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Three Good Men: Life and death in Sicily fighting the Mafia

By Thom L. Jones

Sometimes, history makes us remember and then, at times, helps us to forget.

It’s easy to recall the first iPhone that was launched in 2007 and would come to change everything we have ever known about personal communication. Mention a judge who was blown up by the Mafia in 1983, and eyes glaze and heads shake and no one…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 9, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments

Secrets & Lies: Bringing down the Mafia and Italian State

By Thom L. Jones

If you Google ‘Mafia’ you will get 163,000,000 hits.

If you Google ‘Cosa Nostra’ you will get 5,280,000 hits.

In 1950 the Mafia did not exist, publicly that is. Sicily knew about it, but even then, to the…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 1, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments

Relative of Sicilian Mafia boss Messina Denaro busted for medical fraud

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A relative of fugitive Cosa Nostra boss of bosses Matteo Messina Denaro was arrested yesterday along with five…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 19, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments

Mafia Math: Calculating Italian organized crime’s illicit income

By David Amoruso

How much money does the Italian Mafia make? How many billions of dollars go up the chain through the organizations of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, Campania’s Camorra, and Calabria’s ‘Ndrangheta? Criminology professor Francesco Calderoni did the math and came up with some very interesting numbers, numbers that many deem the most…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 6, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments

Sicilian mob boss busted trafficking guns to Middle East

By David Amoruso

Italian police arrested 51-year-old Carmelo Piacente and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Simona Puccio - both pictured above - and charged them with weapons smuggling. Piacente is the reputed leader of the Ceusi clan, part of the…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 9, 2016 at 5:57am — 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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 8, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Sound of Silence: How the Mafia in Sicily Communicates

By Thom L. Jones

Omertà: Good is he who sees and is silent.

                                             Old Mafia saying.

Sicily is an intricate web of favors done in exchange for other favors owing among people of all class, from the humblest to the highest. The trick is to never over-estimate…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 25, 2015 at 5:30am — 4 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…


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

The Slaughter at Slaughterhouse Square

By Thom L. Jones

It was bloodletting out of all proportion, even for the men who ran the Mafia in Sicily.

Eight men killed for eighteen horses.

The worst day of mass killing in its history since May 1947, when 11 people were shot dead and 33 wounded by Salvatore Giuliano’s bandit gang at Portella della Ginestra, near San Giuseppe Jato; an…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 16, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Santa Claus Joins Fight Against Cosa Nostra

By David Amoruso

Posted on December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas everybody! And may Santa bring you all the gifts you wished for.

It seems Santa is already hard at work. Yesterday, an Italian police officer dressed up as Santa arrested a member of the…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 24, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Catania: Downfall

Puparo Presents: Catania Province

Catania: Downfall

Arrests of Catania bosses

Santapaola killer Umberto Di Fazio

23 July 1992 were Francesco Celano and Lorenzo Marsengo (Marengo or Marsegno ?) near Palagonia killed by the Santapaola clan because they… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 28, 2010 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Catania Province, Sicily - Mayors

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Catania mayors

Catania mayor Angelo Francesco Lo Presti

Catania mayor Francesco Lo Presti (later arrested) only served from 10 march 1992 till 27 june 1992. Angelo Francesco Lo Presti was Catania’s short-lived mayor between March and June 1992. Among his… Continue

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Santapaola clashes with Ferlito Family and Reito-Pillera Clan

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Santapaola clashes with Ferlito Family and Reito-Pillera Clan

Santapaola’s underboss Franco Romeo murders Camilleri

In 1980 or 1981 was the criminal Camilleri killed by Franco Romeo at the orders of Benedetto Santapaola. Camilleri's partner Nino Bua then joined ranks with Santapaola.

Alfio Ferlito and Pillera soon went to war with… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Puparo Presents: Cosa Nostra in Catania Province

Puparo has compiled the following text through thorough research. However, if you see an error, or would like to add something, Puparo welcomes the contribution.


Catania has the quarters San Cristoforo (area of Catania’s Fish Market), Puntina and San Cosimo. Catania has an international airport Fontanarossa (just outside the city and there drive busses between) and a… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 28, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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