Organized Crime

 
September 11 2009, 0 Comments
Aug 21, 2009 J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar’s Hoover’s homosexuality compromised him and made him vulnerable to blackmail by the Mafia.  Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s crackdown on the Mob...
 
November 30 2009, 0 Comments
Special to Crime Magazine (This excerpt is from Ron Chepesiuk’s book, Gangsters of Miami, True Tales of Mobsters, Gamblers, Hitmen, Con Men and Gang Bangers from the Magic City, which Barricade...
 
October 15 2009, 0 Comments
Frankie and the Boys 1976 - Left to right: Paul Castellano, Gregory DePalma, Sinatra, Tommy Marson, Carlo Gambino, Aladena Fratianno, Salvatore Spatola, Seated: Joseph Gambino, Richard Fusco The...
 
December 18 2009, 0 Comments
Peter Rollack’s Sex, Money, Murder gang found its niche in running drugs from the projects of the Bronx to North Carolina in the early 1990s. By age 19, "Pistol Pete" was a millionaire and had...

Ban the Booze: Prohibition in the Rockies

January 27 2014, 0 Comments
Jan. 27, 2014An excerpt from Ban the Booze: Prohibition in the Rockies by Betty Alt and Sandra Wells.The authors take a brief look at the 18 years of Prohibition in Colorado.  Its pages cover...

The Rough Guide To True Crime

December 30 2013, 0 Comments
Dec. 30, 2013An excerpt from The Rough Guide To True Crime by Cathy Scott, featuring Pablo Escobar, the Lucchese Family, and the hunt for Jimmy Hoffa’s body. by Cathy ScottOrganized CrimeDrugs,...

The FBI in Boston: Hoover, Lies and Murder

May 13 2013, 0 Comments
May 13, 2013 Special to Crime MagazineAn excerpt from George Hassett’s just released Gangsters of Boston, which is published by Strategic Media Books (www.strategicmediabooks.com). Gangsters of...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 20:14
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Charles "Cherry Nose" GioeCharles "Cherry Nose" Gioe was the victim of his own naivete. He was forthright before the Kefauver Commission and he fatally misread "Joey" Glimco, Chicago's top labor racketeer. by Allan May Charles "Cherry Nose" Gioe was a peripheral character in...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 20:10
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Gaetano "Thomas" GaglianoIf the ingredients for being a successful mob boss are keeping a low profile, avoiding arrest, shunning media publicity, and above all else longevity, then no Mafia leader can match the ghost-like performance of Gaetano "Thomas" Gagliano. by Allan...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 20:07
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Charles "Lucky" Luciano Lucky Luciano briefly reestablished himself as the "boss of bosses" at the mob's summit in Havana, but before he could consolidate his power the U.S. government forced the Cuban government – under threat of a medical-supplies boycott -- to deport him...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 20:04
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Frank "the Bomp" Bompensiero "The Bomp" was the most feared hit man of his era. His specialty was murdering fellow mobsters. He got away with being an informant for 10 years until the FBI hung him out to dry. He would die the same way he had lived. by Allan May Before...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 20:02
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Nicodemo Scarfo"Little Nicky" Scarfo took over the Philadelphia Mafia in 1981 following the murders of long-time Philly boss Angelo Bruno and his successor, "Chicken Man" Testa, but it took a war with Harry Riccobene to consolidate his power. by Allan May Two decades of...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 19:52
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Johnny "The Fox" TorrioA mentor to Al Capone, a confidante of Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello, Torrio even managed to win the begrudging respect of law enforcement. by Allan May Some people think that Johnny "The Fox" Torrio retired from organized crime after he...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 19:30
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Lawrence "Dago" ManganoHe’s obscure now, but "Dago" Mangano was one rung away from the top of the Chicago Outfit’s ladder in 1944 when hit men pumped some 200 shotgun pellets and five .45 caliber bullets into him. by Allan May Lawrence "Dago" Mangano was listed by the Chicago...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 19:26
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LaStella Restaurant Queens, NYWhen 13 mobsters sat down for lunch at La Stella restaurant in 1966, authors and journalists began to speculate on the meaning of the meet - and that speculation continues to this day. The lunch became known as "Little Apalachin." by Allan May...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 19:22
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Ciro Terranova The story of Ciro Terranova - believed by some to be the original "Boss of Bosses" in New York City. by Allan May As a history writer covering organized crime, one of my concerns is to find reliable sources for the stories I produce. One of the ways I try to do...
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 19:18
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Louis "Lepke" Buchalter Thomas E. Dewey built a political career around hounding the Jewish gangster Lepke. His execution in 1944 — the first of a major underworld figure – riveted the attention of a nation and was in doubt up to the last minute. by Allan May It was...

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