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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Franzese' (9)

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

“Now go home and get your fucking shine box!” – Iconic actor Frank Vincent passes away at age 78

By David Amoruso

Actor Frank Vincent, best known for his roles in Goodfellas and The Sopranos, passed away of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 14, 2017 at 2:52am — 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

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

Warden denies 99-year-old Colombo crime family underboss “Sonny” Franzese’s request for early release

By David Amoruso

Talk about old school. With his 99 years, Colombo crime family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese is the oldest inmate in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 3, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Gotti Jr. stands tall, warns people behind smear campaign

By David Amoruso

In the Mafia the biggest compliment one can receive is to be a standup guy; a man who keeps his mouth shut and does his time in prison. John Gotti Sr. embodied this more than any mobster before or since. His son followed his father’s code, but took a slightly different path. A path his enemies are now using to try and bring him…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 4, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Top 5 of True Stand Up Wiseguys

By David Amoruso

Joseph Massino, the first New York mob boss to become a cooperating witness, feels he has earned a release from prison. This week, the New York Daily News reported that the FBI agrees and asked the judge to reduce the former Bonanno big wig’s life sentence as a reward for his unprecedented cooperation. “As the first official boss of the American Mafia to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 13, 2013 at 8:30am — 9 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

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 17, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

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