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Sicily's Cosa Nostra can’t stop ISIS, says Mafia historian Lupo

Photo: The aftermath of the bomb attack on the A29 motorway near Capaci, Sicily, that killed anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three bodyguards.

By David Amoruso

As ISIS’ reign of terror is sending shockwaves through Europe, many of us are left guessing and…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 20, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Mafia may reduce Sicily's risk of infiltration by ISIS

By David Amoruso

If members of terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) are looking for a new target then Sicily might not be the smartest choice. Claudio Fava, the deputy chairman of the National Anti-Mafia Commission, told …


Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 18, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Mafia Killing in Sicily

By Thom L. Jones

The photograph has been appearing for over thirty years. It is one of the most iconic and yet at the same time, distorted images of what the Sicilian Mafia is about: Control by force. It is almost always headed a Mafia killing in Corleone. This is the misrepresentation. The act of violence occurred, in fact, in a suburb of Palermo.

It has appeared in…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 21, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Gambino Crime Family - Overview

Estimate member count: around 200.

First Boss: Vincent Mangano

Primary rackets: Narcotics trafficking, loan sharking, gambling, extortion, car theft, union corruption, construction, internet fraud,…

Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 6, 2015 at 9:30am — 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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 25, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Gambino Acting Boss: Francesco Cali

By David Amoruso

Posted on July 14, 2008 (updated on August 21, 2015)

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Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali was born in New York on March 26, 1965, the son of Sicilian parents who were doing pretty good. Back in Palermo, Sicily his father ran a store selling goods and electrical materials. In New York he opened a video store. His father's name popped up…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 21, 2015 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Crime Beat: Is the American Mafia finished? Tune in!

Crime Beat Radio is back! Artist First Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for July 23, 2015, through September 24, 2015. Guests include Gerald Posner, David Amoruso, Tony Destefano, Todd Cimino, Steve Jackson, Anthony Amore and Chris Cipollini.

Here is the lineup:

  • July 23 – Todd Cimino, screenwriter, and Greer…

Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 16, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Sicilian Cosa Nostra - Overview


Introduction written by Angelo Carmelo Gallitto


Gianni Nicchi…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 8, 2015 at 4:06pm — No Comments

In search of the Corleonesi: How the Mafia changed forever

By Thom L. Jones

Italians know Corleone as a small, inland town of about 12000 inhabitants, situated in the highlands of Western Sicily, approximately mid-way between Palermo and Agrigento.

We mostly know Corleone as the name of a fictitious Mafia boss-Don Corleone- the central character in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather. Although…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 8, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

The Milwaukee Mafia Family: Don't Sell It Short

By Gavin Schmitt

What does the word “Mafia” bring to mind? Murder, car bombs, bootlegging and other devious crimes. The back alleys of Chicago and New York. Al Capone and John Gotti. What the word rarely brings to mind is Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland will change that…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 11, 2015 at 3:46am — No Comments

The Phantom of The Grand Hotel: Sicily, the Mafia, a Mystery

By Thom L. Jones

Located in the historical center of Palermo, Sicily. Founded in 1874 and renovated in 1907 by one of the great masters of the Art Nouveau Style, Ernesto Basile, the exquisite Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes hotel exudes historical charm. Grand décor of marble floors and antiques combine nicely with very latest technology to…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 9, 2015 at 6:19am — 1 Comment

Billions of euros seized from Sicilian Mafia’s boss of bosses

By David Amoruso

Follow the money. If you want to hurt a gangster real bad, then go after his ill-gotten gains. This is especially true when you cannot catch the criminal behind all that money. As is currently happening in Sicily with Matteo Messina Denaro, Cosa Nostra’s boss of bosses, who has been a fugitive since 1993. The Italian…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 30, 2015 at 7:40am — No Comments

The Sound of Silence: How the Mafia in Sicily Communicates

By Thom L. Jones

Omertà: Good is he who sees and is silent.

                                             Old Mafia saying.

Sicily is an intricate web of favors done in exchange for other favors owing among people of all class, from the humblest to the highest. The trick is to never over-estimate…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 25, 2015 at 5:31am — 1 Comment

Italian Organized Crime

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 28, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

New York Gambino mobster hit with extortion rap in Italy

By David Amoruso

Police in Italy and the United States have busted up an international extortion racket run by the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and the Gambino crime family in New York. Eight people in both countries were arrested today, including Francesco Palmeri, who, authorities claim, is a high-ranking member of the Gambino family.



Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 11, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Mafia attacks shopkeeper in Palermo for refusal to pay

By David Amoruso

So much for working in the shadows. Italian authorities have released video images (below) of a vicious attack in broad daylight on a shopkeeper by Mafiosi of the Palermo Noce clan. The shopkeeper, Antonio Vizzi, had refused to pay 3,000 euros in “pizzo,” protection money, to the local Mafia family and was beaten as a…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FBI releases audio of Boston Mafia induction ceremony

By David Amoruso

The ceremony in which the Mafia initiates new members is considered a sacred event by wannabe and seasoned mobsters alike. Pricking blood from the finger, burning the picture of a saint, swearing allegiance, and becoming part of a brotherhood dating back a century. So you can imagine their anger when they heard the FBI had…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Cross-dressing fugitive Mafia boss arrested

By David Amoruso

As a fugitive you have to be creative to remain a free man. Even when that means dressing up as a woman every now and then. Just ask 42-year-old Camorra boss Aldo Gionta.

This past Saturday, Gionta was arrested by plain clothes policemen at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo as he tried to board a ferry for Malta using false papers. Agents…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 19, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cops make the deadliest Mafia hit men

By David Amuroso

Cops and mobsters will never be the best of friends. But every wiseguy trusts that if he surrenders to the law he will not be murdered. Ironically, it’s that belief that got a bunch of gangsters killed. Not by the cops, but by their underworld rivals who abused the trust all members of society, including criminals, place in the badge and the uniform…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Mafia boss Messina Denaro’s identikit has been updated

By David Amoruso

Italian authorities released an updated identikit of Sicilian boss of bosses Matteo Messina Denaro, today. New digitally created images show the 52-year-old mob boss with a little bit more weight, his receding hairline advanced, and without his glasses. The update comes after an informant who had recently met with Messina Denaro had…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 27, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

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