To Be a King Volume 2: Launches on Amazon Today

Reading Time: Its without doubt that the first volume of To Be a King was a great success, within a matter of weeks the book burst through into the top 100 books in organized crime on Amazon. Add to that the frenzy on Facebook, with the amount of photos taken of people receiving their book and you get the idea. The novel has been dubbed as the new Godfather, and today volume 2 just hit Amazon. Yes,…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: Garment District and Textile Scam

  Reading Time:   The New York Garment District and Textile Scam So one day I get a call from Tommy, one of my industrious new partners. He says he’s on his way with Vince to pick me up—to do some “mining.” I have no idea what the hell that is, but I don’t bother asking, figuring it’s just some New York term I wasn’t familiar with. We ended up meeting a guy named Carlo,…


On This Day in 1928 Greg Scarpa was Born

Reading Time: Greg ‘The Grim Reaper’ Scarpa was born May 8th 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the second born, his parents being Italian Immigrants. At the age of 7, Scarpa was working as a coal deliveryman alongside his father, this gave Scarpa an itch for a better life for him and his family. Greg’s older brother Sal was the first of the Scarpa family to hook up with mob associates, by the age…


Who Was Who Anthony Abbatemarco?

Reading Time: Related to several independent-spirited Profaci-Colombo Crime Family mobsters who met with violent ends, Anthony Abbatemarco attained a leadership position within the organization and reached a ripe, old age. Born in Brooklyn on April 6, 1922, Anthony Abbatemarco was the first child of Frank and Mary Abbatemarco. The family lived at 702 President Street in the Park Slope section, just outside of Gowanus. On the same city block resided Anthony’s grandmother Rosa and his…


Organized Crime In Detroit: Forgotten But Not Gone

Reading Time: The Detroit mafia lives in the shadows. It always has, now, more than ever. “They don’t chase the news cameras like in other cities and a lot of them have been very adept of veiling themselves in legitimacy,” said former federal prosecutor and organized crime task force member Keith Corbett, of the area’s ruling mob powers. “In relative terms, it’s been a recipe for success, in that most of them have avoided long,…


A Complete Guide to The St Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929

Reading Time: It was a cold and chilly morning in Chicago, the time was 10:30 a.m. and the date was February 14, 1929. This day would not only mark one of the most brutal mob killings in history, but it would also end the North and South side battle for power. A battle that dominated the Chicago underworld for years and saw over 200 mob murders. Some of those victims included North Side leaders, Dean…


The Death of New Orleans First Godfather (Part 2)

When we last left New Orleans it was April 1st 1869 and New Orleans first Godfather, Raffaele Agnello, had been shot down on Toulouse Street in The French Quarter, or as it was called at the time, Little Palermo. His brother Joseph, known as Peppino, would take over his spot as ruler of the Italians of New Orleans but it would be short lived and Peppino was never quite as effective as his brother. Another…


On This Day in 1965 Owney Madden Died, Aged 73

Owen Vincent Madden was born in Leeds, England on December 18th 1891. Due to the fact the family wanted work, they moved first to Wigan before moving on to Liverpool, his father’s intentions were to finally move the family towards the United States, this was fulfilled in 1901. However tragedy struck the family, and Owney’s father died before he could complete his ambition. The family moved to Manhattan before finding a new home in New…


On This Day in 1924 Philip Testa was Born

Philip Carlo Testa was born on April 21st 1924 in Mistretta, Sicily, and immigrated to New York City. Whilst in the States he befriended mob boss Angelo Bruno, who would soon become an opening into the Mafia world for Testa. It was believed that Testa’s income was solely from winnings as a common gambler, seeing himself as a statesman similar to Julius Caesar gaining him the nickname ‘The Julius Cesar of the Philadelphia Mob’. He…


On This Day in 1951 Vincent Mangano was Killed, Aged 63

Vincenzo Giovanni Mangano was born March 28th 1888 in Palermo, Sicily, he was nicknamed by the Brooklyn newspaper ‘The Executioner‘ and was the head of the Mangano Crime family (Mineo Family in 1931, then more commonly known as the Gambino’s from the mid 1950’s). He reigned as family boss from 1931 until his death in 1951. His brother, Philip, was a capo/consigliere during this period. Vincent was one of the bosses who retained the old…


‘To Be a King’ Powers Into The Top 100 Organized Crime Books

To Be a King by Alan Lindbloom launched just a matter of days ago, and the hype surrounding the book was for good reason as it has just broken into the Top 100 organized crime books on Amazon (reaching a peak of #28). Furthermore Amazon have discounted the book due to high sales, so you can now grab a copy for $14.45 saving $5.50. Get The Book For $14.45  To Be a King has been…


On This Day in 1996 Jimmy Burke Died, Aged 64

James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke was one of the most notorious Irish-American gangsters of all time, a violent, ruthless criminal responsible for countless murders and one of the largest cash robberies in American history. Ironically Burke was never a member of the Mafia, but did spend most of his career working closely with made mafia men and the associates of two of the New York Crime Families. Born James Conway on July 5, 1931, in…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: Hiding in New York

Hiding In New York “Appropriating” that guy’s gun collection stirred up a hornet’s nest of trouble for me, because the ATF and Feds got involved after a few of the guns popped up in raids and arrests. Now I had the Feds, ATF, and some State cop with a hard-on for me hot on my tail. When my grandfather, Peter Paul Tocco, learned that the Feds were building a case against me, he and my…


To Be a King: Chapter 4

TO BE A KING Copyright © 2017 by Gunner Alan Lindbloom Cover design 2017 by Ryan MacKay After his short but productive shopping excursion, King took Madonna on a guided tour of his old neighborhood, an area of Detroit’s upper eastside built by immigrant Italian stonemasons back in the 1920’s. Situated along the uppermost reaches of the Detroit River and adjacent to the affluent suburb of Grosse Pointe, it had once been one of the…