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Santo Trafficante Sr., a ‘Sicilian of the old school,’ ruled Tampa’s underworld for more than a decade

August 9, 2019

On August 12, 1954, Tampa, Florida, Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Sr. died from stomach cancer. Laid to rest in a solid brass casket with glass lining, Trafficante’s body was driven through the streets of Ybor City, escorted by police. The procession, including a line of vans carrying floral arrangements, wound from the Wilson Sammon funeral home to his final resting place, a freestanding tomb in the southern section of the L’Unione Italiana Cemetery. A local paper reported that “underworld faces were sprinkled throughout the crowd,” paying their respects. It was the end of the road for a man described by ...

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New Mob movies focus on women

Women are taking center stage in several Mob movie projects now in the news. Hitting movie theaters this summer is…

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Hank Greenspun, iconoclastic Las Vegas newsman who played both sides of the Mob, died 30 years ago

In the spring of 1952, Hank Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, embarked on one of his many…

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Federal judge hands El Chapo life sentence

For Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the journey through the American justice system that started with his extradition…

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Organized crime roundup: U.S. seeks $12.6 billion in El Chapo drug proceeds, Peter Gotti seeks ‘compassionate’ release, eight convicted in ‘modern slavery’ racket in Britain and more

Only days before a U.S. judge is expected to impose a long prison sentence on him for leading a major…

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‘The Cigar’ burns out in Brooklyn

When Bonanno crime family don Carmine “The Cigar” Galante declared himself the so-called “capo di tutti i capis,” or “boss…

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Sixty years ago, Nevada entered the modern era of gambling regulation

Marshall Caifano, the Chicago Outfit’s overseer of casinos in Las Vegas, went by more than a dozen fake names before…

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Las Vegas Mob stories attract Hollywood interest

Of the many Mob movies and television shows now in the works, several are focused on underworld figures who had…

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