What Was The Lufthansa Heist?

The Lufthansa Heist was one of the biggest cash thefts on American soil, it has been popularized in many a book and movie, the biggest being Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Goodfellas was of course the movie where Robert De Niro portrayed Jimmy Burke, who, in the movie had his name changed to ‘James Conway’ (which was in-fact his birth name), and not forgetting the book written by one of the organizers himself ‘The Lufthansa Heist – By…


Carlo Gambino: Born On This Day in 1902

On this day in 1902 one of the most notorious Mafia leaders was born in Palermo, Sicily. Carlo Gambino was one of the mobs most notable bosses and the largest crime family in the US still goes by the name of the Gambino Crime Family, the family that Carlo took over from Albert Anastasia after his assassination in 1957. Carlo was said to be a great family man, but even that couldn’t curb his enthusiasm…


Giuseppe Morello: Died On This Day in 1930, Aged 63

In 1892 at the age of twenty-five Morello was forced to immigrate to the United States after becoming a suspect in a murder in Corleone and after his counterfeiting ring had been settled. He was now in the United States, however the Italian government brought the counterfeiting case to court. In September 1894 he was found guilty whilst not present and sentenced to 6 years and 45 days in prison. He never returned to Italy again. Six months after arriving in…


Frankie Carbo: Born On This Day in 1904

Born Paolo Giovanni Carbo on August 10th 1904, Frankie Carbo was sent to the New York State Reformatory at age eleven. Over the next ten years, Carbo would be in and out of prison on charges including assault and for having his personal property valued above a legally specified amount and finally he was arrested for the murder of a taxi driver who refused to pay protection money. Carbo claimed not guilty due to self-defence. He eventually agreed to a plea…


The Prime Minister meets the Kingfish

Here come the Kingfish, the Kingfish. Friend of the workin’ man. The Kingfish, the Kingfish. The Kingfish gonna’ save this land.   Randy Newman The Kingfish Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. That’s true crime story teller, Gary Jenkins advice. I happen to whole heartedly agree. Mob myth has had some doozies over the years, and like fish tales they tend to get bigger and better as time goes by. Here at…


Carmine Persico: Born On This Day in 1933

Carmine John Persico Jr. was born on the desolate streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn, on August 8, 1933. The neighborhood struggled through the Great Depression, however Persico’s father working as a legal stenographer, brought home a steady pay check, however Persico idolized the Mafia, they brought home wads of cash had a pretty woman on their arm, something that Persico wanted for himself. Persico was only a small teenager joining a local gang called ‘The Garfield Boys’ his savage side saw…


Jimmy Hoffa Disappeared: On This Day in 1975

Jimmy Hoffa was born on February 14, 1913, in Brazil, Indiana. His father was a coal miner who died when he was still young. His mother went to work to support Hoffa and his three siblings, eventually moving the family to Detroit. His education was limited, he dropped out of school to help out with his family. Hoffa went to work on a loading dock for a grocery store chain, there he devised his first…


Silver Dollar Sam – Creation of The New Orleans Crime Family

“You came a long way for nothing,” said the man standing on the platform. He spoke with a slight Italian accent. The man he was speaking to had just arrived to New Orleans, by train from Chicago. The two men were close to the same age but differed in appearance. The first was slight in build and balding. The newly arrived man was big, with a scar on the left cheek. He had spent several…