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The Stalking Capo: How a mobster’s jealousy of his girlfriend caused the indictment of 20 Colombo family gangsters

By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.

All is fair in love and war, the saying goes. But break the law and reality will come knocking and slap some handcuffs on you. Alleged…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 5, 2019 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

The Boys from Bethnal Green: How the infamous Kray Twins ruled the London underworld

By Thom L. Jones

East is East

American author Robert Warshow declared in an essay: “For the gangster there is only the city, he must inhibit it in order to personify it….not the real city but that dangerous sad city of the imagination which is so much more important, which is the modern world. And…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 21, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Boys from Bethnal Green – Part 5: How the infamous Kray Twins ruled the London underworld

By Thom L. Jones

This is the final part of a 5-part series. To go back to part 4 click here. To start at the beginning…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 21, 2019 at 4:57am — 1 Comment

The Boys from Bethnal Green – Part 4: How the infamous Kray Twins ruled the London underworld

By Thom L. Jones

This is part 4 of a series. To go back to part 3 click here. To skip to part 5 scroll down.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 21, 2019 at 4:56am — No Comments

The Boys from Bethnal Green – Part 3: How the infamous Kray Twins ruled the London underworld

By Thom L. Jones

This is part 3 of a series. To go back to part 2 click here. To skip to part 4 scroll down.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 21, 2019 at 4:55am — No Comments

The Boys from Bethnal Green - Part 2: How the infamous Kray Twins ruled the London underworld

By Thom L. Jones

This is part 2 of a series. To go back to part 1 click here. To skip to part 3 scroll down.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 21, 2019 at 4:54am — No Comments

102-year-old Colombo Mafia family powerhouse “Sonny” Franzese hit with house arrest by feds

Former Colombo crime family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese is a New York Mafia legend. At age 102, he is still rolling after having spent several decades behind bars. He has paid his dues on the streets and accepted punishment for his alleged crimes.

After his release from prison in 2017, he was enjoying his life as a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 24, 2019 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Real John Wick: Separating fact from fiction in Hollywood’s violent gangster vengeance blockbuster

By David Amoruso

Is John Wick indestructible? Movie audiences are about to find out in the third installment of the blockbuster movie franchise starring Keanu Reeves as the skilled assassin placed on a universal hit list by the Italian and Russian Mafias, the Chinese Triads, and the Japanese Yakuza. But…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 18, 2019 at 4:15am — No Comments

How a rat brought down the Colombo Mafia family crew of “Fat Jerry,” “The Mask,” and “Mumbles”

By David Amoruso

It’s hard to run an honest loansharking business these days. Just ask Colombo Mafia family soldier Jerry Ciauri. Together with several other mobsters he ran gambling and loansharking operations in Brooklyn and Staten Island. He was doing okay until a rat in his crew began nibbling on money and then ran…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 9, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

Legendary New York Mafia boss Carmine Persico was the ultimate survivor, up until his death behind bars

By David Amoruso

Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico has passed away. He was 85. The New York Mafia boss was known for his tenacity and ruthlessness. Despite being locked up for life, he maintained an iron grip on his mob family from behind bars. He was a pure survivor. Right up until the moment he sighed his last…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 8, 2019 at 6:51am — 2 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 Colombo family boss Carmine Persico



By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

Read the obituary and most up-to-date profile of Carmine Persico here.



Carmine Persico was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Carmine senior, was a soldier in the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Colombo family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese, at 100 years America’s oldest inmate, released from prison

By David Amoruso

Well, well, guess who’s back? Former Colombo crime family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese is back on the streets after being released from prison on Friday. The longtime wiseguy was welcomed home with open arms by his…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 24, 2017 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

Profile: Colombo family underboss John "Sonny" Franzese

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.…



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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

The two sides of New York mob boss Joe Colombo and how his murder remains unsolved for over forty years

By David Amoruso

The 1971 hit on New York Mafia boss Joseph Colombo – in public at the second Italian Unity Day rally - was one of the most infamous of its kind. Though the hitman was killed on the scene, questions remained. Four decades later, Colombo’s son Anthony reached a point where he didn’t want to keep the story in anymore. In…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 11, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

The life of a U.S. Marshal: Hunting down fugitive mobsters and always staying one step ahead of cunning gangsters

By David Amoruso

Mike Pizzi is a prime example of what you can achieve with hard work and dedication. Starting out on the streets of New York, lacking a formal education, Pizzi went on to join the Marines as a teenager followed by a long and distinguished career as a U.S. Marshal. Now, he sits down with Gangsters Inc. to discuss his days…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 1, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Anthony Colombo, son of Mafia boss, dead at 71

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Retired mobster Anthony Colombo passed away last week, Gangland News reports. He was 71. Anthony was the eldest son of Mafia boss Joseph Colombo, who founded the Italian-American Civil Rights League and was shot by an assassin at one of his civil rights rallies in 1971. He…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 12, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Adapt and Overcome: U.S. Marshal shares lessons he learned after dedicating his life to a career serving his country

By David Amoruso

Retired U.S. Marshal Michael Pizzi has arrested plenty of crooks in his day. He usually did so after the kind of manhunt the U.S. Marshals are renowned for. Be they pimps hiding in a crack house or Italian-American mobsters staying in Europe, Pizzi went after them with tenacity and brought them back in handcuffs to face…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 12, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Arrest in murder of popular Brooklyn pizzeria L&B Spumoni Gardens owner – Mob connection still unknown

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Federal agents arrested Andres Fernandez in the murder of 61-year-old Louis Barbati, the co-owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens, a popular pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York, who was shot to death in front of his home on June 30. Fernandez, a 41-year-old alleged drug addict, faces federal murder, robbery, and weapons…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 4, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Don King: From street thug to street name?

By Robert Sberna - www.robertsberna.com

With two killings under his belt and a long record of exploiting boxers in his employ, some might say that legendary promoter Don King exemplifies the type of character that has historically populated the fight game. At the professional level, the so-called “sweet science” is…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 26, 2016 at 9:33am — No Comments

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