Posts byScott Burnstein

Schultz Drug Bust Brought End To Southfield Athletic Club’s Glory Era Of The 1970s, Early-80s In Detroit

The near-half million dollar drug deal former Detroit mob associate Leonard (Little Lenny) Schultz was busted for coordinating more than three decades ago was doomed from the start, plagued with police informants and undercover cops from practically Day 1. The narcotics conspiracy landed the well-connected and personable Midwest Jewish racketeer in federal prison for three
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Detroit Business Titan Worked At Mob-Infested Southfield Athletic Club As Young Man, Subject Of Forbes Feature

Before he ran a billion-dollar company, Detroit area businessman and reconstruction mogul Sheldon Yellen used to run with the mob, according to new revelations unveiled in the most-recent issue of Forbes Magazine. The handsome, high-energy, emotionally-charged 59-year old is the CEO of BELFOR property restoration, the leading disaster-recovery company in the world. Interviewed by Forbes
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The Acorn Social Club Slaying: Providence Mob Figure Dickie Callei Killed By Marrapese At His HQ In Federal Hill

A mob crew once loyal to famously-feared New England mafia captain and reputed hit man Frank (Bobo) Marrapese imploded from the decade-plus long investigation into the gangland slaying of fellow mob crew leader Dickie Callei which took place at Marrapese’s headquarters, the Acorn Social Club, in Providence, Rhode Island in the spring of 1975. Bobo Marrapese was
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Infamous Providence Wiseguy ‘Bobo’ Marrapese Points To Former Protégé As McElroy Killer In New Podcast Series

Imprisoned New England mafia captain Frank (Bobo) Marrapese called out his one-time protégé Billy Ferle as a government-protected murderer in a recent episode of the fascinating and superbly-produced Crimetown podcast, the newest endeavor from Gimlet Media, creators of the Emmy-winning HBO documentary series The Jinx (listen here). The notoriously-frightening 73-year old Marrapese, a convicted murderer himself,
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Q&A: Former Detroit Mob Associate Looks Back On His Days And Nights In The ‘Life’

Retired Detroit mafia associate Alan (Gunner) Lindbloom was recently released from a 13-year state prison term, has put his criminal ways behind him and is embarking on a writing career. Lindbloom is related to the infamous Tocco family through his mother and will put out his first piece of fiction with the March release of his
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Baltimore’s ‘Brick City’ Gang Boss Ordered Pair Of Government Informants Slain, Per Indictment

Reputedly merciless Baltimore drug kingpin Brandon Pride is alleged have had two members of his Brick City narcotics trafficking organization who he found out had cooperated with the police executed in the last two years – Jason Summers, 44 and Tahlil Yasin, 39, were killed within three months of each other in 2015 on Pride’s orders, according to
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L.E. Sources: Pagan’s ‘Redneck’ Treacy Faced Questions About Two Different Double Homicides In Philly Upon Arrest In ’15

Federal authorities in Pennsylvania have questioned Pagan’s Motorcycle Gang enforcer and drug chief Patrick (Redneck) Treacy regarding any knowledge he has on a pair of notorious unsolved Philadelphia double homicides, the 2005 disappearance and murder of couple Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo and the 2013 slayings of Anthony Rongione and Michael Spering , per sources
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Philadelphia Motorcycle Gang Member ‘Redneck’ Treacy Hit With 20 Yrs. In The Can In Pagan’s Pill Mill Case

Pagan’s Motorcycle Gang lieutenant Patrick (Redneck) Treacy was sentenced to 20 years in prison in federal court in Philadelphia this week on the heels of a summer 2016 guilty plea to helping head a multi-million dollar pain-pill trafficking ring alongside Dr. William O’Brien out of O’Brien’s Bucks County, Pennsylvania medical practice. O’Brien, 52, was smacked with a 30-year prison
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Chicago Policy Wars: The Outfit Numbers Takeover Timeline – Momo Makes Good

