A detailed look at the life and career of Joe "Toots" Mondt is included in the book,
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Joe "Toots" Mondt was a successful and controversial wrestler, promoter, and booking
agent in professional wrestling. Often known as the "Boss," and the "Big Guy," Mondt
was a thoroughly tough man, considered one of the best in the world during his heyday
on the mat.
The childhood home of "Toots" Mondt in Greeley, Colorado.
During the trial of Mondt in connect with automotive death of Theresa Luccioni on August
21, 1932 near Collingwood, Ontario, "Toots" took the stand in his own defense on
November 9, 1932. He claimed he was driving 35-40 miles per hour when the car of J.E.
Burnie suddenly flashed its lights toward him, and then the latter's vehicle turned toward
him and crashed into him. Mondt, according to testimony, was said to have offered
money to an officer at the scene. The following day, Mondt was found guilty of criminal
negligence and sentenced to one year in jail. Mondt entered an appeal in the case and
went free for the time being.
On December 8, 1933, in Toronto, Mondt was on trial again for the death of Theresa
Luccioni. Suing him was the mother of Theresa, Elvira Luccioni, for $10,000, and
"Toots's" own brother, Ralph Mondt was suing both "Toots" and the driver of the other
car, J. Edward Burnie for $5,000 in damages. Mondt claimed he wasn't at fault for the
accident, and that Burnie swerved into his automobile, causing the wreck. Several days
later, Judge Jeffrey reserved judgment against Mondt in both suits.
The Oakland Tribune (9/11/1940) reported that Mondt had sold his Los Angeles booking
agency to Nick Lutze for $2,000.
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