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Netflix’s ‘Fear City’ reveals how FBI, prosecutors built the Mafia Commission case

August 10, 2020

The Netflix documentary series Fear City: New York vs. the Mafia tells the story of the investigation and prosecution of what came to be known as the Commission case, the bold effort by the Justice Department and the FBI to take down the five organized crime bosses in New York in the 1980s. It was called the Commission case because the five dons representing the “Five Families” of the New York Mafia held seats on the Commission, a sort-of board of directors of organized crime, governing Mafia activities in New York and across the country. Charles “Lucky” Luciano formed the first ...

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Frank Sinatra’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

In a gift shop at the Sands hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Sammy Davis Jr., practicing with a golf putter by…

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Following the facts to possible Hoffa hit house

In the fall of 2019, as a mentor of mine out East closed in on where Jimmy Hoffa’s body is…

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Culling out the card sharks

Gambling was always a backdrop in the nascent years of Las Vegas, a popular if illicit activity for railroad workers,…

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‘White Boy Rick’ seeks new life after more than 30 years behind bars

The gates couldn’t swing open soon enough. Former Detroit teenage drug boss and illegal underage FBI mole Richard “White Boy…

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Zeroing in on Jimmy Hoffa’s unmarked grave

Editor’s note: On July 8, The Mob Museum published an essay by investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea — author of…

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Fake products are huge business for European organized crime

For organized crime groups, the business of counterfeiting and pirating legitimate products is booming. Europol, Europe’s top law enforcement agency,…

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Finding Jimmy Hoffa

Editor’s note: After investigating the Jimmy Hoffa murder case since Hoffa’s disappearance forty-five years ago this month, investigative journalist Dan…

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