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James Licavoli, ruthless Cleveland Mob chief, born August 18 in 1904

August 18, 2015

In the first week of October 1977, Cleveland mobster James Licavoli, nicknamed “Blackie” and “Jack White,” was on a boat at Mosquito Lake about 50 miles east of Cleveland. Joining him were his associates Pasquale Cisternino and Angelo “Big Ange” Lonardo, there to meet Erie, Pennsylvania, hoodlum Raymond Ferritto to discuss a hit on Danny Greene, Licavoli’s fierce rival for the Cleveland rackets. They listened to a tape recording of a tap Licavoli ordered on Greene’s phone and determined that Greene, the Irish-American dock union leader and ruthless killer, had a dental appointment on Oct. 6. Cisternino and Ferritto fashioned a ...

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News site releases pages from huge FBI file on notorious New England Mob boss

Raymond Patriarca, leader of a major New England crime family from the 1940s to the mid-1980s, seemed to live the…

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The Havana Mob during the 1950s

Havana, Cuba, served as a virtual haven for organized crime in the 1950s. After former Cuban President Fulgencio Batista staged…

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Major Italian Mafia group churning up political controversy in Australia

One of the major Italian Mafia organizations is deeply entrenched in the Australian underworld. Italy’s violent Calabrian Mafia group ‘Ndrangheta…

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‘Flip Lips’ and the Mob

The recent “What Happened to Jimmy Hoffa?” panel discussion at The Mob Museum set off memories of my own fleeting…

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Drugs, human trafficking and counterfeit goods among most lucrative markets for organized crime groups in Europe

Part 1        Part 2 Organized crime groups in Europe – numbering about 3,600 — are increasingly adapting to…

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Working for Lucky and Dutch

The Mob Museum had a visit recently from a real Prohibition-era hoodlum, two days before his 103rd birthday. Stanley Grauso,…

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Organized crime in Europe: A country-by-country breakdown

Organized crime in Europe: A country-by-country breakdown The second of three parts on the state of organized crime in Europe….

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