Starting in the 1940s, the Chicago mafia staged a takeover of the area’s mostly African-American numbers lottery, an illegal operation spread mainly across the Windy City’s Southside and Westside and by later in the decade a 20-million dollar-a-year business. Violence, primarily stemming from the ensuing tensions between local Italian and Black crime syndicates, raged until
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The Ghost & The Darkness: Powell Brothers Gang Lieutenant Gets New Trial, Per Govt., Was No. 3 Guy In Detroit Drug Conspiracy

It was a good week for former reputed Detroit drug dealer Ernest (Ghost) Proge, the alleged third-in-charge of the infamous Powell Brothers Gang, Motown’s biggest dope peddlers of the late 2000s. The 41-year old Proge had his federal narcotics and racketeering conviction thrown off the books by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals this
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ESSAY: One-Time Motor City Mafia Associate Talks About The Mob Muscle Game

Retired Detroit mob associate Alan (Gunner) Lindbloom was recently released from a 13-year state prison term, has put his criminal ways behind him and is embarking on a writing career. Lindbloom is related to the infamous Tocco family through his mother and will put out his first piece of fiction with the March release of his
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Book Chapter Sample: Former Detroit Mob Associate ‘Gunner’ Lindbloom’s Fiction Debut – To Be A King

Retired Detroit mob associate Alan (Gunner) Lindbloom was recently released from a 13-year state prison term, has put his criminal ways behind him and is embarking on a writing career. Lindbloom is related to the infamous Tocco family through his mother and will put out his first piece of fiction with the March release of his
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NFL Player’s Father Went Down In Feds’ ‘Operation FedEx’ Bust In Detroit Back In The 1990s

Darryl Funchess, the dad of NFL hybrid tight end-wide receiver Devin Funchess, was convicted of narcotics trafficking out of Detroit, Michigan in a far-reaching federal drug case known as Operation FedEx 20 years ago this spring. Funchess, an up-and-coming pass catcher for the Carolina Panthers who snared two grabs for 40 yards in last year’s
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Eight Is Enough: Eight-Pack Of Patriarca Crime Family Members From Providence Made In Boston In 1977, Allege Court Record

According to federal court filings from 22 years ago, more than a half-dozen Rhode Island mobsters traveled to Boston to get inducted into the New England mafia at the same time in a fall 1977 making ceremony conducted by legendary Beantown-based underboss Jerry Angiulo at his North End “Office” headquarters located at 98 Prince Street
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ESSASY: Ex-Detroit Mob Associate Talks About The Mafia’s Pawnshop Antics

Retired Detroit mob associate Alan (Gunner) Lindbloom was recently released from a 13-year state prison term, has put his criminal ways behind him and is embarking on a writing career. Lindbloom is related to the infamous Tocco family through his mother and will put out his first piece of fiction with the March release of his
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It’s Always Sunny In The SagNasty: Sunny Side Gang In Saginaw (MI) Back In The News With Recent Bust, Murder

Throughout much of the 2000s, Saginaw, Michigan, a crime-infested, working-class town 90 miles north of Detroit, was besieged by gang warfare, as the city’s then-preeminent street gang, the Sunny Side Gang, representing the city’s south side, fought it out with the North Side Gang for turf and bragging rights in the local drug game. The Sunny Side Gang
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Detroit Mob’s Beloved ‘Uncle Dom’ Cashes In His Chips, One-Time Consigliere Succumbs To Heart Issues

Highly-respected Detroit mafia elder statesman Dominic (Uncle Dom) Bommarito died of a heart attack this week. He was 82 and had served as deceased longtime Godfather Giacomo (Black Jack) Tocco’s last consigliere. Tocco died of natural causes in the summer of 2014. Bommarito allegedly helped oversee the transfer of power in the Tocco-Zerilli crime family
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ESSAY: Former Detroit Mob Associate Recounts His Days In The Steroids Business

