The mob and drinking have been inextricably linked since the Volstead Act in 1919. Prohibition gave organized crime the revenue stream it needed to gain a foothold in big cities and small towns across America. But even after Prohibition ended, mobsters were active in the liquor industry, from distributorships to control of State Beverage Commissions.…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 29, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
Russian mob boss Boris Nayfeld (photo above) just can’t stay on the straight and narrow. Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have charged the notorious gangster and coconspirator Boris Kotlyarsky with an extortion plot in which the two men sought payment from a victim who they claimed Nayfeld had been hired to…Continue
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Life being what it is, one thinks of revenge - Charles Baudelaire
It's another one of those images that have stayed with us over the years. Almost sixty. A different time then, in every respect. The little guy dead in his car, engine running, headlights on, slumped back in the seat, left hand clutching the steering wheel,…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 12, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
If members of terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) are looking for a new target then Sicily might not be the smartest choice. Claudio Fava, the deputy chairman of the National Anti-Mafia Commission, told …Continue
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The 1978 Lufthansa heist went down as the largest cash robbery on U.S. soil that had ever taken place until that time. Gangsters walked away with over $5 million in cash and almost $1 million in jewelry. In 1990, director Martin Scorsese forever immortalized the heist in his mob epic…Continue
By David Amoruso
New York Bloods street gang leader Ronald Herron, also known as “Ra Diggs,” was sentenced to 12 terms of life in prison plus 105 years, yesterday. He was convicted last year, following a month-long jury trial, of all counts, including racketeering, murder, drug trafficking, and robbery. He is also guilty of his own downfall, bragging…Continue
By David Amoruso
Whether you’re a flaming liberal or a staunch neocon, you have to appreciate Jon Stewart’s wit and humor. Especially when The Daily Show host takes on the Mafia. Born in New York City in the 1960s, Stewart has exhibited a fascination with all things Mafia since he began his career as a comedian and has frequently done mob bits on his show -…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 1, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
Gangsters Inc. will keep you up to date on the latest news about the Mafia and organized crime from around the globe. Our website features a mixture of news articles, background stories, long reads, profiles, videos, and photos to show you what’s happening in the seedy underworld.
However, if you want the latest news as soon as possible then nothing beats social…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 27, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
By Seth Ferranti
Supreme is a towering street legend immortalized in both hip-hop and hood lore. An infamous drug lord with ties to both major players in the rap industry and a notoriously profitable and ruthless drug crew, The Supreme Team, that ruled the same Queens streets that later produced platinum selling artists like Ja Rule and 50 Cent. To…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 17, 2015 at 3:57am — No Comments
By Christian Cipollini
Throughout the chaos of well-known and publicized mob warfare, several gangsters were learning lessons, gaining their own reputations and cementing future positions in what was becoming a new crime empire. They were young, most in their early twenties, but already hardened criminals. Brooklyn’s toughest, most rebellious and motivated…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 2, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
By David Amoruso
Authorities and the media alike tend to focus on the bosses and captains of mob families, and deservingly so. But it isn’t until we take a look at the young up-and-coming mobsters that we get a sense of what’s in store for the future of La Cosa Nostra in the United States.
Take 36-year-old Giuseppe Destefano (photo above). He…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 19, 2015 at 11:48am — No Comments
By David Amoruso
Police in Italy and the United States have busted up an international extortion racket run by the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and the Gambino crime family in New York. Eight people in both countries were arrested today, including Francesco Palmeri, who, authorities claim, is a high-ranking member of the Gambino family.
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By David Amoruso
The Feast of San Gennaro has long been associated with the Italian-American Mafia. Ever since they became powerful enough, mobsters have been extorting the feast for all it was worth. After several successful prosecutions, authorities claimed the feast was free from criminal influence and more money would end up with…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 19, 2014 at 7:45am — No Comments
This story is an excerpt from The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2014), available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other book…Continue
In the late 1960s, Rick Talley returned home from Vietnam. The New York City native had served his country with honor and had the medals to prove it. Two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and other awards for outstanding service to country were awarded to him by the U.S. government.
But none of those awards would put food on the table. Especially not…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 2, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
The Bonanno crime family has a new boss. And he’s already behind bars. Michael “The Nose” Mancuso won’t see the streets of New York until his scheduled release in 2019, but he has been chosen as boss nonetheless. Some would argue the Bonannos have gone bananas once again.
While many of America’s twenty-plus La Cosa Nostra families have faced a…Continue
After more than thirty years, Gambino capo Bartolomeo “Pepe” Vernace finally faced the music this past week as he was found guilty of a 1981 murder and various racketeering charges. His victim was an innocent bar owner who had nothing to do with the mob. Vernace on the other hand began rising rapidly through the underworld as he managed to…Continue
The Genovese Crime Family is seen as the most secretive and successful mob group in New York and maybe even the country. Also known as The Westside, today the Genoveses are the largest crime family in the Big Apple and have managed to keep the number of turncoats to a minimum.
The family has a long and bloody history. A history that Puparo has decided to…Continue
I was first introduced to Murder Incorporated, by Nicholas Pileggi, the extraordinary journalist, author and screenwriter responsible for two of the most iconic works in the literature of organized crime: Wiseguy, which he adapted into the film Goodfellas and Casino which he also brought to the screen with Martin Scorsese. Along with Mario…Continue