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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

A Chicago Mob Story: The Man who loved being a Gangster

By Thom L. Jones

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 25, 2015 at 3:45am — 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

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 Blackfriars Massacre

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 16, 2015 at 4:52am — 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

Murder Blue: “Two dogs (cops) have to die!”

Part Two

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.…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 16, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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

Assault on Law and Order: Melbourne, Australia

Part One

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.

One of…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 20, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

The scoop on the man who brought down Genovese

“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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 12, 2014 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

A Mean Street in Queens: To Kill a Cop

By Thom L. Jones

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 18, 2013 at 5:17am — No Comments

Moon over Sicily

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 21, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Woman in Black: Leoluchina Sorisi

By Thom L. Jones

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 13, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

The Man in Black: Gaspare Magaddino

By Thom L. Jones

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Kindness of Death

By Thom L. Jones

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 22, 2012 at 4:08pm — 4 Comments

The Star of Forest Hills

By Thom L. Jones

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…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

A Bullet for Burrafato

By Thom L. Jones

In his government photograph, Antonino Burrafato (photo, below right) has something of the look of actor Jon Cryer, wearing a uniform and a funny hat. His lips are pursed as though he is about to ask the man behind the camera to get on with it. The eyes are steely and piercing, someone who does not suffer fools gladly. He looks more like a Jefe than simply a…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 17, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Give a Man a Gun: The story of Carmine DiBiase

By Thom L. Jones

Carmine DiBiase went out on Christmas Day and got drunk. Very drunk. Very, very drunk. And then he shot and killed someone.

Not just any old someone, but a best friend someone. A guy who had stood by Carmine at his wedding, as his chief attendant. Been godfather to one of his children. Was his business partner.

A man who was…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 17, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Joe Barboza: Boston Barbarian

By Thom L. Jones

The alliteration is perhaps inexcusable. The description however, is almost as perfect as you will get.

A man who allegedly bit off part of another man’s ear in a bar brawl. Who terrified a family as he tried to destroy their car- with them in it. Someone who apparently actually frightened some members of the Boston police department to the point that…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 11, 2012 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

The Slaughter at Slaughterhouse Square

By Thom L. Jones

It was bloodletting out of all proportion, even for the men who ran the Mafia in Sicily.

Eight men killed for eighteen horses.

The worst day of mass killing in its history since May 1947, when 11 people were shot dead and 33 wounded by Salvatore Giuliano’s bandit gang at Portella della Ginestra, near San Giuseppe Jato; an…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 16, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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