The volunteer “posse” team delved deeply into the homicide of Estelle Oddo. The facts have been discovered. Had they been acted upon back then, other lives would surely have been saved. Even the investigating detectives were deceived by the “upper echelon” to prevent arrests, convictions, and public awareness.
Estelle Oddo, 58, was found dead in her apartment on October 23, 1966. Mrs. Oddo lived on the first floor of an apartment building that was west of Miami Shores in unincorporated Dade County. An anonymous caller to the Dade Sheriff’s Office reported a burglary in progress. Responding deputies found Mrs. Oddo bound, gagged, and bruised from a scuffle. She had suffocated on the gagging.
Items apparently stolen included personal jewelry and her late husband’s European firearm. The intruder had entered Mrs. Oddo’s apartment through the rear sliding glass door.
The murder was never solved. However, the volunteers have recently found startling connections between what happened to Mrs. Oddo and what happened to a number of others, including Danny Goldman.
In the apartment two doors down lived George DeFeis and his alleged wife Shirley. However Shirley was actually Shirley Cacciatore. Also known as Shirley Poveromo, mother of Anita Poveromo. While Mr. and Mrs. DeFeis were being questioned in their apartment, Joe Cacciatore walked in – he apparently had a key or was otherwise welcome as a frequent “guest”.
On the day following the death of Mrs. Oddo, George DeFeis suffered a gunshot would to the hand. He said it was self inflicted. He refused to provide the firearm. Later, Shirley DeFeis Cacciatore showed detectives a pistol she brought from under the couch, a Beretta .32 auto. Was DeFeis shot in the hand as punishment for making a phone call?
The anonymous call to the police was recorded. A sample recording of the voice, on the same telephone equipment, was later made of George DeFeis. After a subterfuge of intrigue at the Sheriff’s Office, confirmation was received by the upper echelon but not passed along to homicide detectives working the case: the anonymous caller was George DeFeis. Voice prints on tape were a match.
There was a call made following the burglary/kidnapping/murder of Danny Goldman. There was a call made following the burglary/murder of Gertrude Henschel. There was a call made following the burglary/murder of Estelle Oddo. Point of entry: sliding glass doors.
No one was ever arrested or prosecuted for the murder of Estelle Oddo. Same for the others… seems George DeFeis was involved at the core of all of these crimes. He was a member of the Santo Trafficante network, established by the volunteer investigation. When the killer of Sgt. Cloud in Tampa drove from that crime to Miami, he went to see George DeFeis. The top levels of law enforcement in Miami-Dade County ignored the connections then, and continue to do so today.
These photos show where Mrs. Oddo lived, and where she was murdered; photos taken in 2013 as part of scene investigation done by the volunteer cold case team. The premises are intact as they were in 1966.
The volunteers’ investigation into the kidnapping and disappearance of Danny Goldman has led to significant findings and revelations in numerous other cases, all linked in various ways to the same people and course of events. The context of all of the cases combined enables a new understanding of each individual crime, how this all transpired, and why it was covered up. To see the whole picture, read through the entire site.
The extraordinary effort of a small team of volunteers has turned into a historic event in itself. Never before has a private, pro bono, public service, volunteer effort become a huge investigation and exposure of organized crime. Discovered in the previously hidden web of these cases are the Mafia, the Syndicate, organized crime leaders and associates with many common familial and organizational ties to Brooklyn, to New York City, to Tampa, to Chicago, and of course to Miami. Their reach and managed activities extended across the United States and to Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and throughout the Western Hemisphere. Answers that had been considered eternally elusive have been found by the volunteers and provided to family members of cold case victims. The information on this web site is a public report of findings at this point in time, and the work continues. Cold cases involving organized crime are often in a protected mode, with official action long foreclosed as “administratively closed” and even before that, the cases were effectively derailed. However, citizens dedicated to truth and justice – and accurate history and public awareness – can clearly make a positive difference for the present and future of communities and the good of our nation.