On This Day in 1897 Lepke Buchalter was Born

Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was one of the great Jewish gangsters of the 20th century, he was known for his violent personality, and led his very own Mafia private hit squad. Born February 6th 1897, on the Lower east side of Manhattan, populated largely with Jewish and Italian- American individuals, he got his nickname, Lepke, because his mother called him “Lepkeleh,” which means “Little Louis” in Yiddish. Out of all his family members, he was the…


Scarface Remake Casts New Tony Montana

Easily one of the most iconic gangster films of all time, Scarface is about to get a new make over. Despite those that may prefer the film in its original incarnation, it appears a remake is definitely happening. Who is being cast as Scarface, I hear you ask? Star Wars star Diego Luna is already attached to the project. According to a report from Variety, the new Scarface will be set in Los Angeles and…


To Be a King: Prologue

TO BE A KING Copyright © 2017 by Gunner Alan Lindbloom Cover design 2017 by Ryan MacKay All Rights Reserved. This book is protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. Any reproduction or any unauthorized use of the material, artwork or content herein is strictly prohibited without written, explicit permission from the author. Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the…


Why Blame The Italians?

Among all the different organized crime groups, the one who always had a special place in the newspapers was the Italian-American Mafia, better known as La Cosa Nostra. Why did that phenomenon happen? Is there a social construction, or, in such case, was the Italian-American people the most responsible for crime that happened in the US? If we look back, we found that Ianni, in 1972, argued about the different movements of criminals and how…


The Life and Times of Vito DiGiorgio

Two armed men entered the shop of Debilia Liacola as Vito DiGiorgio was sitting in the barber chair and James Casaio was playing pool. The gunmen drew pistols. “You take the one in the chair and I’ll take the one playing pool” one yelled. ~ Police believe the slayers trailed the men over the country to assassinate them. ~From the Freeport Journal-Standard in Freeport Illinois, Saturday May 13 1922~ Vito Di Giorgio, arguably the first…


The Lindbloom Chronicles – Pawnshop Swaps

Pawnshop Swaps So just to segue from the last edition of the Chronicles, I ended up getting busted for selling steroids, although I was lucky to not be part of the Federal indictment involving Juiceman Joe and about twenty of his “associates.” But since I had been filmed (photographed) coming and going from his house for months, I was questioned by the FBI. One of their agents came to my house and interrogated me for…


Bert Rossi’s New Book – Release Dates & Alerts

A reporter from a television company once said he thought I’d killed as many as 11 people both here and in the States…Bastard. 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…


The Lindbloom Chronicles – Steroids & “Juiceman Joe”

Steroids & “Juiceman Joe” My mother stayed in a mental hospital for several months, which really allowed me to hustle hard from my house. But my neighbors soon caught on to what I was doing. Naturally, I had traffic coming and going all day. So when several neighbors told our landlord that my sister and I were living alone in the house, and that they suspected I was selling drugs, he told my grandfather, who…


An Interview with NCS Owner Craig Timmins

Over the past couple of years, we here at the NCS have been lucky enough to secure some great interviews with people associated with the mob, including authors, actors, documentarians, law enforcement officers, relatives of Mobsters, and even a few former gangsters. After recently conducting my second interview for the site it occurred to me there is one man who has remained elusive about his role at the NCS, and that man is none other…


The Lindbloom Chronicles – On My Own

On My Own Before I share anything more from my past, I need to explain something that will play a factor in every story I tell. My mother, Grace Tocco, was 100% Sicilian and the oldest of 5 siblings. Her parents, Old World Sicilians, expected her to grow up and marry a nice Italian man, preferably one from the “Family.” But it didn’t work out that way. My mother was a smart woman, a school…


Nicodemo Scarfo – Philadelphia Mob Boss Dead at 87

Scarfo was convicted in 1988 of 9 murders and numerous attempts to take out rival, Harry Riccobene, in the late 1980’s, along with other RICO charges. He was serving a life sentence in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary before being transferred to the Federal Medical Center in Butner, due to failing health, just over a year ago. On January 13, 2017, underworld sources have said that the mobster passed away while serving out his life sentence,…


On This Day in 1979 Thomas DeSimone was Killed Aged 28

Thomas DeSimone was born in Brooklyn, New York. His paternal grandfather, Rosario DeSimone, was the former boss of the Los Angeles crime family. His paternal uncle, Frank DeSimone, was a criminal attorney-turned-mobster; “Uncle Frank”. Right from the outset Thomas was very familiar with the Mafia world and was known for his violent temper, his sister once quoting: Tommy’s teen-age years revolved around boxing, lifting weights, smoking cigarettes, and beating the shit out of a punching…


An Interview with Mob Curator Casey McBride (Part 2)

We are welcoming Casey back into the hot seat today to talk about how things have changed since his first interview back in July 2015, when the wheels only just started turning for him in the mob world. You can see his answers to the questions we threw at him back then, right here. Over a short space of time, Casey and his interest in the mob has grown and taken him on some incredible…


Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal’s 1981 Cadillac Eldorado

The picture you see above was taken in October 1982 and pictures Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal’s 1981 Cadillac Eldorado, after the bombing outside Marie Callendars restaurant located at 600 E Sahara Ave.   He must have thanked his lucky stars for the metal plate under the driver’s seat!