On This Day

Whitey Bulger Found Dead In Prison Aged 89

Whitey, the former leader of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, who was finally captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run has been found dead in his cell. As of yet no further deauls have been revealed other than an inmate with Mafia ties being brought in for questioning. Whitey Bulger, who inspired the film Black Mass featuring Johnny Depp, and the Academy Award winning, The Departed, was killed the same day in which he…


Black Sox Scandal Trial: On This Day in 1921

On this day in 1921 eight men were acquitted in the Black Sox Scandal, a scandal which would cement its place in history as one of the biggest Major League Baseball match fixing incidents to have ever happened. Behind it all was one man, Arnold Rothstein,who would never be indicted for his part in the fix. Arnold Rothstein So What Happened? Eight Chicago White Sox players were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series…


Tony Salerno: Died On This Day in 1992, Aged 80

25 years ago today the Genovese mobster Tony Salerno passed away at the grand age of 80 years old, at a medical center for prisoners in Missouri. Tony Salerno made a name for himself in the 1960’s, when he controlled the largest numbers racket operation in New York, grossing up to $50 million per year. Whilst many mobsters moved out of Harlem during a period where Latino and African-American’s began to dominate the neighborhoods, Salerno…


What You Need to Know About Prison Gang Mara Salvatrucha: MS-13

MS-13 is one of the world’s most feared and violent criminal outfits and boasts 70,000 members around the globe, with its roots first being grown outside of LA back in the 1980’s. A gang that was founded by members from El Salvador, is still rapidly growing. The Gang was founded by Ernesto Miranda, aka “Smokey,”. Ernesto at the age of 38 was actually trying to turn his life around after he was deported back to…


BREAKING NEWS: Feared Sicilian Mob Boss Toto Riina Dead at 87

Just a day after his 87th birthday we have been informed that the former Sicilian Boss of Bosses has passed away at Parma’s hospital in the North of Italy, after spending days in an induced coma. The Sicilian mafia godfather who ordered the killings of judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, as well as politicians and mobsters, had suffered from heart problems for the last few years. As well as a heart condition he was…


Body Tied to 1969 NYC Mob Hit to be Exhumed

The remains of a body may contain evidence related to a New York City mob hit from the late 1960s. The decomposed body was found by a stream in the town of Tuxedo – a town located in Orange County, New York along the Ramapo Rivera. The town was also a popular dumping ground used by the Gambino’s in the 60’s, to dispose of bodies. The remains of this partocular body was that of a…


Ron Previte Dead at 73: Mobster Turned Witness

If you have gone through YouTube watching back-to-back episodes of mob films and documentaries then you have probably heard the name ‘Ron Previte’. Just recently the 6 foot tall, 300 pound Previte even appeared on the first series of ‘The Mafia With Trevor McDonald’. What you will also know about Previte, is that he did a lot of things for money. Including the time he made a pact with the FBI to turn government witness….


Eddie McGrath and the West Side Waterfront

Edward J. McGrath, or “The Big Guy”, as he was known around the docks, started out as a small-time bootlegger during Prohibition. Originally from the East Side of Manhattan, McGrath fell in with a group of West Side hijackers, including his future brother-in-law John “Cockeye” Dunn, while serving a five-year sentence in Sing Sing for burglary. Other key members of his gang would eventually include Andrew “Squint” Sheridan, the Bell brothers, George Daggett, Joe Butler,…


Louis Campagna: Died On This Day in 1955, Aged 54

Reading Time: Louis Campagna was born in Brooklyn in 1900, little is known about his early life however his first spot of criminal lifestyle was when he was just a teenager, when he joined the infamous New York Five Point’s Gang of Manhattan. Al Capone, who later brought Campagna to Chicago was also a one time member of the same gang. In 1919, New York mobster Al Capone had moved to Chicago to help out…


Eliot Ness: Died On This Day in 1957, Aged 54

Reading Time: Eliot Ness was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 19th 1903, and he was best known for destroying the multi-million dollar breweries operated by Al Capone, also in part for Capone’s downfall, including his arrest and conviction of Tax-evasion. Ness, in the mid-1930s was responsible for turning around Cleveland, Ohio when the city was overcome with crime and corruption, he weeded out roughly 200 crooked Police officers and brought down 15 other officials…


Greg Scarpa: Born On This Day in 1928

Reading Time: Greg ‘The Grim Reaper’ Scarpa was born May 8th 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the second born, his parents being Italian Immigrants. At the age of 7, Scarpa was working as a coal deliveryman alongside his father, this gave Scarpa an itch for a better life for him and his family. Greg’s older brother Sal was the first of the Scarpa family to hook up with mob associates, by the age…


Organized Crime In Detroit: Forgotten But Not Gone

Reading Time: The Detroit mafia lives in the shadows. It always has, now, more than ever. “They don’t chase the news cameras like in other cities and a lot of them have been very adept of veiling themselves in legitimacy,” said former federal prosecutor and organized crime task force member Keith Corbett, of the area’s ruling mob powers. “In relative terms, it’s been a recipe for success, in that most of them have avoided long,…