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Hoffa’s missing body leads list of top 5 Mob mysteries

July 18, 2021

Organized crime, by its nature, is a secretive activity, with the threat of violence often reserved for those who might reveal damning details of its inner workings. Better to keep quiet to prevent the whole enterprise from collapsing into turf wars, bad publicity, insolvency, indictments and prison. And so, Mob mysteries proliferate. Many of them are about the identities of who ordered and who perpetrated Mob hits. Even one of the most prolific of Mob songbirds, hitman Abe Reles of Murder Inc., was ill equipped to reveal to authorities those responsible for hundreds of New York area murders in the 1930s. Here ...

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The Commission trial lifted the lid on the New York Mafia

First of two parts. In the annals of Mafia courtroom dramas, one case tends to stand above the rest, The…

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The afternoon that Joe Masseria dined on bullets

The tale of Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria’s assassination on April 15, 1931, is one of many gangland legends that…

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How Prohibition changed beer

For dedicated home brewers and beer snobs, the tale is familiar. Prohibition killed small and mid-sized breweries, and after repeal,…

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A new look at Tony Spilotro in upcoming movie

When mobster Tony Spilotro was active in Las Vegas decades ago, doors opened for him in Hollywood. As the Chicago…

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Nevada marks 90th anniversary of legal gambling

Ninety years ago today, Nevada legalized gambling. It changed everything — eventually. When Governor Fred Balzar signed Assembly Bill 98…

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Embattled ‘maxi-trial’ prosecutor takes on ’Ndrangheta

Nicola Gratteri has not been to a restaurant in 20 years. The 62-year-old lawyer eats in his office. His home,…

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El Chapo’s wife arrested in U.S., faces federal charges

Emma Coronel Aispuro may not be a household name, but the U.S. Justice Department believes she was a key accomplice…

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