an informant. As a result Jackson was snatched from the streets and brutally tortured to death over the period of a four days, he was beaten with baseball bats, burned with cigarettes, repeatedly punched in the face, at one point being hung by a meat-hook in his rectum and having a cattle prod used on his genitalia, and even blow-torched his penis, and was stabbed 113 times with an ice pick.
Ironically, DeStefeno himself was murdered in 1973 due to a rumor of his becoming a government informant. DeStefano was facing a long prison term over an old murder case and it seemed as if he was not in a disposition to do the time. DeStefano was shot-gunned in his garage. It was rumored that Anthony Spilotro, DeStefano's former protege in the loan shark business, was the assailant, though no one was ever formally charged with the murder. Ironically Spilotro himself was murdered in 1986.
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A fictive version of DeStefano, Mad Sal D'Onofrio, appears in the 1995 James Ellroy novel American Tabloid. Mad Sal is also a loan shark and notorious for his violent ways. He serves as an informant for one of the primary characters, F.B.I. agent Ward Littel. D'Onofrio also meets an early and violent end, though his death occurs in the early 60s setting of the book, not as it occured in reality in 1973.