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Paul Ricca: Died On This Day in 1972, Aged 74

Paul “The Waiter” Ricca was born Felice DeLucia in 1897 in Naples, Italy. He got his first taste of  Prison in 1915 when he murdered Emilio Parrillo, Ricca served 2 years for the crime, on release he once again murdered, Vincenzo Capasso an eyewitness to the murder of Parrillo. Ricca immediately changed his name to Paolo Maglio and fled to Apricena, North of Naples, he then preceded to move on to France before boarding a…


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…


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,…