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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…


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…


Tony Accardo Infographic – Our Top 5 Facts

During his lengthy career in the Outfit Tony Accardo made some smart moves that helped him duck many charges and indictments that saw past mob bosses jailed for life or assassinated. He also led the Chicago Outfit into new areas of business and phased out the old ways that brought FBI heat. He died of heart failure on May 22, 1992. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Width%px<img src="http://www.nationalcrimesyndicate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/tonyaccardo-infographic.png" alt="Tony Accardo Infographic &#8211; Our…


Chapter 2: Frank Costello – I Never Sold No Bibles

“Tough times make monkeys eat red pepper.” Read Chapter 1: Frank Costello – Gambling Man That’s how Frank Costello used to explain his dubious past. At the age of fourteen, he robbed the landlady at his Harlem apartment building. He knew she always awoke early to sweep the halls. He also knew she didn’t trust banks and kept the rent money she collected tucked between her bosoms. Frank had fallen out of a tree while…


Nino Gaggi – NCS Mobster of the Month for April 2015

“We surprised him in the Bronx. We shot him in the head, stuffed him in the trunk, then dumped him for good.” Those were the chilling words of a Gambino capo, who was the immediate superior to mobster Roy DeMeo, who ran the infamous DeMeo Crew. His name, Antonino Gaggi (pronounced: “Gadgie”). Nino Gaggi’s father’s cousin was mobster Frank Scalise, a founding member of the Gambino family and the man who helped introduce Gaggi into…


Chapter 1: Frank Costello – Gambling Man

On Sunday, Febuary 18th, 1973, Francesco Castiglia committed his final crime. The man who had stolen from society all of his life would rob us one last time. Peter Maas, the author of the Valachi Papers, Underboss and Serpico, had just received what was at the time, the largest advance in history for a non-fiction book, with the promise of delivering the authorized biography of the man behind “the hand ballet.” Frank Costello, the one Lucky Luciano chose to run…


Al Capone, a Notorious Prohibition Era Gangster

Al Capone is one of the most notorious gangsters in the history of the United States. Capone reigned over the speakeasies, bootlegging business and other illegal ventures during the Prohibition era during the Roaring Twenties in Chicago. Capone’s nemesis was crime fighter Elliott Ness and the Untouchables, but it was tax evasion that finally sent him prison in 1931. Alphonse Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1899, As a young man, Capone was…


Ol’ Man Winter: A Trip to Al’s Den

The city I live in, Portland Oregon, is a weird and wonderful place. Some call it the Amsterdam of North America, and I think that is accurate. This is a city full of politically correct, environmentally-friendly beardo-hipsters pedalling large, clownish bikes to their friends’ basement for rehearsal with their indie bands. I have been fortunate, in a town overflowing with musicians, to have secured a respectable amount of work as a sideman session player, and as a result have played…