Bert Rossi: Britain’s Oldest Living Former London Gangland Boss at 94 Years Old

Bert Rossi: Britain’s Oldest Living Gangster at 92 Years Old

On September 28th, 2015 the NCS had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Bert “Battles” Rossi on the telephone, he was a well-spoken, polite, and intelligent man who was not only a Mafia boss in London during the 1950’s – 1980’s, but he was also a mentor to the Kray Twins and a Gambino Associate.

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Now at the age of 94 Mr Rossi is still on the ball, alert and quick minded as he has ever been. During the call we were given the opportunity to post some rare photos and talk more about the man that they call the General of Clerkenwell.

During Bert Rossi’s time he had met with the likes of Angelo Bruno and other mob bosses from the US in efforts to expand their reach to England and Europe. In one particular case Bert Rossi had helped Meyer Lansky in acquiring the Colony Sports Club in London which would become a gambling casino that was operated by both Meyer Lansky and Angelo Bruno, using George Raft as the frontman.

John C Berkery and Bert Rossi: From London to Atlantic City

John C Berkery and Bert Rossi: From London to Atlantic City

John C Berkery and Bert Rossi: From London to Atlantic City

The photo above was taken in Atlantic City and shows Bert Rossi standing next to Big John Berkery, Berkery was a street-toughened, debonair man, who was clever and cunning. He was also the boss of the K&A Gang (an Irish American network that was based in Philadelphia), these days they are currently known as the Northeast Philly Irish Mob. Berkery had close ties with Philadelphia’s Mob Boss Angelo Bruno which helped the gang expand into other rackets as well as enabling them to gain footholds in other territories in the Philly area.

 

It was also said that Berkery was the guy who put out the contract on Phil Testa’s head in the 1980 assassination of the Philly mob boss.

Atlantic City: Convention Capital of the World

Atlantic City: Convention Capital of the World

The next rare photo that I was sent consists of Bert Rossi, John Berkery and a capo from the Philadelphia crime family, again taken in Atlantic City. Berkery was a central figure in the 1959 Pottsville Heist which saw nearly $500,000 stolen from a safe in the home of Pottsville coal baron John Rich.


Atlantic City: Convention Capital of the World

Atlantic City during the 60’s saw a record numbers of tourists because of great weather, an airline strike and the end of the New York World’s Fair.

The newly opened Atlantic City Expressway and Cape May-Lewes Ferry made it easier to get from Philadelphia and other East Coast cities to the Boardwalk. This meant owners of Atlantic City’s finest restaurants, such as the Knife and Fork Inn, Jack Guischard’s and The Strand, shared in the prosperity with a steady stream of customers.



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14 Responses

  1. Vincent P says:

    never heard of bert before so he must have really kept a low profile, fair play to him. looking at some of those old photos with him next to frankie fraser and the krays is incredible. was frankie the last of the older gangsters to die then last year? did that give bert the title?

  2. Vincent P says:

    never heard of bert before so he must have really kept a low profile, fair play to him. looking at some of those old photos with him next to frankie fraser and the krays is incredible. was frankie the last of the older gangsters to die then last year? did that give bert the title?

  3. B says:

    Is there a more private way of sending a comment/question re: Mr. Rossi?

  4. B says:

    Is there a more private way of sending a comment/question re: Mr. Rossi?

  5. NCS says:

    What is your question in regards to please? and what background (newspaper, fan, TV network etc)

  6. NCS NCS says:

    What is your question in regards to please? and what background (newspaper, fan, TV network etc)

  7. John C. Berkery says:

    Very happy to see these old and otherwise extinct pix of myself and my old pal Bert. Sorry to hear of his death although he lived a long and full life. I can see you are getting your info on me from Wikipedia and it has been posted by a libelous crumb out to make a profit by telling false and sensational tales. If you want the true story I suggest you get my two recent books from Amazon (K&A Kid: Book One, The Young Manhood of Johnny Burke & K&A Kid: Book Two, The Wages of Sin) both available from Amazon and elsewhere in England & Ireland. These books were mainly written to set the record straight. I have a new book coming out shortly, “Killing Ireland, The Great Potato Famine of 1845-1850”. It has been well-researched and illustrated and is worth a read.
    I’d like to get it reviewed in England & Ireland. Believe me, this piece on Bert was like a precious gift to me. Many thanks.
    Best regards,
    John C. Berkery, Sr.

  8. John C. Berkery says:

    Very happy to see these old and otherwise extinct pix of myself and my old pal Bert. Sorry to hear of his death although he lived a long and full life. I can see you are getting your info on me from Wikipedia and it has been posted by a libelous crumb out to make a profit by telling false and sensational tales. If you want the true story I suggest you get my two recent books from Amazon (K&A Kid: Book One, The Young Manhood of Johnny Burke & K&A Kid: Book Two, The Wages of Sin) both available from Amazon and elsewhere in England & Ireland. These books were mainly written to set the record straight. I have a new book coming out shortly, “Killing Ireland, The Great Potato Famine of 1845-1850”. It has been well-researched and illustrated and is worth a read.
    I’d like to get it reviewed in England & Ireland. Believe me, this piece on Bert was like a precious gift to me. Many thanks.
    Best regards,
    John C. Berkery, Sr.

  9. John C. Berkery says:

    I misread your headline, concentrating on the pictures, and I now see that Bert is still with us, thank God. Give him my very best when you see him.

  10. John C. Berkery says:

    I misread your headline, concentrating on the pictures, and I now see that Bert is still with us, thank God. Give him my very best when you see him.

  11. NCS says:

    Hi John,

    Bert is actually looking to get back in contact with you, I was in London yesterday with him. If you have a telephone number that I can pass on to him, please email contact@nationalcrimesyndicate.com and I will forward it to him.

  12. NCS NCS says:

    Hi John,

    Bert is actually looking to get back in contact with you, I was in London yesterday with him. If you have a telephone number that I can pass on to him, please email contact@nationalcrimesyndicate.com and I will forward it to him.

  13. John C. Berkery says:

    Thanks, Craig, but let’s do it this way. You have an e-mail for me. Have Bert e-mail me his home address and then we can exchange phone numbers by mail. The old way is the best way. Tell Bert I will definitely write him before the holidays. And wish him Cent’ Anni, only a few more years to go.
    J.C.B.

  14. John C. Berkery says:

    Thanks, Craig, but let’s do it this way. You have an e-mail for me. Have Bert e-mail me his home address and then we can exchange phone numbers by mail. The old way is the best way. Tell Bert I will definitely write him before the holidays. And wish him Cent’ Anni, only a few more years to go.
    J.C.B.