On This Day in 1980 The Marlborough Diamond Heist Took Place

Joseph Jerome “Jerry” Scalise was born December 25th 1937, he was a high ranking member of the Chicago outfit. Scalise served as a soldier for Chicago mob boss Albert Tocco in the 1970’s and was allegedly part of the Chicago mob killing crew known as the “Wild Bunch.” However, he was never was charged with any murders. On September 11th 1980, Scalise and his colleague, Arthur ‘The Brain’ Rachel were in London about to commit one…


On This Day in 1928 Antonio Lombardo was Killed Aged 36

Lombardo was born in the town of Galati Mamertino in Sicily on November 23, 1891. In the early 20th century, Lombardo moved to the United States where he became a successful wholesale grocery business owner in Chicago. After Johnny Torrio retired in 1925, Lombardo became Al Capone’s advisor and possibly his consigliere, resolving disputes within the family, it was possible he could have helped Capone in taking over Chicago’s Unione Siciliana. Reportedly many objected to…


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…


On This Day in 1930 Giuseppe Morello was Killed Aged 63

In 1892 at the age of twenty-five Morello was forced to immigrate to the United States after becoming a suspect in a murder in Corleone and after his counterfeiting ring had been settled. He was now in the United States, however the Italian government brought the counterfeiting case to court. In September 1894 he was found guilty whilst not present and sentenced to 6 years and 45 days in prison. He never returned to Italy again. Six months after arriving in…


On This Day in 1904 Frankie Carbo was Born

Born Paolo Giovanni Carbo on August 10th 1904, Frankie Carbo was sent to the New York State Reformatory at age eleven. Over the next ten years, Carbo would be in and out of prison on charges including assault and for having his personal property valued above a legally specified amount and finally he was arrested for the murder of a taxi driver who refused to pay protection money. Carbo claimed not guilty due to self-defence. He eventually agreed to a plea…


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…


On This Day in 1933 Carmine Persico was Born

Carmine John Persico Jr. was born on the desolate streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn, on August 8, 1933. The neighborhood struggled through the Great Depression, however Persico’s father working as a legal stenographer, brought home a steady pay check, however Persico idolized the Mafia, they brought home wads of cash had a pretty woman on their arm, something that Persico wanted for himself. Persico was only a small teenager joining a local gang called ‘The Garfield Boys’ his savage side saw…


On This Day in 1975 Jimmy Hoffa Disappeared

Jimmy Hoffa was born on February 14, 1913, in Brazil, Indiana. His father was a coal miner who died when he was still young. His mother went to work to support Hoffa and his three siblings, eventually moving the family to Detroit. His education was limited, he dropped out of school to help out with his family. Hoffa went to work on a loading dock for a grocery store chain, there he devised his first…


Silver Dollar Sam – Creation of The New Orleans Crime Family

“You came a long way for nothing,” said the man standing on the platform. He spoke with a slight Italian accent. The man he was speaking to had just arrived to New Orleans, by train from Chicago. The two men were close to the same age but differed in appearance. The first was slight in build and balding. The newly arrived man was big, with a scar on the left cheek. He had spent several…


New Gotti Film Starring John Travolta Starts Filming July 25

Not only is filming set to start in just over a week, but you can also have the chance to be in the movie (we reveal more below). The much anticipated and talked about mob movie, called “The Life and Death of John Gotti“ which will star John Travolta as the Dapper Don, is just over a week away from shooting. However, it wont be filmed in the Big Apple, instead Cincinnati have got the…


On This Day in 1967 Tommy Lucchese Died Aged 67

Lucchese is possibly one of the most notorious bosses of New York City within the 10th century, He was born Gaetano Lucchese on December 1, 1899, in Palermo, Sicily. When Lucchese was 11, his family immigrated to the US, settling in East Harlem, his father provided for the family by working as a hauler for concrete. It wasn’t long before Lucchese was involving himself with street gangs, his first gang he ran with was called…


Vote For Your Favorite Mob Films!

Over the years you have probably watched many mob movies, right? So we have decided to see which ones make it into the hall of fame top 10, and in which order. Let’s put it to the vote (you get 10 votes each to choose your top 10): Once the voting is over we will update the page.


On This Day in 1902 Meyer Lansky was Born

Born Maier Suchowljansky on July 4th 1902 in the city of Grodno, Poland. His family immigrated to the United States in 1911, and, after his parents allegedly couldn’t recall Suchowljansky’s birth date, he was assigned the birthday of July 4 from his immigration records. Suchowljansky’s name was eventually Americanized to Meyer Lansky. Lansky grew up on Manhattan’s lower east side he had a hard life, often facing horrible violence as a child, yet this did…