Chelsais "Steve" Bouras in TV news press conference in the 1970s

Chelsais "Steve" Bouras (aka Steve Booras; born May 2, 1931 in Greece-died May 27, 1981)[1]was a Greek-American mobster in the Philadelphia, PA area in the 1970s who was the second boss of the Philadelphia Greek Mob (also known as the Pattakos crime family). Bouras emigrated from his home country of Greece to the U.S., settling in the Philadelphia area in the 1960s.

Throughout the 1970s until 1981, Bouras, who operated primarily out of Northeast Philadelphia, headed the Philadelphia Greek Mob in Philadelphia, participating in mostly loansharking, extortion, methamphetamine trade, and gambling. Bouras directed the mob efficiently, and he carried out business with more prominent families such as the Philadelphia Mafia. He was a close associate of Italian wiseguy and Scarfo soldier Raymond Martorano .

The origin of his first name, Chelsais is unknown as it is not a name of Greek origin.

Under the leadership of fellow greek-American mob boss Steve Pattakos, the family's founder. Bouras became the boss of the Pattakos crime family in 1970 following Pattakos's arrest by the FBI, who sentenced him to life imprisonment, and Bouras allied with the Italian Mafia and Irish Mob, paying "street taxes" to Nicodemo Scarfo, the Boss of the Philadelphia Mob during the Philadelphia War. Bouras started a relationship with Janette Curro, the aunt of Joe Curro, a Soldato in the Scarfo Family under Frank Sindone, and often stayed with her.

In 1981, he suddenly ceased to pay his dues to the Italian Mafia, instead keeping his income to himself rather than sharing it with Scarfo. In return, Scarfo's soldier Ray Martorano planned out his murder.

Death

On May 27, 1981[1], at the Meletis Greek restaurant in South Philadelphia, Bouras was gunned down alongside his girlfriend Janette Curro, Ray Martorano, and Philadelphia radio personality Jerry Blavat. It is worth noting that Curro's family had ties to the mafia. Her nephew Joe "Crutch" Curro, a made member of the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra, was known to the FBI since a 1976 FBI wiretap at Frank’s Cabana Steaks in South Philadelphia — a base of operations for mob capo Frank Sindone, until his death 2004.

Bouras was 50 years old and Jeannette Curro was 54. Though Bouras and Curro were killed, Martorano and Blavat were only wounded. It is reported that Nicodemo Scarfo of Philadelphia's notorious Philadelphia crime family ordered the hit, as Bouras had refused to pay Scarfo's street taxes, specifically for his meth ring. There have also been speculations that Martorano arranged the hit for Scarfo because of eyewitness claims that the gunman motioned for Martorano to move out of the way before opening fire. To this day, no one has ever been connected with the hit. It is worth mentioning that the assassination took place just one day after the murder of another Greek mobster, Harry Peetros of Upper Darby.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 DSDeadList (PDF file). TheBlackVault.com. Retrieved on August 15, 2020.
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