An Interview with Uncle Frank’s Place, Casey McBride

Joining us today is a familiar face, and someone you will have seen on the NCS blog and Facebook channel. He is now the owner of Uncle Frank’s Place, sharing his wealth of knowledge on all things Frank Costello. He is of course Casey McBride. Like Uncle Frank’s Place on Facebook We wanted to learn a bit more about how Casey became interested in Frank Costello and where it all started for him. Casey, thank…


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…


An Interview with Former Kansas City Police Officer Gary Jenkins

Joining us today is the former Kansas City Police Sergeant and owner of Gangland Wire, Gary Jenkins. Gary investigated organized crime in Kansas City for 13 years during his 25 year spell in the police force, and has since created two apps, and produced a feature length documentary on the mob war in Kansas City. We wanted to learn a bit more about how Gary got started off, his biggest achievements and his plans for…


An Interview with Journalist & Author Anthony M. DeStefano

Joining us today is the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author, Anthony DeStefano, who has covered organized crime for over three decades seeing many characters come and go in that time. As well as a renowned author in his field, Anthony has also spent 20 years of his life as criminal justice and legal affairs reporter, for Newsday who are based in the heart of the Big Apple. With his experience and knowledge he has been…


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…


An Interview with The Making of the Mob’s Craig Rivela

Joining us today is the actor that has hit the silver screen recently, playing Vito Genovese in AMC’s The Making of the Mob. The eight-part docudrama begins in 1905 and follows the lives of some of the most influential crime figures in the American Mafia; from Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello, and of course the crime boss who rose to power during the Castellammarese War to later become leader of the Genovese…


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…


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…


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…