Marcello Gumbo and a Big Easy Lagniappe

A mixture of New Orleans and Marcello stories, factoids, rumors and sayings. Everyone knows that Mosca’s Restaurant was Carlos’s favorite place to eat. It became Mosca’s in 1946 and is still in operation today. Prior to 1946 it was called Willswood Tavern. The story goes that Carlos liked the cooking of Provino Mosca so much that he gave the place to him and his wife and even built a small house for them to live…

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Win a Swag Bag Worth $150 with Our Thing Apparel

If you live in Detroit and hold a keen interest then you probably already know about Alan Lindbloom. Well, this weekend you have the chance to win a swag bag worth $150 thanks to Our Thing Apparel. What’s in the Swag Bag? The contest giveaway includes a limited edition Gangster Addiction hat and T-shirt, as well as an “Our Thing” hoodie, two T-shirts, and a signed copy of Alan Lindbloom’s novel, To Be A King….


10 Chilling Last Words Uttered by Mobsters

Frank Gusenberg Frank was one of the North-Side mobsters who was on the receiving end of a Tommy Gun in the famous St Valentines Day massacre. Gusenberg was an enforcer for Bugs Moran and he was barely alive when police turned up to see the aftermath of the shooting. When the police asked who had shot him, he stayed true to the code of silence and uttered the following words before passing away: “Nobody shot…


Eddie McGrath and the West Side Waterfront

Edward J. McGrath, or “The Big Guy”, as he was known around the docks, started out as a small-time bootlegger during Prohibition. Originally from the East Side of Manhattan, McGrath fell in with a group of West Side hijackers, including his future brother-in-law John “Cockeye” Dunn, while serving a five-year sentence in Sing Sing for burglary. Other key members of his gang would eventually include Andrew “Squint” Sheridan, the Bell brothers, George Daggett, Joe Butler,…


Fancy Being on TV? New York City Gets a Taste of Detroit

The weekend is soon upon us and Alan Lindbloom and his entourage (consisting of Maria Lindbloom, William Charles Usher, and Jimbo Frapp) have touched down in New York City for a busy weekend ahead.  So what does a successful author do as soon as they get into town? Take it easy? Kick-back with a beer and a cigar? Nah, not this guy, he decided to make an appearance on the Wiseguyz Radio Show of course! You can…


20 Mobsters With The Weirdest Mob Nicknames

Some mob nicknames sound powerful, intimidating and down right terrifying, we’re talking of names like The Lord High Executioner, The Grim Reaper, The Killer, The Ice Man, The Devil… you get the picture, we could go on. Then, well, there’s names that shall we say don’t really portray that same effect. Ducks, chickens, sausages, eggs, and other weird, strange and confusing nicknames all appear in our list. Joseph “Junior Lollipops” Carna Joseph Carna was a…