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Newlyweds’ helicopter landing in town square spurs investigation into ‘Ndrangheta’s influence on local politics

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

It was magical! When a soon-to-be bride and groom flew in by helicopter to their wedding in the Calabrian village of Nicotera, they could see their friends and family below. Everyone had gathered in the town square, which had been cordoned off for three hours prior to their arrival. The pair’s helicopter…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 19, 2016 at 12:30pm — 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

Italy’s top prosecutor warns to keep Mafia away from quake

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Where there is money to be made you will find the Mafia. Whether in the United States or in Italy, the mob knows how to make a living off the misery and suffering of others. No one knows this better than Franco Roberti, Italy’s top prosecutor, who warned Mafiosi to stay away from reconstruction projects in several…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 5, 2016 at 9:51am — No Comments

Tourists ‘evicted’ from Camorra Mafia villa they rented for summer vacation

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

It was to be the perfect summer holiday. A group of tourists doled out some cash and rented a beautiful villa in the charming village of Ischia in the picturesque Bay of Naples. As they enjoyed their life of leisure and luxury in the sun they were shocked to find police at their door, telling them to leave…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 8, 2016 at 12:01pm — No Comments

New York father and son convicted of smuggling over 50 kilos of coke with Calabrian Mafia

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

It was a tough day for father and son Gigliotti this Friday when a jury convicted them of trafficking over 50 kilos of cocaine into the United States in shipments of yucca. The pair used their Italian restaurant in Queens as cover for the smuggling operation.

60-year-old Gregorio was found guilty on all…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 23, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Basta! How Sicily’s Antimafia 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

Thousands arrested and millions of dollars seized as INTERPOL busts Asia’s illegal gambling rings

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Talk about foul play. Two separate operations against illegal gambling led by INTERPOL resulted in the arrest of over 4,100 people the seizure of $13.6 million dollars during the Euro 2016 football tournament this summer.

Operation SOGA VI (short for soccer…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 18, 2016 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia boss of bosses laid to rest

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Cosa Nostra boss of bosses Bernardo Provenzano was laid to rest today in a cemetery in Corleone, Italy, his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Secret ‘Ndrangheta commission appointed and controlled politicians in Italy

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The Italian Mafia groups are often described as a shadow government, ruling in place of the legitimate one. But on Friday, Italian police said they had discovered a secret commission led by the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta which…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 17, 2016 at 2:07pm — No Comments

“This is for you, Frank!” – Profile of Mafia boss Frank Costello

By David Amoruso

“What have you done for your country as a good citizen?”

“Well…. I don’t know what you… what you mean by that?”

“When you’re looking back over the years now till that time when you became a citizen, and now standing twenty odd years after that, you must have in your mind some things that you have done that you can…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 16, 2016 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Cosa Nostra boss of bosses Bernardo Provenzano dead at 83

By David Amoruso

Sicilian Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano passed away at age 83, sources told Italian news agency ANSA today. Considered Cosa Nostra’s boss of bosses, Provenzano spent 43 years on the run before finally being caught in 2006. He was…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 13, 2016 at 11:49am — No Comments

Police capture ‘Ndrangheta leader Ernesto Fazzalari, Italy’s second most wanted fugitive behind MMD

By David Amoruso

Another huge success for Italy’s anti-Mafia police today as they arrested ‘Ndrangheta boss Ernesto Fazzalari, the country’s second most wanted mob leader. Fazzalari (photos above, before and after arrest) was wanted since June of 1996 after he was sentenced to life in prison for a double homicide, drug trafficking, and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 26, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Blasphemy in Corleone

By Carl Russo - Opinion

Here's the latest proof that old traditions, no matter how disgusting, die hard in Italy. On May 29, a religious procession wending its way through the city of Corleone, Sicily, allegedly stopped to pay respect to the first lady of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 8, 2016 at 9:21am — No Comments

How someone stole the watch off a dying Tony Soprano

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The death of actor James Gandolfini shocked fans around the world. No one saw the man they knew best as fictional mob boss Tony Soprano dying at an age as young as 51. While many were shocked and surprised, another…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 19, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments

Mafia traitor Tommaso Buscetta’s life story to hit big screen

By David Amoruso

Tommaso Buscetta was the first boss of the Sicilian Mafia to break omerta and tell authorities (almost) all he knew about the secretive criminal brotherhood. Now, Italian filmmakers will produce a big-budget film to tell the story of his life and how he became The Traitor.

That, by the way, is also the movie’s…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 18, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

10 of Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives arrested since launch of website

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Ten of the men listed on the website ‘Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives’ have been arrested and placed behind bars, Europol reports. In at least six of these arrests, the leads provided via the website played a direct role in locating the fugitive criminals.

Three months ago, the European Network of Fugitive…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 29, 2016 at 11:47am — No Comments

Son of Mafia boss Toto Riina causes outrage with new book

By David Amoruso

Giuseppe Salvatore Riina, the son of Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the former boss of bosses of the Sicilian Mafia, is causing outrage in Italy this week with the release and promotion of his book Riina Family Life. While calling his father a “hero,” he refuses to discuss Cosa Nostra or his father’s murderous acts, which caused…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 7, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments

Largest-ever seizures of fake food and drink in INTERPOL-EUROPOL operation

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

In a joint operation on a global scale, Interpol and Europol have dealt a major blow to criminal organizations around the world involved in scamming food and drink markets around the world, thereby putting consumers at risk.

People want their food to be healthy and nutritious. With researchers showing the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 30, 2016 at 6:51am — No Comments

Sicilian police arrest leading figures of Stidda clan

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Police in Ragusa, Sicily, have arrested three people they believe are leading members of the Carbonaro-Dominante clan of La Stidda, the island’s second crime group behind Cosa Nostra. They have also seized an arsenal of firearms, including sniper rifles.

The arrests and seizures are part of Operation Reset, aimed at…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 29, 2016 at 10:57am — No Comments

Court turns down Mafia mayor’s appeal to keep state pension

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A disgraced Sicilian mayor who spent 11 years in prison for Mafia association and corruption did not agree that his lifetime mayor’s pension was annulled after his conviction. He appealed the annulment, but was turned down today, ANSA reported, when a Sicilian court nixed his appeal.

Vincenzo Lo Giudice (photo…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 29, 2016 at 8:47am — No Comments

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