Articles by David Breakspear

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…


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…