Articles by David Breakspear

Al Capone’s Chicago Home Sells For $225,000

Tony ‘T’ is connected. Not only in America, but worldwide. What ‘T’ don’t know, ain’t worth knowing. You’ll know, because he’ll want you to know.  A home once belonging to OG Al Capone and his family has been sold for just over $225,000. The Capone residence stayed in the family until the passing of Capone’s mother, Teresa in the late 50’s. The property built in 1905 on the South Side of Chicago had been…


Listen to The Valachi Hearings Podcast

On this day in 1971 Joseph Valachi passed away in El Paso, Texas at the age of 67 from heart attack. Joe was of course the mobster who made Cosa Nostra a household name, and front newspaper headlines as he lifted the lid on the inner workings of the mob. You can read more about Valachi here: http://thencs.org/29DF5wr To mark the 48th anniversary of his passing we have put together a podcast on the Valachi…


Joseph ‘Joe Cargo’ Valachi & The McClellan Hearing (MADE MEMBER CONTENT)

Somewhere in 1930’s New York, a group of men, speaking in a language that sounded Italian – which if translated, would we understand its meaning? – Locked together in a secret ceremony. To welcome yet another new member of the family. But this is no Christening. It is a Sacramentum (solemn oath) to a family, not bonded by blood, but by: honor, loyalty and respect. After Joseph ‘Joe Cargo’ Valachi swore the oath of Omertà,…


The Asian Axis: Johnny Eng & The Flying Dragons

Chinatown, in the 1980’s was a hustling, bustling vibrant area that had a darker underbelly, not unlike the life a couple of blocks away in ‘Little Italy’. The five boroughs of New York City, a hive of organised crime activity with many accents, and each with their own dark history. However, America were ill prepared for the Chinese organised crime gangs. They had no one who could go undercover and infiltrate Chinatown, nor did they…


Tony T’s Trivia: Project Mockingbird

Tony ‘T’ is connected. Not only in America, but worldwide. What ‘T’ don’t know, ain’t worth knowing. You’ll know, because he’ll want you to know. Project Mockingbird, a telephone intercept activity, was conducted between 12 March 1963 and 15 June 1963, and targeted two “Washington based newsmen who, at the time, had been publishing news articles based on, and frequently quoting, classified materials of the CIA and others, including Top Secret and Special Intelligence. Telephone…


Le Madrine della Mafia Italiana (Part 3) – Erminia Giuliano

On Sunday 26 May 2002, in a scene not dissimilar to a Hollywood blockbuster, two cars, full of rival Mafia families, were speeding through the streets of Lauro, 20Kms east of Naples, locked in a bloody shoot-out. In one car the Cava family, in the other, and led by reputed boss Salvatore, the Graziano family. The shoot-out left two cars riddled with bullets, five injured and three dead. Of the three, two were grandparents with…


Daniel Holtzclaw: A Different Look at The Case

#FreeDanielHoltzclaw   One foundation the American justice system was built on, is that, it is better for ten guilty men to go free, than for one innocent man to suffer. 13 Accusers, 36 Alleged Crimes, 17 Alleged Crime Scenes. Not a single witness. Not a single piece of direct forensic evidence. 263 Years in Prison. JUSTICE DENIED! Sign The Petition   21 individuals that claimed that then Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw sexually assaulted…


An Interview With Gangland Legends Christian Cipollini

I would like to welcome back, not only, an old friend of NCS, but, also a good friend of mine. Someone I admire and respect. It’s the award-winning author, journalist, researcher and Gangland Legend, Christian Cipollini. Christian, thank you for joining us today. David: Easy question to start. For me, it is such an honour to be interviewing you today. As you know, yourself, Alan Gunner Lindbloom and Seth Ferranti are the three writers I…


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…


Daniel in the Den: The Holtzclaw Investigation

People that know me, know that the police and me don’t exactly see eye to eye. However, one thing that is important to me is justice. Our prisons around the world are full of the falsely accused and the innocent. There have been a lot of cases recently, and historically, that have shocked me. None more so than the case of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City Police Department patrol officer who was convicted in…


Le Madrine della Mafia Italiana (Part 2) – Giuseppina ‘Giusy’ Pesce

I began my series of Le Madrine della Mafia Italiana with Assunta “Little Doll” Pupetta from the Camorra, this time we take a look at another ‘Lady of the Life’, but from the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta. Giuseppina Pesce, better known as ‘Giusy’, who in 2010, in an operation known as ‘All Inside’, turned government witness on her ‘Ndrine. Forty-one-year-old prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti (pictured left) had recently arrived in Calabria, she had an air of cool professionalism,…


The Cradle of Cosa Nostra – ‘Our Thing’ Veni, Vidi, Vici: Vito! Part Two

It cannot be argued Vito ‘Don Vito’ Genovese led a life full of twist and turns, similar to a game of Snakes & Ladders maybe? Yet how many of those slides down were actually of ‘Don Vito’s’ making? I personally believe the waters have been muddied somewhat in respect of ‘Don Vito’, in most, if not all of the problems he faced. We last left Vito in 1947 as he was acquitted for the murder…