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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

Take a tour through mob boss Al Capone’s 'playground'

By David Amoruso

Al Capone. His name still stands as the most infamous among gangsters. Though he was known foremost as a Chicago mob boss, his influence and territory stretched way beyond the city limits into small town America. Crime historian Chriss Lyon now offers folks the chance to take a walking tour through one such town, dubbed “Capone’s…

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

MS-13 member gets 45 years in prison for double murder

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Rene Mendez Mejia, also known as “Zorro,” a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 street gang, was sentenced yesterday to 45 years in prison for the double murder of a young mother and child.

22-year-old Mejia and two other MS-13 members, Adalberto Ariel Guzman and Juan Garcia, shot and killed…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 19, 2016 at 11:50am — 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

Four MS-13 gang members guilty of violence and murder

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A federal jury delivered guilty verdicts today against four members of the street gang “La Mara Salvatrucha,” or “MS-13,” who were on trial for participating in a racketeering conspiracy. The convictions stem from the multiple acts of violence committed by the defendants for the benefit of the criminal enterprise, including…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 13, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

New York Crips gang leader guilty of racketeering

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Raphael “Gusto” Osborne, a Crips street gang leader from Roosevelt, New York, was found guilty today on twenty-one counts including racketeering, conspiracy, robbery, attempted murder, witness retaliation, assault with a dangerous weapon, drug conspiracy and brandishing and discharging firearms during the commission of these…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 11, 2016 at 7:00am — 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

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

Profile: London crime boss Bekir “The Duke” Arif

By David Amoruso

London has a rich gangland history filled with “proper” villains, as they say. But when it comes to organized crime the scene has been dominated by a select group of families, often brothers. Like the notorious Kray twins and the infamous Adams Family, the Arif clan sent chills down many spines.

By 2004, British media even labeled the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 1, 2016 at 7:28am — No Comments

Profile: Lucchese family capo Richard “The Toupee” Pagliarulo

By David Amoruso

Lucchese crime family captain Richard Pagliarulo came from a mob crew where nicknames were brutally honest. Peter Chiodo, his predecessor as crew leader, was nicknamed Fat Pete, because he was…well…fat. He…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 1, 2016 at 5:44am — No Comments

Profile: Lucchese family capo “Fat Pete” Chiodo

By David Amoruso

Never was a nickname more appropriate than the one of Lucchese crime family captain Peter Chiodo. They called him Fat Pete. Why? Well, his weight ranged from 400 to 500 pounds. Like I said, appropriate.

“Fat Pete” Chiodo was the quintessential street smart mobster. He was capable of violence, as one had to be in the Mafia, but he also…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 28, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Folk Nation gang leader gets consecutive terms of life in prison

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Yasser Ashburn, the leader of a set of the violent street gang Folk Nation operating primarily in the Crown Heights and East Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment yesterday. 

32-year-old Ashburn led a Folk Nation set of 20 to 25 members that operated…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 18, 2016 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Profile: Lucchese family soldier Michael “Baldy Mike” Spinelli

By David Amoruso

If you thought Michael Spinelli’s nickname was bad, wait until you’ve heard the story of how he became a made member of the Lucchese crime family. As far as gangland stories go, Spinelli’s is anything but Hollywood material. Yet,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 12, 2016 at 7:48am — No Comments

MS-13 gang member pleads guilty to double-murder

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Arnolvin Umanzor Velasquez, also known as “Momia” and “Lito,” a member of the Brentwood Locos Salvatruchas (BLS) clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 street gang, pleaded guilty today to his involvement in the December 18, 2011 execution-style murders of two brothers, Ricardo and Enston Ceron. Velasquez faces a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 11, 2016 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia planned to kill NY governor Mario Cuomo

By David Amoruso

Mario Cuomo would’ve made an excellent cadaver, Sicilian Mafia bosses thought. The New York governor was targeted for assassination by Cosa Nostra during a trip to Italy in 1992, a time when the Sicilian mob was waging an all-out war on the Italian state, resulting in the deaths of countless policemen, judges, and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 11, 2016 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Serbian drug gang busted in Spain and Czech Republic

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The Spanish national police and law enforcement authorities from the Czech Republic and Serbia, supported by Europol, have disrupted a Serbian organized crime group operating in Spain and the Czech Republic. This criminal network is suspected of committing a vast array of criminal offences, including three murders and the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 9, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments

Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger loses appeal for new trial

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

James “Whitey” Bulger lost his appeal for a new trial yesterday. The 86-year-old Boston mob boss felt his right to a fair trial was violated when a judge barred him from testifying about his claim that he received…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 5, 2016 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Killed Cosa Nostra mobster’s son-in-law also whacked in hit

By David Amoruso

Vincenzo Bontà, the son-in-law of Sicilian Mafioso Giovanni Bontade, was shot dead in Palermo yesterday. Bontà (45) was killed along with 53-year-old Giuseppe Vella. The pair was murdered in a very narrow part of the Via Falsomiele in Palermo, leaving them no chance to escape. Two suspects have been arrested by…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 4, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Former Playboy model goes to prison for mob hit

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Looks can be deceiving. Looking at photos of Slobodanka Tosic, a former Playboy model and 2005 Miss Photogenic for Bosnia and Herzegovina, one can see many things, but mostly a beautiful, harmless, young, perhaps dumb, blonde woman. However, that same woman was sentenced to two and a half years in prison yesterday for her…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 3, 2016 at 11:47am — No Comments

Violent Seven Mile Bloods gangsters indicted in Detroit

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Twelve more members of the Seven Mile Bloods street gang in Detroit were charged in a superseding indictment Tuesday, adding charges for racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, firearms violations and related offenses. The previous indictment had charged three other individuals.

The Seven Mile Bloods (SMB) gang…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 3, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

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