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Meet the New Boss: Profile of Lucchese Mafia family leader Michael “Big Mike” DeSantis

By David Amoruso

Lucchese crime family boss Michael “Big Mike” DeSantis got to the top of the hill in an unusual way: A letter from his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 17, 2019 at 5:52am — No Comments

From Rags to Riches - Profile of Harlem drug kingpin Leroy "Nicky" Barnes



By David Amoruso



Leroy "Nicky" Barnes is a legend of African American organized crime history. Once a dope fiend himself, he kicked the habit, and became the main distributor of heroin in Harlem, NY. In 2007 his autobiography "Mr Untouchable: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Heroin's Teflon Don" was released. In it Barnes tells his story. How he…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 9, 2019 at 5:09am — 2 Comments

VIDEO: In “The Kitchen” women run the Irish Mob in New York, with jokes and bullets

By David Amoruso

In the seventies, Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen was dominated by The Westies, an Irish gang of mobsters with a reputation for deadly violence. In the movie The Kitchen, moviegoers get to experience that scene, but with a twist: The women are taking over!

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 5, 2019 at 9:29am — No Comments

“American Gangster” Frank Lucas dead at 88

By David Amoruso

Former Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas passed away yesterday. He was 88. Lucas was immortalized in 2007 with the release of “American Gangster”, which detailed his rise and fall but fictionalized a lot of events. Denzel Washington starred as Lucas.

Born in North Carolina, Lucas moved to New York after the Ku Klux Klan…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 31, 2019 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Lucchese Mafia boss Vic Amuso may be imprisoned for life, but his word is still law on the streets of New York

By David Amoruso

Many question how much power an 85-year-old imprisoned-for-life Mafia boss actually has over his crime family. Mob leader Vic Amuso (above) answered with a letter that said: Total power. From behind bars, he orchestrated the complete rearrangement of the Lucchese family’s leadership.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 31, 2019 at 2:42pm — No Comments

The Lucchese Crime Family - Overview

Estimate members: Between 120 and 130 (according to Jerry Capeci)

First Boss: Tom Gagliano

Primary activities: Narcotics, gambling, loan sharking, waste management, construction and extortion.

Boss:…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 31, 2019 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Former Bonanno Mafia family consigliere Anthony Graziano dead at 78, his “Mob Wives” daughter reports

By David Amoruso

Longtime Bonanno crime family mobster Anthony “T.G.” Graziano passed away on Friday, his daughter Renee reported. He was 78. Graziano was a powerhouse in the Bonanno family and a trusted…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 25, 2019 at 4:25am — 2 Comments

The Real John Wick: Separating fact from fiction in Hollywood’s violent gangster vengeance blockbuster

By David Amoruso

Is John Wick indestructible? Movie audiences are about to find out in the third installment of the blockbuster movie franchise starring Keanu Reeves as the skilled assassin placed on a universal hit list by the Italian and Russian Mafias, the Chinese Triads, and the Japanese Yakuza. But…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 18, 2019 at 4:15am — No Comments

Genovese Mafia family made man and underlings plead guilty to role in sophisticated multi-million-dollar scheme

By David Amoruso

It took a few years, but several Genovese crime family mobsters busted back in 2014 during Operation Fistful finally decided to plead guilty to their role in a multi-million-dollar criminal enterprise on Wednesday. The group includes made man Vito Alberti, who collected “tribute” payments that were kicked…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 4, 2019 at 11:56am — No Comments

Ruthless Long Island Bloods gang leader off to prison for 20 years for drug operation and multiple shootings

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Bloods street gang was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for his involvement in a drug operation and his participation in two shootings. 33-year-old Michael “Bum Jew” Smith had pleaded guilty on November 9, 2015.

Prosecutors say Smith used his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 19, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Son of New York Mafia boss Vincent “Chin” Gigante pleads guilty to racketeering charges

By David Amoruso

The son of late New York Mafia boss Vincent “Chin” Gigante pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday. 51-year-old Vincent Esposito (photo above, left) admitted conspiring with other Genovese crime family mobsters in extorting union officials.

Esposito is the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 12, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

How a rat brought down the Colombo Mafia family crew of “Fat Jerry,” “The Mask,” and “Mumbles”

By David Amoruso

It’s hard to run an honest loansharking business these days. Just ask Colombo Mafia family soldier Jerry Ciauri. Together with several other mobsters he ran gambling and loansharking operations in Brooklyn and Staten Island. He was doing okay until a rat in his crew began nibbling on money and then ran off…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 9, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

Female United Blood Nation boss sentenced to over 17 years in prison on drug and gun charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A female leader of the “Billie East Side Bloods,” a gang that is part of the United Blood Nation, and several gang members were sentenced to prison on drug and gun charges on Tuesday. At sentencing, the judge characterized the group as one of the most dangerous criminal organizations the federal…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 22, 2019 at 10:33am — No Comments

Trafficking drugs and dismembering bodies with the Graewe brothers, associates of the Cleveland Mafia

By Robert Sberna

The recent death of Frederick “Fritz” Graewe (photo above), a feared mob associate in Cleveland, Ohio, shows that it’s possible to live by the sword but not die by the sword. Graewe, 66, seemingly enjoyed a peaceful suburban lifestyle until passing away of natural causes in February. He had been at home…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 21, 2019 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Gambino family mobster charged with treacherous murder and robbery of his dear 78-year-old friend

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Greed kills more people than cancer, the street saying goes. It is especially true in the murder of Vincent Zito, prosecutors say. They arrested 59-year-old Anthony Pandrella, an alleged associate of the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 15, 2019 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Legendary New York Mafia boss Carmine Persico was the ultimate survivor, up until his death behind bars

By David Amoruso

Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico has passed away. He was 85. The New York Mafia boss was known for his tenacity and ruthlessness. Despite being locked up for life, he maintained an iron grip on his mob family from behind bars. He was a pure survivor. Right up until the moment he sighed his last…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 8, 2019 at 6:51am — 2 Comments

If a man looks like a mobster, is he also guilty of being one?

By David Amoruso

The trial of alleged Bonanno crime family boss Joseph “Joe C” Cammarano Jr. began last week and he showed up looking the part. It brought up the question: Does looking like a mobster, make you guilty of being one?

A stupid question, of course, but one that needs to be addressed. With his gray hair,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 1, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Bronx auto body shops fixed cars and users’ lust for heroin, fentanyl and cocaine

By David Amoruso

Nine members of a drug ring were arrested on Wednesday and charged with trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine through an auto body shop in the Bronx, New York. “These defendants were a network that outwardly offered to fix cars but was really an organization that would supply a fix of heroin or…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 1, 2019 at 2:47am — No Comments

Two members of Queens-based Black Rain drug crew charged in 1992 cold case slayings

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Justice never forgets. Two members of the New York drug crew Black Rain were indicted for their role in two 1992 murders. Both men are now into their 50s and 60s but will face charges for these cold case murders and other crimes dating back to the early 1990s.

60-year-old Darin “Satch”…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 8, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Afghan man trafficking heroin to U.S. to fund Taliban terror groups caught in DEA sting operation

By David Amoruso

Sometimes wars cross paths. In the case of Haji Abdul Satar Abdul Manaf (photo above), an Afghani accused of importing heroin into the United States and engaging in narco-terrorism for both the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, the wars on drugs and terror intertwine into a dangerous…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 8, 2019 at 5:34am — No Comments

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