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Don King: From street thug to street name?

By Robert Sberna -

With two killings under his belt and a long record of exploiting boxers in his employ, some might say that legendary promoter Don King exemplifies the type of character that has historically populated the fight game. At the professional level, the so-called “sweet science” is…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 26, 2016 at 9:33am — No Comments

Profile: Original New York Mafia family boss Giuseppe Profaci

By David Amoruso

Giuseppe Profaci was one of the five original New York mob bosses, leading what would become known later as the Colombo crime family of La Cosa Nostra. His tenure spanned several decades and countless violent incidents, including a Mafia uprising within his own family.

Born in the Sicilian village of …


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 21, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Profile: Colombo family capo Luca DiMatteo

By David Amoruso

Luca DiMatteo (71) is a longtime member of New York’s Colombo crime family. According to authorities, he currently holds the rank of (acting) capo. In July of 2015, DiMatteo and his nephew, Lukey DiMatteo, were charged with racketeering conspiracy,…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 17, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

High-profile Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph Merlino latest gangster to be barred from entering a casino

By David Amoruso

Updated on September 8, 2016 - The Pennsylvania gaming control board has banned Philadelphia mob boss Joseph…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 8, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Warden denies 99-year-old Colombo crime family underboss “Sonny” Franzese’s request for early release

By David Amoruso

Talk about old school. With his 99 years, Colombo crime family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese is the oldest inmate in the…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 3, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

New York pizzeria murder has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

It was around 7 p.m. when Louis Barbati climbed the steps to his Brooklyn home after another hard day at work making Sicilian pies at the iconic L&B Spumoni Gardens, a popular pizzeria he co-owns. Behind him a hooded man raised his gun and fired several shots hitting his mark in the head and chest. 61-year-old…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 1, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Gangsters Inc. at the movies: Scarpa

By David Amoruso

Gregory Scarpa was known as one of the most prolific hitmen in the history of the American Mafia. Nicknamed The Grim Reaper, he left a trail of dead bodies during his years in New York’s Colombo crime family. Strangely enough, at the exact same time he was…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 15, 2016 at 9:56am — No Comments

Profile: Colombo family associate Thomas McLaughlin

By David Amoruso

Colombo crime family hitman Tommy McLaughlin disappeared into the Witness Protection Program last Friday. Gangsters Inc. bids him farewell with a profile.

Thomas McLaughlin (photo above) began his criminal career as a member of a street gang called the Bay Parkway Boys. An innocent enough sounding name, but these boys quickly…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 14, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments

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

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The Bonanno Crime…


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:…


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 8:00am — 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 — 7 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

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