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Gambino family mobster Carmine Agnello’s propensity to repeat history – more specifically the violent, illegal kind

By Robert Sberna - www.robertsberna.com

By any measure, mobster Carmine Agnello has led a fascinating life. But perhaps the most curious aspect is his propensity to repeat history. As a made member of the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 23, 2016 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

Profile: Russian mob boss Boris Nayfeld

By David Amoruso

Russian mob boss Boris Nayfeld (photo above) just can’t stay on the straight and narrow, nor can he keep his mouth shut. In January, prosecutors in the Southern District of New York charged the notorious gangster and coconspirator Boris Kotlyarsky with an extortion plot in which the two men sought payment from a victim who they claimed…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 13, 2016 at 2:00pm — 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 …

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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,…

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

Mafia Math: Calculating Italian organized crime’s illicit income

By David Amoruso

How much money does the Italian Mafia make? How many billions of dollars go up the chain through the organizations of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, Campania’s Camorra, and Calabria’s ‘Ndrangheta? Criminology professor Francesco Calderoni did the math and came up with some very interesting numbers, numbers that many deem the most…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 6, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments

Profile: Lucchese crime family capo Carmine Avellino

By David Amoruso

The life ain’t what it used to. Just ask Lucchese crime family mobster Carmine Avellino. The aging capo will go to prison because a mob associate refused to pay back the $100,000 he had loaned from Avellino. What the hell has happened to La Cosa Nostra?!

Avellino doesn’t know. When he started out as a gangster, times were very…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 20, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

Philly Mafia boss Joseph Merlino and mobsters of 5 different crime families charged with racketeering

By David Amoruso

Federal agents arrested over 40 members and associates of the Genovese, Gambino,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Lucchese mob family capo gambles on trial

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Lucchese crime family capo Carmine Avellino has turned down a government plea deal and will take his chances in court, the …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 4, 2016 at 2:07am — No Comments

Lucchese mobster admits extortion but stays loyal to capo

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Lucchese crime family associate Michael Capra (photo above, left) pleaded guilty to extortion. In court, yesterday, the wiseguy admitted that he - along with his brother Daniel and a cousin who has since passed away -…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 30, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Basta! How Sicily’s Anti-mafia movement is taking back the island and successfully standing up to Cosa Nostra

By David Amoruso

Enough is enough. In the land of Cosa Nostra and omerta, a growing number of citizens is successfully standing up to the Mafia, creating a new mindset among Sicilians. “The idea that now it is possible not to pay, that it’s safe to rebel against the Mafia, that the institutions are by your side.”

For over a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 19, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

East Hartford Genovese mobster John Barile gets 71 months for arson, fraud, gambling and extortion

By David Amoruso

Reputed East Hartford wiseguy John A. Barile was sentenced to 71 months in prison on Thursday for arson, insurance fraud, gambling and extortion offenses. 52-year-old Barile has longstanding ties to the Genovese family crew…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 11, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

“I shook up the world!” - How Muhammad Ali took the heavyweight boxing championship belt from the Mafia

By David Amoruso

Heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston was a bad man. Both in and out of the ring he struck fear in men, even in the greatest fighter in history, Muhammad Ali. When the two men faced off for their title fight on February 25, 1964, Ali admitted, “I was scared… It frightened me, just knowing how hard he hit.”

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 6, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

Profile: Lucchese crime family underboss Eugene Castelle

By David Amoruso

Eugene “Boopsie” 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 May 27, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Genovese family mobsters charged with murder, extortion, gambling

By David Amoruso

Eighteen members and associates of New York’s Genovese crime family were indicted yesterday and charged with racketeering conspiracy, involvement in a murder conspiracy, an attempted murder, an extortion conspiracy, and an illegal gambling operation.

Chief among the defendants are 74-year-old Robert “Old Man”…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 13, 2016 at 3:59am — No Comments

Boston mobsters sentenced to prison for extortion scheme

By David Amoruso

Two alleged members of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston on Monday in connection with extortion. Anthony Spagnolo (74) - photo above - was sentenced to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000. Earlier, in the same case, Pryce Quintina (76) was sentenced to 15…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 4, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments

The deadly battle for control over New York’s Chinatown

By David Amoruso

New York City is a booming business for those who rule over it. For over a century, the Italian American Mafia’s five families of La Cosa Nostra ruled its boroughs with an iron fist. Yet, by the 1990s, the mob’s power had dwindled giving other groups a chance at their own piece of this lucrative pie.

New York's Chinatown has…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 29, 2016 at 5:33am — No Comments

Albanian gangster guilty of extortion schemes carried out with NYPD cop

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Albanian gangster Redinel Dervishaj was found guilty on Monday of various charges related to the extortion of three small business owners in Queens, New York. 40-year-old Dervishaj committed the crimes with fellow criminal Denis Nikolla and corrupt New York Police Department officer Besnik…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 28, 2016 at 2:47pm — No Comments

New Jersey mob boss Francesco Guarraci dies at age 61

By David Amoruso

Reputed DeCavalcante crime family mob boss Francesco Guarraci passed away on April 14, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 61. Guarraci became acting boss of the New Jersey mob around 2006.

Guarraci was born in Ribera, Sicily, and came to New Jersey in 1967, where he settled in Elizabeth. According to his …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 25, 2016 at 7:18am — No Comments

Profile: Gambino family associate Gennaro Bruno

By David Amoruso

Gennaro “Jerry” Bruno’s criminal career began when he joined a violent Ozone Park, Queens, street gang called the Young Guns. Surrounded by a group of young, wannabe thugs, Bruno began establishing his credentials as a gangster. His end goal was clear: La Cosa Nostra.

Throughout its history, the …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 14, 2016 at 6:02am — No Comments

Green Dragons gangster has life sentence reduced

By Gangsters Inc. Editors (cover photo courtesy of Gorilla Convict)

It was 1989 and Asian street gangs in New York were battling for control of Chinatown rackets. As higher-ups stayed in the shadows, teenagers roamed the streets and violently fought to the bitter end…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 9, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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