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Get ’The Right Man’: How the FBN nailed Vito Genovese

By Thom L. Jones



It begins and ends with a man who had a name that sounded like a musk melon.



His impact on the American Mafia was much more than to just have helped the law incarcerate a man who at the time, they considered perhaps the most powerful hoodlum in the country. By helping to nail him and thus sending him to prison, he created a chain of events that would have perhaps, the most significant repercussions on Italian-American organized crime since its recognized… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 24, 2010 at 2:59pm — 1 Comment

Death in the Afternoon, The shadow of a Dream: The Story of Carmine Galante (Part 2)

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During Lunch




As his nephew drove away from the drop-off, Galante walked into the restaurant, whose front windows were masked by yellow curtains. It was a favourite meeting place, where he often arranged sit-downs with his closest associates. Knickerbocker Avenue had for over 50 years been the turf of the Bonanno crime family, according to… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 24, 2010 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Death in the Afternoon, The shadow of a Dream: The Story of Carmine Galante

By Thom L. Jones

Before Lunch



It was not quite the dog days of August, but almost. The temperature was in the upper eighties by mid-day, baking the cracked asphalt that shimmered under the relentless rays of the noon-day sun, beating down on the city like a blow-torch, tempered by the 80 degrees of humidity.



In Bushwick, Brooklyn, inland from whatever on-shore breezes may have been blowing in from the East River, there was no relief from the wilting heat.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 24, 2010 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Drug Boss: Frank Matthews

By Seth Ferranti



In the 1970s the heroin market in the United States was dominated by a black distributor named Frank Matthews who operated out of New York. He was the most notable black figure on the east coast at the time and one of the first major independents who challenged the mob for supremacy in the criminal underworld. The Black Caesar, as he was known, was a new kind of super-criminal ruling a nationwide empire of dope. He was…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 19, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Drug Boss: Roland "Pops" Bartlett

By David Amoruso

Posted March 20, 2007



Roland Bartlett reputedly was the biggest drug boss of Philadelphia in the 1980s. His organization consisted of around 60 members, and had seperate crews which consisted of salesmen, cutting crew supervisors, and enforcers. Bartlett himself had started out as a streetdealer for the Philadelphia Black Mafia, and had worked his way up. Eventually he developed connections with the Gambino Crime Family from New York, from which he purchased… Continue

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Drug Boss: Leroy "Nicky" Barnes



By David Amoruso

Posted: July 4, 2007

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Leroy "Nicky" Barnes is a legend of African American organized crime history. Once a dope fiend himself, he kicked the habit, and became the main distributor of heroin in Harlem, NY. In 2007 his autobiography "Mr Untouchable: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Heroin's Teflon Don" was released. In it Barnes…

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Drug Boss: Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff



By David Amoruso

Posted on October 17, 2007

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Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff was born on September 19, 1959. McGriff grew up in Southeast Queens around many drugdealers. He wanted to be one as well and started doing jobs for them such as guarding drugs and cash at stash houses. McGriff was feared because of his connection to a gang called "the Peace Gods,"…

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Profile of Cuban mob boss José Miguel Battle Sr.



By David Amoruso



José Miguel Battle Sr. was one of the most powerful crime bosses in the US. Born in Cuba he was a policeman in the pre-Castro era ruled by dictator Fulgencio Batista. Batista had a good relationship with several of America's wealthiest mobsters, among them New York bosses Charles "Lucky" Luciano,…

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'Ndrangheta Boss: Giuseppe Coluccio



By David Amoruso

Posted on February 10, 2009

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According to Italian authorities Giuseppe Coluccio is one of Italy’s most powerful criminals. He is said to be one of the leading members of the ‘Ndrangheta, in charge of very lucrative narcotics smuggling operations. The ‘Ndrangheta has become even more powerful than its brothers in Sicily and Campania, and has… Continue

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DeCavalcante Capo: Francesco Polizzi



By Maarten Anthonissen

Posted: April 27, 2007

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Francesco Polizzi never was a very important figure in the world of American wiseguys. A typical soldier who climbed the ladder and became a capo. His income, and that of his whole crew, came from typical mob rackets; loansharking, gambling, extortion, and especially drugs. But eventhough he won't get a place… Continue

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Narco Players: Wanted Fugitive: A Colombian Beauty Queenpin

By Clarence Walker

Posted on May 3, 2010



Beauty queen models wanted. With class and stature, a superb figure, a kilowatt smile, a beautiful model is not only wanted by the entertainment and modeling industry but they are the object of many hearts.



