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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Persico' (16)

The Christmas Verdict: How Colombo Mafia family leader “Wild Bill” Cutolo got the present he wished for

By James M. LaRossa Jr. for Gangsters Inc.

As I attempt to make sense of my father, legendary Mob attorney Jimmy LaRossa’s blur of a professional life, one day, above all others, stands out.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 30, 2019 at 10:10am — No Comments

The Stalking Capo: How a mobster’s jealousy of his girlfriend caused the indictment of 20 Colombo family gangsters

By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.

All is fair in love and war, the saying goes. But break the law and reality will come knocking and slap some handcuffs on you. Alleged…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 5, 2019 at 12:22pm — 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

Profile of Colombo family boss Carmine Persico



By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

Read the obituary and most up-to-date profile of Carmine Persico here.



Carmine Persico was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Carmine senior, was a soldier in the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Profile: Colombo family underboss John "Sonny" Franzese

By David Amoruso



John “Sonny” Franzese is an old school gangster walking around in a world that has changed significantly since when he first started committing crimes. Born in Naples, Italy on February 6, 1919, he started his criminal career during a time when Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Joseph Profaci, Vincent Mangano, Gaetano Gagliano, and Joseph Bonanno had just become bosses of the five mob families in New York.…



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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

The life of a U.S. Marshal: Hunting down fugitive mobsters and always staying one step ahead of cunning gangsters

By David Amoruso

Mike Pizzi is a prime example of what you can achieve with hard work and dedication. Starting out on the streets of New York, lacking a formal education, Pizzi went on to join the Marines as a teenager followed by a long and distinguished career as a U.S. Marshal. Now, he sits down with Gangsters Inc. to discuss his days…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 1, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Adapt and Overcome: U.S. Marshal shares lessons he learned after dedicating his life to a career serving his country

By David Amoruso

Retired U.S. Marshal Michael Pizzi has arrested plenty of crooks in his day. He usually did so after the kind of manhunt the U.S. Marshals are renowned for. Be they pimps hiding in a crack house or Italian-American mobsters staying in Europe, Pizzi went after them with tenacity and brought them back in handcuffs to face…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 12, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Profile: Original New York Mafia family boss Giuseppe Profaci

By David Amoruso

Giuseppe Profaci was one of the five original New York mob bosses, leading what would become known later as the Colombo crime family of La Cosa Nostra. His tenure spanned several decades and countless violent incidents, including a Mafia uprising within his own family.

Born in the Sicilian village of …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 21, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

The American Mafia and its use of colorful nicknames

By David Amoruso

The American Mafia, known as La Cosa Nostra, has always had a thing for using nicknames. “Joe the Boss,” “Charlie Lucky,” “Benny Squint,” “Benny Eggs,” “Tony Ducks,” “Gaspipe,” “Sonny Black,” “Sonny Red,” “Chin,” “Crazy Joe,” the list goes on and on. Why is that?

Just last week, authorities busted 46 leaders, members, and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 6, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Top 4 stone cold gangsters who look like total wimps

By David Amoruso

Looks can be deceiving. Never was that more true than for the following four gangsters. When looking at them, one doesn’t see a bunch of tough guys. One doesn’t get the idea he’s looking at murderers. Yet, these men were all just that: Stone cold gangsters who instilled fear and respect among even the scariest of men. This, despite the fact…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 30, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Editorial: New York tabloid ridicules mob son who went legit

By David Amoruso

Weird. That’s what I thought when I read the New York Daily News piece headlined “EXCLUSIVE: Son of Colombo family mob boss now delivers pizza for Brooklyn pizzeria.” Weird that this is an “exclusive” story. Weird that this is treated as news even. But beyond the headline things got even weirder.

The article itself…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 25, 2016 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer

By Peter Lance (author of the book Deal with the Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer available at Amazon.com)

Gregory Scarpa Sr. was a trifecta of contradiction. A peacock dresser, he carried a wad…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 21, 2013 at 10:36am — 7 Comments

Colombo Boss: Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli

By David Amoruso



“I’m going to hell!”



The above is a quote attributed to Colombo Crime Family leader Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli. According to the FBI, Gioeli uttered the words to a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 16, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Will Historic Mob Bust Really Go Down As Historic?

By David Amoruso



It was the largest nationally coordinated crime bust in the FBI’s history. Over 800 agents of the FBI together with local, state, and other federal law enforcement officers, took part in raids on the early morning of January 20. Carrying arrest warrants for 127 organized crime figures connected to the five New York La Cosa Nostra families as…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 2, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Colombo Boss: Alphonse Persico



By David Amoruso

Posted on March 19, 2009

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Alphonse Persico is the son of legendary Colombo Family boss Carmine Persico. Alphonse decided to join his father’s business and become a member of the Mafia. His decision would cost him dearly as he would follow his father all the way to a federal prison.



From an early age, Alphonse followed in… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Colombo Underboss: William "Wild Bill" Cutolo



By David Amoruso

Posted on September 28, 2008

Updated on October 24, 2008

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William "Wild Bill" Cutolo was one of the most charismatic and feared mobsters of the Colombo Crime Family. Born on June 6, 1949 he had risen to become an underboss to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2010 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

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