Articles by Fernando Acosta Bernadet

Why Blame The Italians?

Among all the different organized crime groups, the one who always had a special place in the newspapers was the Italian-American Mafia, better known as La Cosa Nostra. Why did that phenomenon happen? Is there a social construction, or, in such case, was the Italian-American people the most responsible for crime that happened in the US? If we look back, we found that Ianni, in 1972, argued about the different movements of criminals and how…


“There is no Mafia”, said FBI’s Director J. Edgar Hoover

Until the Alapachin Meeting in 1957, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in complete denial about the existence of the Italian Mafia, beginning with the explicit order of his director J. Edgar Hoover. For more than 20 years, this office focused on other public enemies as the likes of John Dillinger, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, “Baby-Face” Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis or Thomas “Machine Gun” Kelly. The main focus on Hoover’s agenda, though, was “the communist threat”….


The Emigration: The Mafia’s First Steps in The US

According to John Dickie: Between 1901 and 1913, some 1.1 million Sicilians emigrated – a little less than a quarter of the island’s entire population. Of those, roughly 800,000 made the United States their destination. Inevitably, some were men of honor, smart and ruthless criminals who sought to establish protection regimes and other criminal activities among their fellow migrants and along the trade routes connecting the two shores of the Atlantic. However, Selwyn Raab points…


The Origins of La Cosa Nostra

It should be noted that the concept of the Mafia is sufficiently large and can be studied in a range of different areas, which are: . . . as a mirror of traditional society, with attention to political, economic or –  more often – sociocultural facts; as a company or type of criminal industry; as secret organization more or less centralized; as legal system parallel to the state, or as anti-State. The concept becomes more…