Informants, “Rats”, Dirty Cops and Hypocrisy

First of all, let me state that I have never been in “the life”. I’ve never been on the wrong side of the law. I’m just a regular civilian with an opinion. Since I’ve been involved in mob groups I’ve gotten sick of the term “rat”. People just throw it around like it’s nothing. I can definitely understand people who were/are involved in things that could get them in some trouble to be angry or…


Jack Dragna Biography: The Early Days of Los Angeles

Installment 15: Jack Dragna Biography Jack Ignatius Dragna Born: Ignacio Dragna, Corleone, Sicily, April 18, 1891 Died: Hollywood, CA, February 23, 1956 Jack Dragna was an early influential Los Angeles figure who rose to prominence through bootlegging, political, and gambling endeavors. During the early part of prohibition, he helped quell the bloody vendetta between LA’s warring Sicilian clans and solidified this power under one banner. Heading up the “Organization” out West for a quarter century—from…


Former Hells Angels Leader George Christie Joins Crime Drama “The MobKing”

(LOS ANGELES) – Web series and soon-to-be-announced television series “The MobKing” is about to get even more real, with the addition of former Hells Angels leader George Christie to the cast and creative team, as a technical advisor. Christie will play the role of “Alex Gus Ventura,” former leader of a powerful Canadian outlaw motorcycle club, who develops a friendship with the main character, Florida mob figure “Mike White” (Ciro Dapagio). Dapagio’s character, who owns…


Singing Abe & the Drug Debacle: The Early Days of Los Angeles

Installment 14: Singing Abe & the Drug Debacle Author’s note: My apologies on the delay in getting this newest installment ready. Following about a month of work helping out on the CARR Fire up near Redding, California, I was plenty busy preparing for my Las Vegas Mob Museum debut. I’m happy to say the September 22nd lecture on Jack Dragna and organized crime in Los Angeles was well received. Quite the honor, I was also…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: Flashback Hustles

Reading Time: Episode 18: Flashback Hustles – Jerry’s Kids and BMX Bikes For the most part, I’ve tried to keep these Chronicles, well, chronological. But since there are so many stories that I skipped over, I’ve decided to do a few flashbacks. What sparked the idea of flashbacks was a story I recently told my wife, about how I came to love motor sports. More on that later. For now, I’m going to share with…