3 Famous Mobsters Who Won In Court

1. Dutch Schultz: Prohibition Prince Schultz was born as Arthur Flegenheimer to a German immigrant family in the Bronx. He dropped out of middle school to support his mother and younger sister; when factory work didn’t cover the bills, he turned to petty crime. Flegenheimer was sentenced to prison for a burglary attempt in 1918 and released in 1920. Not long after his release, the Volstead act banned the production, importation, and sale of alcohol…

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Charlie Richardson: Not Guilty Your Honor

As a child, the years between 1977 – 1980, were a personal nightmare. It was also when I had begun my quest for an anti-hero. There was a few to choose from, but one interested me more than most. He had not long absconded, you cannot escape from an open jail, from HMP Spring Hill located in the village of Grendon Underwood, in Buckinghamshire, England. As a ten-year-old, I was fascinated, unfortunately, the internet didn’t…


What’s Your Mafia Nickname?

Having a Mafia Nickname comes with the territory of being in the mob. Some are outrageous and some are intimidating, what’s your Mafia Nickname? Find out below. Share your names in the comments below… Left Column: Take the first initial of your real first name and match it to a letter from the alphabet. This will reveal the first name of your Mafia Nickname. Right Column: Take the first initial of your real last name (surname)…


Can You Guess Which Mobster Died First?

The true test of a Mafia historian is knowing exactly when Paul Castellano got shot down outside Sparks Steakhouse, or when the Dutchman took a rusty bullet in the Palace Chop House bathroom. Can you complete our latest game and put the mobsters in order of when they met their end, starting with the earliest to the most recent?


The Drag Queen Killers: Little Davey Petillo & Charles Gagliodotto

In Al D’Arco’s biography, Mob Boss, he spoke about a mobster that he worked for by the name of Little Davey Petillo. A mobster who he met while incarcerated in prison, who had started out working as bodyguard for Al Capone before he later began working for Lucky Luciano. His partner in crime was Charles “Chalutz” Gagliodotto (who he would later go on to kill on the streets of Queens). Charles “Chalutz” Gagliodotto (1908 –…


How Would You Meet Your End as a Mobster?

From Dutch Schultz, to Albert Anastasia to Paul Castellano, the history of the mob has seen its fair share of gruesome and barbaric assassinations. Whether its a shotgun to the head in a drive-by-shooting, or a head in a vice, mobsters lived and died in a brutal world. Let’s put your answers to the test in our latest interactive game. We ask 9 questions to find out how you would meet your end as a…




Black Sox Scandal Trial: On This Day in 1921

On this day in 1921 eight men were acquitted in the Black Sox Scandal, a scandal which would cement its place in history as one of the biggest Major League Baseball match fixing incidents to have ever happened. Behind it all was one man, Arnold Rothstein,who would never be indicted for his part in the fix. Arnold Rothstein So What Happened? Eight Chicago White Sox players were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series…


20 Awesome Mafia Gifts For Mob Lovers

Just when you thought you had seen it all, we have put together a list of 20 must-have items for Mafia lovers. From the inspiring and unique, to the crazy and bizarre, right through to the jaw-dropping and amazing – we brought them into one place. So whether you are looking for yourself, or your partner – take a look at the top 20 Mafia gift hit list. 1. The Al Capone Whiskey Barrel Mug…


Don’t Forget Us! Ladies of the Life

Join us as we take a closer look at the woman that played a significant role in the gangster lifestyle. I have chosen the following ten based on no criteria other than trying to list the most infamous. Ma Barker   The godmother of crime, Arizona Donnie Barker (aka Kate Barker), was merciless despite her sweet-sounding moniker of ‘Ma Barker’. Marrying George Barker at 19 they went on to have four sons; Herman, Lloyd, Arthur…


The Top 10 Mob Boss Mansions

Finding a list of lavish properties proved to be as difficult as I thought, as Tony Accardo told his boys, to keep low level and below the radar. I have chosen these ten with the help of Rob Bailot Jr. who has also provided the pictures for this piece, thanks Rob. l. Al Capone’s Florida Mansion Bought For $40,000 in 1923 Now Worth $15,000,000 This is the Capone mansion, which he bought in 1923 for…


What is the RICO Act & How Does it Work?

