View Post

Timeline Of The American Mafia

The American mafia began to form in the 1920s during Prohibition and became organized in the next decade. They have remained a presence for over a century. This is a look back at the historic events that have happened throughout their violent existence. 1920s January 16, 1920 – After passing as law the previous year, Prohibition went into effect in …

View Post

They Called Him The Grim Reaper

Greg Scarpa was a stone cold killer for the Colombo Crime Family. His associates called him “The Grim Reaper”, a ghoulish nickname even by mafia standards. He lived up to his nickname and then some. Scarpa’s life was unlike that of any other mobster, however. Here is the story of Greg “The Grim Reaper” Scarpa. The Life He Wanted Gregory …

View Post

12 Active Mafia Families In The United States (2021)

Gambino Family The Gambinos have long been the most powerful of all mafia families and they have been in the headlines multiple times recently. The two big recent stories were the release of Gene Gotti and then the murder of family “street boss” Frank Cali. Street boss has become the new moniker for the highest ranking family member not in …

View Post

Roy DeMeo & The Story Of The DeMeo Crew (Part 1)

Roy DeMeo was the undisputed leader of the most feared killing squad since Murder Inc. The DeMeo Crew as they were known only consisted of a dozen core members, but murdered as many as 200 – 250 people. This story tells the full tale of DeMeo and his crews’ bloody journey from beginning to end, and their connection to the …

View Post

25 Best Mafia Nicknames

The best mobster nicknames were sometimes given by their peers, like Gaspipe or The Grim Reaper. Other times it was the press or even law enforcement who gave them names that they would always be known as, such as The Teflon Don, The Oddfather and The Lord High Executioner. #25 Carmine “The Italian Meyer Lansky” Lombardozzi Carmine was given this …

View Post

Longest Serving Mafia Bosses

This is the list of the longest serving mafia bosses in American history. It is by far the most dangerous and prestigious job in all of organized crime. These are the men who held onto power the longest. A couple have had fairly peaceful reigns while others were engaged in full scale wars to maintain their post. Stefano “The Undertaker” …

View Post

17 Irish American Gangs Of The Past

The history of Irish mob in America goes back over 200 years. It started in the early 1800s with street gangs like the Forty Thieves and the Dead Rabbits. The gangs became more organized units in the 1900s with the North Side Gang, the Westies and the Winter Hill Gang. Here are 17 of the most prevalent Irish gangs in …

View Post

The Westies and Gambino Family Connection

Roy DeMeo and Jimmy Coonan were two of the most violent mobsters in the history of New York City. Roy was a Gambino Family soldier in Brooklyn while Jimmy was the leader of the Westies in Hell’s Kitchen. Both were experienced in killing and even dismemberment. The joining of their forces in 1977 spread fear through the entire New York …

View Post

35 Historic Mafia Hits

The mafia has left a long trail of dead bodies in its century long existence in the United States. This is a review of the most consequential hits in mafia history.  **All related links go to stories in this site! Roy DeMeo’s body in the trunk, Pictured above Frank Amato – Amato was the boyfriend of Paul Castellano’s daughter Connie. …

View Post

Best Mafia Youtube Channels

The mafia is a hot topic on youtube as of late. A number of high profile mobsters have taken to the platform to tell their stories. After some extensive search I’ve found the full list of best mafia based channels. These are channels that focus specifically on the mafia, not including channels like A&E and VladTV that have some mafia …

View Post

Sammy The Bull Gravano Crew Members

“Sammy The Bull” Gravano has returned to the public eye. He’s now youtubing and podcasting about his mafia days, and it’s drawn massive interest. There have been various stories about his crew but much about them remains a mystery. Let’s take a look at who they are and what role they played in Sammy’s journey. Louie Milito – Liborio “Louie” …

View Post

The Third Colombo Family War

The Third Colombo Family War broke out in late 1991 over a power struggle between boss Carmine Persico and acting boss Vic Orena. The violence left 13 dead and dozens others wounded in under 2 years. Many Colombo members became informants or even cooperating witnesses. Let’s take a look back at how it all went down.  The Snake’s Out Of …

View Post

Current Mafia Bosses in 2021

In 2021, not all mafia families have an official boss. Some have “acting bosses” or “street bosses” who run the family. Others like the Luccheses and Bruno Family have had the same bosses for decades. In certain cases, the bosses and hierarchy of the families are not known because the real boss recently passed away, was killed or retired.  Michael …

View Post

20 Mafia Bosses Who Were Killed

Nicolo “Nick” Terranova 9/7/1916 – He was known as “Nick Morello” because he was the half brother of Giuseppe “Clutch Hand” Morello. Clutch Hand was the first real mafia boss in New York. In 1910 he was put in prison and he made the most able of his three Terranova brothers the new boss.  Nick took over the family at …