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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Sicilian Cosa Nostra - Overview


Introduction written by Angelo Carmelo Gallitto


Gianni Nicchi…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 8, 2015 at 4:06pm — 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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 8, 2015 at 4:05pm — 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…


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…


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…


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

The Humble Origins of Joe Masseria and Lucky Luciano

By Alex Hortis

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,, and other book…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 16, 2014 at 4:16am — 2 Comments

Sicilian Mafia travel guide reveals island’s underworld

By David Amoruso

The Sicilian Mafia emerged from the shadows as a criminal powerhouse that would rule the underworld not just in Sicily but in Italy and North America as well. Secrecy allowed them to grow. Now, author Carl Russo is pointing a photo camera at the places that played a role in Cosa Nostra’s shady history. His new book …


Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 27, 2014 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia boss Toto Riina: Prosecutors have to die

By David Amoruso

For a Sicilian Cosa Nostra boss loyal to omerta, the code of silence, Toto Riina was quoted in the media an awful lot of times in the past few months. His incriminating and outright hostile words brought back memories of his vicious war on the Italian State during the 1990s in which the Sicilian Mafia terrorized the entire country…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 22, 2014 at 7:12am — 3 Comments

Puparo's Corner

In Memoriam:

This corner is dedicated to the Palermitan judges Giovanni Falcone (born 1939) and Paolo Borsellino (born 1940). They grew up in the borough Kalsa near Palermo's harbor…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 26, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

Puparo's History of Palermo's Porta Nuova Mandamento

Organized crime at its most organized. That’s what Sicilian Cosa Nostra achieved by organizing all the families on the island in what are called ‘mandamenti’. Gangsters Inc.’s Angelo Carmelo Gallitto explains that “a 'mandamento' is formed by three or more neighboring crime families and it's led by a 'capomandamento', who is a member of the Provincial…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 29, 2013 at 8:22am — No Comments

Mafia-State Trial Exposes Italy’s Corrupt Political System

By Angelo Carmelo Gallitto

No one is untouchable. Of course, others are easier to touch than others. In Italy this is being proven each and every day as Mafiosi and corrupt politicians escape justice by abusing one of the many loopholes the law offers them.

One of the men who managed to escape justice, according to many judges, pentiti,…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The Woman in Black: Leoluchina Sorisi

By Thom L. Jones

I imagine a scene, long ago, in the town of Corleone, in the heartland of Western Sicily.

I see Doctor Michele Navarra (right). A classic valetudinarian; a sensitive and haunted expression playing across his features. The face of a man who had sold his soul to the Mafia and the devil for an excellent price, as English author Norman Lewis…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 13, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

The Sicilian Mafia: An Illustrated Travel Guide

Author and mafia expert Carl Russo is working on an illustrated travel guide about the Sicilian Mafia and needs our help!

In the story below (and the video above) Carl will explain everything. For those that want to contribute but are in a hurry and have no time to read the whole story, simply go to …


Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No 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…


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

The Slaughter at Slaughterhouse Square

By Thom L. Jones

It was bloodletting out of all proportion, even for the men who ran the Mafia in Sicily.

Eight men killed for eighteen horses.

The worst day of mass killing in its history since May 1947, when 11 people were shot dead and 33 wounded by Salvatore Giuliano’s bandit gang at Portella della Ginestra, near San Giuseppe Jato; an…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 16, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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