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…

Gangster Machine Gun Kelly and The G-Men

G-Man is a slang tern that is taken to mean government agent. According to the FBI website, G-Man is attributed to “Machine Gun Kelly,” a notorious 1930’s gangster who sent on a crime spree that landed him in Alcatraz in San Francisco. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation the term G-Man was underworld slang for any and all government agents before 1934. The detectives of J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Investigation were so little…

Who Was Joe Petrosino?

At the upper tip of Little Italy in Manhattan, one block from the old police headquarters, lies Petrosino Square. It’s more of a triangle really, with a handful of park benches, rubbish bins, and tactfully placed flower pots. An iron fence surrounds this modest “square,”and on that fence hangs an old placard with a well placed touch of vandalism asking, “Who was Petrosino?” If you are unfamiliar with the name, it is truly an honor to introduce Lieutenant Joe Petrosino; a mob-busting, super-cop who…

Gangsters of the 1940s: The Legacy of Prohibition

In the early 1920s, the 18th Amendment prohibited the sale, transportation and production of alcohol in the United States. Black market liquor made the early gangsters rich and powerful. This created a black market that allowed organized crime to develop and flourish. Al Capone, Public Enemy Number One himself, got his start during this period. The following gangsters, who reached their peak years during the 1940s, got their start as underlings of Al Capone during…

Confessions of a Mob Junkie

Early one morning this past November, I saw something I knew had to exist, but didn’t expect to see. While fighting my way through traffic, a car suddenly cut me off. At first I was too mad to notice it. Then, there in front of me the letters M, O, and B popped out as clear as day, stenciled across a vanity license plate. Like I said, I knew this had to be out there,…

Al Capone – December Mobster of The Month

In our last Mobster of The Month instalments this year we end with one of the most famed and formidable mobsters of the 20th Century, Al Capone. Let’s take you back in time to some of the high and low points of the man they called Scarface.

Write For The NCS!

Want to join our team of writers at the NCS? All you need is a good knowledge on the mob and the time to post at least one article per month on the blog (any more is up to you). We are flexible with what you write about as long as it has some connection with the Mafia and hasnt been published elsewhere. In return you will get the reconginition of the post, an author…

Vito Genovese

Vito Genovese was born on November 21st 1897 in Rosiglino, Italy. At the age of 15, and like so many other mobsters of his era, the Genovese family moved to the USA. His family settled in the Little Italy part of Manhattan, which was a popular place for Italian immigrants that were looking for better lives in the US.

Frank Costello

Frank Costello was born in Lauropoli, which was a village situated in Calabria, Italy. Like many mobsters of his time, he and his family moved to the US to join up with his Father who had been in New York for a few years previous, to seek opportunity for work.

Carlo Gambino

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. He was born in Sicily, in the city of Palermo which is located in the northwest of the island. In 1921 at the young age of 19, Carlo was already a made man.

John Gotti

John Gotti was born on October 27th, 1940 and was also known as The Teflon Don due to the fact that any charge made against him wouldn’t stick more often than not. Gotti was a mobster who eventually worked his way up the crime ladder to became the Boss of the Gambino Crime Family.