Posts byScott Burnstein

Teaming With Flair: Who Was Who In Queens 1980s Game-Changing Drug Gang, The Supreme Team

In the 1980s, the Supreme Team was the most well-known, prolific and feared drug-dealing organization on the east coast, operating out of the Baisley Park Projects in Queens, New York. The gang was started by Kenny (Supreme) McGriff at the beginning of the crack era and eventually swelled to include hundreds of workers, dealers and
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Freeze Frame: Motown Drug Chief ‘Chill’ Peterson Goes Down In W. Virginia DEA’s Operation Saigon Sunset

Federal authorities have dismantled a Detroit narcotics conspiracy operating in West Virginia for the past 15 years. On Tuesday, reputed kingpin Willie (Chill) Peterson and his younger brother and alleged second-in-command Manget (Money) Peterson were apprehended as part of the DEA’s Operation Saigon Sunset. The elder Peterson was arrested in Detroit, while his baby bro
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The Detroit Mob & The Porn Racket: ‘Frankie Rah Rah’ & ‘Joe Hooks’ Ran Sex Trade In Motor City In Pre-Internet Era

Before an endless trove of nude photos and a countless catalogue of sex videos were available in a matter of seconds with a simple click of a computer mouse, the world of pornography was controlled by the mafia. From the 1960s into the 1990s and the advent of the internet, every mob family in the
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Lawyers In New England Mob Murder Trial Don’t Want Defendant’s Violent History, Gangland Affairs Brought Up To Jury

Defense attorneys for New England mobster Paul (Paulie the Plumber) Weadick are fighting to keep mention of Weadick’s past mafia dealings, including allegedly taking part in more than one homicide conspiracy, out of his upcoming trial for the murder of Boston nightclub owner Stevie DiSarro. Weadick was convicted of second degree murder in a 1982
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From The Horse’s Mouth: Senate Testimony From Cleveland Mafia Lord ‘Big Angie’ Lonardo Marks 30-Year Anniversary

Cleveland mob boss Angelo “Big Angie” Lonardo was the first sitting American mafia don to become a witness for the government. Thirty years ago this week, on April 15, 1988, Lonardo testified in front of the United States Senate, delivering lurid details on the history of the Midwest mob’s infamous skimming of Las Vegas casinos
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Mob Informant: Former Patriarca Crime Family Boss ‘Baby Shacks’ Manocchio Planned Providence’s ’92 Hanrahan Hit

Retired New England mafia don Luigi (Baby Shacks) Manocchio oversaw the planning of rogue Patriarca crime family enforcer Kevin Hanrahan’s 1992 gangland slaying, according to a new court filing related to an upcoming mob trial and first reported by television station WPRI in Rhode Island. The fresh intelligence comes via turncoat mobster Robert (Bobby the Cigar)
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The Race Is Over: Former Crown Jewel Of Detroit Mob’s White Collar Resume, Hazel Park Raceway, Closes Up Shop

The Hazel Park Raceway, for decades the centerpiece of the Detroit mafia’s legitimate business portfolio, shut its door last week after nearly 70 years of operation. The horse racetrack was a college graduation gift from the local mob’s “founding fathers,” Giuseppe (Joe Uno) Zerilli and Vito (Black Bill) Tocco to their eldest sons and eventual
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Sickly Windy City Wiseguy Cops Plea In Fed Case, Might Not Make It To Sentencing Hearing

Frail and cancer-stricken, Chicago mobster Charles (Chuckie the Electrician) Russell pled guilty to a single illegal firearm possession charge in federal court this week related to an ATF sting 18 months ago. Russell is a hardened felon, prolific burglar and reputed Outfit hit man. He’s considered a top member of the Outfit’s Grand Avenue crew and is
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Powell Brothers Gang Leader ‘Weezy’ Taylor Finally Caught, Detroit Drug Boss Lands Behind Bars After Half-Dozen Years As Fugitive

Detroit drug gang chief Dwayne (Weezy) Taylor was apprehended this week by authorities in Troy, Michigan after six years on the run from the law. The 42-year old Taylor had been overseeing the Powell Brothers narcotics organization in the wake of both the siblings getting convicted in federal court in 2014 and being sent to prison. Carlos (Big
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Court Filings: More Information Released In New England Mob’s DiSarro Murder, Victim Left Ominous Note

