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The sun was shining: The hit on New York Mafia underboss Frank Scalice

By Thom L. Jones

In the only borough of New York to begin with the indefinite article, it was not unusual at end of day to watch “fathers trundling home with a monumental sadness on their shoulders”. * It was a hard place to live for the working man and his family. A good place for organized crime.

Frank Scalice lived at 211 Kirby…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 22, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

Three Good Men - The Second One: Antonino Cassarà

By Thom L. Jones

The media called them raggazzi di una stagione ‘straordinaria: “The boys of an extraordinary season.”

Beppe Montana and Calogero Zucchetto and Pippo Giordano and Roberto Antiochia and Natale Mondo and Ninni Cassarà and the rest of the Squadra Mobile, the Flying Squad. They knew what they had to do and lived their lives doing…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 26, 2017 at 11:19am — No Comments

Three Good Men: Life and death in Sicily fighting the Mafia

By Thom L. Jones

Sometimes, history makes us remember and then, at times, helps us to forget.

It’s easy to recall the first iPhone that was launched in 2007 and would come to change everything we have ever known about personal communication. Mention a judge who was blown up by the Mafia in 1983, and eyes glaze and heads shake and no one…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 9, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments

Secrets & Lies: Bringing down the Mafia and Italian State

By Thom L. Jones

If you Google ‘Mafia’ you will get 163,000,000 hits.

If you Google ‘Cosa Nostra’ you will get 5,280,000 hits.

In 1950 the Mafia did not exist, publicly that is. Sicily knew about it, but even then, to the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 1, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments

In search of the Corleonesi: How the Mafia changed forever

By Thom L. Jones

Italians know Corleone as a small, inland town of about 12000 inhabitants, situated in the highlands of Western Sicily, approximately mid-way between Palermo and Agrigento.

We mostly know Corleone as the name of a fictitious Mafia boss-Don Corleone- the central character in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather. Although…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 8, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Murder Blue: “Two dogs (cops) have to die!”

Part Two

By Thom L. Jones

Robbery is a very high-risk occupation. People who go around committing robberies cannot expect to be greeted with open arms. It's not as if they were in the habit of attending Sunday School.

                                                                                 - Kel Glare.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 16, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Assault on Law and Order: Melbourne, Australia

Part One

By Thom L. Jones

Melbourne, is the second largest city in Australia, by population, with over 4 million citizens.

It is also one of the most violent in the country.

Between 1984 and 1995, 35 people were shot dead by members of the Victoria Police. This compared to 10 shootings in the period 1971 to 1984.

One of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 20, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Man in Black: Gaspare Magaddino

By Thom L. Jones

Top end of Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, right on the Brooklyn-Queens boundary line. Friday evening, November 10th 1967.

It’s a quiet Jewish, Italian community. Like every neighborhood or district in the biggest city in America, it has stories to tell if you listen hard enough. Tongue-numbing Dutch names like Onderdonk jostle for space with simple…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Kindness of Death

By Thom L. Jones

Early morning Thursday, Christmas Eve, 1992.

A maroon, four door, Mercury Topaz slows to a halt at traffic lights in Ozone Park, a suburb in Queens, New York.

The driver is a slim, dark-haired, dark skinned Italian-American. The passenger, his wife, is a diminutive, chubby, doe-eyed woman. She is thirty-one, three years older than her husband. They…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 22, 2012 at 4:08pm — 4 Comments

A Bullet for Burrafato

By Thom L. Jones

In his government photograph, Antonino Burrafato (photo, below right) has something of the look of actor Jon Cryer, wearing a uniform and a funny hat. His lips are pursed as though he is about to ask the man behind the camera to get on with it. The eyes are steely and piercing, someone who does not suffer fools gladly. He looks more like a Jefe than simply a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 17, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

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