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Author T. J. English to speak at Mob Museum about the Havana Mob during the 1950s

July 31, 2015

Havana, Cuba, served as a virtual haven for organized crime in the 1950s. After former Cuban President Fulgencio Batista staged a bloodless military coup to resume the presidency in 1952, he solicited large bribes from top American hoodlums who would spend hundreds of millions to develop hotel-casinos and lavish nightclubs in Havana with the full support of Batista’s corrupt government. The Havana Mob, including Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Santos Trafficante and Albert Anastasia,  operated freely in the city until New Year’s Day 1959 when Fidel Castro’s leftist rebels suddenly overthrew Batista, seized the Mob’s properties and closed its casinos. The remarkable ...

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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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Organized crime in Europe major contributor to $120 billion per year in illicit rackets

European Union-funded study outlines illegal markets infiltrated by thirty-five organized crime group The first of three parts on the state…

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Big Easy mobster headed to prison

In July 2014, I wrote a post about an unusual arrest just outside New Orleans. Police had pulled over a…

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