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The Real John Wick: Separating fact from fiction in Hollywood’s violent gangster vengeance blockbuster

By David Amoruso

Is John Wick indestructible? Movie audiences are about to find out in the third installment of the blockbuster movie franchise starring Keanu Reeves as the skilled assassin placed on a universal hit list by the Italian and Russian Mafias, the Chinese Triads, and the Japanese Yakuza. But…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 18, 2019 at 4:15am — 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

Sicilian Mafia snitch shot dead in parking lot – Testified against Catania’s notorious Santapaola Clan in 1990s

By David Amoruso

A Sicilian Mafioso, who in the 1990s decided to testify against his Cosa Nostra colleagues, was shot to death on Tuesday evening in a parking lot in Chiavari, a city in Northern Italy. 70-year-old Pino Orazio was allegedly killed by a bullet to the neck fired from close range.

Orazio was known to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 24, 2019 at 10:24am — No Comments

Film detailing life of Mafia snitch Tommaso Buscetta competes for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The film Il Traditore (The Traitor) detailing the life of Sicilian Mafia boss-turned-snitch Tommaso Buscetta has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on May 14-25, the event’s organization announced on Thursday.

Directed by Marco Bellocchio,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 19, 2019 at 4:16am — 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

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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

Gambino Mafia family boss Frank Cali shot dead in front of his Staten Island mansion - Man arrested

By David Amoruso

There are no happy endings in the Mafia. Either you find yourself in prison or you end up six feet under in a casket. The latter will apply to Gambino crime family boss Francesco Cali, who was shot and murdered in front of his Staten Island, New York, home on Wednesday night.

The 53-year-old mob…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 14, 2019 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

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 Hook – Part 4: The downfall of Harry Aleman, Chicago’s most feared hitman

By Gary Jenkins

This is the 4th and final installment about the life and times of Chicago’s most feared hitman, Harry “The Hook” Aleman. We have arrived at the downfall of this infamous mobster. Though he got away with countless murders, justice finally caught up and brought him down. Here’s how.

Harry had been…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 9, 2019 at 10:36am — No Comments

The Hook – Part 3: The beginning of the end for vicious Chicago Outfit hitman Harry Aleman

By Gary Jenkins

In this third installment about Harry “The Hook” Aleman, a half Mexican, half Sicilian Chicago Outfit hitman, enforcer, street tax collector, and the capo of a home invasion crew, I will examine the case that will eventually bring Aleman to justice. This will be a long and crazy path so hang on and keep…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 5, 2019 at 2:52am — No Comments

The Hook – Part 2: Chicago Outfit mobster Harry Aleman murders his way to power

By Gary Jenkins

This is the second installment of a 4-part series about the life of Chicago mobster Harry “The Hook” Aleman, who operated as a thief, enforcer, juice loan collector, and hitman. In this edition, I will detail Aleman’s use of violence and murder as a tool to increase his power in the Chicago underworld and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 1, 2019 at 10:28am — No Comments

Gangsters Inc.’s Mafia Speak

Learn how to talk the talk of a real American mobster or learn to understand the difficult code and words Italian and Sicilian Mafiosi use as they go about their business, perhaps you can even crack the communication used by the Russian Mafia or Mexican drug lords. Of course, the underworld always changes and evolves, as does its language. That's why we will be…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 27, 2018 at 1:43pm — No Comments

The Sicilian banker who left his lucrative job in England to fight the Mafia in his hometown

By David Amoruso

A Sicilian banker had enough of his cushy job and six-figure salary and decided he wanted to do something with more meaning. So he put his life on the line fighting the Mafia as the mayor of a remote village in Sicily.

48-year-old Gaspare Giacalone managed billion-dollar investments as a manager at…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Hook: Life and bloody crimes of feared Chicago Mafia enforcer Harry Aleman

By Gary Jenkins

Harry “The Hook” Aleman was one of the Chicago Outfit’s most feared mobsters. In the first of a 4-part series documenting the life and violent crimes of this notorious thief, enforcer, juice loan collector, and hitman I recount how Aleman’s criminal career began.

He was born Harry Peralt Aleman on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 26, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

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