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The Trouble With Harry

By Thom L. Jones



Way back in 1955, Alfred Hitchcock made this great movie called ‘The Trouble with Harry’ starring John Forsythe. An offbeat, hilarious black comedy about a bothersome corpse that keeps getting buried and then keeps re-appearing, causing all sorts of problems for peaceful neighbours in a New England township.



There was another Harry who caused all sorts of people, all sorts of problems, often involving dead bodies, but for quite different reasons.



At… Continue

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Dead Men On Leave: The Mafia Murder of Carlo Tresca

By Thom L. Jones



The man with the heavy black beard had left his comfortable, six-room apartment at 130 West Twelfth Street. It was late in the morning, and he had to go to his office; but first he had a lunch meeting.



It was January 11th, 1943.



There were four of them gathering late on this morning, and they went to eat at one of his favourite restaurants- John’s- also on Twelfth Street, a few blocks east from where he lived. Opened in 1908, it still to this…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 18, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Hit in Harlem: The Life and Times of Eugenio Giannini



By Thom L. Jones



By all accounts he wasn’t that nice a person.



Described as small, lecherous and ugly, with a temperament to match, it’s hard to find anything redeeming in a life like his, cut short by the mid forties. He played one shady card too many, and found out the hard way that the mob doesn’t tolerate rats or double-crossers. It was only because of Joe Valachi that he made more than just a mention in the New York daily papers: another gangster taken for a one-way… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 17, 2010 at 9:53am — 4 Comments

The Color Purple: Detroit's Early Mob

By Thom L. Jones



Whatever they amounted to as a bunch of criminals, the derivation of their name is intriguing enough in itself. There seems to be more versions of its origin and meaning, than combinations of a Rubik Cube.



One story goes that two Hastings Street shopkeepers, whose places had been targets for the gang, said something like:



'These kids, they’re tainted, they’re rotten, purple, like the colour of bad meat, they’re the Purple Gang.'



Detroit… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 17, 2010 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

Being Ernest: The Life and Hard Times of Ernie 'The Hawk' Rupolo

By Thom L. Jones



I think he is one of my favourite mobsters of all time. The one-eyed killer who couldn't shoot straight.



Most people have never heard of him. He never achieved any immortal status as a big player in the Mafia crime families of New York, although he longed for and lusted after it. He was probably the rule rather than the exception when it came to setting the standard for the street hoodlums that made up the rank and file of organized crime. A grifter,… Continue

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The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

By Thom L. Jones



Missing Person #75-3425.



To paraphrase that famous line from The Scarlet Pimpernel, 'they seek him here, they seek him there, trouble is, Jimmy’s buried everywhere.'



There never really was any serious doubt about why he was…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 17, 2010 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Some Good Killers

By Thom L. Jones

Copyright © Thom L. Jones & Gangsters Inc.



No body knows for sure, just how the name came about.



I picture it a bit like this:



Michael Fiaschetti (photo right), 'Big Mike,' the boss of The Italian Squad, lounging back in a chair in his office, Police Headquarters, at 240 Centre Street, in downtown Manhattan, feet up on a pillar, doing a Henry Fonda like in 'My Darling Clementine,' jiggling his boots back and forth, doing a polka on… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 15, 2010 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Yidfellas: The Kosher Nostra

By Thom L. Jones

Copyright © Thom L. Jones



In the history of New York’s underworld, buried among the mythology that has created the people and places making up this often confusing landscape, there is one story that has grown much bigger over the years than the sum of its parts.



There have been countless narratives, and articles and at least two movies- the 1950 classic, 'The Enforcer,' starring Humphrey Bogart, and one with Peter Falk in 1960- perpetrating the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 14, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

A Kiss is Just a Kiss

‘Man lives with the society he finds around him.’



Salvatore Lima, Christian Democratic politician,

Murdered by the Mafia, March 1992.



By Thom L. Jones

Copyright © Thom L. Jones



If he was right in what he said, it happened on the afternoon of September 20th 1987; if it did happen, it… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

The Sun King of the Mafia

By Thom L. Jones

Copyright © Thom L. Jones



He could easily have been the first Mafia boss of bosses from Sicily to come to the United States, although when he hit New York, he may not yet have reached that lofty position. There were at least three men whose lives crossed his, who would have a crucial impact on the face of organized crime in America. One would try to destroy him, one would emulate him and one, acting as his missionary, would perhaps help establish the foundation for… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 4:08pm — 4 Comments

DeCavalcante Boss: John D'Amato



By Luca

Posted on: September 7, 2008



You could be easily forgiven for not mentioning John D’Amato in the same breath as Carlo Gambino or Carlos Marcello. Truth is he won’t go down as one of the most powerful nor successful mob bosses of all time. But the former DeCalvacante Godfather led an intriguing life, one that led to his death in 1992. Here’s the story.