Professional modeling is a prestigious achievement. Some performers become crowned champions as they strut their 'stuff' on runways across the planet.



But now there's a famous beauty queen on the run and she's… Continue

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Mexico Spring Break: Will Drug War Violence Kill the Thrill?

By Clarence Walker

Posted on March 26, 2010



Editor's note: Gangsters Inc. investigative crime journalist, Clarence Walker, of Houston Texas & Southeast Arkansas, previously wrote the following story about Mexican Drug Cartels that appeared on this site: U.S. Government Crisis: Mexico Drug Cartels: Are they Number 1 Organized Crime Threat in America?



March 2010: Spring break season has finally arrived. Skies are blue, the sunshine casts a pleasant glow and the chirping… Continue

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Crime Does Pay. How? Italian Mafia Earned $167 Billion





By Clarence Walker, Investigative Crime Journalist



How many times have we heard these words? "Crime doesn't pay"....or a Judge will say, "it doesn't pay to commit crimes".



It is true crime didn't pay for some lawbreakers who were caught and lost their freedom and every dime they earned. Swindler Ken Madoff earned billions running a ponzi scheme that bilked investors and now he's been caught. With the exception of having… Continue

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Special Report: Mob-murders Cools Off in Italy

Special Report: Mob-murders Cools Off in Italy



And other Historical Stories about the Sicilian Mafia.



By Clarence Walker, Investigative Journalist, Houston Texas.

Posted on October 8, 2007



Is it a myth or reality that mob-related murders are at its lowest decline in Italy's history of… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

American Gangster Myth

American Gangster Myth:



What's the Real Story Behind Hollywood's Portrayal of Harlem Drug Kingpin Frank Lucas?





By Clarence Walker, Investigative Reporter and New Criminologist Journalist, Houston Texas

First published on: 11/5/2007…



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Crime Bosses with a Feminine Side

By David Amoruso

Posted on January 14, 2010

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A gangster can never show weakness. He must always act like a man. But does he really have to be a man? Or is he allowed to ‘make some changes’? In the past year there were two separate cases in Italy and South Africa involving crime bosses whose stories would rock the criminal world.



The South African underworld was shocked this week when it… Continue

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Italian Police Are Closing in on Cosa Nostra Boss

By David Amoruso

Posted on June 28, 2009

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Italian authorities are closing in on Cosa Nostra boss Matteo Messina Denaro (47). In one week, police in Italy and Venezuela arrested over a dozen men who are all being accused of helping Denaro run his criminal operations. By the end of the week even Denaro’s (photo on the right) most valuable drug contact had been put in handcuffs.



On Saturday… Continue

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Mexican Drug Cartels Number 1 Organized Crime Threat US?

U.S. Government Crisis: Mexico Drug Cartels:

Are they Number 1 Organized Crime Threat in America?



By Clarence Walker, Investigative Crime Journalist



The U.S. government is on the defensive. There's a major crisis threatening America's security. This diabolical threat do not involve foreign terrorists, chinese spys, Al-Qaeda; nor… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

The High Roller: Jimmy Chagra, Gambling & Poker

By David Amoruso

Posted on May 22, 2008

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Poker has become one of the most popular games worldwide. It is played by millions of people of all ages in countries all over the world, at casinos, home games, bars, and the past few years on the internet. Poker has become an accepted form of entertainment, loved by cops, criminals and regular citizens alike. But poker wasn't always this popular, and it's… Continue

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The Israeli Mafia's brief, but violent invasion of New York

By David Amoruso

Posted on April 8, 2008



During the 1980s a small group of Israeli criminals started earning a reputation throughout New York that they were serious men, capable of deadly violence. This rep earned them their place within New York's underworld, which was ruled by the five La Cosa Nostra families, Russian gangsters, Asian Triads, as well as…

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