By the 1970s, Cleveland’s once-powerful underworld was merely a shadow of itself. Just 20 years earlier, the city’s Mafia was a thriving enterprise, with up to 60 made (formally inducted) men involved in loansharking, gambling and union rackets.
The dwindling of the…Continue
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New York’s melting pot of an underworld has erupted into a violent volcano with the city’s Bonanno crime family and the Bloods street gang involved in a deadly dance that resulted in the murder of Mafia associate Sylvester Zottola at a McDonald’s drive through in The Bronx last week.
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Sylvester Zottola had problems. The Bonanno family mobster was beefing with someone and that person was intent on murdering him over it. After surviving several attempts on his life, Zottola’s number was finally up on yesterday evening when an assassin shot him dead while he waited for his coffee at a…Continue
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The former National Vice President of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Club, 59-year-old John Xavier Portillo, was sentenced on Monday to two consecutive life sentences, plus twenty years, in federal prison for racketeering and drug trafficking charges.
Portillo (photo above) was convicted alongside…Continue
Never rat on your friends, but if you do, you better not lie to the feds. That’s the lesson former Boston Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme learned yesterday when he was sentenced to life in prison for a 1993 murder he forgot to mention when he decided to cooperate with the FBI.
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Irish gangster Frederick “Fat Freddie” Thompson’s name is notorious in and around Dublin, Ireland. As leader of a squad of hitmen he orchestrated countless bloody murders in two gang wars that ravaged not just the Irish city, but Europe’s mainland as well.
Thompson was born in 1980 in South…Continue
Two high-ranking leaders of the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the United Blood Nation (UBN), including the Godfather, 45-year-old Pedro “Magoo” Gutierrez (left), who also served as Chairman, and 45-year-old James Baxton (right), also known as “Frank White”, who held the rank of Worldwide High, were…Continue
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It’s hard to become a new person. If you’ve spent years of your life trafficking drugs, committing kidnappings, robberies, and brutal murders all the while surrounded by like-minded men then changing yourself isn’t just hard, it becomes impossible.
Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez (photo above), a man…Continue
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Two men who hold the rank of Godfather in the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the United Blood Nation were convicted on Thursday of racketeering conspiracy charges. 44-year-old James Baxton (photo above, right), known on the streets as Frank White, and 45-year-old Pedro “Magoo” Gutierrez (photo above, left)…Continue
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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,…Continue
California drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross shows that you can play the game and survive. His story shows the hypocrisy of the government’s war on drugs, while also shining a light on the struggles of growing up in the ghetto. Above all, it’s about learning from mistakes and bettering yourself. “I used to…Continue
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A major blunder is what it is. Canadian police bungled their case against two alleged Montreal Mafia bosses by illegally wiretapping the pair’s lawyer’s offices. After a Quebec Superior Court Judge excluded the wiretap evidence, Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito were acquitted of charges of…Continue
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Authorities have Naser Kelmendi’s number. The United States government blacklisted him under the Kingpin Act in 2012 because, it claims, he heads a crime family responsible for trafficking drugs through Afghanistan to Turkey and into Europe. Still, moving throughout Eastern Europe, Kelmendi proved an…Continue
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Sure. Shigeharu Shirai has made mistakes. Who hasn’t? But he’s learned from them. He’s paid for them. In his line of business mistakes cost. Sometimes even a life. To keep that in mind, he’s had to cut off his little finger. Just so he remembers that mistakes cost dearly and have no place among the…Continue
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It’s the scream that hits you. Then the gunshots. Followed by the realization that you’ve just watched and heard a mob hit. When Philadelphia crime family underboss Joseph “Joey Chang” Ciancaglini was shot in his diner in March of 1993 federal agents were watching and listening as well. It did little to help Joey Chang,…Continue
Genovese crime family underboss Venero Mangano had a long and distinguished career. Two careers, actually. And in both he proved he had a sharp mind and balls of steel. He also showed one could live a long life and die of old age where most of his comrades died violently by bombs and bullets.
Born on September 7, 1921, Mangano was…Continue
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…Continue
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The Amsterdam underworld knew Dries Riphagen as the Dutch Al Capone, a violent crime boss ready and willing to end your life to make a buck. But when the second World War ravaged through Europe, Riphagen rebranded himself as one of the Netherlands’ biggest Jew hunters when he partnered with the invading Nazis. Befitting…Continue
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By David Amoruso
John “Sonny” Franzese is an old school gangster walking around in a world that has changed significantly since when he first started committing crimes. Born in Naples, Italy on February 6, 1919, he started his criminal career during a time when Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Joseph Profaci, Vincent Mangano, Gaetano Gagliano, and Joseph Bonanno had just become bosses of the five mob families in New York.…