Retired Detroit mob associate Alan (Gunner) Lindbloom was recently released from a 13-year state prison term, has put his criminal ways behind him and is embarking on a writing career. Lindbloom is related to the infamous Tocco family through his mother and will put out his first piece of fiction with the March release of his
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Old School YBI Member Back On The Streets In Detroit After Half-Dozen Years As Property Of The State

Former Young Boys, Incorporated (YBI) drug gang lieutenant, Herbert (Fat Herbie) Daniels, got out of Michigan state prison in recent weeks on a narcotics case. The 59-year old Fat Herbie did six years behind bars for heroin found at a traffic stop in Detroit in December 2008. Ruling the Motor City drug trade in the
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Essay: Former Detroit Mob Associate Reflects On Some Early Memories Of Growing Up In The Mafia

Retired Detroit mob associate Alan (Gunner) Lindbloom was recently released from a 13-year state prison term, has put his criminal ways behind him and is embarking on a writing career. Lindbloom is related to the infamous Tocco family through his mother and will put out his first piece of fiction with the March release of his
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Deceased Providence Mafia Power ‘Shaky’ Argenti & Turncoat Bobby DeLuca Handled Details Of Notorious Hanrahan Hit

One-time New England mob consigliere Rocco (Shaky) Argenti helped former Patriarca crime family underboss Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca plan the 1992 murder of Irish enforcer and hit man Kevin Hanrahan, according to court documents filed this week in connection with DeLuca’s plea to conspiracy charges related to the Hanrahan homicide. Shaky Argenti died of cancer in
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Post-Scarfo Chaos In South Philly Mob: The ‘Skinny Joey’ Merlino Era Murder Timeline

Current Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino began angling to take control of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family around the same time recently-deceased don Nicodemo (Little Nicky) Scarfo found himself locked up and convicted of racketeering and murder in the late 1980s. Scarfo died of natural causes late last week at 88. Merlino (photo credit: FoxPhilly29) would take
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The Evil Dead: Murder Timeline For The Philadelphia Mob’s Scarfo Era (1981-1987)

The notoriously-lethal Nicodemo (Little Nicky) Scarfo, boss of the Philadelphia mafia in the 1980s, died of natural causes this past weekend, departing this earth with a legacy of unbridled bloodlust. In less than a five year span at the height of his reign, Scarfo ordered well over a dozen murders, sending the Philly Italian crime family into a
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‘Little Nicky’ Scarfo Dead At 87, Fmr. Philadelphia Mob King Remembered For His Sheer Ruthlessness

The devil called a favorite son of his home over the weekend. After spending the last 30 years behind bars for murder and racketeering, former Philadelphia mafia boss Nicodemo (Little Nicky) Scarfo, one of the most bloodthirsty and maniacal American organized crime figures of all-time, died of natural causes in a North Carolina federal prison hospital late
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The Weight Met His Fate Two Decades Ago, Outfit’s ‘Fat Herbie’ Felled In Failed Takeover Bid By L.A. & Buffalo Mobs

Gregarious and imposing Chicago mob associate Herbert (Fat Herbie) Blitzstein was killed 20 years ago this week in his Las Vegas home in a poorly-executed attempted takeover of his set of independent rackets hatched in tandem by the Los Angles and Buffalo mafia crime families. The loud-dressing, behemoth-sized Blitzstein, 62, was shot to death on January
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Philly Mafia Figure Plants Flag In Local Restaurant Scene, Shares Press Clipping With Social Media Followers

Reputed high-ranking Philadelphia mobster Phil Narducci is opening up a restaurant this year named after his dad, a once-powerful Goodfella in the City of Brotherly Love killed gangland-style back in 1982. According to an article posted this week on Philly.com, “Chick’s” will be putting out its shingle in 2017 in a sprawling, state-of-the-art designed space located
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Windy City Wiseguys And Fellow ‘Bishop Boys’ Big Shots Russell & Perez Were Together When Russell Was Brought Into Custody In ’16

