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Mob Museum shines light on Detroit’s violent Prohibition-era Purple Gang

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The Purple Gang’s notoriety continues to hit home decades after they vanished. Though the group operated in Detroit during the years of Prohibition, its violent and deadly modus operandi made such an impression that the Mob Museum in Las Vegas will hold an interesting event about…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 11, 2019 at 7:37am — No Comments

America’s fascination with the Gangster era: From John Dillinger and Machine Gun Kelly to their pretty molls

By Barbara Casey for Gangsters Inc.

Plans are being made to exhume the body of John Dillinger from his gravesite at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. It isn’t the first time the body of a historical figure has been exhumed. Jesse James, Eva Peron, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, and Daniel Boone are only a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 11, 2019 at 5:59am — No Comments

Deep in the Heart of Texas: The Rise of the Italian Mafia in the Lone Star State - Part 2

By Thom L. Jones

As the famous song goes, “The Party's’ Over it’s Time to Call it a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 12, 2019 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Deep in the Heart of Texas: The Rise of the Italian Mafia in the Lone Star State

By Thom L. Jones

The Texas Almanac claims the heart of the territory lies near a small town called Brady, in McCulloch County. In square miles, Texas is the largest mainland state in the Union. Only Alaska tops it in size. “Bigger than Texas” is a somewhat overused expression, but hits the spot. It’s bigger than France and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 12, 2019 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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.

Based on…

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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

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