Joseph ‘Joe Cargo’ Valachi & The McClellan Hearing (MADE MEMBER CONTENT)

Somewhere in 1930’s New York, a group of men, speaking in a language that sounded Italian – which if translated, would we understand its meaning? – Locked together in a secret ceremony. To welcome yet another new member of the family. But this is no Christening. It is a Sacramentum (solemn oath) to a family, not bonded by blood, but by: honor, loyalty and respect. After Joseph ‘Joe Cargo’ Valachi swore the oath of Omertà,…


The Life and Times of Lucchese Acting Boss, Little Al D’Arco

Now aged 86, soon to be 87 in July of this year, Alphonse D’Arco also known as “The Professor” was the acting boss of the Lucchese Crime Family during the early 1990’s. But, Al wasn’t your stereotypical mobster. He didn’t drink (apart from the occasional glass of wine), he didn’t smoke, and he remained loyal to one woman, Dolores, who he married and had 5 children with. The first being Joe who was born in…


Is Gambino Crime Boss Killer, Anthony Comello’s Life in Danger?

Early last week it was announced that Anthony Comello, a 24 year old, was accused of the shooting of Gambino Crime Family Boss, Frank Cali. Cali was shot 10 times as he tried to shield behind a parked car outside his home. The incident appears to be non-mob related, which complicates matters. Cali had apparently threatened Comello to stay away from his niece, and on the night of the killing Comello told detectives that he…


The Pizza Connection – How Tomato Tins Helped Ship Drugs

The Pizza Connection Trial began on September 30, 1985 and ended with convictions of 21 defendants in March 1987. The FBI had been investigating into a drug smuggling tie between the Sicilian Mafia and the Bonanno Crime Family since 1980, with the first arrests being made in 1984. What Was The Pizza Connection? Put simply, it was a massive drugs and cash laundering operation that would see $1.6 billion in heroin and cocaine moved into…


The Trial of Al Capone – How the Real Untouchables Brought Him Down

Shortly before the trial of Al Capone, an I.R.S. informant named Eddie O’Hare sought out the lead agent, Frank Wilson at a downtown bar. As he nervously took a seat at the bar next to Agent Wilson, O’Hare whispered in his coarse whiskey voice, “Capone’s men have the jury list, and they are passing out money, tickets to prize fights, city jobs and using muscle. Wilson looked at his informant with skeptical eyes, and when…


The Windows Replacement Racket & Pete Savino

It was back in late 1978 when four of the five crime families of New York came together to embark on a lucrative racket that would make millions for the mob. The racket was to win contracts throughout New York City from the Housing Authority, to replace windows across the city. Each family designated a mobster or a couple of mobsters to control their respected interest in the scheme. The Lucchese Family were at the…



The Asian Axis: Johnny Eng & The Flying Dragons

Chinatown, in the 1980’s was a hustling, bustling vibrant area that had a darker underbelly, not unlike the life a couple of blocks away in ‘Little Italy’. The five boroughs of New York City, a hive of organised crime activity with many accents, and each with their own dark history. However, America were ill prepared for the Chinese organised crime gangs. They had no one who could go undercover and infiltrate Chinatown, nor did they…