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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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The Don of Silicon Valley

Joe Cerrito died on September 7, 1978, from a heart attack at age 67. He was a successful businessman in…

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Joe Gallo’s ‘Crazy’ celebrity status

Though Joseph Gallo was only in his early 40s when he was gunned down, his status in American popular culture…

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The first mobster in Las Vegas: Part 3

Last of three parts On June 20, 1929, Jim Ferguson, the king of the Las Vegas bootleggers, took the stand…

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The first mobster in Las Vegas: Part 2

Second of three parts The year 1928 initially looked good from Jim Ferguson’s standpoint. The “King of the Tenderloin” in…

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The first mobster in Las Vegas: Part 1

First of three parts In the 1920s and ’30s, the U.S. government considered him a “menace to society.” Nevada law…

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Mexican cartels prey on migrants from Central America

Each year, hundreds of thousands of migrants who enter Mexico from three Central American countries are at risk of rape,…

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‘A shiny mark of incorruptibility’

Good stories usually have five key elements: a likable protagonist who selflessly rises to the occasion; a malevolent antagonist seeking…

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