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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

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

“I’m not crazy” - Profile of Camorra boss Michele “The Madman” Zaza

By David Amoruso

“I’m not crazy. Some of my relatives have been in a lunatic asylum, but I haven’t.” – Camorra boss Michele Zaza

Gangsters like Michele Zaza don’t come around often. Nicknamed “‘O Pazzo” or “The Madman,” he was known as much for talking candidly with the media as for his cunning and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 2, 2018 at 7:00am — 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

Thom L. Jones' Mob Corner - Overview





Mob Corner is written by Thom L. Jones. A retired businessman, he has had a long interest in organized crime, and in particular the Sicilian and American Mafia.



A hobby triggered by a book he read while studying at university "God Protect Me…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 1, 2017 at 5:00am — 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

Sicilian Cosa Nostra - Overview

SICILIAN COSA NOSTRA



Introduction written by Angelo Carmelo Gallitto



PROFILES:



Gianni Nicchi…

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

Public church mass in memory of slain Montreal Mafia boss Rocco Sollecito canceled – Mass was to be held in Italy

By David Amoruso

A mass in memory of murdered Montreal Mafia boss Rocco Sollecito has been canceled, Italian news agencies report. The priest at the church in Grumo Appula, a town near the city of Bari in Italy,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 27, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

New tactics needed in hunt for Sicilian Mafia’s boss of bosses Messina Denaro – Prosecutor: “He’s not normal.”

By David Amoruso

Matteo Messina Denaro, Sicilian Cosa Nostra’s boss of bosses, has been on the run for 23 years, but despite recent arrests of those closest to him authorities are far removed from catching the fugitive crime lord.

When police in Castelvetrano,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 15, 2016 at 10:35am — No Comments

Relative of Sicilian Mafia boss Messina Denaro busted for medical fraud

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A relative of fugitive Cosa Nostra boss of bosses Matteo Messina Denaro was arrested yesterday along with five…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 19, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments

Sicilian Mafia boss Messina Denaro’s sister sentenced to over 14 years in prison – Found guilty of being “made”

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Anna Patrizia Messina Denaro, the 46-year-old sister of the Sicilian Mafia’s boss of bosses Matteo Messina Denaro was sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison in Palermo appeals court yesterday. She had already been…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — 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

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