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The Kindness of Death

By Thom L. Jones

Early morning Thursday, Christmas Eve, 1992.

A maroon, four door, Mercury Topaz slows to a halt at traffic lights in Ozone Park, a suburb in Queens, New York.

The driver is a slim, dark-haired, dark skinned Italian-American. The passenger, his wife, is a diminutive, chubby, doe-eyed woman. She is thirty-one, three years older than her husband. They…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 22, 2012 at 4:08pm — 4 Comments

The Time I Hurt Mobster Henry Hill’s Feelings

By David Amoruso

A year before his death, mobster-turned-snitch-turned-celebrity Henry Hill almost blew off an appearance on a radio show because of a comment I made about him. The whole incident gives some nice insight into the ego of a glorified street hustler and the powerful influence of fame.

After becoming a celebrity when his book “…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 14, 2012 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

Former Gangsters Beefing About Books

By David Amoruso

The world of books and authors is a peaceful place far removed from the mean streets where drug dealers sell their product and murder their rivals. But with more and more gangsters getting into the writing business things are heating up. Old beefs, new disputes, and the age-old underworld question: Whose word is law?

Organized crime is booming…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 28, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Philly Mob Boss' Own Words To Be Used Against Him

By David Amoruso

Loose lips sink ships… and mafia families. For over a decade Joseph Ligambi has been credited with returning the dysfunctional Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra family to old world values of secrecy and efficiency. After he replaced Joseph Merlino as boss the juicy news and street gossip dried up. Until now.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 15, 2012 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Exclusive Interview With The Men Behind Crime Beat

In a very short time Crime Beat Radio has become a huge hit on the world wide web. Run by Ron Chepesiuk and William Hryb the show covers the shady world of crime. Its topics range from the Italian Mafia to mob wives to serial killers to crimes committed by states and governments and Chepesiuk and Hryb invite the best and most knowledgeable guests to shine…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 8, 2012 at 7:45am — No Comments

Godmother Griselda Blanco shot to death in Colombia

Griselda Blanco, nicknamed "The Cocaine Godmother", was gunned down by an assassin in Medellin, Colombia, on Monday. The Miami Herald reports that: “According to Colombian press reports, two gunmen on motorcycles pulled up to Blanco as she walked out of a butcher shop in Medellin, her hometown. One man pumped two bullets into her head, according to El…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 4, 2012 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

The Star of Forest Hills

By Thom L. Jones

In 1960, Joe and Jack Taliercio opened a restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. They had worked as chefs in some of the finest restaurants in Europe and in Manhattan, and working as a family, determined to create a historic food locale. They leased premises at 102-11 Queens Boulevard, and began serving food a la Neapolitan style to a rapidly growing and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Three Dead Mobsters, Three Different Stories.

By David Amoruso

These last few weeks the news of the death of three mobsters hit the airwaves. All three men died of natural causes. Though they were all members of the Mafia, their stories not only show the different path mobsters take, but also how much La Cosa Nostra influenced various businesses and areas in the United States.

Let’s start with…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 4, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

German Bikers Prepare For War

By David Amoruso

Bikers like to flex their muscles and keep police on their toes. In the past few years there have been many rumors about biker wars that were about to flare up. So far, luckily, none of those rumors came true. In Germany, however, bikers are adding more gasoline on a smoldering fire that, authorities fear, might turn into a deadly blaze enveloping the city…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 2, 2012 at 9:10am — No Comments

Boss of Evil: Pablo Escobar's Legacy Endures

By Clarence Walker

Pablo Escobar is the world's notorious drug lord. Once glorified as Robin Hood by many who loved him and vilified by the law as a mass murderer and drug dealer, Escobar defined an era like no other gangster on the planet. He ran the cocaine trade in Bogota Colombia like a "Fortune 500" company, bringing in "millions of dollars"…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 27, 2012 at 9:03am — No Comments

July issue of Informer focuses on Milwaukee

The July 2012 issue of Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement focuses on the underworld history of America’s “Brew City,” Milwaukee.

This month's issue features:

  • Vito Guardalabene and the Early Milwaukee Mafia, 1903-1921 by Joshua R. Henze
  • Milwaukee-Area Mafia Membership Chart by Bill…
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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 26, 2012 at 4:18am — No Comments

U.S. Government Punishes Drug Cartel For Triple Murder

By David Amoruso

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…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 2, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Calabrian Ndrangheta in Australia

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…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Goodfella Henry Hill dead at 69

By David Amoruso

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…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 14, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

A Bullet for Burrafato

By Thom L. Jones

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…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 17, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Violent Gambino Drug Crew Pleads Guilty

By David Amoruso

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.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 27, 2012 at 8:58am — No Comments

Genovese mobsters extorting Feast of San Gennaro

By David Amoruso

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…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 20, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Biker News: War Down Under

By David Amoruso

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 …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 18, 2012 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Guatemalan Drug Boss Linked To Zetas Hit Hard

By David Amoruso

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…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 10, 2012 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Los Zetas and Maras Form Alliance From Hell

By David Amoruso

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…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 9, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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