New federal court filings fill in some critical gaps in the first-degree murder case against former New England mafia don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme, who will stand trial next month for the 1993 gangland slaying of Boston nightclub owner Stevie DiSarro. The 84-year old Salemme led the Patriarca crime family for the first half of
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‘Baby Dom’ Grande Has Been An Acting Capo In Philly’s Bruno-Scarfo Crime Family Since ’16, Per Sources

According to sources on the street and in law enforcement, Philadelphia mafia figure Domenic (Baby Dom) Grande was upped to “acting” captain status some time in the last two years. The 38-year old Grande is considered a fierce up-and-comer in South Philly mob circles and is serving as caretaker of Michael (Mikey Lance) Lancellotti’s crew, while
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Refusing To Eat, One-Time Iraqi ‘Godfather’ Demonstrates Against Deportation Proceedings, Fights Return To Scene Of Past Coup

Former Iraqi mob boss Lou Akrawi is staging another hunger strike from behind bars to protest the deportation of Iraqi Christians to Baghdad, per the new hardline immigration measures enacted by the White House in the last year. The barrel-chested 70-year old Akrawi, who led a Detroit-based crime family in the 1980s and early 1990s, is
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Colombo Mob Capo ‘Jersey Sal’ Profaci Cashes In Chips, Legendary NY Mafia Boss’ Son Passes At 81

Reputed New York mafia captain Salvatore (Jersey Sal) Profaci, the son of original Five Family don, Joe (The Olive Oil King) Profaci, died recently of natural causes. Profaci, who allegedly ran a Colombo syndicate crew out of New Jersey and spent a good deal of time in Florida, was 81. His death was kept hush-hush
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Philly-NJ Mob Drug Links Date Back Decades, Bruno-Scarfo Goodfella Got In Hot Water With Grande Gang In 90s

East coast wiseguy Sammy Piccolo took his major first drug arrest almost three decades ago courtesy of his brother-in-law becoming an FBI informant and betraying his blood oath to the mafia. Former Philadelphia mob figure Salvatore (Wayne) Grande got caught in a narcotics conspiracy from behind federal prison walls in the summer of 1991 and
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Listening In On The Mob: Philly Mafia’s Jersey Satellite Office Caught Up In Drug Case, New Tapes, ‘Made’ Informant Abound

Federal authorities in New Jersey broke up a mobbed-backed drug crew tied to the Philadelphia mafia last week, indicting “made members” Joseph (Joey Electric) Servidio and Sam Piccolo of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family’s North Jersey wing in separate cases. The indictments are littered with references to hundreds of hours of audio surveillance compiled by an unidentified
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Race To The Vault: First Of Two Films About Boosting Of The Bonded Vault Slated To Shoot In Spring ’18

There will be two movies depicting the infamous 1970s Bonded Vault Heist in Providence for audiences to enjoy in the near future. The first one, the lesser high-profile of the flicks, entitled Vault, begins shooting in Rhode Island this week. The second one, based on the book The Last Good Heist by Rhode Island television investigative
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What’s Old Is New Again: Old-School Sopranos’ Wiseguys Will See Screen Time In Historic Show’s Prequel

New Line Cinema has purchased the rights to a film prequel for the groundbreaking television series The Sopranos. As could have been expected, fans are in a fervor of anticipation and longing for any nuggets of information regarding this development. Last week, the show’s creator David Chase sold New Line his screenplay for a movie called The
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Jack Of All Trades: Flint’s Giacalone Tried To Rubout Informant & Prosecuting Atty. In 1960s Mob Double Dip

The mob subunit in Flint, Michigan led by Joseph (Joe White) Giacalone, kin to the notorious Giacalone mafia clan down in Detroit, attempted to kill a fellow crew member and a Genesee County prosecutor back in the 1960s. Giacalone and his co-conspirators were almost successful in offing one of their own, but didn’t make nearly
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Flint, MI. Wiseguy & Giacalone Family Member Dies In Years After Taking Factory Town For Over A Million Bucks In Scam

Michigan mob figure Joseph (Joe White) Giacalone died of natural causes recently. Giacalone, 78, hailed from the Detroit mafia satellite wing in Flint, a perennially economically-depleted factory town approximately 70 miles north of the Motor City. He was a cousin of the infamous Giacalone family in Detroit, the face of the Zerilli-Tocco crime family dating back to the
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Detroit Mafia Consigliere’s Son Sunk The Zerilli-Tocco Crime Family In 1990s, His Pops Lost Stripes As Result

