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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.'



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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 killed. There is somewhat less doubt about who was behind the killing. The thing that has really…

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

Some Good Killers

By Thom L. Jones

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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

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Yidfellas: The Kosher Nostra

By Thom L. Jones

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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

DeCavalcante Capo: Francesco Polizzi



By Maarten Anthonissen

Posted: April 27, 2007

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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

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 3:00pm — 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

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Turncoat Mobster Once Again Involved in Dirty Business

By David Amoruso

Posted on September 19, 2009

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DeCavalcante mobster Vincent “Vinny Ocean” Palermo (photo right) disappeared into the witness protection program at the turn of the millennium after giving testimony about mob rackets in New Jersey and New York. Like all criminals who decide to cooperate, he hoped to get a second chance at life. But it seems he is up to his old tricks… Continue

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Chicago's Family Secrets

By David Amoruso

Posted May 20, 2007

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This summer several of the most powerful mobsters in Chicago will stand trial for 18 murders and racketeering spanning several decades. The trial…

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Elderly Genovese Mobsters Ran South Florida

By David Amoruso

Posted: February 23, 2007

Updated: May 28, 2007

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Florida has the highest percentage of senior citizens in the United States. 17% of Florida’s citizens are 65 or older. It is clear then that Florida attracts the elderly. Mobsters also like Florida for the sun and warm temperatures, and of course they always look for ways to make an extra dollar. On June 30, 2006 two aging Genovese… Continue

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Montreal Mafia Bust: Project Colisée

By David Amoruso

Posted on November 29, 2006

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On the morning of Wednesday November 22, 2006 more than 700 police officers searched the homes of- and for people who were wanted for being part of a criminal enterprise. 71 people were arrested in that swoop, and more arrests were coming. Among those arrested were the leaders of the Rizzuto/Manno Mafia Family. The most famous of those arrested was Nicolo…

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The Mafia Cops: How Two NYPD Cops Killed for the Mob

Stephen Caracappa (l) and Louis Eppolito (r)



By David Amoruso

Posted in 2006

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I kept a sawed-off shotgun in my locker for just such occasions. It fit snugly under the folds of my trench coat. I spotted Frankie sitting at a card table walked up behind…

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Mob Myth Busted: Gambino Family Pimping Out Underage Girls



Special Agent in Charge George Venizelos speaking on the Gambino Arrests.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Callahan, FBI



By David Amoruso

Posted on June 30, 2010

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The general public sees Italian-American mobsters as honorable gangsters.… Continue

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Unrest within the New York Mob





In three days one mobster dead, another wounded



By David Amoruso

Posted June 25, 2007

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On Tuesday morning, June 5, Robert DeCicco got in his father's fiancé's Cadillac DeVille after picking up a prescription at Dolinsky's Pharmacy. As he sat in his car another car rolled up beside him.… Continue

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Gambino Boss: John Gotti Sr.



By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

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John Gotti was born October 27, 1940 in the Bronx, New York. When Gotti was twelve he and his family move to a rough neighborhood in Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, Gotti took to the streets more and more and he finally dropped out of school in the 8th grade. On the streets Gotti got involved with gangs and committed… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 6, 2010 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

Gambino Capo George DeCicco Busted



By David Amoruso

Posted: February 1, 2007 - Updated on October 12, 2014

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On January 30, 2007 the FBI arrested several mobsters and charged them with racketeering, bribery, extortion, money laundering, loan sharking and bank fraud. Among the arrested were mobsters of the…

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Gambino Boss: Paul Castellano



By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

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Paul Castellano was born Constantino Paul Castellano in Brooklyn on June 26, 1915. His parents were from Sicily and had traveled to the United States to give their children a better life. Castellano's father was a butcher and also controlled a small gambling operation. Castellano was the youngest of three children… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 6, 2010 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Gambino Underboss: Salvatore Gravano



By David Amoruso

Profile below posted in 2001



Sammy The Bull Gravano has gone down in Mafia history as the biggest rat ever to walk the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 5, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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