Harry “The Hook” Aleman: Chicago Outfit Enforcer (Part 2)

The is the second installment about the life of a Chicago Outfit thief, enforcer, juice loan collector and killer named Harry “The Hook” Aleman. Historically the Chicago Outfit has been able to control judges and politicians, control big businesses like Vegas hotel casinos and dominate rank and file members to control national unions like the Teamsters. A lot of high-powered businessmen, lawyers, accounts and normal men can make deals, make the hard business decisions and…


Le Madrine della Mafia Italiana (Part 2) – Giuseppina ‘Giusy’ Pesce

I began my series of Le Madrine della Mafia Italiana with Assunta “Little Doll” Pupetta from the Camorra, this time we take a look at another ‘Lady of the Life’, but from the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta. Giuseppina Pesce, better known as ‘Giusy’, who in 2010, in an operation known as ‘All Inside’, turned government witness on her ‘Ndrine. Forty-one-year-old prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti (pictured left) had recently arrived in Calabria, she had an air of cool professionalism,…


Harry “The Hook” Aleman: Chicago Outfit Enforcer (Part 1)

This is the first of a 4-part series documenting the life of a Chicago Outfit thief, enforcer, juice loan collector and killer named Harry “The Hook” Aleman. He was born Harry Peralt Alemen on January 19, 1939 in Chicago. He has been accused of as many as 18 murders by the Chicago Crime Commission and most folks believe that number is way low. He was an important tool in the Outfit’s enforcement of street tax…




The Man From Chicago: The Early Days of Los Angeles With Dr J. Michael Niotta

Installment 16: The Man from Chicago Mystery. Uncertainty. Confusion. Any of these words could describe the criminal climate of early L.A. Many questions remain in regard to the alliances and feuds among Italian gangsters of the Prohibition era. Who sat at the helm? Who vied for control? Who rallied together and who served as the opposition? Quite a few stabs at these riddles have been made, and yet “murky” still defines the kind of clarity…



What’s Your Mafia Nickname?

Having a Mafia Nickname comes with the territory of being in the mob. Some are outrageous and some are intimidating, what’s your Mafia Nickname? Find out below. Share your names in the comments below… Left Column: Take the first initial of your real first name and match it to a letter from the alphabet. This will reveal the first name of your Mafia Nickname. Right Column: Take the first initial of your real last name (surname)…


Can You Guess Which Mobster Died First?

The true test of a Mafia historian is knowing exactly when Paul Castellano got shot down outside Sparks Steakhouse, or when the Dutchman took a rusty bullet in the Palace Chop House bathroom. Can you complete our latest game and put the mobsters in order of when they met their end, starting with the earliest to the most recent?


The Cradle of Cosa Nostra – ‘Our Thing’ Veni, Vidi, Vici: Vito! Part Two

It cannot be argued Vito ‘Don Vito’ Genovese led a life full of twist and turns, similar to a game of Snakes & Ladders maybe? Yet how many of those slides down were actually of ‘Don Vito’s’ making? I personally believe the waters have been muddied somewhat in respect of ‘Don Vito’, in most, if not all of the problems he faced. We last left Vito in 1947 as he was acquitted for the murder…


Add Your Own Mob Facts

Inspired by our very own admin, David Breakspear, we thought we would create a page where you can all add your own mob facts. They can be about specific mobsters, events or meetings, era’s of the mob, or anything else that is loosely connected to the Mafia. Just enter your name below (so we can credit you), and then leave your fact in the post box and submit it to us for review. Interesting Mafia…


Was Lucky Luciano a Rat For Cooperating With The Government?

Little David Petillo was a gunslinger for Al Capone and one of the mobsters who was handed down a lengthy prison sentence alongside Lucky Luciano in 1936 for the infamous prostitution sting. Petillo also claimed the following: “Luciano left me to rot in prison while he got a ticket out with deportation back to Italy. That makes him a rat, for cooperating with the government”. Petillo came out in 1955, whilst Lucky, living up to his name…