The arrest of Michigan attorney and mob scion Angelo Polizzi for running a money laundering scheme 25 years ago this week laid the final roots for the historic Operation Game Tax bust three years later which brought down virtually the entire leadership of the Detroit mafia in one fell swoop. Polizzi and 13 others were
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Easy Come, Easy Go: ‘Scarface’ Capone’s Order For Final Hit Came In Final Days Behind Bars

The gangland slaying of Chicago mob attorney and racetrack mogul Edward (Easy Eddie) O’Hare was the last murder ordered by storied Windy City mafia boss Al (Scarface) Capone. Years earlier, O’Hare had been one of the star witnesses at Capone’s media-circus of a 1931 trial for tax evasion in which he was convicted and incarcerated. East Eddie O’ Hare
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Capone Biopic In Works With Tom Hardy Attached To Play Chicago Gangland Boss In Final Years Of His Life

Tom Hardy will play an aging Al Capone in an upcoming film entitled Fonzo which begins shooting this spring in New Orleans. Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) will direct the movie focusing on Capone’s final years when he was living in retirement in Florida and his mind was being ravaged by a bout with syphilis. “Fonzo”
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Providence Gangster ‘Skippy’ Byrnes, Part Of Old Ouimette Mob Crew & Bonded Vault Booster, Gone At 72

New England mobster Ralph (Skippy) Byrnes died of natural causes recently in Rhode Island. He was in the mainly non-Italian Patriarca crime family crew ran by Gerard (The Frenchman) Ouimette, who passed away behind bars three years go. The 72-year old Irish wiseguy served over a decade in prison for his role in the notorious Bonded Vault Heist, which brazenly took
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Amongst Friends: After Nearly A Quarter Century, A Detroit ‘Best Friend’ Walks Free From Prison Walls

Former Best Friends gang lieutenant Stacey (The Machine) Culbert was released from federal prison this week following 24 years of incarceration on two homicide charges. The Best Friends was Detroit’s most murderous drug crew of the late 1980s and early 1990s, responsible for approximately 100 gangland slayings in less than a decade of existence. The
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Arrests Made In Murders Of BMF Soldier ‘Slick’ McFarlin & Ex-NFL’er Robert Eddins, Out-Of-Staters Came To MI For Hits

Three drug world figures have been indicted for the murders of Black Mafia Family lieutenant Ricky (Slick) McFarlin and one-time pro football player Robert Eddins in Detroit two years ago. Michael Griffin, Dennis Epps and Mariano Garcia were charged in the double homicide last week. Griffin, 34, lives in Alabama, Epps, 30, is from Mississippi and
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Godfathers “R” Us: NYC Crime Barons Anastasia & Persico Make Cut For Upcoming Scorsese Mob-Movie Spectacular

More New York mob dons are slated to get the Hollywood treatment in Martin Scorsese’s heavily-hyped upcoming movie, The Irishman, the story of the friendship between historic organized labor leader Jimmy Hoffa and east coast mafia muscle Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. A laundry list of legendary actors like Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel are starring in
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Dustin Hoffman’s Son Jake Tabbed To Depict Murdered Mob Pal Allen Dorfman In Scorsese’s New Hoffa Movie

Slain Chicago mob associate and insurance magnate Allen Dorfman will be portrayed by Jake Hoffman in the highly-anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese flick,The Irishman, about the relationship between Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa and east coast mafia hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. Jake Hoffman is the son of Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman. The movie has
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Revered Outlaws MC Member, Author ‘Roadblock’ Harrell Passes Away At 76, Leaves Legacy In His Books

Highly-respected former Outlaws Motorcycle Club regional boss Wilson (Roadblock) Harrell died this winter from injuries sustained in a bike accident back in the fall. Harrell ran the Outlaws in Florida in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was 76 and had crafted a career for himself as an author in his latter years, penning a
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Procession Of Pagan’s MC’ers Lay Pennsylvania President ‘Rocky’ Bedics To Rest, Popular Club Leader Gone At 54

Pagan’s Motorcycle Club president Ronald (Rocky) Bedics passed away earlier this month as a result of natural causes. The 54-year old Bedics headed the Lehigh County, Pennsylvania chapter of the Pagan’s, a club which resides on the east coast. The Pagan’s were founded in 1959 out of Maryland and today boasts 45 chapters operating in several states along
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From Motown To Appalachia: More Arrests, Prison Time For Detroit Drug Dealers Operating In West Virginia

The Detroit drug scene continues to impact West Virginia. For the second time in the last month, dope pushers from the Motor City have run into problems with the law down in the Appalachians. Detroiters Steve (Stevie Black) McGee and Roger (Red) Crawley were arrested last week as a result of a federal raid in Huntington
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Purple Reign Redux: One-Time Minnesota Cocaine Kingpin Can’t Wrangle Himself Free From Life Prison Term

