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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…

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What Was The Lufthansa Heist?

The Lufthansa Heist was one of the biggest cash thefts on American soil, it has been popularized in many a book and movie, the biggest being Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Goodfellas was of course the movie where Robert De Niro portrayed Jimmy Burke, who, in the movie had his name changed to ‘James Conway’ (which was in-fact his birth name), and not forgetting the book written by one of the organizers himself ‘The Lufthansa Heist – By…


On This Day in 1902 Carlo Gambino was Born

On this day in 1902 one of the most notorious Mafia leaders was born in Palermo, Sicily. Carlo Gambino was one of the mobs most notable bosses and the largest crime family in the US still goes by the name of the Gambino Crime Family, the family that Carlo took over from Albert Anastasia after his assassination in 1957. Carlo was said to be a great family man, but even that couldn’t curb his enthusiasm…


The Prime Minister meets the Kingfish

Here come the Kingfish, the Kingfish. Friend of the workin’ man. The Kingfish, the Kingfish. The Kingfish gonna’ save this land.   Randy Newman The Kingfish Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. That’s true crime story teller, Gary Jenkins advice. I happen to whole heartedly agree. Mob myth has had some doozies over the years, and like fish tales they tend to get bigger and better as time goes by. Here at…


Who Was Frankie Yale & How Did He Die?

Becoming the Brooklyn Boss Francesco Ioele also known as Uale and or Yale was born January 22nd 1893 in Italy. His family immigrated to New York around 1901. Yale was known as the forgotten boss, however he was undoubtedly a murderous leader. Like most gangsters, Yale got an early introduction to the world of crime, his future mentor John ‘Papa Johnny’ Torrio got him admitted to one of the dominate street gangs in lower Manhattan,…


13 Places Where Mobsters Got Whacked: Then & Now

Whether its a mob hit from the 1920’s or one as early as the 2000’s its interesting to know what happened to some of the more famous places where mobsters drew their final breath. We take you through 13 (unlucky for some) of the most prominent Mafia killings from the last century. 1. Park Central Hotel: 870 Seventh Avenue, New York. Albert Anastasia was in a barbers chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel on 870 7th…