Articles by Alan Lindbloom

The Lindbloom Chronicles: Expelled From School

Reading Time: Episode 19: Expelled From School So, the last I left off, I was flashing back to a few of my first childhood scams and hustles. That little trip down Memory Lane sparked a lot of memories I’d totally forgotten about, some of which I will eventually share in future Chronicles. Today, the one I’m going to write about is how when I first got involved in the stolen property racket, it ended up…


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…


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…