The former king of cocaine in the Twin Cities failed to find the results he had hoped for in his bid to be resentenced. Ralph (Plookie) Duke, the Godfather of the drug trade in Minneapolis and St. Paul and the “Prince” of the Minnesota underworld at the height of the coke boom in the 1980s, didn’t get the
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With A Little Help From His Friends: Philly Mob Boss Gets Cheering Section For Last Leg Of NYC Trial

The boys from South Philly are in the Big Apple. Several members of Philadelphia mafia don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino’s usual entourage descended on New York this week to give support to Merlino, who is on trial in Manhattan for racketeering in federal court. The band of merry mobsters were at the trial’s closing arguments
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Black Mafia Family Cheat Sheet: BMF Crew Man-By-Man, Detroit, ATL, NYC, L.A. STL. & Texas Roll Call

The Black Mafia Family was the biggest urban drug conglomerate in American history. Founded on the Southwest part of Detroit by brothers Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory in the early 1990s, the organization grew into a monolithic underworld power by the dawning of the New Millennium in the 2000s, controlling vast chunks of
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Death Of A City Slicker: Payback For Previous Mob Murder Might Be Motive For ’92 Hanrahan Hit In Providence

Retribution for a previous gangland slaying might have been the motive for the 1992 New England mafia hit of mob associate and enforcer Kevin Hanrahan, per a recent WPRI television exclusive on the reopening of the Hanrahan homicide probe. One of two suspected motivations for Hanrahan’ violent downfall mentioned by award-winning investigative reporter and Patriarca crime family historian
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Temptations Singer Dennis Edwards Used To Party With Detroit Drug Dons, Part Of Motown Legacy’s Dark Side

Many of the Motown music label elite partied with “Super Fly Era” Detroit drug kingpins Eddie (The Fat Man) Jackson and Courtney (The Field Marshal) Brown. Per sources and archival law enforcement files, one of those revered R&B vocalists to show his face at social gatherings arranged and supplied with narcotics by Jackson and Brown
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Press Reports: Providence Mobster ‘Little Eddie’ Lato Nearing Charges In ’92 Cold Case Mafia Slaying

As Gangster Report first revealed almost a year ago, according to reports in the Rhode Island press, imprisoned New England mob captain Edward (Little Eddie) Lato is getting zeroed in on by federal authorities for his suspected role in the 1992 Providence gangland slaying of mafia associate Kevin Hanrahan. The 71-year old Lato, finishing up
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Port Chester Pride: Beef With ‘Greaseball Nick’ Melia Led To ‘Rooster’ O’Nofrio Jumping From Gambino To Genovese Mob Families

East coast wiseguy Eugene (Rooster) O’Nofrio switched from New York’s Gambino crime family to the Genovese crime family in the late 1990s after a blowup with a Gambino higher-up at his headquarters located on the border between New York and Connecticut. The change in organizations allowed the 75-year old Goodfella to finally receive his button
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Cocaine Cowboys Cheat Sheet: Miami’s ‘Los Muchachos’ & ‘The Corporation’ Man-By-Man

The quintessential Cocaine Cowboys of Miami in the 1980s, Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta, known on the streets of South Florida as, “Los Muchachos,” ran a multi-billion dollar drug trafficking and smuggling organization called the “Corporation,” before they were sent to prison in the 1990s. While Falcon and Magluta are firmly ensconced in narcotic world
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Steve Wynn & The Mob: Casino Tycoon Walked On Wild Side In Early Days Building His Gambling Kingdom

Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn got his start in the hotel and gaming industry with the help of the Detroit mafia. The 76-year old Wynn, who has been the corporate face of Sin City since 1990s, personally responsible for much of the New Millennium makeover on The Strip, was in the news this week
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Outlaws MC’s ‘Snivelhead’ White Kept Battling Govt. In His Death Penalty Case Until Day Mother Nature Nabbed Him

Fighting his death penalty sentence all the way to his last breath, Outlaws Motorcycle Club member William (Snivelhead) White died of natural causes this month. The 72-year old White, who belonged to the Outlaws’ Louisville, Kentucky chapter, had been imprisoned since the late 1970s on a capital murder conviction out of Florida. The case was
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Take Me Home, Country Roads: Feds Bag West Virginia Branch Of Detroit’s ‘Young ‘N Scandalous’ Gang

