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Gangsters Inc.'s Blog – December 2018 Archive (19)

Yakuza on Death Row: Playing tricks until time’s up

By David Amoruso

Two different cases. Both, violent killings committed by members of the Yakuza, Japan’s Mafia, and both resulted in its murderers being on death row. One gangster was executed on Thursday. The other, a former Yakuza boss, is playing games with the justice system to evade a similar fate.

Keizo Kawamura (right, who…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 29, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Sicilian banker who left his lucrative job in England to fight the Mafia in his hometown

By David Amoruso

A Sicilian banker had enough of his cushy job and six-figure salary and decided he wanted to do something with more meaning. So he put his life on the line fighting the Mafia as the mayor of a remote village in Sicily.

48-year-old Gaspare Giacalone managed billion-dollar investments as a manager at…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Hook: Life and bloody crimes of feared Chicago Mafia enforcer Harry Aleman

By Gary Jenkins

Harry “The Hook” Aleman was one of the Chicago Outfit’s most feared mobsters. In the first of a 4-part series documenting the life and violent crimes of this notorious thief, enforcer, juice loan collector, and hitman I recount how Aleman’s criminal career began.

He was born Harry Peralt Aleman on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 26, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

A Gangster Christmas: Stories from the underworld

By David Amoruso

‘Tis the season! Merry Christmas everyone! At Gangsters Inc. we don’t really do presents. But we do do gangster stories! Lots of ‘em! Especially for Christmas we’ve dug up three stories that show how gangsters spend their Christmas. Spoiler alert: Two end in murder.

“Carmine DiBiase went out on Christmas Day and got drunk. Very drunk. Very, very…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 24, 2018 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Profile of British drug boss Robert “The Voice” Dawes - “He was prepared to use extreme levels of violence”

By David Amoruso

British crime boss Robert Dawes is one of Europe’s biggest drug traffickers. His influence reaches beyond the borders of the United Kingdom and into dozens of countries where he has the power to make men rich and end lives with one call.

Born in 1972 in Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, it was…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 23, 2018 at 5:41am — No Comments

“For him, I am a god” – Profile of Russian Mafia boss, and vor v zakone, Razhden Shulaya

By David Amoruso

As a vor v zakone, mob boss Razhden Shulaya (above) was an official member of a century-old criminal tradition. As such, he was treated as Russian Mafia royalty. He used that position to run a sprawling organization involved in kidnapping, assault, fraud, extortion, and money laundering throughout the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2018 at 5:26am — No Comments

Mobsters of New York’s Gambino and Bonanno crime families sentenced on drug and gambling charges

By David Amoruso

They were rounded up in a bust said to be “a major disruption of La Costra Nostra’s activities on Long Island”. Now, mobsters John “Johnny Boy” Ambrosio, an acting captain in the Gambino family; Frank “Frankie Boy” Salerno, a soldier in the Bonanno family; and Anthony Saladino, an associate of the Gambinos…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

Armed police escort for anti-Mafia priest shows life in Italy remains under siege by organized crime

By David Amoruso

The Italian Mafia and Catholic church have a strange relationship. Sometimes working together, at other times fierce enemies. However, the news that an anti-Mafia priest’s car was shot at should serve as a reminder that the Mafiosi don’t care who you’re ‘with’ if you stand in their way.

On Wednesday,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 21, 2018 at 10:08am — No Comments

Drug broker “Pony” trafficked with various Mexican cartels, including La Familia Michoacán and Los Zetas

By David Amoruso

It’s easy to forget that narcotics is just like any other business – albeit a lot more violent. But in essence, the mechanism is the same. 43-year-old Gabino Peralta-Saucedo knew this all too well.

Nicknamed “Pony”, Peralta-Saucedo hails from Michoacán in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 18, 2018 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Dominican drug lord dubbed “Boss of Bosses” sentenced to 20 years in prison in international operation

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The “Boss of Bosses” of a large-scale drug organization was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Friday. 51-year-old Juan Valdez (photo above) ran a business which imported multiple kilograms of heroin and cocaine from Mexico that was distributed to mid-level and street dealers in Rhode…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 17, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Ralph DeMasi, ex-mobster and pal of Whitey Bulger, found not guilty of 1991 murder of armored truck guard

By David Amoruso

Former mobster Ralph DeMasi was found not guilty on Monday of the killing of armored truck guard Edward P. Morlock Sr. in Worcester in May of 1991. 82-year-old DeMasi was a notorious leader of several robbery crews and close friends with infamous crime boss…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 17, 2018 at 11:57am — No Comments

Driver who smuggled over £7m worth’ of cocaine wanted by police

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is looking for a man they suspect of involvement in smuggling more than £7 million worth’ of cocaine into the United Kingdom. 47-year-old Lee James Hartness (photo above) drove a lorry from France into Dover, England, on November 21, 2016, containing over 90…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 13, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Profile of Moroccan drug boss Ridouan Taghi - “He who talks, goes. And everyone around him goes to sleep”

By David Amoruso

Some criminal masterminds appear out of nowhere. Ridouan Taghi is that type of gangster. The Moroccan-Dutch drug boss wasn’t known to the public or police until he had already flooded Europe with drugs and littered the streets with bullet-riddled bodies. Now, he is a most wanted fugitive.

Born on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 12, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Two Norteño gangsters who ran “murder squad” charged with racketeering and murder

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Two Norteño gangsters, members of the Boronda Boys street gang, have been charged with murder. 21-year-old Anthony Valdez aka “Hitter,” aka “Tony Boronda,” and 20-year-old Kristopher “K-Dawg” Purcell were hit with a superseding indictment on Tuesday that supplements charges brought on October 11…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 11, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Truth Behind Movie Classic Casino

By David Amoruso

Hollywood loves gangsters. Not because film makers condone their crimes, but because their stories make them lots of money. It’s difficult to name any other genre that has so many titles based on a true story. Yet, despite this label, the true story often gets twisted to fit the silver screen. That is why Gangsters Inc. shares its knowledge of the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 10, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO: Clint Eastwood smuggles cocaine for the Sinaloa cartel in The Mule

By David Amoruso

One last job. It’s cliché but always manages to deliver the goods. Just like the brilliant Clint Eastwood has done for so many decades. Now, he’s back. Directing and starring in The Mule, based on the true story of World War II veteran Leo Sharp, who became a trafficker for the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 10, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Crime Beat Radio: Hitmen, The Golden Triangle, Boston Mafia

By Ron Chepesiuk

CRIME BEAT: ISSUES, CONTROVERSIES AND PERSONALITIES FROM THE DARK SIDE Artist First Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for December 6, 2018,through February 7, 2019. Topics covered include Hitmen, The Golden Triangle, The Mafia in Boston, Robbing Banks, Rock Music and the Mob, Killer…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 1, 2018 at 9:56am — No Comments

MS-13 gangsters charged with racketeering and July 2018 murder of young boy

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Six members of MS-13, the transnational organization also known as La Mara Salvatrucha, were indicted on Wednesday in federal court in Boston and charged with racketeering. Five of them allegedly participated in the murder of a teenage boy in Lynn, Massachusetts, on July 30, 2018. 

A…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 1, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Salinas Norteño gangster sentenced to 15 years in prison for racketeering

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Norteño gangster Anthony Lek was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy and for using guns to commit crimes. 31-year-old Lek had already pleaded guilty on January 4, 2018.

According to the plea agreement, Lek was an active member of the “Santa…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 1, 2018 at 4:00am — No Comments

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