What Happened to Frank Costello’s Voice?

Thank you for keeping it dialed to the National Crime Syndicate. I have collected a few bits that didn’t make it into the first two pieces I wrote about Frank Costello, and I thought some of you might enjoy them. Until part two of ‘I Never Sold No Bibles’ is in the bag, I wanted to post a few shorter bits to avoid what they refer to in show business as dead air. Welcome to…


Anthony Casso – NCS Mobster of the Month for May 2015

Anthony Casso built his empire through various rackets from drugs to garment district operations and everything in between. He was a natural born killer who worked as an underboss to Vic Amuso in the Lucchese Crime Family. However, many have said that Casso pulled the strings. In 1994 he plead guilty to 72 counts he had been indicted on, including 15 murders. His lifelong motto; “kill or be killed.” Casso Rising Through the Ranks Ruthless…


Competition: Create a 6th Family in the New Board Game Gamboni

Note: The new character will be a 3D miniature INSPIRED by one of these characters, not a copy of them. [socialpoll id=”2274062″] How to Enter: ———————————————————————————————————————- What is Gamboni? Gamboni is a Mafia themed board game for 3 to 5 players, set in 1980’s New York. Control one of the Five Families and become Boss of all Bosses. The KickStarter Project can be viewed here.   How Will We Select a Winner? Competition closes on…


Vito Genovese and The Black Market he set up in Italy

In 1937, New York crime boss Vito Genovese was wanted for murder. He had killed off mobster Ferdinand Boccio after a dispute over $35,000. Genovese decided his only option was to flee the country, so he escaped to Italy. Once across the pond, Vito made connections with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and the two became friends. He began doing favors for the dictator, such as arranging the murders of anti-fascist journalists. He even provided Benito’s…




Tony Accardo Infographic – Our Top 5 Facts

During his lengthy career in the Outfit Tony Accardo made some smart moves that helped him duck many charges and indictments that saw past mob bosses jailed for life or assassinated. He also led the Chicago Outfit into new areas of business and phased out the old ways that brought FBI heat. He died of heart failure on May 22, 1992. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Width%px<img src="http://www.nationalcrimesyndicate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/tonyaccardo-infographic.png" alt="Tony Accardo Infographic &#8211; Our…


Chapter 2: Frank Costello – I Never Sold No Bibles

“Tough times make monkeys eat red pepper.” Read Chapter 1: Frank Costello – Gambling Man That’s how Frank Costello used to explain his dubious past. At the age of fourteen, he robbed the landlady at his Harlem apartment building. He knew she always awoke early to sweep the halls. He also knew she didn’t trust banks and kept the rent money she collected tucked between her bosoms. Frank had fallen out of a tree while…


Nino Gaggi – NCS Mobster of the Month for April 2015

“We surprised him in the Bronx. We shot him in the head, stuffed him in the trunk, then dumped him for good.” Those were the chilling words of a Gambino capo, who was the immediate superior to mobster Roy DeMeo, who ran the infamous DeMeo Crew. His name, Antonino Gaggi (pronounced: “Gadgie”). Nino Gaggi’s father’s cousin was mobster Frank Scalise, a founding member of the Gambino family and the man who helped introduce Gaggi into…


The St. Valentines Day Massacre – Key Facts Infographic

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 mark the end of the North and South side battle for power,  which went on for years and saw over 200 mob killings including Dean O’Banion and Hymie Weiss. Read more about the St Valentines Day Massacre, and check out our St. Valentines Day Massacre Video. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On…


Alcatraz Prison: Where The World’s Most Notorious Criminals Call Home

Built into a mountainside in Florence, Colorado, stands what may well be the country’s toughest prison. Aptly nicknamed the Alcatraz of the Rockies this prison is home to some of the world’s most notorious criminals. Terrorists, mafia members, murderers, and drug dealers call this prison home, including Zacarias Moussaoui, who was sentenced to time here for his role in the terrorist attacks of September 11. What’s life like at the toughest prison in the U.S?…


Food to Die For: Eat Like a King of Crime in New York City

Who remembers the ending scene of television’s hit, “The Sopranos?” As the family sits peacefully at table, menacing characters move in and the scene goes black. Was it curtains for Tony and Familia? Perhaps, but that’s just the way he would have wanted it to end. It is said that truckers know the best restaurants, but to locate a meal to die for, you must consult the mob.


Chapter 1: Frank Costello – Gambling Man

On Sunday, Febuary 18th, 1973, Francesco Castiglia committed his final crime. The man who had stolen from society all of his life would rob us one last time. Peter Maas, the author of the Valachi Papers, Underboss and Serpico, had just received what was at the time, the largest advance in history for a non-fiction book, with the promise of delivering the authorized biography of the man behind “the hand ballet.” Frank Costello, the one Lucky Luciano chose to run…


Al Capone, a Notorious Prohibition Era Gangster

Al Capone is one of the most notorious gangsters in the history of the United States. Capone reigned over the speakeasies, bootlegging business and other illegal ventures during the Prohibition era during the Roaring Twenties in Chicago. Capone’s nemesis was crime fighter Elliott Ness and the Untouchables, but it was tax evasion that finally sent him prison in 1931. Alphonse Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1899, As a young man, Capone was…