Who Was Dean O’Banion & How Did He Get Killed?

Dean O’Banion was the son of an Irish immigrant, Charles O’Banion, He was born on July 8th 1892 in Maroa Illinois, in 1901 Dean’s mother Emma died from tuberculosis and Charles Sr relocated with his sons to Chicago, his father was a painter by trade and raised his sons within a district in Chicago called Kilbubbin, it was known as Little hell because of it’s high crime and unemployment rates. Dean attended the Holy Name…


Ed Scarpo Gives His First Interview Exclusively to The NCS

Joining us in the hot seat today is the journalist and author Ed Scarpo who runs Cosa Nostra News and also has a book available called Inside the Last Great Mafia Empire in which former Mafia Capo Dominick Cicale makes a contribution. Ed also runs a Facebook page called Cosa Nostra News which is dedicated to covering the Mafia in America as well as the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, Calabrian Ndrangheta and Neapolitan Camorra. We wanted…


On This Day in 1951 Willie Moretti was Killed Aged 57

On this day in 1951 the underboss in the Genovese Crime Family, and cousin to Frank Costello was gunned down in a mercy killing ordered by mob boss Vito Genovese. On October 4, Willie Moretti was sitting down to lunch at a restaurant called Joe’s Elbow Room in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Accompanying him were four other mobsters, and the 5 of them were laughing and joking in Italian. Around 11:28am gun shots were fired,…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri

I did hits yeah. That’s who I am. And i’m proud of who I am. An enforcer for Johnny Boy Soprano was how I began. He was a hero of mine. That’s why I have so much respect for tone. He’s got his Father’s strength. More modern day than Johnny Boy but a good leader, like a General. I get my hands dirty no question, I’m a soldier through and through. Administration be Syl’s thing. Yeah I got girls,…


On This Day in 1910 Carmine Tramunti was Born

On this day in 1910 the former boss of the Lucchese Crime Family, Carmine Tramunti was born in New York.  He took over the Lucchese family after the passing of Tommy Lucchese back in 1967, with a helping hand from Carlo Gambino who used his power to help Tramunti take the reins. During the 70’s he was caught up in a number of indictments, some of which included stock fraud, criminal contempt and narcotics trafficking….


Bert Rossi: Britain’s Oldest Living Former London Gangland Boss at 94 Years Old

On September 28th, 2015 the NCS had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Bert “Battles” Rossi on the telephone, he was a well-spoken, polite, and intelligent man who was not only a Mafia boss in London during the 1950’s – 1980’s, but he was also a mentor to the Kray Twins and a Gambino Associate. Sadly, on 2nd July 2017 Mr Bert Rossi passed away at his home in London Now at the age of…


On This Day in 1902 Albert Anastasia was Born

On this day in 1902 Umberto Anastasio was born in Tropea, Italy. Better known as Albert Anastasia he gained a reputation as being one of the most violent hitmen and mob bosses of all time. Anastasia helped run the notorious Murder Inc with Lepke Buchalter during the 1930’s and 1940’s, a group of hitmen that were the mob’s enforcement arm. During this era they were responsible for up to 1,000 murders, and Albert gained the…


Through Their Eyes Thursday: Michael Corleone

I love my Family. I love them dearly. Family is everything to me. It’s so important it brought me to where I am in life today. My Father. My hero. Pop. A powerful man. A clever man. A strong man. Seeing him weak and dying after the attack outside his office hurt. Hurt bad. Hurt so bad I vowed to protect him from that day forward, even if it meant sacrificing my dreams in life,…


36% Say Lucky Luciano is The All-Time Boss of Bosses

We recently conducted a survey on the blog to see who you thought was the all-time boss of bosses. In the list of mobsters we included over 20 big names from the Mafia world and then let you cast your votes. The three biggest names to come out on top were: Lucky Luciano – 36% Carlo Gambino – 21% Tony Accardo – 11% There were plenty of mob bosses who didn’t receive a vote, but…


Carlo Gambino Infographic – Top 5 Facts

Carlo Gambino was a low-key mob boss, who had more power than the Mayor, and it was this secretive characteristic that helped him become one of the most strongest mob bosses of all time. In 1921 at the young age of 19, Carlo was already a made man, and it was soon after that, he emigrated to the United States as an illegal immigrant on-board a shipping boat. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your…


On This Day in 1903 Joseph Valachi was Born

On this day in 1903 Joe Valachi was born in East Harlem, and by the age of 27 he had become a soldier in the Reina Crime Family during the peak of the Castellammarese War. After the war had ended in the bloody murder of Joe Masseria, Valachi had become a bodyguard for Maranzano. He hadn’t switched allegiance as he always fought on the side of Maranzano but was offered this new position in the…


On This Day in 2005 Albert Tocco Died Aged 76

On this day in 2005 a major member of the Chicago Outfit, Albert Tocco who was also known as Caesar, died from a stroke at the age of 76 after spending the last 16 years of his life behind bars. During the 1970’s and 1980’s he controlled several rackets for the Outfit which included Al Capone’s old territory in Northern Indiana. During his time in the Outfit he was implicated in many mob killings and…