The dreaded Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, more commonly known as RICO, is an act that was passed back in 1970 and struck fear into mobsters nationwide, especially mob bosses. Until the 1970’s, a mob boss was untouchable but with the introduction of RICO it allowed them to be tried for crimes which they ordered others to do or assisted them in doing. This act ultimately closed a loophole in the system that allowed…


Who are the Bloods & Crips: What They Stand For & How They Started

The chances are that you have heard of The Bloods and The Crips at some point in your life, whether its on the TV, through word-of-mouth, or maybe through some kind of affiliation. For most people, the knowledge of Bloods and Crips stops there. They don’t know too much about how they came to be, or what they stand for. That’s where we come in. Gang Colors The first thing to notice is the color…


John Dillinger: Public Enemy Number One

John Dillinger may have only been 31 years old at the time of his death, and that death may have occurred over 80 years ago now, but you can’t argue that the legacy he has left behind has imprinted his name deep into the annals of organized crime history. There’s something you just have to like about him, whether that was his charming persona and confident swagger, or the fact that during the severe worldwide…


Party Cocktails: How to Make a Kiss of Death

The kiss of death, also known as the Mafia Kiss, is a sign given by a boss or maybe a capo that signifies that a member of the crime family has been marked for death. Usually because of betrayal. Don’t let that stop you having this Mafia Kiss cocktail though! It will leave you blown away… Ingredients 1.5oz of Jamaican Rum 1.5oz of Peutro Rican Gold Rum 0.25oz of Absinthe 0.5oz of Velvet Falernum 0.5oz…


10 Beautiful Broads Connected To The Mob

Virginia Hill Associated with: Bugsy Siegel and Joe Adonis She was sassy, she was smart, she was well dressed…and she was good looking. To start any mob molls article off without featuring Virginia Hill would be pointless. Most people around the world who aren’t even mob aficionados have heard the name, most notably because she was the glamorous girlfriend of hot-headed mobster Bugsy Siegel, and of course for the controversy surrounding his death in 1947….


10 Chilling Last Words Uttered by Mobsters

Frank Gusenberg Frank was one of the North-Side mobsters who was on the receiving end of a Tommy Gun in the famous St Valentines Day massacre. Gusenberg was an enforcer for Bugs Moran and he was barely alive when police turned up to see the aftermath of the shooting. When the police asked who had shot him, he stayed true to the code of silence and uttered the following words before passing away: “Nobody shot…


20 Mobsters With The Weirdest Mob Nicknames

Some mob nicknames sound powerful, intimidating and down right terrifying, we’re talking of names like The Lord High Executioner, The Grim Reaper, The Killer, The Ice Man, The Devil… you get the picture, we could go on. Then, well, there’s names that shall we say don’t really portray that same effect. Ducks, chickens, sausages, eggs, and other weird, strange and confusing nicknames all appear in our list. Joseph “Junior Lollipops” Carna Joseph Carna was a…


Chicago: The Terrible Genna Brothers

The Genna Brothers were six brothers who operated in the Chicago area through the Prohibition era from 1921 until 1925. By mid-1925, three of the six Genna brothers had been killed and the Genna Crime Family had been absorbed by the Chicago Outfit. Despite being a prominent part of the Chicago underworld for several years, The Genna Brothers aren’t often spoken about. The Genna Brothers Angelo Genna (Feb 3, 1898 – May 26, 1925) –…


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…


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 Three Musketeers: John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson

What do these three Prohibition bank robbers all have in common? Well, two things, they were all Public Enemy Number One and they all met their end in the same year through shootouts with the law. 1934 was certainly a bad year for these three men, and in this article we take a look at how their end came to be. Starting with the first to go, John Dillinger. John Dillinger, Killed in Chicago, 22…


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…


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.


