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Visiting Chicago’s Prohibition-era underworld with new gangster tour

By David Amoruso

Chicago has seen its fair share of violence. It was infamous during the Prohibition years for its gangland killings and notorious Mafia boss Al Capone. Starting June 14, you will be able to visit many of these historic underworld sites with the brand-new Chicago Prohibition Gangster Tour.

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 22, 2019 at 8:50am — No Comments

Out of Africa: The Story of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello

By Thom L. Jones

Tunisia is a republic in North Africa. Bounded on the north and east by the Mediterranean Sea and on the south and west by Libya and Algeria; its capital is Tunis. 15 kilometers to the north is the famous ancient city of Carthage. A deformation of "Kart Hadasht" (the new town) it was how the Phoenicians…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 7, 2019 at 4:24am — No Comments

The Story of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello - Final part

By Thom L. Jones

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When Carlos went off to prison in April 1983, he left a ship that was drifting. He lost most of his political…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 6, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Story of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello - Part 5

By Thom L. Jones

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In 1960, Carlos Marcello had handed over $500,000 in cash to Jimmy Hoffa, the corrupt head of the Teamsters…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 6, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Story of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello - Part 4

By Thom L. Jones

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"It is as if we all stood in a bad dream, watching the hand of fate write out one of the blackest chapters in…

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The Story of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello - Part 3

By Thom L. Jones

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The crime family Carlos inherited was a successful mixture of gangsters, policeman on the pad and corrupt…

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The Story of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello - Part 2

By Thom L. Jones

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Dropping out of school at the age of fourteen, Carlos Marcello began to spend more of his time with people with…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 6, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments

Campaign to save whisky warehouse in Scotland once used by American Mafia during Prohibition

By David Amoruso

Now just a dilapidated façade, once the place was booming. The William Whiteley Warehouse in Glasgow, Scotland, secretly shipped thousands of cases of Scottish whisky to American bootleggers during Prohibition.

Back then, quality booze sold for top dollar in the United States, and bootleggers with…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 18, 2019 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

King of the Bootleggers: Profile of Hamilton mob boss Rocco Perri

By David Amoruso

Every underworld has its first major crime boss. That man – or woman – who ascends to the top of the heap and controls organized crime in the city. For Hamilton, Ontario, that man was Rocco Perri. During the years of Prohibition, he became known as the “King of the Bootleggers.”

Born in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 31, 2018 at 4:24am — No Comments

The Italian Mafia, Irish gangs, Chinese Tongs, bootleggers, gamblers, thieves and killers: Welcome to Gangland Boston

By David Amoruso

In her latest book Gangland Boston: A Tour Through the Deadly Streets of Organized Crime, Boston Globe reporter Emily Sweeney details over a century of heists and killings involving the Italian Mafia, the Irish Mob, Chinatown…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 20, 2018 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Mafia author shares dark stories behind Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey

By David Amoruso

Organized crime in New Jersey goes way back and features some of the most colorful characters and powerhouses one can imagine. Gangsters Inc. sat down with mob author Scott Deitche, who details this rich and violent history in his new book Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 12, 2018 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Gunman wearing fedora shoots up mob-linked restaurant in Brooklyn

By David Amoruso

Sometimes, these crime stories write themselves. Take this latest gem in which an Italian restaurant with connections to the Italian Mafia was shot up by a gunman wearing a fedora hat. Goodbye 2018. Hello 1938! A fedora, by the way, is a hat with a soft brim and indented crown, which was very popular among…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 11, 2018 at 10:46am — No Comments

Profile: Gambino crime family mobster Joseph Chirico

By David Amoruso

His pals in the mob call Joseph Chirico “Joe Marco Polo,” because he runs Marco Polo Ristorante in Brooklyn. Chirico, who grew up in Italy, is a restaurant buff but has another side gig going that landed him in trouble with the law.

In 2008, he was caught up in a wide-ranging federal racketeering indictment aimed…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 11, 2018 at 10:45am — No Comments

The Big Bankroll: The rise and fall of New York mob boss Arnold Rothstein

By David Amoruso

A criminal mastermind. The man behind the scenes. Mob kingpin. Arnold Rothstein can be described in many ways. Known on the streets as “The Big Bankroll,” he financed countless major criminal schemes and enterprises as he rose to prominence in New York’s gangland. But at heart, he was a gambler. Through…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 28, 2018 at 9:36am — No Comments

The sun was shining: The hit on New York Mafia underboss Frank Scalice

By Thom L. Jones

In the only borough of New York to begin with the indefinite article, it was not unusual at end of day to watch “fathers trundling home with a monumental sadness on their shoulders”. * It was a hard place to live for the working man and his family. A good place for organized crime.

Frank Scalice lived at 211 Kirby…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 22, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

Al Capone’s Beer Wars: Chicago’s Prohibition-era gangland laid bare by mob historian John Binder in new book

By David Amoruso

The Prohibition era in Chicago has gone down in history as a time of extreme mob violence. A time when hoodlums were mowing down enemies with Thompson machine guns in a battle over the lucrative bootlegging business. When mob boss Al Capone ruled supreme while being on the cover of every newspaper. Author John J. Binder…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 12, 2017 at 4:05am — No Comments

Al Capone’s Beer Wars: Book delves into Prohibition-era Chicago gangland violence, revealing rare facts and insights

By David Amoruso

Chicago during Prohibition was a place of extremes. It was a city where men made more money than God as they smuggled booze, set up speakeasies, engaged in labor racketeering, ran prostitution and organized gambling. It was also where many of them died violent deaths at the hands of their rivals as various gangs fought…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 10, 2017 at 7:15am — No Comments

“This is for you, Frank!” – Profile of Mafia boss Frank Costello

By David Amoruso

“What have you done for your country as a good citizen?”

“Well…. I don’t know what you… what you mean by that?”

“When you’re looking back over the years now till that time when you became a citizen, and now standing twenty odd years after that, you must have in your mind some things that you have done that you can…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 16, 2016 at 6:30am — 2 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

How mob boss Meyer Lansky laundered the American Mafia’s dirty cash – and made them bigger than U.S. Steel

By David Amoruso

The pinnacle of organized crime is laundering your ill-gotten monies into crispy clean dollar bills that are out of reach of law enforcement and the IRS. Nowadays, this is something understood by most crime bosses and drug lords, but back in the 1930s there was just one man who had the vision and smarts to help the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 25, 2016 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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