Theodea 'Theo' Diodata VaraniAge:
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Theodea Varani was the youngest of four children to Carlo Varani, himself the younger brother to two Italian Mafia bosses in the National Crime Syndicate. When her two uncles were slain in a "misunderstanding" with Murder, Inc, Carlo swore off the life of organized crime—this he believed would keep his children safe. Of Carlo's three adult sons, only the youngest, Geno, would return safe from fighting in World War II. Carlo himself would be died before the end of '44, many claiming the man died of a broken heart, leaving his small Banking empire to Geno.
When Geno Varani, a line officer in the 101st, finally returned home he did so with an acute case of "battle fatigue." Faced with a need to support the wives and children of her brothers and an heir barely able to get out of bed some mornings, Theodea Varani was left with no choice but to act. Calling in favors gained from assisting OSS with intelligence during the invasion of Sicily, Theodea began sowing influence within California's labor unions and developing communities. At the very same time, the remnants of the Varani crime family went west en masse, hoping to turn Geno back to what many saw as the Varani blood line's true purpose.
When the former capos and soldiers arrived they were shocked to find the Varani family involved in, seemingly, supporting OTHER criminal empires, such as Bugsy Siegel's, as if the Varani were incapable of producing their own criminal empire. Such outrage quickly paled in comparison to the outrage felt when they discovered Geno was not calling the shots; Theodea was. With a woman calling the shots, they groaned, no wonder the Varani clan was in the state it was in.
Stuck between desperation and no escape, Theodea shot one of her uncle's former Capos (one beginning to claim dominion over the assembly) in her father's study, without warning, in front of most the East Coast Varani refugees that had gathered at Carlo's old avocado ranch in the Santa Monica hills. Then she asked for silence, with the smoking revolver still in her hand, in order to explain herself: using tax fraud and stock manipulations, Theo had gained back much of what their family had lost following the great market collapse. She had used this new wealth to 'invest' in everything from labor unions to organizing latin farm laborers to drug trades other Italian families would never touch. In doing what other families considered themselves too good for, Theo had turned the Varani into a blank cheque book for Bugsy and his Jewish killers, a group that knew no end of want for funding their 'Las Vegas' desert dream.
All of this, Theodea declared, so that when the time was right the Varani could turn on Siegel and claim blood payment for the murder of her uncles at the hands of Murder, Inc. On that day the Varani would reveal themselves the true criminal power of Los Angeles, and take everything, even Las Vegas, away from Siegel's crumbling powerbase.
If any of her uncle's former men had an issue with any of that, or if they wanted to discuss "the leadership structure of the Varani family", they knew where to find her...and that silver plated revovler of her's.