Jacob Firetop Sulkin

(1890-1973) was Political fixer and soldier in the Licavoli gang Jaccob Sulkin was a native of Toledo. Sulkin was flip, arrogant, ruthless, greedy and ambitious. Sulkin started out selling newspapers at 12 and by the age of 25 was known as Toledo's preeminent political fixer. Growing up around crime and vice gave young Jacob a fascination with the power of gangsters. This fascination led Jacob to seek out Thomas "Yonnie" Licavoli and offer political protection to his gang from the negative press and political pressure that they were getting in Detroit due to several high profile murders. Once the Downriver Gang hit Toledo a star struck. Firetop gave up onp lans to lead the Toledo underworld and became a soldier in the Licavoli army of killers, extortionists and bootleggers. Firetop would pay dearly for his association with the Licavoli's when he was convicted for his part inthe murder of Jackie Kennedy (a Toledo born Irish bootlegger). Jacob secured the weapons and fingered Kennedy to his excecutioners. These actions would lead to a sentence of death in 1934 that would be over turned on appeal and be reinstated as a life sentence in an Ohio prison. Firetop served 30 years of his sentence before being paroled on his 75th birthday(May 9,1965). While in prison Jacob received a weekly penchant from the gang but when he returned to the street recent crackdowns on gambling and other crimes as well as strict parole provisions made it impossible for Jacob to resume in the rackets and his old political avenues were long closed. Sulkin would die 7 years later in a mental institution at the age of 82. Once a favored son of Toledo, Firetop was viewed as a traitor for unleashing the violent Licavoli'son his hometown and it's citizens.

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