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Colombo mobster Giovanni Cerbone

By David Amoruso

Giovanni "John" Cerbone is an alleged made member of the Colombo crime family in New York. According to Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes, 43-year-old Cerbone is part of the crew run by Colombo captain Joseph Amato.

Though he has a…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 7, 2015 at 11:03am — No Comments

Organized Crime in North America

United States

New York:

La Cosa Nostra:…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 6, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Colombo Crime Family - Overview

Estimate members: Between 75 and 85 (according to Jerry Capeci)

First Boss: Joseph Profaci

Primary activities: Narcotics, gambling, loan…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 18, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

Profile: Colombo family capo Pasquale Amato

By David Amoruso

Colombo crime family captain Pasquale Amato died Friday, March 13, at age 80. He was serving a life sentence at a federal prison in Florida when he passed away. Though Amato was by no means an innocent man, there are some who say he did not commit the murder that sent him away to prison for the rest of his life.

Pasquale Amato…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 17, 2015 at 10:55am — No Comments

A Gangster Christmas: We got this!

By David Amoruso

‘Tis the season! Merry Christmas everyone! At Gangsters Inc. we don’t really do presents. But we do do gangster stories! Lots of ‘em! Especially for Christmas we’ve dug up three stories that show how gangsters spend their Christmas. Spoiler alert: Two end in murder.

“Carmine DiBiase went out on Christmas Day and got drunk. Very drunk.…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 18, 2014 at 7:25am — No Comments

Always a gangster: Racketeering in the nursing home

By David Amoruso

Oh, how we miss The Sopranos! Tony and his two families. The drama. The violence. And those storylines that seemed too funny to be true. Like when Uncle Junior started running the mental institution as his personal fiefdom. Great entertainment, but that would never happen in real life, right? Wrong.…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 23, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Mafia Rebel “Crazy Joey” Gallo

By David Amoruso

Joey Gallo’s toughness was unequaled in a period filled with tough, stone killers. But Gallo thought of himself as more than a thug. He thought of himself as an artist, a poet. He thought of himself as the boss of a multi-ethnic mafia family that ruled New York. The rest of the underworld just thought he was crazy.

Joseph Gallo was what you call an…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 21, 2013 at 8:29am — 4 Comments

5 of the dumbest moves in Mafia history

By David Amoruso

The world of organized crime is one considered to be inhabited by individuals who are a cut above the rest. People who can work together to achieve a goal, think out of the box, who can rob and murder and protect their newfound riches through sheer strength. What separates them from other criminals is stated right there in the label “organized…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 27, 2013 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Colombo Underboss: John "Sonny" Franzese

By David Amoruso

Posted on July 14, 2010

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John “Sonny” Franzese is an old school gangster walking around in a world that has changed significantly since when he first started committing crimes. Born in Naples, Italy on February 6, 1919, he started his criminal career during a time when Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Joseph Profaci, Vincent Mangano,…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 25, 2013 at 2:06pm — 3 Comments

Mob Museum Welcomes Author of Deal with the Devil

The Mob Museum in Las Vegas continues to bring its visitors the exhibits they want to see. From the barber chair in which mafia boss Albert Anastasia met his grisly doom, to clothing and weapons worn and used by real gangsters and those who played them on screen…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 31, 2013 at 3:13am — No Comments

The Rat Infested Mob

By David Amoruso

Frank Costello: Fucking rats. It's wearing me thin.

Mr. French: Francis, it's a nation of fucking rats.

- From The Departed

Last month, 127 mobsters were arrested in the…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 27, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments

Deal with the Devil - Q&A with author Peter Lance

Before Whitey Bulger became a big shot crime boss in Boston while feeding information to the FBI, Colombo mobster Gregory Scarpa was already using the Feds as his get-out-of-jail-free-card. He eventually manipulated the FBI in such a manner that he changed that card into a license to kill.

Five-time Emmy Award-winning author Peter Lance has done extensive…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 27, 2013 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Top 5 of True Stand Up Wiseguys

By David Amoruso

Joseph Massino, the first New York mob boss to become a cooperating witness, feels he has earned a release from prison. This week, the New York Daily News reported that the FBI agrees and asked the judge to reduce the former Bonanno big wig’s life sentence as a reward for his unprecedented cooperation. “As the first official boss of the American Mafia to…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 13, 2013 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer

By Peter Lance (author of the book Deal with the Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer available at

Gregory Scarpa Sr. was a trifecta of contradiction. A peacock dresser, he carried a wad…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 21, 2013 at 10:36am — 7 Comments

Genovese and Gambino Mobsters in Garbage Bust

“I'm in the waste management business. Everybody immediately assumes you're mobbed up. It's a stereotype. And it's offensive. (…) There is no Mafia.” - Tony Soprano

By David Amoruso

Thirty-two members and associates of the Genovese, Gambino, and Lucchese crime families were hit with various racketeering charges yesterday, all…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 17, 2013 at 11:24am — No Comments

Greedy bankers of HSBC working with drug cartels

By David Amoruso

Not all men are created equal. And there is a different set of rules for a different class of people. Case in point: Greedy bankers versus blue-collar mobsters.

Colombo associate Pat Truglia stood trial for money laundering last month. Prosecutors alleged Truglia, together with Colombo consigliere Thomas Farese, laundered $40,000…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 13, 2012 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

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…


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


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…


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

Give a Man a Gun: The story of Carmine DiBiase

By Thom L. Jones

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 17, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

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