The Ultimate Mafia Glossary

Don’t know your Waste Management Business from your Shylock Business? Our ultimate Mafia glossary is an on-going project here at the NCS that we are going to add to overtime. Scrub up on your mob slang. Administration: the top-level “management” of an organized crime Family — the boss, underboss and consigliere. Associate: one who works with mobsters, but hasn’t been asked to take the vow of Omertà; an almost confirmed, or made guy. Connected Guy:…


What Was The Lufthansa Heist?

The Lufthansa Heist was one of the biggest cash thefts on American soil, it has been popularized in many a book and movie, the biggest being Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Goodfellas was of course the movie where Robert De Niro portrayed Jimmy Burke, who, in the movie had his name changed to ‘James Conway’ (which was in-fact his birth name), and not forgetting the book written by one of the organizers himself ‘The Lufthansa Heist – By…


13 Places Where Mobsters Got Whacked: Then & Now

Whether its a mob hit from the 1920’s or one as early as the 2000’s its interesting to know what happened to some of the more famous places where mobsters drew their final breath. We take you through 13 (unlucky for some) of the most prominent Mafia killings from the last century. 1. Park Central Hotel: 870 Seventh Avenue, New York. Albert Anastasia was in a barbers chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel on 870 7th…


9 New York Mafia Social Clubs: Then & Now

Over the years the mob have used many social clubs in order to hold meetings, the following are a look at some of the most popular clubs used by the likes of the Gambino’s and Genovese crime families, then and now. 1. The Gemini Lounge: 4021 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn The Gemini Lounge in Flatlands was a hotspot for Roy DeMeo and his crew in the 1980’s. He would often lure his contracted hits or victims to…


10 Deadliest Members Of Murder Incorporated

Murder Incorporated; the name given by the media to the Mafia’s enforcement arm who operated between the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Lepke Buchalter started the murder for hire group in 1933 with the mission to kill anyone for a profit, as long as that contract was approved by the National Crime Syndicate. With Murder Inc protecting him from rivals, helping him to keep police and judges on his payroll, Lepke was one of the highest ranking mobsters in his…


10 Mobsters & Their Unique Nicknames

He might adorn a pinstriped suit, he may fire a Tommy gun, and he may make you an offer you can’t refuse, but he’s not a mobster without a cool nickname. Dons, made men and associates, all are known for their violent deeds, as well as their distinctive nicknames. Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik In the 1920’s, Jake Guzik was a high-ranking member in the Chicago Outfit, second only to Al Capone. He was Capone’s chief accountant….


10 Unsolved Murders Linked To The Mob

The expert hit is the trademark of organized gangs. These kind of murders are committed to get rid of a problematic person in the criminal world, and due to the specialist nature of such crimes, some of them remain unsolved. John Favara In the year 1980, John Favara lived in the Howard Beach part of NY, here he had the hard luck to meet quite a few members of the Mafia, counting his neighbor, John…


10 Deadliest Hitmen You May Have Never Heard of Before

History has provided us with stories of bloodthirsty hitmen from the mob world. Here are 10 of the most strange and prolific contract killers. Chester Wheeler Campbell All through the 1970s and ’80s, Campbell worked for both the Italian Mafia and the urban drug lords in Detroit. [amazon_link asins=’0985244062′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’naticrimsynd-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’26eaeebe-2c4b-11e8-be19-63f5b2d8d8fa’]He had a lot more surveillance apparatus on him when you compared it with most of the tech that the police at that…


10 Famous Celebrities Who Nearly Got Killed By The Mafia

Real life can be more bizarre, amusing, or terrifying than a movie. Some famous people like Steven Seagal, Jackie Chan, Jimi Hendrix, have all had petrifying run-ins with nasty gangland killers. The Mob and Steven Seagal In the year 2001, the FBI were examining the Gambino crime family when they heeded the gangsters making fun of their extortion victim, Steven Seagal, who didn’t live up to his tough guy personality. The FBI got in touch with…


Murder Incorporated: The Mafia’s Enforcement Arm

Who Were Murder Inc? Murder incorporated also known as The Combination within the syndicate circle was the name given by the press to organized crime groups. Murder Inc. were split up based upon ethnic lines, these were Jewish and Italian groups, Joe Valachi a Mafia turncoat insisted within his own biography that Murder Inc. did not commit crimes for the Mafia. Murder, Inc. was established after the formation of the commission of the National Crime…


What is a Garrote Wire Used For?

