Articles by David Breakspear

The Fifth Element: The Creation of a New Mafia

To most Mafia aficionado’s the name ‘Lucania’ will no doubt recall one of the Italian-American Mafia founders. A man born in Lercara, Sicily on the 24th November 1897, whose family emigrated to America in April 1906. A man who also, whilst serving a prison term of 30-50 years, helped the American war effort from the confines of his prison cell by ensuring the docks of New York were protected from the Nazis. His reward, sentence…


‘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…


Godfather 1 vs Godfather 2: Which is Better? (MADE MEMBER CONTENT)

Ahh the 1970’s a great period for films and of course for mob related deaths. We have Carlo Gambino, Carmine Galante, and of course Joe Colombo. The latter had a helping hand with the Godfather film. In the spring of 1971, Paramount Pictures started filming The Godfather with the assistance of Colombo and the Italian-American Civil Rights League. With the terms “Mafia” and “Cosa Nostra” pulled from the film, Colombo and the League allowed filming…


Tony T’s Trivia: ‘Vault’ Available on Demand Tomorrow

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. Set in 1975, ‘Vault’ is, allegedly, based on a true story of how a gang of small-time hoodlums attempt to rob the Mafia of $30 million and will be available to watch on demand from tomorrow (06/14/2019). One would hope, that with a cast that includes the familiar faces of…


Mafia Killer Reported Slain: The Death of Pino Greco

Although, allegedly murdered in September 1985, Pino Greco’s body has never been found. His death only confirmed in 1989 when pentito, Francesco Marino Mannoia, told authorities that his brother had been present at the time of Greco’s death. Francesco Marino’s brother, Agostino had told him everything, that he was downstairs in the house when he heard gunshots, and upon going upstairs saw Pino lying dead on the floor, with one of his assassins holding a…


The Brooklyn Camorra

At the turn of the 20th century, residents of impoverished towns and villages in Italy’s southern regions were leaving in their tens of thousands in search of a better life in America. Amongst them was Enrico Alfano, a man, who according to some, was behind the infamous March 12, 1909 slaying of a New York law enforcement officer Joseph Petrosino who was shot to death in Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, whilst waiting to speak with an informant Petrosino believed had information on the Mafia. Alfano arrived in America on…


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…