Former Hells Angels Leader George Christie Joins Crime Drama “The MobKing”

(LOS ANGELES) – Web series and soon-to-be-announced television series “The MobKing” is about to get even more real, with the addition of former Hells Angels leader George Christie to the cast and creative team, as a technical advisor. Christie will play the role of “Alex Gus Ventura,” former leader of a powerful Canadian outlaw motorcycle club, who develops a friendship with the main character, Florida mob figure “Mike White” (Ciro Dapagio). Dapagio’s character, who owns…


Singing Abe & the Drug Debacle: The Early Days of Los Angeles With Dr J. Michael Niotta

Installment 14: Singing Abe & the Drug Debacle Author’s note: My apologies on the delay in getting this newest installment ready. Following about a month of work helping out on the CARR Fire up near Redding, California, I was plenty busy preparing for my Las Vegas Mob Museum debut. I’m happy to say the September 22nd lecture on Jack Dragna and organized crime in Los Angeles was well received. Quite the honor, I was also…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: Flashback Hustles

Other Episodes   Episode 18: Flashback Hustles – Jerry’s Kids and BMX Bikes For the most part, I’ve tried to keep these Chronicles, well, chronological. But since there are so many stories that I skipped over, I’ve decided to do a few flashbacks. What sparked the idea of flashbacks was a story I recently told my wife, about how I came to love motor sports. More on that later. For now, I’m going to share…


Black Sox Scandal Trial: On This Day in 1921

On this day in 1921 eight men were acquitted in the Black Sox Scandal, a scandal which would cement its place in history as one of the biggest Major League Baseball match fixing incidents to have ever happened. Behind it all was one man, Arnold Rothstein,who would never be indicted for his part in the fix. Arnold Rothstein So What Happened? Eight Chicago White Sox players were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series…


International Cyber Syndicate – Who Is Sophie Zammit?

Billions of dollars. Chinese money laundering. The Bin Laden Group. A Moroccan prince. Upper echelon Asian government officials. Ghost accounts. A Canadian movie producer. Fake money transfers. A Mongolian heroin kingpin. Nigerian patsies. U.K. shell companies. A fake television show. A benevolent author. And one half-wit Australian straw-woman named Sophie Zammit. Sounds like the makings of a great book, right? Well, unfortunately it was all real. I’m embarrassed to admit that I was recently sucked…


The Italian Welfare League: The Early Days of Los Angeles With Dr J. Michael Niotta

Author: J Michael Niotta Installment 13: The Italian Welfare League A lot of work has gone into shaping the Jack Dragna biography. The installment that follows consists of a few excerpts from a chapter on my great grandfather’s political and social club, the Italian Welfare League. Like Jack, the club is often misrepresented. Enjoy a little insight into the political plays LA’s Sicilians made during the middle and late twenties in order to combat their…


Tony Salerno: Died On This Day in 1992, Aged 80

25 years ago today the Genovese mobster Tony Salerno passed away at the grand age of 80 years old, at a medical center for prisoners in Missouri. Tony Salerno made a name for himself in the 1960’s, when he controlled the largest numbers racket operation in New York, grossing up to $50 million per year. Whilst many mobsters moved out of Harlem during a period where Latino and African-American’s began to dominate the neighborhoods, Salerno…


The East in the West: The Early Days of Los Angeles With Dr J. Michael Niotta

Installment 12: The East in the West Author’s Note: Before my last installment I took a poll to find out which Willie you wanted to see—Bioff or Moretti. Willie Moretti won the bout and appeared in NCS 11. Now you’ll get a taste of Bioff as well, so hopefully everyone’s happy. Keep on the look out for video clips from my recent panel on early Los Angeles mob activity at the Mob World Summit at…


The Lindbloom Chronicles: Violence is Part of the Game

Other Episodes   Episode 17: Violence is Part of the Game I have been asked in a number of interviews about my most violent experience in “the life.” Honestly, for the most part, my criminal exploits rarely involved violence. Occasionally, I had to rough a guy up for being a deadbeat who fell behind on his vig or shark payments. Sometimes I just liked to beat the hell out of some “tough guy” at a…


Murder Most Foul: Sicilian Crime Scenes

“The Mafia is oppression, arrogance, greed, self-enrichment, power and hegemony above and against all others. It is not an abstract concept, or a state of mind, or a literary term[…] It is a criminal organization regulated by unwritten but iron and inexorable rules[…] The myth of a courageous and generous ‘man of honour’ must be destroyed, because a mafioso is just the opposite.” — Cesare Terranova, Italian Magistrate murdered in 1979 La Cosa Nostra is…


The “Mercy” Hit on Willie Moretti: The Early Days of Los Angeles With Dr J. Michael Niotta

Installment 11: The “Mercy” Hit on Willie Moretti Author’s Note: I had such a great time at the MobWorld Summit out in Las Vegas. Wonderful to finally meet some of my readers and the fine folks I’ve been working with at the NCS. I have to admit it was pretty fun running around with Meyer Lansky II and socializing with other panelists. Thanks again to Larry Henry for putting it all together, to Geoff Schumacher…


20 Awesome Mafia Gifts For Mob Lovers

Just when you thought you had seen it all, we have put together a list of 20 must-have items for Mafia lovers. From the inspiring and unique, to the crazy and bizarre, right through to the jaw-dropping and amazing – we brought them into one place. So whether you are looking for yourself, or your partner – take a look at the top 20 Mafia gift hit list. 1. The Al Capone Whiskey Barrel Mug…