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 $16.13  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

Reading Time: Episode 9: 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…


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…



The Death of New Orleans First Godfather (Part 1)

Niccolo sold pots and pans from his pushcart. Well, not only pots and pans but other useful items as well. But he made his best money on those pots and pans. Since coming from Monreale to New Orleans two years earlier he had done moderately well for himself. First fishing and oystering in a lugger with a friend and then buying his own cart and supplies with the money he had saved up from that….


Bert Rossi: Britain’s Oldest London Gangland Boss

£14.99 + FREE P&P Synopsis The most successful criminal is the one who keeps out of the limelight and Bert Rossi fits that description like a glove. Born in the London slums post-WWI, in the 1960s Rossi became the London representative of Angelo Bruno head of the Philadelphia mafia travelling and working for him, Meyer Lansky and ‘Little’ Nicky Scarfo both in England and the United States.. Now Rossi tells of his life of eighty…



The Lindbloom Chronicles: The Bloodhound

Reading Time: Episode 8: The Bloodhound Collections became my primary job for the Family. I would have loved to have been involved in some of the more lucrative rackets, but because I was a “difetto” (only half Sicilian on my mother’s side), my uncles knew I could only rise so far in the Family. So they just used me as a sort of auxiliary soldier whenever they needed to get something done. Collections was my…


To Be a King: Chapter 3

TO BE A KING Copyright © 2017 by Gunner Alan Lindbloom Cover design 2017 by Ryan MacKay Madonna stepped into the room and stared down at the man sleeping in her bed. He was lying on his stomach, face down, completely naked. He was the most beautiful man she’d ever seen, real life or otherwise. A solid mass of corded muscle, with the dark Mediterranean looks that most women find irresistible. His skin was smooth…


On This Day in 1914 Aniello Dellacroce was Born

Aniello “Mr. Neil” Dellacroce was born March 15th 1914 in New York City, being 5’10 and broad shouldered, Dellacroce was often seen with organized crime figures such as the likes of Carlo Gambino, Tommy Lucchese and Albert Anastasia. His stare was menacing, NYPD detective Ralph Salerno once told the media “You looked at Dellacroce’s eyes and you could see how frightening they were, the frigid glare of a killer.” In the 1930s, Dellacroce joined the…


10 Famous Sites & Hangouts From Detroit’s Dark Past

The past is always present in the future, but sometimes the past can easily be disguised. Take Detroit for example, a city that has a dark and violent history that isn’t always present to the eye today. The truth is, that some of the iconic landmarks around the fourth-largest city in the Midwest, hold secrets from the past, hidden behind some of these forgotten sites and hangouts. Most notable the Purple Gang, a group of…