Articles by Alan Lindbloom

International Cyber Syndicate – Who Is Sophie Zammit?

Billions of dollars. Chinese money laundering. The Bin Laden Group. A Moroccan prince. Upper echelon Asian government officials. Ghost accounts. A Canadian movie producer. Fake money transfers. A Mongolian heroin kingpin. Nigerian patsies. U.K. shell companies. A fake television show. A benevolent author. And one half-wit Australian straw-woman named Sophie Zammit. Sounds like the makings of a great book, right? Well, unfortunately it was all real. I’m embarrassed to admit that I was recently sucked…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: Violence is Part of the Game

Reading Time: Episode 17: Violence is Part of the Game I have been asked in a number of interviews about my most violent experience in “the life.” Honestly, for the most part, my criminal exploits rarely involved violence. Occasionally, I had to rough a guy up for being a deadbeat who fell behind on his vig or shark payments. Sometimes I just liked to beat the hell out of some “tough guy” at a club….


The Syndicate: Episode 3 – Crew Expansion

Episode 3: Crew Expansion Reading Time: When Carmine saw his “goombadi” Sammy coming down the crowded hallway at school, he knew something was up. They had been best friends since as far back as he could remember. He loved the guy like a brother, but Sammy had issues. He was always up to something. Usually something nefarious, always getting in fights and starting drama. He was a ladies’ man, and a lot of guys at…


The Syndicate: Episode 2 – The Secret

Episode 2: The Secret Reading Time: As the limo slowed down, Carmine felt his heart begin to race. His hands were clammy and he felt himself sweating under his suit. Feeling such anxiety and nervousness was foreign to him. Usually he was a model of composure. It was an odd sensation. But something had recently changed. For the first time in his young life, he felt the early pangs of love. Although, it was more…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: Miami Ice

Reading Time: Episode 16: Miami Ice So, after my Jane Street weed monopoly imploded, it was back to the streets. There were always plenty of petty scams and hustles, and I’ll get into some of them later on, but today I’m going to talk about Florida. Why, you ask? Well, because I recently made a post at our sister page, Classic Gangster Society, about Detroit’s historic presence in Florida, particularly Miami. While putting it together,…


The Syndicate: Episode 1 – The Life

Episode 1: The Life Reading Time: Follow the footsteps of Carmine Contello, a handsome Sicilian teenage boy, as he is slowly indoctrinated into the secretive world of “The Syndicate,” Detroit’s little-known faction of La Cosa Nostra. Carmine, a brilliant straight-A student and star athlete, has decided college and the life of a “straight shooter” is not the life for him. Instead, he wants to be like his Uncle Salvatore, who is his idol and one…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: The Jane Street Hustle

Reading Time: Episode 15: The Jane Street Hustle After the whole gym shakedown fell apart, it was pretty much back to the streets for me. But I’d become accustomed to a pretty good lifestyle. Which meant I needed to start making money. So, once again, I reverted back to my old standby—selling pot. Even if I had just a few low-level wholesale buyers, I could always make a few hundred a week. You know, flipping…


The King Chronicles – Episode 4: Easy Money, Boys…

“So, we already have a buyer?” asked Tony “Taps” Tappio, a neighborhood tough guy who had grown up with King. “I mean, what the fuck we gonna do if we get stuck with ‘em?” “King already has a buyer set up,” Joey answered, glancing at King. “One of the Windsor guys. Been with the Family for years.” “But what about Malacci?” Tony asked. “Do we know this Windsor guy can be trusted to not tip…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: The Rose Shores Skim

Reading Time: Episode 14: The Rose Shores Skim So now that I was back in Detroit, I quickly fell back on my old hustles, primarily selling pot, steroids, and a little coke. It only took me a few months to reconnect with all my old contacts, buyers and sellers. Which can sometimes take time to cultivate. I had one friend who really didn’t know about my involvement in any organized crime, though he was definitely…


The King Chronicles – Episode 3: The Family Has Many Toes

Joe popped another black olive in his mouth and washed it down with a raw-egg protein shake. These numbers ain’t adding up, he thought to himself. Something ain’t right here. He wasn’t the smartest guy, he knew that, but he was a numbers guy who paid close attention to his money—what came in and what went out. And something just wasn’t adding up here. Literally. Joe Scroi, better known as “Joe Zaps,” was one of…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: My Return To Detroit…

Reading Time: Episode 13: My Return To Detroit… So, the last I left off I was still in New York and had just hit some major scores in the check fraud racket, which allowed me to sit back for a few weeks. It was around this time I applied for a job bouncing at a strip club called “Flashdancers.” The manager, a guy named Nunzio, was connected to my people in Brooklyn so he hired…


The King Chronicles – Episode 2: The Robin Hood

Unlike most 19-year-olds, King started his day early, a trait instilled in him by his grandfather. “A lazy man sleeps in and waits to meet his fate. An ambitious man is up early and makes his own,” his grandfather would always say. And King lived by those words. He hung on his grandfather’s every word, for his grandfather was the man he aspired to be. King now sat in the office of his new headquarters,…


The King Chronicles – Episode 1: When Zoron Meets The King

Zoron took a swig of his cheap whiskey and slammed his glass on the table. “Tony, I don’t like those fucking punk ass kids over there…” he growled. “Fuckers remind me of the little punks we had to deal with in the joint.” Tony chuckled and took a pull of his cigar. “Relax, old friend,” he said, watching the group of teenagers shoot a game of 9-ball. “They’re just kids. We were all kids once.”…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: The Big Money Check Scam

Reading Time: Episode 12: The Big Money Check Scam So… I last left off in New York, having helped my Lucchese crew boss, Veto, muscle some Dominicans out of the Brooklyn heroin market. That whole episode worked out well for Veto and his higher-ups. They were making millions from the heroin trade in Brooklyn and other parts of New York City. But us low-level grunts, unfortunately, were pretty much left to fend for ourselves when…