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Five Minutes to Midnight: The Sicilian and New York Mafias, the Catholic Church and a huge finance scandal

By Thom L. Jones for Gangsters Inc.              

“You never know what enough is unless you know what is more than enough.” - William Blake     

It’s a story with more twists and turns than a novel by Agatha Christie. A list of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 20, 2019 at 5:13am — No Comments

Five Minutes to Midnight – Part 2: The Sicilian and New York Mafias, the Catholic Church and a huge finance scandal

This is part 2 of Five Minutes to Midnight. Read part 1 here.

By Thom L. Jones for…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 20, 2019 at 5:12am — No Comments

Mafia threats and sexting: Two Italian priests face trial over ‘Ndrangheta claims

By David Amoruso

Two priests in Calabria, Italy, were charged today by anti-Mafia prosecutors with using the ‘Ndrangheta to threaten a man to pay back his debt. Graziano Maccarone and Nicola De Luca pledged their loyalty to God, but apparently feel he isn’t as all powerful as is claimed.

In order to get a debtor to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 31, 2019 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

Armed police escort for anti-Mafia priest shows life in Italy remains under siege by organized crime

By David Amoruso

The Italian Mafia and Catholic church have a strange relationship. Sometimes working together, at other times fierce enemies. However, the news that an anti-Mafia priest’s car was shot at should serve as a reminder that the Mafiosi don’t care who you’re ‘with’ if you stand in their way.

On Wednesday,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 21, 2018 at 10:08am — No Comments

Public church mass in memory of slain Montreal Mafia boss Rocco Sollecito canceled – Mass was to be held in Italy

By David Amoruso

A mass in memory of murdered Montreal Mafia boss Rocco Sollecito has been canceled, Italian news agencies report. The priest at the church in Grumo Appula, a town near the city of Bari in Italy,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 27, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia boss of bosses laid to rest

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Cosa Nostra boss of bosses Bernardo Provenzano was laid to rest today in a cemetery in Corleone, Italy, his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

To Kill a Dream: The Sicilian Mafia and the Murder of a Priest

By Thom L. Jones

These are murderers who killed a man, killed a thought, a hope, a way of being, the very idea of humanity.

- Lorenzo Matassa. Public Prosecutor. Court of Palermo, February 23rd, 1998.

In the early 1990s, a courageous Catholic priest, Giuseppe 'Pino' Puglisi, took over…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 13, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments

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…

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

Sicilian Mafia travel guide reveals island’s underworld

By David Amoruso

The Sicilian Mafia emerged from the shadows as a criminal powerhouse that would rule the underworld not just in Sicily but in Italy and North America as well. Secrecy allowed them to grow. Now, author Carl Russo is pointing a photo camera at the places that played a role in Cosa Nostra’s shady history. His new book …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 27, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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