The NationalCrimeSyndicate.com was established in 2013, and started off as a knowledge base comprising of a few articles… but in recent years the NCS has grown in presence.
Now, the NCS has nearly 100,000 fans across social media from all over the world, and has been a resource for the likes of the New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, and Life Hacker.
Along with its rapid growth came the need for more admins to help with everything from blog posts, to research and development. With the sole aim to be the main information portal for Mafia related subjects; from quizzes, bio’s, videos, historical timelines, interviews and a host of other trivia and detailed topics.
The NCS quickly expanded throughout 2015 and 2016 taking on admins in the UK and across Europe, as well as teaming up with influential writers who specialize in certain areas of mob history.
In early 2018 the NCS also had the pleasure of taking over the running of another high profile page, Classic Gangster Society, after its owners and friend of ours stepped into retirement.
Meet The Team
- Alan LindbloomAuthor, Former Enforcer, CEO Our Thing Apparel
- Synova CantrellAward-Winning Crime Writer & Author Coach
- Dr. J. Michael Niotta PhDTrue Crime Journalist
- David BreakspearAuthor & Journey of a Reformed Man
- Gary JenkinsAuthor, Former Detective, Gangland Wire
- Michael MaffucciAuthor & Actor
- Ronald RawsonNOLA Mafia Historian
- Casey McBrideAuthor & Uncle Frank's Place
- Gar O’brienMafia Historian
- Hayley DeanJournalist
Gunner Alan Lindbloom was part of the Detroit Tocco Family, and has recently completed a 13 year stint behind bars. Now, he is an accomplished author of “To Be A King,” a novel that follows in the footsteps of King Falcone, the grandson of Don “The Butcher” Falcone, the feared and powerful boss of Detroit’s Syndicate.
Synova Cantrell may be known for her fedora, but she wears many hats. Synova volunteers with the Missouri Missing organization by highlighting obscure cold cases on her true crime blog to help generate tips. She also runs the Murdered In Mississippi website and the Synova Ink website where she posts her Mobster Monday’s posts highlighting stories about the Dixie Mafia. She firmly believes together we can give grieving families answers, hope, and support. Synova’s also the owner of Synova’s Simply Biz author coaching service and part of the admin team for the National Crime Syndicate.
As SWMO’s #1 True Crime Writer, Synova authored Unorganized Crime; a biography of the ex-gangster Sidney Heard of Chicago, IL. This thrilling tale of con games, bank robbery, and mayhem has recently been endorsed by a retired FBI agent. Her best-selling series, Seriously Stupid Criminals, is a fan favorite in both paperback and e-book formats. Her latest e-book, Grim Justice tells the story of a judge and his wife retired in Palm Beach, Florida in 1955. Snatched highlights the FBI’s Top 10 Art crimes around the world, and her second case files book, Shattered is filled with missing persons’ cases, unsolved homicides, and two serial killer cases. Her book Silenced by The Dixie Mafia will be launching in August 2020. She is the winner of the Poisoned Cup Award from Crime Masters of America in 2019 and a flag was flown over Washington D.C. in honor of her cold casework.
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Dr. J. Michael Niotta PhD
Dr. J. Michael Niotta, true crime journalist, historian, and author of The Los Angeles Sugar Ring, is an early L.A. organized crime SME who has lectured at the Las Vegas Mob Museum and the Las Vegas MobWorld Summit. As the eldest great grandson of Los Angeles Don, Jack Dragna, delving into the sordid pastime of Southern California in order to shave the Hollywood mythology has become a near obsession. Niotta is an Iraqi Freedom veteran, mixed-media artist who focuses on the genre of “crime-art,” and a former touring musician. www.jmichaelniotta.com
I have spent, over the years, a total of 15 years in prison. Since being released in June 2017 I have been using my lived experiences to help those youngsters in danger of going down the same road I did many years ago. I also write about my experiences on my personal blog Journey of a reformed man on Wordpress. In addition I am Alumni for the Prisoners Education Trust as well as part of the Alumni network group. As well as being a part of the Prison Reform Trust network group.
Gary Jenkins retired from the Kansas City Police Department in 1996 after a 25-year career. Gary attended the UMKC School of Law and graduated in 2000. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar and he continues to practice law today. He is a Board member of the Kansas City Police Pension System and The Jackson County Historical Society.
New York native, Michael Maffucci, gained an interest in American Mob history through cinema. A well known fixture in the world of internet Mafia groups, Mike keeps busy as an administrator at Uncle Frank’s Place; Omertà Social Club; Wiseguy Social Club; and Scarpa Crew Social Club on Facebook. In addition to his admin duties, Mike serves as co-host of Uncle Frank’s Place, on Blog Talk Radio. When not researching Mob history, Mike follows his other passion for acting in Mob movies. He can be seen in Me Familia, and in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film, The Irishman
Ron Rawson, has held an interest in the Italian Mafia, for over 20 years. After moving to New Orleans in 2012, he decided to pay particular attention to the rich OC history that the Crescent City has to offer, and he began sharing his NOLA findings on his Crescent City Mafia, Murders and Mysteries, Facebook page last November.
“I’m always learning something new,” he says. “Often when I think I have the whole story down on a subject, some new bit of info will pop up and lead off into another interesting direction.”
Among the tales of pirates, voodoo priestesses, and vampires, New Orleans holds a long Mafia history. Most people will automatically think of Carlos Marcello, as the father of the New Orleans Mafia. Most people will also assume that the first Mafia family was in New York City. Even many locals don’t know that New Orleans has Mafia roots predating the Civil War, giving their wonderful city the distinction of being home to the first Mafia family in the United States.
So let’s explore the lesser known stories, facts, and even some OC fiction in a little space of the NCS Ron calls, the Crescent Corner.
Lead editor at the NCS, Casey was the first blogger to set foot in the Social Club, and is the curator at Uncle Frank’s Place, that little corner of the NCS dedicated to the discussion and preservation of the life and times of racketeer Frank Costello. Casey’s philosophy is to specialize. “There is simply too much information for one person to know it all.” he claims. “That’s the beauty of the NCS. We have folks from all walks of life, all with different interests and expertise, and it’s growing all the time.”
Gar enjoys to spend time with his family, and has a keen interest in the world of boxing, and also in the history of the Mafia. Aside from working with the NCS he owns and manages a collection of other successful Facebook groups dedicated to the mob.
Hayley is a freelance Journalist who has an interested in writing about notorious Serial Killers to one time hit murderers. Many infamous criminals came into my pieces of writing, those actually ranging from Al Capone to someone very different such as Jeffrey Dahmer. I always wanted to write about criminal issues within the world, I have read numerous criminal books, these have motivated me into writing my own account of crimes. I consider myself to be able to write numerous articles ranging from Gangsters and Mobsters to someone that is an infamous serial killer.