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Profile of Spanish drug boss Sito Miñanco, who can’t stop smuggling tons of cocaine despite his fame

By David Amoruso

Sito Miñanco is one of Spain’s most infamous drug bosses, with international contacts from the Medellin cartel to Panamanian dictator Noriega. His exploits were turned into a Netflix tv show while he himself was still actively smuggling thousands of kilos of cocaine.

José Ramón…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 19, 2019 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia snitch shot dead in parking lot – Testified against Catania’s notorious Santapaola Clan in 1990s

By David Amoruso

A Sicilian Mafioso, who in the 1990s decided to testify against his Cosa Nostra colleagues, was shot to death on Tuesday evening in a parking lot in Chiavari, a city in Northern Italy. 70-year-old Pino Orazio was allegedly killed by a bullet to the neck fired from close range.

Orazio was known to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 24, 2019 at 10:24am — No Comments

Film detailing life of Mafia snitch Tommaso Buscetta competes for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The film Il Traditore (The Traitor) detailing the life of Sicilian Mafia boss-turned-snitch Tommaso Buscetta has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on May 14-25, the event’s organization announced on Thursday.

Directed by Marco Bellocchio,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 19, 2019 at 4:16am — No 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

Three good men and their fight to the death against the Sicilian Mafia: Giovanni Falcone

By Thom L. Jones

"By knowing the men of honor, I have learned ……..that Mafia logic is the logic of power, and it always works towards a purpose. Sometimes those Mafiosi strike me as the only rational beings in the world populated by madmen." - Giovanni Falcone to Marcello Padovani

"You’re the Maradona of the law:…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 18, 2019 at 9:21am — No Comments

Three good men and their fight to the death against the Sicilian Mafia: Giovanni Falcone (Part 2)

This is part 2 of Three good men and their fight to the death against the Sicilian Mafia: Giovanni Falcone. To read part 1 click here.

By Thom L.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 18, 2019 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

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

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

Brother of Mafia snitch was murdered after he had asked to be removed from witness protection program

By David Amoruso

The murdered brother of a Calabrian Mafia turncoat had asked to be released from the government’s witness protection program. 51-year-old Marcello Bruzzese was shot dead on Christmas Day last year, when he arrived at his home in the historical center of Pesaro.

The killing had all the indications of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 2, 2019 at 10:37am — 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

Gangsters Inc.’s Mafia Speak

Learn how to talk the talk of a real American mobster or learn to understand the difficult code and words Italian and Sicilian Mafiosi use as they go about their business, perhaps you can even crack the communication used by the Russian Mafia or Mexican drug lords. Of course, the underworld always changes and evolves, as does its language. That's why we will be…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 27, 2018 at 1:43pm — 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

Armed police escort for anti-Mafia priest shows life in Italy remains under siege by organized crime

By David Amoruso

The Italian Mafia and Catholic church have a strange relationship. Sometimes working together, at other times fierce enemies. However, the news that an anti-Mafia priest’s car was shot at should serve as a reminder that the Mafiosi don’t care who you’re ‘with’ if you stand in their way.

On Wednesday,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 21, 2018 at 10:08am — No Comments

Chairman of Sicily’s Anti-Mafia commission receives bullet

By David Amoruso

Decades after the slaughter of journalists, police officers, judges, and politicians, termed “excellent cadavers” by the media, Sicily remains a harsh place for those fighting the Mafia. Claudio Fava, the chairman of Sicily’s anti-Mafia commission, received a threatening envelope, one with a bullet…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 10, 2018 at 4:27am — 1 Comment

Powerful Italian Mafia not immune to #MeToo

By David Amoruso

Times have changed. Where a man could once get away with sexist and outright criminal behavior toward women, today he is shamed and prosecuted in front of a worldwide audience. And not just politicians and Hollywood moguls. Even the Italian Mafia is confronted with the power of a woman.

Through the use of deadly violence,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 2, 2018 at 5:17am — No Comments

Camorra boss Antonio La Torre charged with plotting murder of Anti-Mafia prosecutors

By David Amoruso

Alleged Camorra boss Antonio La Torre (photo above) was arrested in Italy this week after police say they have evidence that he and his imprisoned brother Augusto plotted to assassinate two Anti-Mafia prosecutors. The two brothers made a name for themselves as they built an empire from Italy to Scotland…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 1, 2018 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The Irishman: Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa’s friend and the man who put two bullets in the back of his skull

By David Amoruso

At 6’4” Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran literally was a towering figure. But to those who knew him in the American underworld, he was even taller. A fearsome force who had honed his deadly skills as a combat-hardened rifleman during the Second World War fighting the Nazis. Back home, he became a Mafia hitman,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 29, 2018 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

Pax Mafiosa: Guilty verdicts as prosecutors prove secret pact between Sicilian Mafia and Italian government

By David Amoruso

A secret pact between the Sicilian Mafia and the Italian State has resulted in the conviction of eight men, including Mafia bosses and police and government officials, among them a close political associate of Silvio Berlusconi. The pact was made in the 1990s to bring a halt to Cosa Nostra’s bloody war…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 21, 2018 at 7:13am — No Comments

“I’m not crazy” - Profile of Camorra boss Michele “The Madman” Zaza

By David Amoruso

“I’m not crazy. Some of my relatives have been in a lunatic asylum, but I haven’t.” – Camorra boss Michele Zaza

Gangsters like Michele Zaza don’t come around often. Nicknamed “‘O Pazzo” or “The Madman,” he was known as much for talking candidly with the media as for his cunning and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 2, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

King of the Bootleggers: Profile of Hamilton mob boss Rocco Perri

By David Amoruso

Every underworld has its first major crime boss. That man – or woman – who ascends to the top of the heap and controls organized crime in the city. For Hamilton, Ontario, that man was Rocco Perri. During the years of Prohibition, he became known as the “King of the Bootleggers.”

Born in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 31, 2018 at 4:24am — No Comments

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