Organized crime groups the world over have learned many lessons throughout their long and bloody history. Lessons that, in some cases, led to rules to live by. But in the criminal world rules are made to be broken. So despite the fact that the Sicilian Mafia was decimated after it had decided to take on the Italian government and…Continue
Italy has produced three of the world’s most infamous criminal groups. Cosa Nostra from Sicily, the Camorra from Campania, and the ‘Ndrangheta from Calabria continue to hold the country in a stranglehold. But as Italians migrated to other countries, so did these criminal gangs. Steven Ralph has researched the presence of these Italian mafia groups in…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
His death didn’t come as a surprise. Former mob associate-turned rat Henry Hill died in a hospital on June 12 at the age of 69. He leaves behind his fiancée Lisa Caserta and her son Nate. Nate told the Los Angeles Times that Hill died of complications of heart problems related to smoking. Not the cause of death many people would have expected for Hill…Continue
In his government photograph, Antonino Burrafato (photo, below right) has something of the look of actor Jon Cryer, wearing a uniform and a funny hat. His lips are pursed as though he is about to ask the man behind the camera to get on with it. The eyes are steely and piercing, someone who does not suffer fools gladly. He looks more like a Jefe than simply a…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 17, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
Five members and associates of the Gambino Crime Family pleaded guilty in New York yesterday to a host of crimes including racketeering, drug trafficking, extortion, gambling and murder conspiracy. The five Gambinos were part of the big nation wide mob bust that went down in January of 2011.…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 27, 2012 at 8:58am — No Comments
Never count out the Italian-American Mafia. With each successful prosecution, authorities claim to have rid a particular area of the mob, but, each time, that same mob pops up its ugly head again a few years later. This week, eleven members and associates of the Genovese Crime Family were charged with conspiring to extort street vendors…Continue
Citizens of Sydney, Australia are living in fear as bullets are flying through multiple neighborhoods. The night from Monday to Tuesday saw a climax with five shootings within a few hours, four of which are connected to a conflict between the Hells Angels and rival motorcycle gang the Nomads.
A police source told the …Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 18, 2012 at 1:44pm — No Comments
And the war on drugs continues. Yesterday, this website reported about the news of an alliance between the Los Zetas drug cartel and the Mara Salvatrucha gang from Guatemala. Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that Guatemalan drug lord Horst Walter Overdick Mejia has been hit with serious criminal charges, including…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 10, 2012 at 3:47pm — No Comments
Two of the most deadly groups in organized crime have formed an alliance. According to Guatemalan authorities, the Mara Salvatrucha street gang and the Los Zetas drug cartel have decided to work together for their mutual benefit.
For the Mexican Los Zetas Cartel the benefits are simple. If it can rely on the manpower the Mara…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 9, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
International arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell millions of dollars worth of weapons, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles and over 20,000 AK-47s to the Colombian FARC.
In addition to his prison term, Judge Scheindlin sentenced Bout to five years of supervised released…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 6, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Two US Army soldiers are among six men charged with running a drug trafficking ring and offering their services as a murder-for-hire team to undercover DEA agents posing as members of the Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel.
The Los Zetas drug cartel is infamous for its ultraviolent ways in a Mexican underworld that is already…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 31, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments
As if a violent Mafia war raging through the city of Montreal wasn’t enough for Canadians, they now have to seriously brace themselves for a new biker war between the Hells Angels and their bitter rivals Rock Machine.
News of the brewing biker war came last week when police …Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 27, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments
Carmine DiBiase went out on Christmas Day and got drunk. Very drunk. Very, very drunk. And then he shot and killed someone.
Not just any old someone, but a best friend someone. A guy who had stood by Carmine at his wedding, as his chief attendant. Been godfather to one of his children. Was his business partner.
A man who was…Continue
Crime Beat Radio has released its new upcoming schedule! Hosts Ron Chepesiuk and Will Hryb have got two new months filled to the brim with interesting guests for your listening pleasure. If you have missed an episode, you can go to the Crime Beat Radio website and listen to all of their old and…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 8, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments
In 1973, Frank Matthews, history’s first African American drug kingpin, jumped bail in New York City with $15 to 20 million and ostensibly a beautiful girlfriend. Nearly four decades later, the fate of Frank Matthews, the money and the girlfriend, Cheryl Brown, remain a complete mystery. “It’s as if Matthews dropped off the face of the earth,” explained…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 29, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments
By Steven Ralph (He is a beginning writer and will be writing articles on a number of Italian-Australian crimes and criminals, whether overtly mafia related or simply ethnically Italian. Stay tuned for some good stories from the land down under.)
In his classic 1970 work The Criminal Brotherhoods, respected author David Leon Chandler cites information gleaned from…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 18, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments
A leader of the Bloods street gang was charged yesterday with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Ronald Herron (30), also known as “Ra,” “Ra Diggs,” “Ra Digga” and “Raheem,” was also hit with racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder conspiracy, robbery, illegal use and possession of firearms, and…Continue
The Japanese Yakuza has always lent itself perfectly for visually stunning movies and anime comics. The broad-shouldered gangsters wearing expensive suits and sporting intimidating looks at any outsider who dares to cross an invisible red line. Yet, it is without their suits that the Yakuza members truly become a visual menace.…Continue
Just like Hollywood catapulted the Italian Mafia into the mainstream with the Godfather movies, New Jack City documented the devastating crack epidemic and the drug crews that terrorized and held court in the city’s projects. Nino Brown was a fictional character, as was his crew, but you didn’t have to look far to find their real life counterparts who dominated the…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 7, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments
By David J. Krajicek
The mugs of the American Mafia once had the quaint custom of keeping their mouths shut. Mobsters took pride in being tight-lipped, even when…Continue