On This Day in 2011 Jimmy Caci Died Aged 86

On this day in 2011, Jimmy Caci, who was a capo in the Los Angeles Crime Family died at the age of 86. He started off his criminal career in New York but in his 40’s he was sentenced to an 8 year spell behind bars after being charged with armed robbery. Jimmy spent the 8 years in Attica prison, a maximum security facility in New York. It was during this time he met with…


On This Day in 1949 Frank DeMayo Died Aged 64

On this day in 1949 the crime boss of the Kansas City Crime Family, Frank DeMayo passed away at the age of 64 (although some sources state he died 10 days earlier). He was such a successful boss during the Prohibition era of America that Prohibition Agents had discovered that he was grossing more than $1 million a year from bootlegging operations. He had also started involving himself in narcotics during this era which brought…


On This Day in 1922 Umberto Valenti was Killed Aged 31

On this day in 1922 the New York mobster by the name of Umberto Valenti who was part of the D’Aquila Crime Family in the 1910’s was gunned down on the corner of Second Avenue and E. 12th Street. The hit on Valenti was provoked due to the Valenti vs Masseria war in the early 1920’s. 48 hours before Valenti’s death he and his man drew fire on Joe Masseria as he was leaving his apartment…


On This Day in 1925 Anthony Gaggi was Born

On this day in 1925 the future capo of the Gambino Crime Family was born, Nino Gaggi made his fortune through loansharking operations as well as being a silent partner in many businesses in the New York area. In 1960 Gaggi made his bones in the mob when he served on a hit-team that was contracted to take out mobster Vincent Squillante (who was allegedly the mobster who killed Frank Scalise in 1957). According to Dominick…


On This Day in 1901 Dutch Schultz was Born

On this day in 1901 a German Jewish-American mobster by the name of Arthur Simon Flegenheimer was born in New York City. Know to many as Dutch Schultz, he operated throughout the Prohibtion era making his money from bootlegging and the numbers racket. Dutch had a violent temper and in one particular incident in a restuarant, he pulled a gun from his vest and stuck it into the mouth of another gangster before blowing him away….



What is a Garrote Wire Used For?

You may have heard the term “he was killed with a garrote”, but probably have no idea what this is. Back in the early 20th century this weapon was a Mafia favorite, and the weapon was very easy to make. All you needed was a piano wire, fishing line or some other type of cord, then the hitman would strangle the victim. As the wire would usually be made from steel the weapon was effective…


Did Frank Costello Ever Make His Bones?

Welcome back to the Social Club. For this edition of Uncle Frank’s Place I wanted to answer the question I get asked most often about the Prime Minister. You know the one, “Did Frank ever make his bones?” Out of everything I have Read about the man, I have only come across one story of Costello’s rum-running days that told of a dispute he had with a rival bootlegger over territory. This rival was later…


Mob Stories: Keeping it in the Family

We receive several mob related stories so we have decided to start putting them on the blog. Names and places have been removed, but some of these stories are interesting enough to share here. So I’m 46 now. Back in 1986 I started dating my ex wife in high school, I would hang out a lot at her house her mom was kinda of a hustler always working at the racetrack betting on horses. We started…



An Interview with Uncle Frank’s Place, Casey McBride

Joining us today is a familiar face, and someone you will have seen on the NCS blog and Facebook channel. He is now the owner of Uncle Frank’s Place, sharing his wealth of knowledge on all things Frank Costello. He is of course Casey McBride. Like Uncle Frank’s Place on Facebook We wanted to learn a bit more about how Casey became interested in Frank Costello and where it all started for him. Casey, thank…


Frank Costello: The Prime Minister of the Underworld (1891 – 1973)

“Other kids are brought up nice and sent to Harvard and Yale. Me? I was brought up like a mushroom.” Those were the words of Frank Costello, a mob boss who went on to become the Prime Minister of the Underworld thanks to his eye for mixing crime with politics in a way no other mob figure could or would. This trait would eventually help his influence grow in strength for years to come. The…


An Interview with Former Kansas City Police Officer Gary Jenkins

Joining us today is the former Kansas City Police Sergeant and owner of Gangland Wire, Gary Jenkins. Gary investigated organized crime in Kansas City for 13 years during his 25 year spell in the police force, and has since created two apps, and produced a feature length documentary on the mob war in Kansas City. We wanted to learn a bit more about how Gary got started off, his biggest achievements and his plans for…


An Interview with Journalist & Author Anthony M. DeStefano

Joining us today is the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author, Anthony DeStefano, who has covered organized crime for over three decades seeing many characters come and go in that time. As well as a renowned author in his field, Anthony has also spent 20 years of his life as criminal justice and legal affairs reporter, for Newsday who are based in the heart of the Big Apple. With his experience and knowledge he has been…