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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Capone' (29)

“Mob Artist” Michael Bell about fighting the system, being teacher of the year, and painting portrait of John Gotti

By David Amoruso

Michael Bell is a prime example of a man with many talents. After some run-ins with the law as a youth, he turned his anger and rage towards good, becoming a teacher and sought-after artist. After painting portraits of mob boss John Gotti and several cast members of The Sopranos, he became known as the “Mob…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 7, 2017 at 10:38am — No Comments

Al Capone’s Beer Wars: Chicago’s Prohibition-era gangland laid bare by mob historian John Binder in new book

By David Amoruso

The Prohibition era in Chicago has gone down in history as a time of extreme mob violence. A time when hoodlums were mowing down enemies with Thompson machine guns in a battle over the lucrative bootlegging business. When mob boss Al Capone ruled supreme while being on the cover of every newspaper. Author John J. Binder…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 12, 2017 at 4:05am — No Comments

The Dutch Al Capone: How crime boss Dries Riphagen became one of Holland’s biggest Nazi Jew hunters in WWII

By David Amoruso

The Amsterdam underworld knew Dries Riphagen as the Dutch Al Capone, a violent crime boss ready and willing to end your life to make a buck. But when the second World War ravaged through Europe, Riphagen rebranded himself as one of the Netherlands’ biggest Jew hunters when he partnered with the invading Nazis. Befitting…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 27, 2017 at 7:29am — 2 Comments

The Chicago Outfit - Overview

Estimate members: Between 50 and 90 made members

First Boss: James "Big Jim" Colosimo

Primary…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 5, 2017 at 4:09am — No Comments

Al Capone’s Beer Wars: Book delves into Prohibition-era Chicago gangland violence, revealing rare facts and insights

By David Amoruso

Chicago during Prohibition was a place of extremes. It was a city where men made more money than God as they smuggled booze, set up speakeasies, engaged in labor racketeering, ran prostitution and organized gambling. It was also where many of them died violent deaths at the hands of their rivals as various gangs fought…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 10, 2017 at 7:15am — No Comments

World Series 2016 winners Chicago Cubs, meet your most notorious fan: Mafia boss Alphonse Capone

By David Amoruso

The Chicago Cubs did it! They’ve become World Series champions again after a 108-year drought – the longest in baseball - defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 in Cleveland. One notorious fan would’ve been extremely happy with the win, if he had been alive today that is. Who? Alphonse “Scarface” Capone.

Major…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2016 at 6:13am — No Comments

The American Mafia and its use of colorful nicknames

By David Amoruso

The American Mafia, known as La Cosa Nostra, has always had a thing for using nicknames. “Joe the Boss,” “Charlie Lucky,” “Benny Squint,” “Benny Eggs,” “Tony Ducks,” “Gaspipe,” “Sonny Black,” “Sonny Red,” “Chin,” “Crazy Joe,” the list goes on and on. Why is that?

Just last week, authorities busted 46 leaders, members, and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 6, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Take a tour through mob boss Al Capone’s 'playground'

By David Amoruso

Al Capone. His name still stands as the most infamous among gangsters. Though he was known foremost as a Chicago mob boss, his influence and territory stretched way beyond the city limits into small town America. Crime historian Chriss Lyon now offers folks the chance to take a walking tour through one such town, dubbed “Capone’s…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 23, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Life of Mafia boss Lucky Luciano paints gritty comic book

By David Amoruso

The life story of legendary New York mob boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano continues to entertain the masses. After adaptations for cinema and television, Luciano’s criminal adventures now find their way to the world of comic books with the help of best-selling and award-winning crime authors Christian Cipollini and Seth…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 20, 2016 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Hollywood tells story of Chicago bosses Accardo & Giancana

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Film director Michael Mann is teaming up with bestselling author Don Winslow to co-create an original novel about Chicago Outfit mob bosses …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 19, 2016 at 9:15am — No Comments

The Life & Death of Anthony Carfano: Temptation of Revenge

By Thom L. Jones

Life changes fast.

Life changes in an instant.

- Joan Didion

George Scalise was born in Calabria in 1896. When he was two, his family emigrated to New York and settled in Brooklyn. At seventeen, along with a partner in crime, Joe Alfono, he was arrested and imprisoned for four…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 11, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Ten Must-Visit Mob Bars and Lounges

By Scott Deitche

The mob and drinking have been inextricably linked since the Volstead Act in 1919. Prohibition gave organized crime the revenue stream it needed to gain a foothold in big cities and small towns across America. But even after …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 29, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Life and Death of Mafia Capo Anthony Carfano

By Thom L. Jones

Life being what it is, one thinks of revenge - Charles Baudelaire

It's another one of those images that have stayed with us over the years. Almost sixty. A different time then, in every respect. The little guy dead in his car, engine running, headlights on, slumped back in the seat, left hand clutching the steering wheel,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 12, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

A short history of La Cosa Nostra in Madison, WI

By Gangsters Inc's editors

For its early Prohibition history, Madison, like other cities across America, was dominated by bootlegging gangs. Among Madison’s elite were Paul Corona, Joe Giusto, Joe Geloso and Anthony Musso. Madison’s years of Prohibition were like any other large city with a sizable Italian population- many unsolved murders and bombings…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 27, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Rise and Fall of the Boardwalk Empire

By David Amoruso

During the Roaring Twenties Atlantic City was the centre of gambling, boozing, and licentious behaviour in America. Whatever you wanted, you could get it at the boardwalk. Of course, you all know that now thanks to HBO’s Emmy…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 15, 2015 at 2:00am — No 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

VIDEO: Al Capone's Beer Wars ravage Chicago

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 10, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Boardwalk Empire has ended… Finally!

By David Amoruso

Boardwalk Empire came to an end last Sunday, after five seasons of showing the rise and fall of Atlantic City politician-turned-racketeer Nucky Thompson. An end that didn’t come fast enough, yet when it finally came felt like its makers had filmed it while incessantly hitting the skip button on their remote.

When Boardwalk Empire first…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 29, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Puparo's Gangland History of the Chicago Boroughs

Puparo has done it again! You guys and gals like the Boardwalk Empire era? Well, here are some of the facts and insider details on that period, its gangs, mobs, and players and shakers. With a focus on Chicago because, well, if any city roared during the 1920s it was the Windy City.

So read and enjoy all the crime and corruption Chicago has had to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 25, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Puparo's Gangland History of the Chicago Boroughs Part 3

Puparo has done it again! You guys and gals like the Boardwalk Empire era? Well, here are some of the facts and insider details on that period, its gangs, mobs, and players and shakers. With a focus on Chicago because, well, if any city roared during the 1920s it was the Windy City.

So read and enjoy all the crime and corruption Chicago has had to offer during the twentieth century. …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 25, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

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