Boosting the boss

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


New York Mob hit man Sammy Gravano released from Arizona prison

The Bull is back on the streets. Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, once John Gotti’s loyal underboss until he flipped and…


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…


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…


Murderous Philadelphia Mob boss dies in prison

When a federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced him to 55 years in prison on murder and racketeering charges in May…


Wilkerson’s idea, Bugsy’s baby

On the evening of December 26, 1946, it seemed that Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel had done almost everything right for the…


Journalist tracks history of New York Mafia

In the summer of 1963, Joseph Valachi, longtime Mafia soldier involved in more than a score of gangland killings for…


Al Capone: The story behind his rise and fall

Born: January 17, 1899, Brooklyn, New York Died: January 25, 1947, Palm Island, Florida Nicknames: Scarface, Snorky, the Big Guy,…


When Luciano’s luck ran out

He told one of his cohorts, Florence “Cokey Flo” Brown, that he wanted to run his string of New York…


Reader’s guide to Mob rub-outs

In New York’s long, rich history of organized crime, the death of Antonio Flaccomio is considered the city’s first Mafia…