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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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8 Reasons Why The Mafia Lost Power

RICO Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations The RICO Act was first passed into law way back in 1970. Though it was designed with the intent of going after the upper tier of the mafia, it would be many years before it was actually used against them. RICO allows for extended criminal penalties to be given when crimes are committed that …

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The Mafia Princess Life

For Linda Scarpa, thoughts of her deceased father bring back good and bad memories alike, but on a scale most people could never understand. The loving dad that she had so much affection for was none other than Greg Scarpa aka “The Grim Reaper”. Her father’s life in the mafia would have a profound effect on Linda, and it would …

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Timeline Of John Gotti

October 27, 1940 – John Joseph Gotti is born in the Bronx, New York. John had twelve brothers and sisters, two of whom passed away at birth. Gotti’s family had come to America from Naples, Italy. The Gotti family grew up very poor. John and his brothers saw their father struggling, all 5 of them would go on to become …

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How The Mafia Hierarchy Is Structured

The Italian mafia in America held supreme power in organized crime because of their ruthlessness and their sophisticated structure. There are six tiers of power which insulates the family hierarchy from actual street level activity. This structure worked beautifully until R.I.C.O. became law. Associate Becoming an associate is step 1 on the mafia scale. For most mobsters, this is where …

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20 Questions About The Mafia

Do the Five Families in New York still exist? All five New York families are still active, but they are not operating on the same levels. Just like always, the Gambinos and Genovese families have the deepest ranks but they also the highest FBI scrutiny. The Bonannos and Luccheses are surviving by staying in the shadows. Longtime boss Carmine Persio …

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The Only Mob Boss In America To Be Executed

Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was a ruling partner over the group of contract killers known as Murder Inc. way back in the 1930s Their job was to eliminate anyone designated for death by Lucky Luciano’s newly formed Syndicate. Lepke was named as one of the original board members, and he would become the only mob boss in American history to be …