Sam ‘Sam the plumber’ DeCalvacante certainly didn’t have a name… Continue

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DeCavalcante Capo: Francesco Polizzi



By Maarten Anthonissen

Posted: April 27, 2007

Copyright © www.gangstersinc.nl



Francesco Polizzi never was a very important figure in the world of American wiseguys. A typical soldier who climbed the ladder and became a capo. His income, and that of his whole crew, came from typical mob rackets; loansharking, gambling, extortion, and especially drugs. But eventhough he won't get a place… Continue

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Narco Players: Wanted Fugitive: A Colombian Beauty Queenpin

By Clarence Walker



Beauty queen models wanted. With class and stature, a superb figure, a kilowatt smile, a beautiful model is not only wanted by the entertainment and modeling industry but they are the object of many hearts.



Professional modeling is a prestigious achievement. Some performers become crowned champions as they strut their 'stuff' on runways across the planet.



But now there's a famous beauty queen on the run and she's not strutting…

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Mexico Spring Break: Will Drug War Violence Kill the Thrill?

By Clarence Walker

Posted on March 26, 2010



Editor's note: Gangsters Inc. investigative crime journalist, Clarence Walker, of Houston Texas & Southeast Arkansas, previously wrote the following story about Mexican Drug Cartels that appeared on this site: U.S. Government Crisis: Mexico Drug Cartels: Are they Number 1 Organized Crime Threat in America?



March 2010: Spring break season has finally arrived. Skies are blue, the sunshine casts a pleasant glow and the chirping… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:25pm — No Comments

A Live Shakedown: Gangsters Target NFL Super Bowl

Online Players: A Live Shakedown



Hi-Tech Gangsters Target NFL Super Bowl in Multi-Billion Dollars Gambling Extortion



By Clarence Walker, Investigative Crime Journalist



February 7th 2010: Event: Super Bowl XLVI : Team: New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts.



On this highly anticipated… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Organized Crime Test: Japan's Mob Needs Gangsters With Brains!



By Clarence Walker, Investigative Crime Journalist



Intelligent gangsters wanted: Any guys out there ready to work in the underworld?



If so, Japan's organized crime syndicates need immediate assistance. They need extra muscle to run prostitution rings, drug trafficking, collect debts, assassinating rivals and shaking down bar owners. To join this outfit - a candidate might think a blood oath must be taken, as with the La Cosa… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Crime Does Pay. How? Italian Mafia Earned $167 Billion





By Clarence Walker, Investigative Crime Journalist



How many times have we heard these words? "Crime doesn't pay"....or a Judge will say, "it doesn't pay to commit crimes".



It is true crime didn't pay for some lawbreakers who were caught and lost their freedom and every dime they earned. Swindler Ken Madoff earned billions running a ponzi scheme that bilked investors and now he's been caught. With the exception of having… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Special Homicide Report: Australian Hitman For Hire. Cost: $380.00!

By Clarence Walker, Investigative Journalist, Houston Texas

Posted: March 20, 2008



If you was a cold-blood criminal how much you willing to pay a hitman to kill someone? Well maybe that depends on the amount of money you have and how much the assassin will charge to carry out a contract.



Throughout existence of mankind people have hired killers to murder others in exchange for sex, money, relationships, promise of marriage, favoritism, gold, pearls, diamonds, cars, and… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

Special Report: Mob-murders Cools Off in Italy

Special Report: Mob-murders Cools Off in Italy



And other Historical Stories about the Sicilian Mafia.



By Clarence Walker, Investigative Journalist, Houston Texas.

Posted on October 8, 2007



Is it a myth or reality that mob-related murders are at its lowest decline in Italy's history of… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

Did a Serial Killer Frame Mob Turncoat Gravano For a Cop's Murder?

Sammy "Bull" Gravano --vs-- Prosecutor John Molinelli



Did a Serial Killer Frame a Crimeboss For a Cop's Murder?



By Clarence Walker, Investigative Reporter & Documentary Producer of Cold-Case, Mafia-Murder stories (Houston, Texas)



"I killed 19 people...yes I did". "But I did not kill Officer Calabro". Those are the poignant words of former Gambino underboss Sammy "the Bull" Gravano (picture on the left).



Gravano, already serving a 20-year prison… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:09pm — 5 Comments

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