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The Death of Umberto Valenti by the Hands of Lucky Luciano.

The first episode of AMC’s ”The Making of The Mob: New York” has aired. With really arguable accuracy, it also showed how Lucky Luciano killed Umberto Valenti. So here’s how and why it went down from few other sources including Tim Newark’s great book ”Boardwalk Gangster – The Real Lucky Luciano”. First, who was Umberto Valenti? He was Sicilian-born New York City gangster and prominent member of the D’Aquila crime family. On August 8, 1922, Masseria was…


Are You a Paul Castellano or John Gotti Fan? (Vote)

Some say Paul Castellano was a businessman who never paid his time on the streets; some say John Gotti was a hot headed mobster who destroyed the Gambino Family. Then on the flip side some think Paul Castellano was the right fit for the job as a mob boss, whilst others believed John Gotti was right in taking out Big Paul and taking control of the family. Whose corner have you got?


John Gotti Infographic – Our Top 5 Facts

John Gotti would rise through the ranks of the Gambino Crime Family in spectacular fashion, facing several run-ins with the law and avoiding multiple death sentences from his own family and others. In 1986 he became head of the Gambino crime family, and was acquitted of many indictments before finally being put behind bars for life thanks to his underboss Sammy Gravano. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Width%px<img src="http://www.nationalcrimesyndicate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/gotti.png" alt="John Gotti Infographic…


Sam Giancana – NCS Mobster of the Month for June 2015

“We took care of Kennedy” Those were the famous words uttered  by the Acting Boss of the Chicago Outfit, Sam Giancana, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Sam, or Momo as he was also called, was a notorious mobster who mingled with the stars of Hollywood, with politicians, and more importantly with the CIA in a plot to assassinate Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Giancana’s Early Career In the 1920’s and 1930’s…


An Interview with Award-Winning Author Christian Cipollini

Joining us today is the award winning author, journalist and researcher, Christian Cipollini.  Cipollini has published several books on organized crime, all of which we have featured on the NCS over the course of the last 12 months. You can buy the following books below: Diary of a Motor City Hit Man: The Chester Wheeler Campbell Story Lucky Luciano: Mysterious Tales of a Gangland Legend Murder Inc.: Mysteries of the Mob’s Most Deadly Hit Squad…


Competition: Create a 6th Family in the New Board Game Gamboni

Note: The new character will be a 3D miniature INSPIRED by one of these characters, not a copy of them. [socialpoll id=”2274062″] How to Enter: ———————————————————————————————————————- What is Gamboni? Gamboni is a Mafia themed board game for 3 to 5 players, set in 1980’s New York. Control one of the Five Families and become Boss of all Bosses. The KickStarter Project can be viewed here.   How Will We Select a Winner? Competition closes on…


Vito Genovese and The Black Market he set up in Italy

In 1937, New York crime boss Vito Genovese was wanted for murder. He had killed off mobster Ferdinand Boccio after a dispute over $35,000. Genovese decided his only option was to flee the country, so he escaped to Italy. Once across the pond, Vito made connections with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and the two became friends. He began doing favors for the dictator, such as arranging the murders of anti-fascist journalists. He even provided Benito’s…