On This Day in 1971 Joe Adonis Died Aged 69

On this day in 1971 Giuseppe Doto, who was better known as Joe Adonis passed away at the age of 69 in Ancona, Italy. In his twenties he decided to change his name to Joe Adonis, with Adonis being the Greek god of beauty and desire. It is said that the name change came from a chorus girl who nicknamed him Adonis whilst she was dating the mobster. Although, it was also known that Adonis…


On This Day in 1897 Lucky Luciano was Born

On this day in 1897 the Chairman of the Mob, Charles Luciano was born in Lercara Friddi in Sicily to his parents Antonio and Rosalia. Charles also had 4 other siblings, Bartolomeo, Filippa, Concetta and Giuseppe. By the age of 9 Charles and his family moved to the United States and settled in Manhattan. During his teenage years he joined the Five Points Gang, and during this era he met with Meyer Lansky whom he…


Limited Edition Signed Print of The Kray Twins Personalised by Bert Rossi & COA

Down But Not Out Print Signed by Bert Rossi £499.99 GBP Whether you are looking for an investment, a collectible, or just simply want to treat a Kray fan to some gangland history, this is the perfect Christmas gift. We have 12 limited edition prints of “Down but Not Out” signed by Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The print is gloss laminated so not to damage the signatures, and these are original hand-written signatures by the Twins (not stickers)….


Vote Your Favorite New York Mob Rivalry

[socialpoll id=”2308932″] Through out the ages there have been many great rivalries. And like a Shakespearian drama, “This thing of ours,” has yielded some of the greatest, hate filled, back stabbing, knock down, dragged out rivalries history has to offer. The NCS wanted to get your opinion on a few of these great standoffs, so we’re having a throw down. This is your chance to cast a vote for the greatest New York rivalry in…


On This Day in 1928 Arnold Rothstein was Killed

On this day in 1928 Arnold ”The Brain” Rothstein was shot and killed after he failed to pay a large debt that resulted from a poker game that was fixed by Alvin Thomas (Titanic Thompson). The debt was believed to have been around $319,000 that was owed to a number of other gamblers, which would equate to over $4 million today. The 1919 World Series Rothstein was known to many because he taught Lucky Luciano…


On This Day in 1930 Stefano Ferrigno was Killed

On this day in 1930 one of the prominent New York mobsters of the prohibition era, Stefano Ferrigno, was assassinated during the height of the Castellammarese War. Ferrigno was a mid-level leader in the Salvatore D’Aquila crime family in the 1920’s and he led an important gang that would take part in everything from bootlegging, gambling, prostitution, extortion and controlling the longshoremens unions. After Joe Masseria ordered the killing of D’Aquila in 1928, Ferrigno became…


On This Day in 1980 Willie Sutton Died Aged 79

On this day in 1980 the notorious American bank robber Willie Sutton died. Sutton was a bright-eyed, 5ft 7-inch gentleman who was always chain-smoking, and always talking. He had a wise head on his shoulders and was considered the best bank robber that has ever lived. He would carry a pistol or a Tommy Gun on him at all times stating that… “You can’t rob a bank on charm and personality” Willie Sutton rose to…


On This Day in 1905 Bumpy Johnson was Born

On this day in 1905 the Harlem Godfather and Genovese Crime Family associate, Bumpy Johnson was born. Bumpy, whose real name was Ellsworth Johnson, was a feared mob boss who operated in the Harlem area, and he got his nickname Bumpy from a bump he had sustained on the back of his head earlier on in his life. Why Was He So Powerful? Bumpy, in the early Prohibition days was an associate of Madame Stephanie…


On This Day in 1905 Frank Bompensiero was Born

On this day in 1905 the former hitman and capo for the Los Angeles crime family was born. Bomp as he was also known as would take part in many mob related hits during his active years but was only ever confirmed and charged for 5 of them. “he had buried more bones than could be found in the brontosaurus room of the Museum of Natural History.” Frank’s family had close ties with the Balistrieri…


On This Day in 1940 John Gotti was Born

On this day in 1940 the mobster we would all come to know as the Dapper Don was born in The Bronx. John Gotti rose to prominence within the Gambino Crime Family during his criminal life, starting off in his teens by running errands for Carmine Fatico. He would eventually become the Gambino mob boss after the 1985 assassination of Paul Castellano. Gotti, although being a formidable character was surrounded by non-stop controversy who left…


On This Day in 1957 Albert Anastasia was Killed Aged 55

On this day in 1957 Albert Anastasia, the Lord High Executioner was shot while sitting back in a Barber’s chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel on 870 7th Avenue (which is now renamed to the Park Central Hotel on 56th and 7th Avenue). Anastasia was one of the most feared members of the mob in his day, running Murder Inc which was the Mafia’s enforcement arm as well as being the boss of what we…


On This Day in 1935 Dutch Schultz was Killed Aged 33

On this day in 1935 Arthur Flegenheimer who was better known as Dutch Schultz died from gunshot wounds received 22 hours beforehand. On October 23 at around 10:15pm The Dutchman was shot at the Palace Chophouse restaurant which he used as his base headquarters. The restaurant was situated at 12 East Park Street in New Jersey. During the shootout his two bodyguards and accountant were hit and died. Why Was a Contract Put on Schultz?…


On This Day in 1934 Pretty Boy Floyd was Killed Aged 30

On this day in 1934 Charles Floyd who was more popularly known as Pretty Boy Floyd was shot and killed while being pursued by FBI Agents in Ohio. After the death of John Dillinger on July 23 1934 Floyd became Public Enemy Number 1. He was mainly a bank robber who benefited from criminal exploits during the early 1930’s, but was a key figure in the Kansas City Massacre of 1933. The Kansas City Massacre of…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: Santino “Sonny” Corleone

My exact words to kid brother Mikey. His ridiculous statement had us all bowled over laughing our brains out. Mikey was a sweet kid. A war hero with a mean shot no doubt, but a sweet kid. Polar opposite to me. Im wild. Not afraid to admit it either. It’s kinda my trade mark, badge of honour whatever the hell you wanna call it. Women love it. Men hate it. Pop can’t take it. He’s…


On This Day in 1890 David Hennessy was Killed Aged 32

On this day in 1890 the police chief for New Orleans, David Hennessy was assassinated outside his home after returning from a meeting in town.  The reason for the killing was to prevent Hennessy from giving evidence and testifying in and upcoming trial against the Provenzano gang. Before Hennessy was killed a fruit importer by the name of Joseph Macheca who was assosicated with a rival gang of the Provenzano’s, the Matranga gang had made…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: Lorenzo Anello

The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. I told Calogero that many times. Did he listen? Who knows, i doubt it. I’ve been grooming him since he’s a small kid out on that stoop to follow his father, live a good honest life, get a good job and a nice pension and he’ll sleep peacefully every night. Did he listen? I can’t blame the kid. It was always gonna be a struggle living here…