“There is no Mafia”, said FBI’s Director J. Edgar Hoover

Until the Alapachin Meeting in 1957, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in complete denial about the existence of the Italian Mafia, beginning with the explicit order of his director J. Edgar Hoover. For more than 20 years, this office focused on other public enemies as the likes of John Dillinger, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, “Baby-Face” Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis or Thomas “Machine Gun” Kelly. The main focus on Hoover’s agenda, though, was “the communist threat”….


On This Day in 1958 Gus Greenbaum was Killed Aged 64

Gus was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1894, in the mid 1910’s Gus joined New York Cities Lower East side’s organization, an associate of Meyer Lansky. During Prohibition in the United States were a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages was in place, Greenbaum began working for the Chicago Outfit managing the Trans-America Race wire service. Soon after the beginning of World War 2 Greenbaum was sent to…


9 Restaurants Where Mobsters Were Whacked

For many years, mobsters met at steakhouses and various other restaurants around the cities that they ran, and more often than not, it would be their final meal before they were gunned down in the very restaurant with who they were dining within. Nuovoa Villa Tammaro Restaurant 2715 W 15th St, Coney Island – April 15th 1933 Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria’s favorite restaurant was Nuovoa, it was a hit for lovers of seafood, on…


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An Oysterman Gets Shucked

The young woman sat outside her father’s bar on Rue Bienville. She sat in one of several chairs lining the narrow walkway under the window of the bar that had Zimmerman’s Coliseum Saloon painted in red letters on it. The July heat was bad enough out here but it was much worse inside the bar. Add the exertion of serving customers, cleaning up and moving the crates of bottles around and it just made it…


On This Day in 1963 John F. Kennedy was Assassinated Aged 46

On 22 November 1963, President John F. Kennedy was a passenger in a motorcade through the centre of Dallas, Texas. Nellie Connally, then the First Lady of Texas, turned around to President Kennedy and said: “Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,” which President Kennedy replied: “No, you certainly can’t.” Those were the last words ever spoken by John F. Kennedy. Soon after the President was assassinated. At about 12:30pm, the motorcade was…


Record An Opening Podcast Announcement For Gangland Wire

One of the team here at the NCS, Former Kansas City Police Officer, Gary Jenkins, who also runs the very successful Gangland Wire, is giving you the chance to get your voice on his podcast show. All you need to do is record an opening announcement for the show, that he can use and send to ganglandwire@gmail.com. Yes, it really is as simple as that. Simply record yourself saying: “My name is ________ from ________…


Mafia Christmas Ideas: Card Games, Shot Glasses and More

It’s nearly that time of the year where the holidays start and we thought we would give you a helping hand to finding the best Mafia gifts that you can send to friends, family, and loved ones. So, feast your eyes on these… Mafia the Party Game – $12.99 This Mafia card set is all you need to play Mafia in style. It comes with 36 cards, instruction manual, and a logo pouch. Mug Shots…


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On This Day in 1930 Salvatore Riina was Born

The perplexing Salvatore Riina was born 16th November 1930 in the Poverty stricken Corleone, he joined the local Mafia clan at nineteen and a year later got his first taste of prison life, when he was arrested for killing a man within an argument, he served six years. The head of the Mafia Family in Corleone was Michele Navarra until 1958, when he was shot to death on the orders of Luciano Leggio, a ruthless…


On This Day in 1924 Mike Merlo Died Aged 44

He was a significant figure of his day that all of the Chicago “talking heads” would gravitate to, Merlo was the one who tried to foster peace and civility among the warring Chicago gangs during the Prohibition era, and was the middleman in keeping The Chicago Outfit and North Side Gang from going to war. Unione Siciliana, which Merlo was president of, after taking over the group when Anthony D’Andrea was murdered back in 1921,…


On This Day in 1959 Frankie Shots was Killed Aged 59

Frankie Shots was born in 1899 and grew up in Red Hook Brooklyn with the Gallo family. His childhood isn’t one of the most well known, not much is known about it, however by the late 1920s, Abbatemarco had been arrested several times and spent a couple of years in prison for drugs use. In the early 1930s, Abbatemarco was running numbers for the newly appointed boss of Brooklyn, Joseph Profaci each week Abbatemarco kicked…


Bert Rossi 94th Birthday Limited Edition Collectables

To celebrate the 94th birthday of Britain’s Oldest Living Former Gangland Boss we are offering 3 collectables for the price of 1. This would make the perfect Christmas gift for a gangland enthusiast and it is fully endorsed and backed by Mr Bert Rossi. Each piece is an essential and real investment for any serious gangland collector. As if all that wasn’t enough. Anyone who purchases this collectors bundle will have the privilege of personally…


The Emigration: The Mafia’s First Steps in The US

According to John Dickie: Between 1901 and 1913, some 1.1 million Sicilians emigrated – a little less than a quarter of the island’s entire population. Of those, roughly 800,000 made the United States their destination. Inevitably, some were men of honor, smart and ruthless criminals who sought to establish protection regimes and other criminal activities among their fellow migrants and along the trade routes connecting the two shores of the Atlantic. However, Selwyn Raab points…


Top 5 Feared Mobsters: Halloween Special

All Hallows’ Eve is upon us once again, and to celebrate the yearly event we are bringing you our very own Halloween special. So before you go trick or treating around your local neighborhood, you may want to check out our 5 most feared mobsters.


On This Day in 1943 Charles Matranga Dies Aged 86

On this day the man widely considered the first Mafia boss of New Orleans, dies at his sister in laws home on Moss St., in New Orleans. Charles “Millionaire Charlie” Matranga, succumbs to natural causes at the age of 86, at approximately 12:15 am on the morning of Thursday, October 28, 1943. Born in Monreale Sicily in 1857, he is brought to New Orleans, in 1858. Over the next three decades his family are players…