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The hit that could have sunk Las Vegas

May 4, 2017

On May 2, 1957, Frank Costello thought he had problems, but he had no idea. He was appealing a five-year prison sentence for federal income tax evasion (for which he had already served nearly a year) and decided to enjoy a dinner out with his wife and a few close friends. But befitting a man the press had dubbed the “boss of racketeers,” he had pressing business, so rather than stay out for drinks he caught a cab to his apartment at 115 Central Park West. As his cab pulled up to the building, a black Cadillac pulled in behind it. ...

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Organized crime runs rampant in Latin America

In the United States, organized crime groups steal about $66 billion from retail, cargo, auto and jewelry businesses each year….

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Archbishop: No more Mafia godfathers

The climactic montage from The Godfather begins with a baby’s cries. A priest recites the ritual Latin phrases over a…

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Legendary comic Don Rickles, a Las Vegas showroom staple, has died

Don Rickles, who comically insulted Las Vegas audiences for seven decades and had a prominent role in Casino, died Thursday…

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Sixty years ago, the Tropicana opened under Mob’s hidden control

Las Vegas was in the middle of a slump. It was April 1957, and the town was still coming to…

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The rise of cyber-rackets

International organized crime groups are using technology in ever-more-sophisticated ways, according to the Serious and Organized Threat Assessment 2017 report…

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El Chapo’s lawyers complain about strict rules at New York prison

The lawyers defending accused Sinaloa Cartel drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are claiming that on its last day in…

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Florida Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr. died 30 years ago March 17

At 7:25 p.m. on January 3, 1953, Florida Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr. had just finished dinner with his wife…

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