When you mention Rao’s to someone, you can see their eyes light up. Probably they’ve never been there-you can’t get in the place-but they’ve heard about it: the location, the ambience, the mystique, all those stories. You can only image what it’s like. And then one night, you get lucky. You get in and find out…
These are murderers who killed a man, killed a thought, a hope, a way of being, the very idea of humanity.
- Lorenzo Matassa. Public Prosecutor. Court of Palermo, February 23rd, 1998.
In the early 1990s, a courageous Catholic priest, Giuseppe 'Pino' Puglisi, took over…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 13, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments
Life changes fast.
Life changes in an instant.
- Joan Didion
George Scalise was born in Calabria in 1896. When he was two, his family emigrated to New York and settled in Brooklyn. At seventeen, along with a partner in crime, Joe Alfono, he was arrested and imprisoned for four…Continue
Life being what it is, one thinks of revenge - Charles Baudelaire
It's another one of those images that have stayed with us over the years. Almost sixty. A different time then, in every respect. The little guy dead in his car, engine running, headlights on, slumped back in the seat, left hand clutching the steering wheel,…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 12, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 21, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments
I have struck a city-a real city-and they call it Chicago... I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.
- Rudyard Kipling
In Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s there was enough crime to go around. Plenty to satisfy everyone.
As one journalist put it, "In all the…Continue
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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…
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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…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 8, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
By Thom L. Jones
Boston, Massachusetts, has long had a reputation as a corrupt and base city. Not so much a Mob town as a Mob's town. It has been plagued by criminal gangs over the years-The Winter Hill, the McLaughlins, the Mullens, the Barbozas, Roxbury, Killeens, the Gustings and the Campbells, and of course, its own little Mafia cartel, which controlled The North…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 16, 2015 at 4:52am — No Comments
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…Continue
By Thom L. Jones
Robbery is a very high-risk occupation. People who go around committing robberies cannot expect to be greeted with open arms. It's not as if they were in the habit of attending Sunday School.
- Kel Glare.…Continue
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…Continue
By Thom L. Jones
Melbourne, is the second largest city in Australia, by population, with over 4 million citizens.
It is also one of the most violent in the country.
Between 1984 and 1995, 35 people were shot dead by members of the Victoria Police. This compared to 10 shootings in the period 1971 to 1984.
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“His impact on the American Mafia was much more than to just have helped the law incarcerate a man who at the time, they considered perhaps the most powerful hoodlum in the country. By helping to nail him and thus sending him to prison, he created a chain of events that would have perhaps, the most significant repercussions on Italian-American organized crime…Continue
It’s a definite no-no. If you are part of the Mafia, you do not go after, and certainly do not kill, police officers. In America at least. In Sicily. That’s a different story altogether.
So how and why the events of the night of Tuesday, January 21st, 1987, unfolded on a street in the borough of Queens, New York is almost as big a mystery now…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 18, 2013 at 5:17am — No Comments
By Thom L. Jones (For more of his stories check out his Mob Corner)
He heard they were going to kill him soon, from the baker who ran a shop at the end of the street. It wasn't that much of a surprise, not like…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 21, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments
I imagine a scene, long ago, in the town of Corleone, in the heartland of Western Sicily.
I see Doctor Michele Navarra (right). A classic valetudinarian; a sensitive and haunted expression playing across his features. The face of a man who had sold his soul to the Mafia and the devil for an excellent price, as English author Norman Lewis…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 13, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments
Top end of Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, right on the Brooklyn-Queens boundary line. Friday evening, November 10th 1967.
It’s a quiet Jewish, Italian community. Like every neighborhood or district in the biggest city in America, it has stories to tell if you listen hard enough. Tongue-numbing Dutch names like Onderdonk jostle for space with simple…Continue
Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
Early morning Thursday, Christmas Eve, 1992.
A maroon, four door, Mercury Topaz slows to a halt at traffic lights in Ozone Park, a suburb in Queens, New York.
The driver is a slim, dark-haired, dark skinned Italian-American. The passenger, his wife, is a diminutive, chubby, doe-eyed woman. She is thirty-one, three years older than her husband. They…Continue
In 1960, Joe and Jack Taliercio opened a restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. They had worked as chefs in some of the finest restaurants in Europe and in Manhattan, and working as a family, determined to create a historic food locale. They leased premises at 102-11 Queens Boulevard, and began serving food a la Neapolitan style to a rapidly growing and…Continue