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New map shows mob social clubs in New York

By David Amoruso

Since its inception members of the American Mafia hung out at social clubs owned by friends or associates. Places with names like The Ravenite, The Triangle Social Club or The Gemini Lounge. Mob buff Charlie Yates has compiled an app and map listing almost every known mob social club in the New York area. “Modern technology can actually put you…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

A Chicago Mob Story: The Man who loved being a Gangster

By Thom L. Jones

I have struck a city-a real city-and they call it Chicago... I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.

- Rudyard Kipling

In Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s there was enough crime to go around. Plenty to satisfy everyone.

As one journalist put it, "In all the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 25, 2015 at 3:45am — No Comments

Profile of DeCavalcante crime family capo Charles Stango

By David Amoruso

Long distance relationships are hard, but running a New Jersey Mafia crew from Las Vegas is close to impossible. New Jersey mob captain Charles Stango (photo above) tried, though. In the process he gave the FBI gems like this: “The ending ain’t going to be good. I’m taking no prisoners.” The feds do take prisoners and hit him with…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 21, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Living Life: Crime, bikers, prison gangs, and the future

By LeRon L. Barton

On a Tuesday in San Francisco, California, I was scheduled to meet up with Tony, a guy that answered an ad I placed on Craigslist.org. He and I traded texts on when and where to meet and decided on The Mission, a historically Latino neighborhood in San Francisco. I’ve always been a fan of The Mission. It is arguably the most vibrant…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 18, 2015 at 4:32am — No Comments

London crime boss Patrick Adams arrested in Amsterdam

By David Amoruso

London gangster Patrick Adams (59) was arrested by Dutch police in Amsterdam on Friday. He is now awaiting his extradition back to the United Kingdom where he is wanted in connection with a shooting in London two years ago.

Adams is one of the leading members of what is known as “the A-Team” or Adams Family, one of London’s…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 11, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

How bank robber “Machine Gun” Kelly got his nickname

By Barbara Casey

In the early 1930s banks in the United States were terrorized by a bunch of high profile armed robbers who roamed the mid-west. One of these notorious men was Tennessee, Mississippi-born “Machine Gun” Kelly. Starting out as a bootlegger, he switched careers after a stint in prison and became a fulltime bank robber feared throughout the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 9, 2015 at 12:14pm — No Comments

New Jersey DeCavalcante family boss John Riggi dies

By David Amoruso

Longtime New Jersey mob boss John Riggi passed away on Monday. He was 90 years old. He had been released from prison almost three years ago and peacefully died at home surrounded by his family.

His obituary reads, “John M. Riggi, Laborers Local 394 business agent, Army Air Corps veteran, dedicated his life to his family.” Though…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 4, 2015 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Chicago Vice Lord Nation gang boss dead at 64

By David Amoruso

Willie Lloyd, a former leader of the Vice Lord Nation gang in Chicago, died Monday, at age 64. During his lifetime, Lloyd evolved from a vicious crime boss waging war on his rivals to a fierce anti-violence advocate. An assassination attempt in 2003, however, proved that the violence was never far…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 23, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Bonanno goodfellas whacked Lufthansa heist loot

By David Amoruso

The 1978 Lufthansa heist went down as the largest cash robbery on U.S. soil that had ever taken place until that time. Gangsters walked away with over $5 million in cash and almost $1 million in jewelry. In 1990, director Martin Scorsese forever immortalized the heist in his mob epic…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 22, 2015 at 5:15am — 1 Comment

Gambino soldier Carmine Agnello busted in Cleveland

By David Amoruso

Gambino mobster Carmine Agnello (photo above) was charged with running a multi-million dollar scam at his Cleveland scrapyard, yesterday. Authorities accused Agnello of theft, money laundering, conspiracy, and injecting race horses with banned substances.

Along with the New York mobster eleven others were implicated in the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 16, 2015 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Crime Beat: Is the American Mafia finished? Tune in!

Crime Beat Radio is back! Artist First Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for July 23, 2015, through September 24, 2015. Guests include Gerald Posner, David Amoruso, Tony Destefano, Todd Cimino, Steve Jackson, Anthony Amore and Chris Cipollini.

Here is the lineup:

  • July 23 – Todd Cimino, screenwriter, and Greer…
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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 16, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Mexican drug lord El Chapo Guzman breaks out of prison

By David Amoruso

Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison and is on the run from authorities. Again.

The drug lord used a 1 mile-long tunnel as his escape route from Altiplano prison, which is located near Mexico City. The freshly constructed underground tunnel had ventilation and stairs.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 12, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

In search of the Corleonesi: How the Mafia changed forever

By Thom L. Jones

Italians know Corleone as a small, inland town of about 12000 inhabitants, situated in the highlands of Western Sicily, approximately mid-way between Palermo and Agrigento.

We mostly know Corleone as the name of a fictitious Mafia boss-Don Corleone- the central character in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather. Although…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 8, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

The Gangster Alpo From Spanish Harlem

By Seth Ferranti

On the back of the bike with Alpo/doin’ a back down one-two-three/hopin’ to stay alive/favorite spot, Rooftop”- LL Cool J

Alberto “Alpo” Martinez (photo above) was from East Rivers projects in Spanish Harlem, better known as the Eastside. “Alpo’s building was on 105th and First Avenue,” the Spanish Harlem hustler…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 2, 2015 at 2:15am — No Comments

A New Dawn For the Russian Mafia

By Dr. Gary K. Busch

One of the most interesting aspects of the current Russian problem with sanctions imposed by the West is the rejuvenation of the Russian Mafia and its role in Russian commerce. Just as the rise of the post-Yeltsin Chekists into positions of great power in…

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Added by Gary K. Busch on June 29, 2015 at 2:56am — No Comments

Boston Mafia bosses hit the streets – War looming?

By David Amoruso

Never a dull moment in the Boston underworld. After barely surviving an internecine war and the beatings Whitey Bulger and the FBI dished out, the New England La Cosa Nostra family has been working hard to rebuild. This year, several top mobsters will hit the streets, raising the ever-pertinent question: Who’s the boss?

The most…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 21, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

The Blackfriars Massacre

By Thom L. Jones

Boston, Massachusetts, has long had a reputation as a corrupt and base city. Not so much a Mob town as a Mob's town. It has been plagued by criminal gangs over the years-The Winter Hill, the McLaughlins, the Mullens, the Barbozas, Roxbury, Killeens, the Gustings and the Campbells, and of course, its own little Mafia cartel, which controlled The North…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 16, 2015 at 4:52am — No Comments

The Milwaukee Mafia Family: Don't Sell It Short

By Gavin Schmitt

What does the word “Mafia” bring to mind? Murder, car bombs, bootlegging and other devious crimes. The back alleys of Chicago and New York. Al Capone and John Gotti. What the word rarely brings to mind is Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland will change that…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 11, 2015 at 3:46am — No Comments

FIFA capo Sepp Blatter boozing with Russian mob boss

By David Amoruso

The FBI dealt a huge blow to one of the world’s most corrupt “legitimate” organizations, yesterday, when it charged nine officials of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies after they enriched themselves through the corruption of soccer and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 28, 2015 at 5:50am — No Comments

Profile: Camorra boss Pasquale Scotti

By David Amoruso

Francisco de Castro Visconti seemed like the perfect example of an upstanding hardworking citizen. A resident of the tropical city of Recife on the north-eastern coast of Brazil, he ran a nightclub and food import business and was happily married with two beautiful kids.

Yet, he never really existed. Francisco de Castro Visconti was…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 27, 2015 at 3:02pm — No Comments

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