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Did Frank Costello Ever Make His Bones?

Welcome back to the Social Club. For this edition of Uncle Frank’s Place I wanted to answer the question I get asked most often about the Prime Minister. You know the one, “Did Frank ever make his bones?” Out of everything I have Read about the man, I have only come across one story of Costello’s rum-running days that told of a dispute he had with a rival bootlegger over territory. This rival was later…


Frank Costello: The Prime Minister of the Underworld (1891 – 1973)

“Other kids are brought up nice and sent to Harvard and Yale. Me? I was brought up like a mushroom.” Those were the words of Frank Costello, a mob boss who went on to become the Prime Minister of the Underworld thanks to his eye for mixing crime with politics in a way no other mob figure could or would. This trait would eventually help his influence grow in strength for years to come. The…


72% of People Favor John Gotti Over Paul Castellano

There is no line down the middle for John Gotti, it’s a simple fact that you either love him or hate him, and it seems from our recent poll 72% of people love him. On the one side you have those that feel he was the final straw that broke the camel’s back when it came to Cosa Nostra, including Lucchese Crime Boss, Anthony Casso who stated: “What John Gotti did was the beginning of the…


Frank Costello: Mr. Fix It

We have all heard it before in an old black and white movie or news reel. The sound of morse code comes beeping through the speaker, then that bold announcer’s voice barks, “Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America, and all ships at sea. Let’s go to press!” as families gather around the radio, awaiting the latest news with bated breath. It seems cliché today, but in the 30’s and 40’s, the man behind that voice, Walter…


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…


What Happened to Frank Costello’s Voice?

Thank you for keeping it dialed to the National Crime Syndicate. I have collected a few bits that didn’t make it into the first two pieces I wrote about Frank Costello, and I thought some of you might enjoy them. Until part two of ‘I Never Sold No Bibles’ is in the bag, I wanted to post a few shorter bits to avoid what they refer to in show business as dead air. Welcome to…