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Pietro Scaglione: The First Excellent Corpse

By Thom L. Jones for Gangsters Inc.

Cadaveri Eccellenti: Excellent, or more appropriately, eminent corpses, is a term created by the Italian author Leonardo Sciascia, to denote public or noteworthy figures killed by the Mafia in Sicily. The original victim may have…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 16, 2020 at 9:33am — No Comments

Italian Organized Crime: Cosa Nostra, Camorra, 'Ndrangheta, Sacra Corona Unita

Profiles and articles below introduction



By Angelo Carmelo Gallitto



Italian organized crime, divided in Cosa Nostra, ‘Ndrangheta, Camorra and Sacra Corona Unita, is a rich and powerful criminal enterprise with a lot of connections and branches around the world.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 31, 2020 at 3:58am — No Comments

The Two Doctors of Corleone

By Thom L. Jones for Gangsters Inc.

It was a trip into the countryside

Off to see some people.

Business to attend, lunch, in a township clinging high on the top of Sicani Mountain, with views to the south across the endless hills and valleys to the Strait of Sicily, and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 29, 2020 at 3:10am — No Comments

The Irishman: Meet the real Mafia muscle behind Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic

By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.

Martin Scorsese’s latest Mafia epic The Irishman finally hit…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 1, 2019 at 6:44am — No Comments

Five Minutes to Midnight: The Sicilian and New York Mafias, the Catholic Church and a huge finance scandal

By Thom L. Jones for Gangsters Inc.              

“You never know what enough is unless you know what is more than enough.” - William Blake     

It’s a story with more twists and turns than a novel by Agatha Christie. A list of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 20, 2019 at 5:13am — No Comments

Five Minutes to Midnight – Part 2: The Sicilian and New York Mafias, the Catholic Church and a huge finance scandal

This is part 2 of Five Minutes to Midnight. Read part 1 here.

By Thom L. Jones for…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 20, 2019 at 5:12am — 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

Read the first page of this story here

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

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

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

By Thom L. Jones

Read the first page of this story here

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

Three good men and their fight to the death against the Sicilian Mafia: Giovanni Falcone

By Thom L. Jones

"By knowing the men of honor, I have learned ……..that Mafia logic is the logic of power, and it always works towards a purpose. Sometimes those Mafiosi strike me as the only rational beings in the world populated by madmen." - Giovanni Falcone to Marcello Padovani

"You’re the Maradona of the law:…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 18, 2019 at 9:21am — No Comments

Three good men and their fight to the death against the Sicilian Mafia: Giovanni Falcone (Part 2)

This is part 2 of Three good men and their fight to the death against the Sicilian Mafia: Giovanni Falcone. To read part 1 click here.

By Thom L.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 18, 2019 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

The Irishman: Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa’s friend and the man who put two bullets in the back of his skull

By David Amoruso

At 6’4” Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran literally was a towering figure. But to those who knew him in the American underworld, he was even taller. A fearsome force who had honed his deadly skills as a combat-hardened rifleman during the Second World War fighting the Nazis. Back home, he became a Mafia hitman,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 29, 2018 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

Pax Mafiosa: Guilty verdicts as prosecutors prove secret pact between Sicilian Mafia and Italian government

By David Amoruso

A secret pact between the Sicilian Mafia and the Italian State has resulted in the conviction of eight men, including Mafia bosses and police and government officials, among them a close political associate of Silvio Berlusconi. The pact was made in the 1990s to bring a halt to Cosa Nostra’s bloody war…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 21, 2018 at 7:13am — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia boss Toto Riina dead at 87

By David Amoruso

He was the boss of bosses of Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia. As leader of the infamous Corleonesi, Salvatore "Toto" Riina ordered the death of hundreds, including the high-profile assassinations of anti-mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Now he is dead himself, at age 87, of natural causes.

Riina had turned 87 on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 17, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

Three Good Men - The Second One: Antonino Cassarà

By Thom L. Jones

The media called them raggazzi di una stagione ‘straordinaria: “The boys of an extraordinary season.”

Beppe Montana and Calogero Zucchetto and Pippo Giordano and Roberto Antiochia and Natale Mondo and Ninni Cassarà and the rest of the Squadra Mobile, the Flying Squad. They knew what they had to do and lived their lives doing…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 26, 2017 at 11:19am — No Comments

Three Good Men: Life and death in Sicily fighting the Mafia

By Thom L. Jones

Sometimes, history makes us remember and then, at times, helps us to forget.

It’s easy to recall the first iPhone that was launched in 2007 and would come to change everything we have ever known about personal communication. Mention a judge who was blown up by the Mafia in 1983, and eyes glaze and heads shake and no one…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 9, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments

Secrets & Lies: Bringing down the Mafia and Italian State

By Thom L. Jones

If you Google ‘Mafia’ you will get 163,000,000 hits.

If you Google ‘Cosa Nostra’ you will get 5,280,000 hits.

In 1950 the Mafia did not exist, publicly that is. Sicily knew about it, but even then, to the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 1, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments

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