cosa nostra (25)

Mobsters and payphones formed a decades long lucrative partnership. Conducting business on one of those things was part of their modus operandi. It was a way of avoiding wiretaps, while still getting to talk to associates far and wide. Unfortunately,
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He had not reached thirty when he died, and although he crammed a lot into his brief life, it was all the wrong stuff. In a playhouse of madness where all the players outdid themselves in their levels of depravity, he had a starring role that lasted
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Six Genovese crime family mobsters were charged with racketeering conspiracy involving illegal gambling and extortion on Tuesday. Among them are alleged captains Nicholas Calisi and Ralph Balsamo (photo above) and alleged soldiers Michael Messina and
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Anthony “Tony Pep” Trentacosta had a quiet, but very successful career in La Cosa Nostra. He rose to a leadership position within the Gambino crime family and made a ton of money in the process. Moving from New York to Atlanta to Florida, he always t
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U.S. Marshals arrested fugitive Rochester crime family hitman Dominic Taddeo on Monday one week after he had fled federal custody. The 64-year-old convicted killer was apprehended in Hialeah in Miami-Dade County and surrendered without any problems.
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Philadelphia Mafia family associate Victor DeLuca will spend his golden years in the slammer. 57-year-old “Big Vic” was sentenced this week to a decade behind bars for racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
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A deadly Mafia hitman for the Rochester crime family escaped from federal custody in Florida on Monday. 64-year-old Dominic Taddeo was recently moved to a residential halfway house after doing time in a medium-security prison. He admitted killing thr
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Benjamin “The Claw” Castellazzo is the reputed underboss of New York’s Colombo crime family. He is another example of an elderly mobster who refuses to quit the life. Despite being well into his 80s, he continues to stack up criminal charges.
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Gambino crime family associate Peter Tuccio will have to do 10 years in prison for setting a Mercedes Benz on fire to pressure a businessman into continuing to pay extortion money to the Gambino family. He was sentenced yesterday.
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Being smart is no guarantee to stay out of prison. Especially when you’re a captain in New York’s infamous Gambino crime family, like Andrew Campos. Once praised by none other than mob boss John Gotti for his intelligence and sophisticated crimes, Ca
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What do numbers tell us? In 1928, the boss of what we now know as the Gambino Crime Family is murdered in New York. Two years later, his successor is gunned down. Twenty-one years afterwards, the current boss of the family disappears, assumed murdere
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An alleged Genovese crime family mobster from Yonkers was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison on Monday. John Tortora pleaded guilty to obstruction and gambling charges in 2020. He had been charged with ordering a 1997 murder, but prosecutors coul
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Europol launched its EU Most Wanted campaign 2021 last week hoping to find and arrest some of Europe’s most dangerous fugitives. The list features 61 criminals from all over the world and includes prominent names of the ‘Ndrangheta and Cosa Nostra.
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Federico “Fritzy” Giovanelli was an internet sensation before such a thing really existed. Wiretaps of his home phone were posted on a website for all to hear. Old school and still conducting business on the streets, Giovanelli had to put up with thi
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This is something you don’t see every day. A New York Mafia boss indicted on racketeering charges Is allowed to await his uncertain future in freedom. Ageing Colombo crime family boss Andrew “Mush” Russo was released on $10 million bond this week.
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Giuseppe Quartuccio was at sixty-six, twenty-three- years older than Graziella Mandala. She is his second wife and is about to cause him and many people a lot of grief. None of it is her choosing as she becomes the litmus to a series of events that w
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