The leaders of the Northwest Detroit Young n’ Scandalous Gang’s West Virginia wing were hit with a federal indictment this week, charged with racketeering, drug trafficking and kidnapping. “YNS” West Virginia crew chieftains James (Lucky) Bowens and George (G-Easy) Eubanks were arrested on Wednesday. The pair were said to be working on behalf of incarcerated
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The Razor’s Edge: Actor Bobby Cannavale Will Be ‘Skinny Razor,’ Not ‘Crazy Joe,’ In New Scorsese Hoffa Movie

Multiple-Emmy Award-winner Bobby Cannavale is playing storied Philadelphia mob captain Felix (Skinny Razor) DiTullio in Martin Scorsese’s highly-anticipated upcoming film,The Irishman, based on the relationship between slain labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa and east coast hitman Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. DiTullio was famous in east coast gangland circles for dressing to the nines, dating actresses
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Gangster Report Roll Call: The Montreal Irish Mob’s All-Time Roster (West End Gang Cheat Sheet)

Montreal’s Irish Mob, known locally in the Quebec province of Canada as the “West End Gang,” rose to prominence in the 1960s. The group of killers, thugs, thieves, bookies, loan sharks and drug dealers still operate today. Using the outstanding research provided at the Coolopolis blog (www.coolopolis.com), Gangster Report has compiled a historical index of
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The Delaware County Question: Philly Mobsters Borgesi & Ciancaglini Both Have Pieces Of Lucrative Suburbs

Delaware County, Pennsylvania is valuable mob turf. Philadelphia mafia power George (Georgie Boy) Borgesi recently took back portions of the territory he ruled in the late 1990s and first part of the 2000s after having it reassigned to fellow Philly mob heavyweight John (Johnny Chang) Ciancaglini while he was away serving more than a decade
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Philly Mob Soldier ‘Sonny’ Mazzone Isn’t Someone To Be Messed With, Seen Meeting With Paroled Button Man In Fall Of ’17

Maybe his nickname should be “Mad Dog?” Alleged Philadelphia mobster Salvatore (Sonny) Mazzone has quite the temper. Last week, Philly mafia figure Gaeton Lucibello got charged with violating his parole from a 2011 federal racketeering case when it was revealed he met briefly with Mazzone back in October at a bocce ball game held at
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Subject Of Upcoming Movie, Detroit’s ‘White Boy Rick’ Wershe Found Guilty In Controversial Drug Case 30 Years Ago

Former Detroit teenage drug dealer Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe was convicted in state court 30 years ago this week and sentenced to life in prison under the now-defunct “650 Lifer Law,” following a week-long jury trial held amid a frenzy of media coverage and collection of pager-wearing, gold-chain draped dope boys filling Wayne County
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From The Depths Of The Sea: The ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow S.F. Chinatown Murders

Incarcerated San Francisco Chinatown Godfather Raymond (Shrimp Boy) Chow’s saw eight of his associates sentenced to prison time last week, two years after he was put behind bars on racketeering and murder charges. The 58-year old Chow allegedly ordered two gangland slayings of rivals – one of which he was convicted of – during his reign on
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In Shadow Of South Philly’s Christopher Columbus Statute, Local Mafia Figure Gaeton Lucibello Violates Parole

Less than a month away from getting off probation, longtime Philadelphia mobster Gaeton Lucibello is being charged with violating his parole conditions for meeting with fellow Bruno-Scarfo crime family member Salvatore (Sonny) Mazzone at a bocce ball game being held at Marconi Plaza park in South Philly back in the fall, according to federal filings
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Death Penalty Sought In Federal Racketeering & Murder Case Against Seven Mile Bloods Chief, Detroit Rapper ‘Killa’ Arnold

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Michigan will seek the death penalty against Detroit street gang boss Billy (Killa) Arnold, who was arrested for a slew of federal racketeering offenses, including multiple homicides, almost two years ago. The last person to be sentenced to die in the state of Michigan was Marvin Gabrion, convicted in 2002
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Williams Family Helped Boston’s Columbia Point Dawgs Gang Expand Its Influence, Took Maine By Storm In Early 2000s

The Columbia Point Dawgs’ Williams family crew led the Boston street gang’s expansion north, establishing its drug pipeline into Maine close to two decades ago. The Williams crew is headed by brothers Demetrius (Troll) Williams and Yancey (Young’n Yance) Williams and their father, Yancey (Poppa Yance) Calhoun, one of the original founders of the “CPD”
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