Dreaded Chicago mob associate and reputed Outfit robbery crew leader Charles (Chuckie the Electrician) Russell was with his driver and suspected partner-in-crime David Perez when he was arrested by the ATF in front of a delicatessen in the South Loop last month on weapons charges. Perez wasn’t detained when agents swept in to handcuff his boss
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Chicago ‘Mafia Cop’ Bill Hanhardt Succumbs To Age, Health Issues, Leaves Legacy With Questions Attached

Notorious former Windy City mob cop and famously-convicted felon William “Bill” Hanhardt, one of the most decorated and controversial Chicago policeman in the history of law enforcement in Illinois, died of heart disease last week in a suburban Highland Park hospital. Hanhardt was 88. He retired from the Chicago Police Department in 1986 having served as the
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Is BMF Bouncing Back? Recent Slaying In Gang’s Hometown Of Detroit Has Street Talking Of Syndicate’s Renewed Presence

The rumblings of a Black Mafia Family resurgence gained steam last month with the December 20, 2016 execution-style murder of BMF lieutenant Ricky (Slick) McFarlin in Detroit. McFarlin, 36, was released from federal prison in the fall. He was convicted in the DEA’s famous Operation Motor City Mafia case of the mid-2000s which led to the
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Last Month’s Murder Of BMF Lieutenant ‘Slick’ McFarlin Not Tied To BMF Affairs, Sources Claim

According to exclusive Gangster Report sources, former Black Mafia Family leaders are denouncing the recent slaying of Detroit BMF member Ricky (Slick) McFarlin, saying the murder had nothing to do with BMF business. McFarlin, 36, was killed execution style, found shot to death inside a Westside Detroit home back on December 20, 2016. He had
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REAL-TO-REEL: In God We Trust – L.L. Cool J Played Boston Drug Baron ‘God’ Whiting In The 1999 Movie In Too Deep

Actor and rap-music legend L.L. Cool J portrayed notorious Boston drug lord Darryl (God) Whiting in the 1999 film In Too Deep. In the movie, Whiting’s character’s name was changed to Dwayne Giddens. On top of the Beantown narcotics game from the late 1980s into the early 1990s, the New York-born Whiting became the first person in Massachusetts history to be sentenced to
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The ‘Goodfellas’ Murders: Jimmy the Gent’s Lufthansa Terminal Heist Hit List

On Dec 11, 1978, a crew of Lucchese crime family mobsters in New York at the direction of the legendarily lethal James (Jimmy the Gent) Burke pulled off the daring Lufthansa Heist, the armed robbery of the Lufthansa Airlines cargo terminal at Idlewild-JFK Airport in Queens which yielded a cool six million dollars in cash and
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A Bay Area Street Legend Returns: Obama Pardon Sends One-Time Oakland Drug Lord ‘Little D’ Reed Home In Time For New Years

Noted former Oakland, California drug kingpin Darryl (Little D) Reed was released from a federal prison in Oregon this week after 26 years of incarceration via a presidential pardon from Barak Obama, one of more than 600 prisoners convicted of non-violent narcotics offenses already freed by the outgoing, two-term U.S. President in the past year. The
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Just Ten Weeks Out Of Prison, BMF Member ‘Slick’ McFarlin Murdered In West Detroit With Ex-NFL’er

Black Mafia Family Detroit lieutenant Ricky (Slick) McFarlin was murdered execution style last week at a Westside residence in the Motor City, alongside former NFL player Robert Eddins, less than three months following his release from federal prison. McFarlin, 36, and Eddins, 28, were found shot to death, face down on the floor with multiple entry wounds
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Detroit Drug Chief ‘Weezy’ Taylor Is A Wanted Man, Anchored Powell Bros. Gang Resurgence Past Two Years

