Hollywood loves gangsters. Not because film makers condone their crimes, but because their stories make them lots of money. It’s difficult to name any other genre that has so many titles based on a true story. Yet, despite this label
First Boss: James "Big Jim" Colosimo
Primary rackets: Gambling, extortion and loan sharking.
Boss: The Chicago Outfit has always been very secretive about its bosses. This has been one of their strong points and ensured their continued survival.
Al Capone’s life story and violent exploits have filled entire libraries and spawned many movies. Yet the focus is usually on his activities in Chicago. Though his power definitely originated there, his influence reached far beyond the city limits in
By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.
He was one of the last old school Chicago Mafia leaders to pass away, media wrote when Marco D’Amico died on April 22, 2020. It was a cliché that – between the lines - revealed the downfall of a once mighty crimina
By Gary Jenkins for Gangsters Inc.
Chicago mobster Anthony Spilotro had it made. He was sent to Las Vegas to oversee the Mafia’s operations there and was treated as a king. He also had a very lucrative side hustle going as the leader of his Hole in t
By David Amoruso
Joseph Lombardo was considered one of the longest leading members of the Chicago Outfit. He was nicknamed The Clown, and proved that he could play that role. When he was arrested in 1964 for beating a man who owned him money, he m
By Clarence Walker Jr. for Gangsters Inc.
As night began to fall on the Florida's Keys, Mafia gangster Johnny Roselli (photo above) and his crew mates prepared for a midnight run to Cuba. Looking out from Port Mary, the encroaching darkness was a rem
Chicago has seen its fair share of violence. It was infamous during the Prohibition years for its gangland killings and notorious Mafia boss Al Capone. Starting June 14, you will be able to visit many of these historic underworld sit
Don’t you just wish you could get away from all the madness and enjoy some peace and quiet? Al Capone also had that wish, so he got himself a luxurious waterfront villa
You know a mobster is respected when his colleagues refuse to utter his name out loud, preferring to point to their nose to signify they mean the man known on the streets of Chicago as “No Nose.” Chicago Outfit boss John DiFronzo was
Politics is a dirty game. Always has been, always will be. But most of the dirt is kept hidden from view. Skeletons stay in the closet. Sometimes, however, the dirt comes out because it is so mind-blowing, it cannot be kept secret. L
Former Mafia hitman Frank Cullotta has written a new book and will be out and about doing some heavy promoting. Known as a member of infamous Chicago mobster Anthony Spilotro’s Las Vegas crew, Cullotta eventually became a tu
The Prohibition era in Chicago has gone down in history as a time of extreme mob violence. A time when hoodlums were mowing down enemies with Thompson machine guns in a battle over the lucrative bootlegging business. When mob boss Al
Have you always wanted to see where notorious Chicago mob bosses like Al Capone and Sam Giancana lived, where they enjoyed some quality time with their wife and kids after a day spent planning murder and mayhem? Now’s your c
The United States may be one of the biggest consumer markets for drugs of any kind, but at the same time there is no country on earth that enforces its anti-drug laws as rigorously. Smugglers, traffickers and kingpins the world over
Did you ever wonder what happens to folks when they enter the Witness Protection Program? In this article, I will tell you what happened to a Milwaukee man who testified against some mob associates. He found it hard to leave his old l
The Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit is a private entity whose dues-paying members are hundreds of North American law enforcement agencies. Its founding purpose was, “to promote the gathering, recording, and exchange of confidential
Giuseppe Profaci was one of the five original New York mob bosses, leading what would become known later as the Colombo crime family of La Cosa Nostra. His tenure spanned several decades and countless violent incidents, including a M
It’s not every day that a mob underboss just vanishes and disappears into thin air without a trace. Yet that’s exactly what happened to Chicago Outfit leader Anthony Zizzo ten years ago. On August 31, 2006, he kissed his wif
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