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Mafia boss Messina Denaro’s identikit has been updated

By David Amoruso

Italian authorities released an updated identikit of Sicilian boss of bosses Matteo Messina Denaro, today. New digitally created images show the 52-year-old mob boss with a little bit more weight, his receding hairline advanced, and without his glasses. The update comes after an informant who had recently met with Messina Denaro had…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 27, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Always a gangster: Racketeering in the nursing home

By David Amoruso

Oh, how we miss The Sopranos! Tony and his two families. The drama. The violence. And those storylines that seemed too funny to be true. Like when Uncle Junior started running the mental institution as his personal fiefdom. Great entertainment, but that would never happen in real life, right? Wrong.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 23, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Bandidos plant flag in Netherlands, Hells Angels unhappy

By David Amoruso

Updated on March 22, 2014

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club has started a probationary chapter in the city of Sittard in the Netherlands. In the country where once the Hells Angels reigned supreme things have gotten pretty crowded in the past few years. The presence of the Bandidos is especially worrisome to police, though, as…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 20, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Humble Origins of Joe Masseria and Lucky Luciano

By Alex Hortis

This story is an excerpt from The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2014), available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other book…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 16, 2014 at 4:16am — 2 Comments

Folk Nation Gang Leader Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

By David Amoruso

Devon “D-Bloc” Rodney, a former leader of the violent Brooklyn street gang “Six Tre Outlaw Gangsta Disciples Folk Nation,” was sentenced to 20 years in prison at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, yesterday. It’s the FBI’s latest success in its campaign against America’s violent street gangs. A campaign with no end in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 13, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Yakuza membership hits all-time low

By David Amoruso

The Yakuza is not doing so great. According to Japan’s National Police Agency, the total membership in Yakuza organized crime groups dropped below 60,000 for the first time since police started keeping records. Last year, all the Yakuza groups combined had 58,600 members, down from about 63,200 in 2012.

Membership has been going down for…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 7, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Hit attempt on Irish mob boss John Gilligan

By David Amoruso

Irish gangster John Gilligan was shot by two gunmen this past Saturday as they crashed the christening party of his niece and unleashed several well-placed bullets at the once feared Dublin crime boss. He is currently in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, recovering from his wounds which are deemed non-life threatening.

The hit was no…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 3, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

U.S. government & Mexican Cartel Partners in Drug Plot?

By Clarence Walker

The recent capture in Mexico of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s richest, most dangerous and powerful drug lord labeled by U.S. Government as Public Enemy Number 1.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 25, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

World’s Most Wanted Cartel Boss El Chapo Guzman Caught

By David Amoruso

Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured by U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials. He had been on the run since 2001 when he escaped from a Mexican prison. Guzman is considered to be the most powerful drug lord in Mexico and was even named on Forbes magazine’s 2009 list featuring the world’s most…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

New book covers history of organized crime in Montreal

Pierre de Champlain is one of Canada’s foremost experts on organized crime. As an intelligence analyst for the RCMP he got an up close and personal look at gangsters and crimes. As an author he shared his knowledge with readers around the world. On February 26, his new book about the history of organized crime in Montreal will hit stores.

By Pierre…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 17, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

'Ndrangheta and Gambino family in global drug bust

By David Amoruso

A joint operation by the FBI and Italian authorities has shut down an international narcotics pipeline between South America and Europe. During raids in the United States and Italy agents arrested 26 people. The investigation targeted the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and the New York Gambino crime family. And once more, the FBI managed to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Mafia boss Messina Denaro intimidating prosecutor

By David Amoruso

Sicilian Cosa Nostra is feeling the heat. And Italian authorities continue to turn up the pressure. So much so that the Mafia has threatened to wage a new war against the state and in particular those prosecuting them. And this time, young boss of bosses Matteo Messina Denaro could join in.

Last month, imprisoned mob boss Toto…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 9, 2014 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

Real life owner of Bada Bing strip club turns rat

By David Amoruso

Art imitating life imitating art imitating life? The man behind the Satin Dolls strip club in New Jersey, which served as the location for The Bada Bing from The Sopranos, has “gone bad” and is giving the FBI information about his former Mafia buddies.

Anthony “Tony Lodi” Cardinalle (61) was caught up in a waste hauling case…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 7, 2014 at 5:24am — 1 Comment

Gambino Crime Family Boss Domenico Cefalu

By David Amoruso

Ever since mob boss John Gotti drove by the dead body of his predecessor Paul Castellano, the Gambino crime family in New York has been ruled by him or one of his men. Be it his son Junior, his brother Peter, or his friend Jackie, Gotti’s grip on the family was firm and outlasted his own life. In 2011, that grip was broken when Domenico Cefalu…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 5, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Russian Mafia Boss Rakhimov and the Sochi Olympics

By David Amoruso

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Russian organized crime and politics have become so intertwined that it is difficult to distinguish a member of the country’s parliament from a member of the vor z zakone, popularly known as the Russian Mafia. With President Putin as boss of bosses mobsters in Russia are feasting on rampant corruption…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 3, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

Kennedy Targets Labor Boss Jimmy Hoffa

By William Hryb

With the McClellan hearings spearheaded by Robert Kennedy came a daily dose of shocking disclosures that organized crime had crept into the very inner circles of the labor movement. The hearings conducted between 1957 and 1959 had a carnival-like atmosphere, where prosecutors dissected every word of suspected persons who had ties to organized crime…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 2, 2014 at 3:16am — No Comments

Bonanno Family acting boss Thomas Di Fiore

By David Amoruso

Bittersweet. That’s the feeling Bonanno wiseguy Thomas Di Fiore (photo above) must have had when he was offered the position of acting boss of the Bonanno crime family while boss Michael Mancuso is in prison. Sweet, because the position…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 29, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia travel guide reveals island’s underworld

By David Amoruso

The Sicilian Mafia emerged from the shadows as a criminal powerhouse that would rule the underworld not just in Sicily but in Italy and North America as well. Secrecy allowed them to grow. Now, author Carl Russo is pointing a photo camera at the places that played a role in Cosa Nostra’s shady history. His new book …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 27, 2014 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Bonanno goodfellas turned in by former boss Massino

By David Amoruso

Are you ready for Goodfellas: The Sequel? You better be, cause the story has arrived. Yesterday, FBI agents arrested five wiseguys of the Bonanno crime family and hit them with various counts of racketeering. One Bonanno mobster is charged with participation in the 1978 Lufthansa heist immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s movie…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 24, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia boss Toto Riina: Prosecutors have to die

By David Amoruso

For a Sicilian Cosa Nostra boss loyal to omerta, the code of silence, Toto Riina was quoted in the media an awful lot of times in the past few months. His incriminating and outright hostile words brought back memories of his vicious war on the Italian State during the 1990s in which the Sicilian Mafia terrorized the entire country…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 22, 2014 at 7:12am — 3 Comments

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