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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

To Kill a Dream: The Sicilian Mafia and the Murder of a Priest

By Thom L. Jones

These are murderers who killed a man, killed a thought, a hope, a way of being, the very idea of humanity.

- Lorenzo Matassa. Public Prosecutor. Court of Palermo, February 23rd, 1998.

In the early 1990s, a courageous Catholic priest, Giuseppe 'Pino' Puglisi, took over…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 13, 2016 at 3:00am — 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

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

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

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

American Mafia's boss of bosses whacked at his office

AMERICA’S BOSS OF BOSSES MURDERED AT HIS OFFICE

By David Amoruso

Salvatore Maranzano had made it. After eliminating his arch rival, Joe Masseria, in April of 1931, he had become capo di tutti capi, boss of bosses, of …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 23, 2016 at 5:51am — No Comments

Sicilian Cosa Nostra's Viale Lazio massacre

“FREEZE!” SO I CAN SHOOT YOUR HEAD OFF!

By David Amoruso

Before he became Cosa Nostra’s boss of bosses and his leadership style earned him the nickname The Accountant, Bernardo Provenzano was known as The Tractor. Long explanation short: He was a mean SOB and stone cold…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 23, 2016 at 5:49am — No Comments

Al Capone wishes rivals a happy Valentine's Day

AL CAPONE WISHES RIVAL GANGSTERS A HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

By David Amoruso

On Valentine’s Day most people are thinking about their loved ones. Husbands browse the stores in search for that one gift to tell the wife how much they love her, while…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 23, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Mafia Cops: License To Kill

MOB COPS: LICENSE TO KILL

By David Amoruso

As you have read in our three other stories, a gangster in police uniform is one deadly motherfucker. Still, he has nothing on an actual police detective who has no qualms about pulling the trigger on whoever and who has the ability and power to operate above the law.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 23, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Sicily's Cosa Nostra can’t stop ISIS, says Mafia historian Lupo

Photo: The aftermath of the bomb attack on the A29 motorway near Capaci, Sicily, that killed anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three bodyguards.

By David Amoruso

As ISIS’ reign of terror is sending shockwaves through Europe, many of us are left guessing and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 20, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sicilian businessmen stand up to extortion by Palermo Mafia

By David Amoruso

Palermo businessmen have had enough. For years they’ve been extorted by local Mafia clans who came to collect the “pizzo,” but today, ANSA reports, 36 of them made a firm statement by helping police bust 22 Mafiosi who were terrorizing their shops and lives.

Thanks to the businessmen police were able to identify and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 2, 2015 at 3:25pm — No Comments

A Mafia Killing in Sicily

By Thom L. Jones

The photograph has been appearing for over thirty years. It is one of the most iconic and yet at the same time, distorted images of what the Sicilian Mafia is about: Control by force. It is almost always headed a Mafia killing in Corleone. This is the misrepresentation. The act of violence occurred, in fact, in a suburb of Palermo.

It has appeared in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 21, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Thom L. Jones' Mob Corner - Overview





Mob Corner is written by Thom L. Jones. A retired businessman, he has had a long interest in organized crime, and in particular the Sicilian and American Mafia.



A hobby triggered by a book he read while studying at university "God Protect Me From My Friends" a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 25, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

New Jersey DeCavalcante family boss John Riggi dies

By David Amoruso

Longtime New Jersey mob boss John Riggi passed away on Monday. He was 90 years old. He had been released from prison almost three years ago and peacefully died at home surrounded by his family.

His obituary reads, “John M. Riggi, Laborers Local 394 business agent, Army Air Corps veteran, dedicated his life to his family.” Though…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 4, 2015 at 2:58pm — 3 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

Sicilian Cosa Nostra - Overview

SICILIAN COSA NOSTRA



Introduction written by Angelo Carmelo Gallitto



PROFILES:



Gianni Nicchi…

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

The Phantom of The Grand Hotel: Sicily, the Mafia, a Mystery

By Thom L. Jones

Located in the historical center of Palermo, Sicily. Founded in 1874 and renovated in 1907 by one of the great masters of the Art Nouveau Style, Ernesto Basile, the exquisite Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes hotel exudes historical charm. Grand décor of marble floors and antiques combine nicely with very latest technology to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 9, 2015 at 6:19am — 1 Comment

Mafia attacks shopkeeper in Palermo for refusal to pay

By David Amoruso

So much for working in the shadows. Italian authorities have released video images (below) of a vicious attack in broad daylight on a shopkeeper by Mafiosi of the Palermo Noce clan. The shopkeeper, Antonio Vizzi, had refused to pay 3,000 euros in “pizzo,” protection money, to the local Mafia family and was beaten as a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Cops make the deadliest Mafia hit men

By David Amuroso

Cops and mobsters will never be the best of friends. But every wiseguy trusts that if he surrenders to the law he will not be murdered. Ironically, it’s that belief that got a bunch of gangsters killed. Not by the cops, but by their underworld rivals who abused the trust all members of society, including criminals, place in the badge and the uniform…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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