The birth of the mob and everything since.

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October 30, 2018

James “Whitey” Bulger, the violent Boston mobster serving a life sentence for taking part in 11 murders, was beaten to death in a federal prison in West Virginia.

August 12, 2013

Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger is convicted on 31 counts, including 11 murders, and sentenced to life in prison.

February 14, 2012

The Mob Museum opens in the former post office and federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. The building was the setting for a Kefauver Committee hearing in 1950.

June 22, 2011

James “Whitey” Bulger, leader of a Boston-based crime family who once was in league with an FBI agent, is arrested in Santa Monica, California, after being on the lam for 16 years.


August 8, 2007

The “Family Secrets” trial ends in Chicago, resulting in the conviction of numerous Chicago Outfit leaders, including Joey “The Clown” Lombardo and Frank Calabrese Sr.

June 10, 2002

John Gotti, boss of the Gambino crime family, dies of natural causes in a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.