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The world’s top five Mob bosses

November 12, 2018

There was a time when Mob bosses in the United States were household names, but not anymore. Consider the FBI’s review of American-brand organized crime on its website. The “History of La Cosa Nostra” ends with the death of Genovese crime family boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante in 2005. Gigante’s fame stretched back to the late 1950s, when his boss, Vito Genovese, ordered him to hit a rival, the Mob “Prime Minister” Frank Costello. Gigante’s shot only wounded Costello, who nonetheless retired after more than 30 years in the “business,” allowing Genovese to take over and rename Costello’s Luciano family after ...

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World War I played key role in passage of Prohibition

In January 1919, Albert Von Tinzler and Edward Laska published “The Alcoholic Blues,” a song describing the feelings of a…

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Ninety years later, Arnold Rothstein murder still a mystery

Ninety years ago this week, with the dying breath of New York’s most provocative Mob entrepreneur, one of America’s great…

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Boston mobster Whitey Bulger killed

James “Whitey” Bulger, the violent Boston mobster serving a life sentence for taking part in 11 murders, was reportedly beaten…

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‘At home on the streets, and always on the job’

A freelance newspaper photographer named Arthur Fellig, a squat, rumpled, cigar-chomping immigrant who liked being called Weegee, will forever be…

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After 50 years on the Las Vegas Strip, Circus Circus still going strong

Fifty years ago this month, Circus Circus opened its doors at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s…

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When the Mafia ruled Times Square

The latest television series featuring Mob figures continues this fall with the second season of HBO’s The Deuce, focusing on…

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Leave no trace

In 1934, John Dillinger was one of America’s most wanted. He was in hiding in Chicago and looking for a…

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