You may have heard the term “he was killed with a garrote”, but probably have no idea what this is. Back in the early 20th century this weapon was a Mafia favorite, and the weapon was very easy to make. All you needed was a piano wire, fishing line or some other type of cord, then the hitman would strangle the victim. As the wire would usually be made from steel the weapon was effective…


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…


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…


Who Was Joe Petrosino?

At the upper tip of Little Italy in Manhattan, one block from the old police headquarters, lies Petrosino Square. It’s more of a triangle really, with a handful of park benches, rubbish bins, and tactfully placed flower pots. An iron fence surrounds this modest “square,”and on that fence hangs an old placard with a well placed touch of vandalism asking, “Who was Petrosino?” If you are unfamiliar with the name, it is truly an honor to introduce Lieutenant Joe Petrosino; a mob-busting, super-cop who…


The Roaring Twenties Mobster Slang

The roaring 20’s was an age where Prohibition was enforced across the US bringing radical social and political changes. The Jazz age had touched down in the aftermath of World War I and mobsters saw there was plenty of money to be made in the bootlegging of alcohol across the country, in a decade that would see an economic boom as the US entered the age of consumerism. Technology has come on leaps and bounds…


‘Ndrangheta – The Honoured Men of Calabria

A conspiracy can be defined as such when those who are members of it use the threatening power of the associative bond and the condition of subjection and the code of silence deriving from it, to commit crimes, to directly or indirectly acquire the management or control of financial activities, concessions, authorizations, contracts and public services to get unjust profit or advantages for oneself or other people, that is to prevent free voting practice or…


Al Pacino Signed Scarface Movie Poster Goes on Sale

Love the film Scarface? Then check out this for a collectors item, a 30″ x 40″ movie poster signed by 11 of the cast. This movie poster has been personally hand signed by: Al Pacino (Tony Montana) Steven Bauer (Manny Ribera) Mark Margolis (Alberto The Shadow) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Gina Montana) Robert Loggia (Frank Lopez) Geno Silva (The Skull) Pepe Serna (Angel) Caesar Cordova (Taco Stand Cook) Míriam Colon (Tony’s Mother) Ángel Salazar (Chi Chi)…


Today Meyer Lansky Would Have Turned 117 Years Old

On this day in 1902 we saw the birth of Meyer Lansky who was born in Grodno in the Russian Empire (now western Belarus). Around the age of 9/10 Meyer and his family immigrated to the U.S. settling in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Meyer went on to grow the mobs gambling empire, and was the brain behind many of its decisions. He held considerable influence with the Italian Mafia despite being a member…


Selwyn Raab Turns 85 Years Old Today

On this day‬ in 1934 the former investigative reporter for the New York Times, Selwyn Raab was born in Manhattan’s Lower-East side. Raab has written extensively about the American Mafia, as well as appearing on several TV programs and interviews. What us Mafia buffs may now him best for is the 2005 bestseller, Five Families (which we have both read, and listened to the audiobook!). Over the last 20 years Selwyn has been a consultant…


Paul Castellano Was Born On This Day in 1915

On this day‬ in 1915, The Howard Hughes of the Mob was born in Brooklyn. Big Paul Castellano controversially succeeded Carlo Gambino as head of the Gambino crime family after Carlo’s passing in 1976. Many thought that Aneillo Dellacroce would take the reigns of the family, but he was in prison at the time of the decision, and couldn’t contest it. Castellano controlled the family for 9 years, ordering many hits during his time at…