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Eighty years ago, Ciro ‘The Artichoke King’ Terranova ‘died of a broken heart’

March 23, 2018

Eighty years ago last month, one of Mob history’s oddball characters crossed into the great gangland netherworld. Ciro “The Artichoke King” Terranova’s death was not the product of gangland warfare, nor a long prison sentence, but rather one more akin to the consequence of shame, destitution and irrelevance, or so say the whispers of underworld anecdotes. Notwithstanding the official medical reasons for the gangster’s last breath at age 49 – heart failure preceded by two strokes – the gossip of fellow gangsters attributed it to something less tangible. “He died of a broken heart,” former Mafioso turned federal witness Joe Valachi ...

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“Gotti” Starring John Travolta Set For June Release

A movie originally set for release in December about celebrity Mob boss John Gotti is now scheduled to hit theaters…

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‘A good man in a bad business’

The 1930s were a tumultuous time in the Tampa underworld. Dubbed the “Era of Blood” by local journalists, the sound…

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Scorsese movie, Merlino trial highlight Philadelphia’s Mob past

The City of Brotherly Love is generating Mob-related headlines again. The city’s Mob history has popped up in stories about…

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A Midwestern Mob Murder Mystery

Amid heavy snowfall during the winter of 1963, FBI agents and sheriff’s deputies in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, worked together to…

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Separating fact from fiction in ‘Casino’

Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro) is surrounded by the press at a Nevada Gaming Commission meeting portrayed in Casino. Rothstein’s…

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“Breaking Bad” still resonates on 10th anniversary of its debut

Ten years ago today, Breaking Bad debuted on the AMC network. Few could have predicted at the time that the…

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Boosting the boss

Feeling disrespected and unappreciated, a rogue Chicago Outfit burglary crew robbed the suburban mansion of longtime crime boss Tony “Big…

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