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…


72% of People Favor John Gotti Over Paul Castellano

There is no line down the middle for John Gotti, it’s a simple fact that you either love him or hate him, and it seems from our recent poll 72% of people love him. On the one side you have those that feel he was the final straw that broke the camel’s back when it came to Cosa Nostra, including Lucchese Crime Boss, Anthony Casso who stated: “What John Gotti did was the beginning of the…


An Interview with The Making of the Mob’s Craig Rivela

Joining us today is the actor that has hit the silver screen recently, playing Vito Genovese in AMC’s The Making of the Mob. The eight-part docudrama begins in 1905 and follows the lives of some of the most influential crime figures in the American Mafia; from Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello, and of course the crime boss who rose to power during the Castellammarese War to later become leader of the Genovese…


Frank Costello: Mr. Fix It

We have all heard it before in an old black and white movie or news reel. The sound of morse code comes beeping through the speaker, then that bold announcer’s voice barks, “Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America, and all ships at sea. Let’s go to press!” as families gather around the radio, awaiting the latest news with bated breath. It seems cliché today, but in the 30’s and 40’s, the man behind that voice, Walter…


The Death of Umberto Valenti by the Hands of Lucky Luciano.

The first episode of AMC’s ”The Making of The Mob: New York” has aired. With really arguable accuracy, it also showed how Lucky Luciano killed Umberto Valenti. So here’s how and why it went down from few other sources including Tim Newark’s great book ”Boardwalk Gangster – The Real Lucky Luciano”. First, who was Umberto Valenti? He was Sicilian-born New York City gangster and prominent member of the D’Aquila crime family. On August 8, 1922, Masseria was…


Are You a Paul Castellano or John Gotti Fan? (Vote)

Some say Paul Castellano was a businessman who never paid his time on the streets; some say John Gotti was a hot headed mobster who destroyed the Gambino Family. Then on the flip side some think Paul Castellano was the right fit for the job as a mob boss, whilst others believed John Gotti was right in taking out Big Paul and taking control of the family. Whose corner have you got?


John Gotti Infographic – Our Top 5 Facts

John Gotti would rise through the ranks of the Gambino Crime Family in spectacular fashion, facing several run-ins with the law and avoiding multiple death sentences from his own family and others. In 1986 he became head of the Gambino crime family, and was acquitted of many indictments before finally being put behind bars for life thanks to his underboss Sammy Gravano. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Width%px<img src="http://www.nationalcrimesyndicate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/gotti.png" alt="John Gotti Infographic…