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Gangsters Inc.'s Blog – November 2017 Archive (14)

The Springfield Mafia Crew of Western Massachusetts: A Family Business

By Justin Cascio

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts, has a hundred-year long relationship with the Genovese Crime Family of New York. Its ties to the Neapolitan Camorra may be equally old. Five associates and members of the Springfield…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 26, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments

VIDEO: Meet “Popeye,” Pablo Escobar’s trusted hitman who killed over 250 people and is now living in freedom

By David Amoruso

His is an amazing story. If only because not many men with similar lives would live to tell it. John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez is still very much alive and eager to share his tale about his days working as Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s trusted hitman.

Known by his nickname “…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 25, 2017 at 1:12pm — No Comments

MS-13 leader “Tremendo” Leoner Aguirre guilty of RICO conspiracy

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Massachusetts is serious about getting rid of its MS-13 presence. A federal jury convicted one of its leaders of racketeering conspiracy, following a two-week trial in Boston on Tuesday. 22-year-old Rafael Leoner Aguirre, who…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 22, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Chinese woman laundered £1.8 million in drugs money for Albanian organized crime group in just two weeks

By David Amoruso

The biggest problem with ill-gotten gains is how to turn them into squeaky clean gotten gains. Because criminal money remains vulnerable to being confiscated by authorities, whereas money laundered clean has no way whatsoever of ever being touched by law enforcement as the recent Panama Papers leak has showed.

Of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 21, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Rise in sports corruption as Mafia groups step up involvement - Meeting at Europol about combating these crimes

By David Amoruso

Organized crime syndicates are increasingly getting involved in sports corruption. Fixing a match means a guaranteed lucrative payout by betting on the correct outcome. Criminals operating in this multi-billion-dollar field use different modi operandi and adopt very complex structures, therefore the only successful…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 19, 2017 at 12:24pm — No Comments

VIDEO: Gangster Land, indie mob film shows Al Capone's story through eyes of “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn

By David Amoruso

Chicago mob boss Al Capone’s story never gets boring. It has been told in many ways and through the eyes of various of his associates and enemies. In Gangster Land, we get to see Capone through the eyes of his infamous…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 18, 2017 at 2:54am — 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

Stranger Things: Dropping acid with Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger

By David Amoruso

The year is 1957. A 28-year-old inmate by the name of James Bulger is serving a 20-year prison sentence for armed robbery. That’s a long time to spend in a tiny cell. A doctor proposes the young Bostonian participate in a drug experiment to earn an early release. He accepts.

Why wouldn’t he? Dr. Carl Pfeiffer seems…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 14, 2017 at 12:34pm — No Comments

VIDEO: BBC’s McMafia takes viewers into Russian mob and around the world of organized crime

By David Amoruso

Follow the money, seasoned investigators will tell you. You’ll never know where it will take you. In the new BBC crime series McMafia the money takes us around the world – from money launderers in Dubai, cyber criminals in India, black marketeers in Zagreb, and …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 11, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Operation OTremens: How Mafia families in New York and Canada continue cooperating in global drug trade

By David Amoruso

“Always the dollars. Always the fuckin' dollars.” – Nicky Santoro, movie Casino

Authorities in the United States and Canada arrested a total of thirteen alleged members of the Mafia yesterday for their involvement in a largescale drug trafficking pipeline spanning both countries. Among those arrested are…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Baltimore Black Guerilla Family gangster pleads guilty to murder of witness

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A member of Baltimore’s Black Guerilla Family (BGF) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to murdering a witness to prevent him from testifying against a fellow gang member in a pending state case. 25-year-old Wesley Jamal Brown also admitted he was a part of the Black Guerilla Family’s Greenmount Avenue Regime, formerly…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 8, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

VIDEO: Mafia link to $500 million art heist discussed in new episode of Mob Talk

By David Amoruso

It was one of the biggest art heists in the world, the largest one in the United States. $500 million worth of paintings were stolen from Boston’s Gardner Art Museum. Investigators soon found that the theft had the Mafia’s fingerprints on it.

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 8, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

Members of Genovese crime family’s Springfield crew plead guilty to extortion charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Two associates of the Genovese crime family’s crew in Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to extortion-related charges on Monday. 50-year-old Ralph Santaniello and 54-year-old Giovanni Calabrese admitted to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 7, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Former Lucchese mobster Frank Gioia outed as multi-million-dollar fraudster while in Witness Protection

By David Amoruso

Lucchese family mobster who flipped and helped send dozens of New York wiseguys to prison has been outed as a fraudster who scammed mall owners and developers out of tens of millions of dollars while in the Witness…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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