He controlled almost all organized gambling in the Waterbury area (bribing town officials) and was very active in the cities of Bridgeport and Hartford as well, where the La Selva brothers ran a large-scale sports betting operation which operated through their mob proxies.
Joseph (Joe Buff) La Selva – aka “Joe Buff” and “Joe La Scala” – was born in 1907. He resided and operated all his life in the Waterbury section of Connecticut.
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