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New York Mob hit man Sammy Gravano released from Arizona prison

September 21, 2017

The Bull is back on the streets. Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, once John Gotti’s loyal underboss until he flipped and joined the feds, walked out of an Arizona prison this month after doing nearly two decades on a drug conviction, authorities said. The now 72-year-old Mob killer, who confessed to 19 murders, was convicted in 2001 for dealing ecstasy after leaving the arms of the federal Witness Protection Program. The Brooklyn-born Gravano still faces parole for the rest of his life – likely spent in an undisclosed location. It’s a drastic change from his first go-round as a defendant. Back then, after ...

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Double-crossing and death-dealing in St. Louis

Standing in front of a poolroom at 1006 North Tenth Street, Alphonse Palazzolo watched as a large Chrysler sped by….

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The ‘Gulf Stream Pirate’ – Rumrunning leads to shooting in Prohibition Era

The Prohibition Era is at times characterized by the speakeasy, with men in suits and women in gowns drinking free-flowing…

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Don’t dare call him ‘Three Finger Brown’

The 1960s marked the end of an era for some of America’s underworld leaders. The forward-thinking, Prohibition-era architects of New…

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Ten years ago, epic ‘Family Secrets’ trial crippled the Chicago Outfit

The historic “Family Secrets” trial began 10 years ago in Chicago, finally bringing to justice several top Midwestern mobsters responsible…

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Seventy years ago today, Bugsy Siegel’s storied Mob life came to an abrupt end

It is important to our Museum and to me as the resident historian that criminals and their criminal acts are…

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New York indictments allege Georgian mafia activities in four U.S. states

The country of Georgia, wedged between Russia and Turkey with the Black Sea forming its western border, gained its independence…

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The hit that could have sunk Las Vegas

On May 2, 1957, Frank Costello thought he had problems, but he had no idea. He was appealing a five-year…

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