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New York Mafia associate Paul Ragusa sentenced to 6 years in prison on gun charges

By David Amoruso

Alleged New York Mafia associate Paul Ragusa was sentenced to 6 years in prison on Tuesday for possessing nine firearms, including three automatic assault rifles and a silencer. 48-year-old Ragusa was busted in Operation OTremens, a joint investigation which unearthed a partnership between Mafia families…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 11, 2019 at 4:00am — No Comments

South Boston bookmaker pleads guilty to loansharking and gambling charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The world is forever changing, the underworld is as well. Even the one in South Boston better known as Southie. A local resident pleaded guilty on Thursday today in federal court in Boston to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 9, 2019 at 5:59am — No Comments

Bodybuilding, gambling, and the Mafia: Profile of Lucchese crime family soldier Eugene "Boobsie" Castelle

By David Amoruso

Eugene “Boobsie” Castelle (photo above) has had quite an unusual ride to the top of New York’s Lucchese crime family. He’s known as a bodybuilder who – allegedly – didn’t mind using steroids and other drugs to get his body and mind in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 3, 2019 at 10:07am — 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

Hells Angels Motorcycle Club outlawed in the Netherlands – Visiting foreign bikers forbidden to wear colors

By David Amoruso

The Dutch court has official outlawed the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in the Netherlands today. The first country to do so. Members are forbidden to wear any colors – vests, patches – showing their allegiance to the club. The judge said the Hells Angels are a danger to public order.

The Dutch…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 29, 2019 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Son of New York Mafia boss Vincent “Chin” Gigante pleads guilty to racketeering charges

By David Amoruso

The son of late New York Mafia boss Vincent “Chin” Gigante pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday. 51-year-old Vincent Esposito (photo above, left) admitted conspiring with other Genovese crime family mobsters in extorting union officials.

Esposito is the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 12, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

Gambino Mafia family boss Frank Cali shot dead in front of his Staten Island mansion - Man arrested

By David Amoruso

There are no happy endings in the Mafia. Either you find yourself in prison or you end up six feet under in a casket. The latter will apply to Gambino crime family boss Francesco Cali, who was shot and murdered in front of his Staten Island, New York, home on Wednesday night.

The 53-year-old mob…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 14, 2019 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Legendary New York Mafia boss Carmine Persico was the ultimate survivor, up until his death behind bars

By David Amoruso

Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico has passed away. He was 85. The New York Mafia boss was known for his tenacity and ruthlessness. Despite being locked up for life, he maintained an iron grip on his mob family from behind bars. He was a pure survivor. Right up until the moment he sighed his last…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 8, 2019 at 6:51am — 2 Comments

“The Mafia defines who he is” – Profile of Toronto ‘Ndrangheta boss Giuseppe “Pino” Ursino

By David Amoruso

As far as powerful Mafia bosses go, Giuseppe Ursino (photo above) is as low-key as they come. So much so that when he was convicted of trafficking cocaine for the ‘Ndrangheta and sentenced to over a decade in prison Thursday, it was the first criminal conviction of his life.

“Pino” Ursino was born…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 2, 2019 at 6:23am — No Comments

Philadelphia mobster Phil Narducci hit with extortion charges – “He’s a killer, you idiot. He killed 8 people.”

By David Amoruso

Philadelphia crime family soldier Philip Narducci (photo above) was hit with extortion charges on Thursday. Prosecutors claim Narducci and fellow mobster James Gallo were extorting and threatening a man who had borrowed money from Narducci.

Though 56-year-old Narducci is said to have fronted the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 2, 2019 at 6:10am — No Comments

High-ranking members of Armenian Mafia busted in France

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

French police busted an Armenian Mafia group across France, Europol reported today. On Monday, around 200 officers from the Gendarmerie Nationale (French Gendarmerie) and Customs, with on-the-field support by Europol, targeted suspects involved in large-scale criminal activities, including cigarette…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 18, 2019 at 12:20pm — No Comments

The Hook – Part 4: The downfall of Harry Aleman, Chicago’s most feared hitman

By Gary Jenkins

This is the 4th and final installment about the life and times of Chicago’s most feared hitman, Harry “The Hook” Aleman. We have arrived at the downfall of this infamous mobster. Though he got away with countless murders, justice finally caught up and brought him down. Here’s how.

Harry had been…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 9, 2019 at 10:36am — No Comments

Triads: Origins of the Chinese Mafia

By David Amoruso

The Chinese Mafia - better known as the Triads - has a complicated history seeped in political conflict that occurred centuries ago, when emperors and dynasties ruled China and monks used kung fu to rise up against their oppressors.

During its long and rich history China has seen a lot of bloodshed. Centuries ago Chinese…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 8, 2019 at 11:18am — No Comments

The Hook – Part 3: The beginning of the end for vicious Chicago Outfit hitman Harry Aleman

By Gary Jenkins

In this third installment about Harry “The Hook” Aleman, a half Mexican, half Sicilian Chicago Outfit hitman, enforcer, street tax collector, and the capo of a home invasion crew, I will examine the case that will eventually bring Aleman to justice. This will be a long and crazy path so hang on and keep…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 5, 2019 at 2:52am — No Comments

The Hook – Part 2: Chicago Outfit mobster Harry Aleman murders his way to power

By Gary Jenkins

This is the second installment of a 4-part series about the life of Chicago mobster Harry “The Hook” Aleman, who operated as a thief, enforcer, juice loan collector, and hitman. In this edition, I will detail Aleman’s use of violence and murder as a tool to increase his power in the Chicago underworld and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 1, 2019 at 10:28am — No Comments

Yakuza on Death Row: Playing tricks until time’s up

By David Amoruso

Two different cases. Both, violent killings committed by members of the Yakuza, Japan’s Mafia, and both resulted in its murderers being on death row. One gangster was executed on Thursday. The other, a former Yakuza boss, is playing games with the justice system to evade a similar fate.

Keizo Kawamura (right, who…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 29, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Hook: Life and bloody crimes of feared Chicago Mafia enforcer Harry Aleman

By Gary Jenkins

Harry “The Hook” Aleman was one of the Chicago Outfit’s most feared mobsters. In the first of a 4-part series documenting the life and violent crimes of this notorious thief, enforcer, juice loan collector, and hitman I recount how Aleman’s criminal career began.

He was born Harry Peralt Aleman on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 26, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

“For him, I am a god” – Profile of Russian Mafia boss, and vor v zakone, Razhden Shulaya

By David Amoruso

As a vor v zakone, mob boss Razhden Shulaya (above) was an official member of a century-old criminal tradition. As such, he was treated as Russian Mafia royalty. He used that position to run a sprawling organization involved in kidnapping, assault, fraud, extortion, and money laundering throughout the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2018 at 5:26am — No Comments

Gerry “The Hint” Coxson and the men England could not tame

By Jon Tait

Just as the Sicilian Mafia’s roots are from a rural crime tradition that sprang up from the citrus groves and cattle rustling on the Mediterranean island, so a British mafia emerged on the Border between England and Scotland some two centuries earlier.

The Anglo-Scottish…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 22, 2018 at 3:34am — No Comments

Philadelphia Mafia boss Joey Merlino relaxed after being sentenced to 2 years in prison for illegal gambling

By David Amoruso

Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino joked around with reporters outside Manhattan federal court yesterday. How could he not? Two years ago, he was indicted in a huge conspiracy case involving members and captains of five different Mafia families. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to just 2…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 19, 2018 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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