Entering 2017, Detroit’s Public Enemy No. 1 is reputed Motor City drug lord Dwayne (Weezy) Taylor. The 40-year old shot caller is currently at large from the law and allegedly running his cocaine, heroin and marijuana empire underground “bunker style.” A former top lieutenant of the area’s notorious Powell Brothers drug gang, the biggest wholesale
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In Quest For Freedom, ‘White Boy Rick’ Wershe Doesn’t Forget About Less Fortunate In Former Eastside Detroit Stomping Grounds

For the fifth year in a row, incarcerated former Detroit teenage drug dealer and illegally-used underage federal informant Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe organized his annual holiday food drive to aid the needy in his old far eastside neighborhood. From behind bars, the 47-year old Wershe, the longest serving non-violent juvenile offender in the state’s
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ATF Turns Off Lights For Chicago Outfit’s ‘Electrician,’ Street Boss Brother-In-Law’s Inner Circle Keeps Getting Smaller

It will not be a particularly merry holiday season in certain wings of the mob in Illinois. The noose appears to be tightening around the neck of Chicago mafia captain and Outfit street boss Albert (Albie the Falcon) Vena. For the last three years, Vena and his Grand Avenue crew have been the focus of an
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Rap’s Greatest Hits: The East Coast-West Coast Rap War Murder Timeline

Despite its reputation in some pop-culture circles as a creation of the media and aggressive music-industry marketing, the East Coast-West Coast Rap War was scary real and incredibly deadly. The bi-coastal blood feud seeing NYC’s Bad Boys Records and its founder Sean (Puffy) Combs square off against L.A.’s Death Row Records and its founder Marion (Suge) Knight lasted roughly a
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Road To Revenge: Pagan’s ‘Roadblock’ Blair Kept Flames Of Vengeance Lit In War Vs. Hells Angels After ’02 Hellraiser Ball Brawl

The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club in New York didn’t stop trying to bring harm to their enemies, the Hells Angels, following the 2002 Hellraiser Ball attack where close to 100 Pagan’s rushed into a Hells Angels social function being held at a Long Island banquet hall and began shooting and stabbing wildly while swinging everything from
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The Hellraiser Ball Brawl: ‘Rooster’ Katona Orchestrated Pagan’s Crashing Of Hells Angels Party In 2000s

Valuable territory in New York was at the heart of a dispute between rowdy biker gangs, the Pagan’s and the Hells Angels, in the early 2000s, boiling over into all out chaos in the winter of 2002 when Pagan’s then-national treasurer and the club’s Pittsburgh chapter’s sergeant-at-arms Dennis (Rooster) Katona organized and personally spearheaded a
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Cock-A-Doodle Doo From The Can: Pagan’s MC Powerhouse ‘Rooster’ Katona Has Narcotics Conviction Thrown Out

One-time Pagan’s Motorcycle Club National President Dennis (Rooster) Katona will most likely be a free man again soon – his state drug conviction was tossed on appeal last week. The Pagan’s are one of the preeminent outlaw biker gangs on the east coast, maintaining a particular stronghold in the areas in and around Philadelphia and
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The Glass Boat Bar Murders: Genovese Button Man ‘Made Bones’ With 1968 Double Homicide At Bronx Tavern

New York mobster Anthony (Tony Boy) Zinzi did almost a decade in state prison on a conviction for his role in a double murder in the late 1960s. The 73-year old Zinzi, currently alleged to be a top lieutenant of Genovese crime family power Patsy Parrello, participated in the Bronx’s Glass Boat Bar slayings on December
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The Youngstown Tune Up: First Cleveland-Pittsburgh Mob War Murder Timeline

The city of Youngstown’s mob landscape erupted into fiery disarray in the 1960s when the mafia clans in Cleveland and Pittsburgh went to war over the fertile gambling territory in the traditionally working-class Mahoning Valley, famously using car bombs as one of their weapons of choice. The violence lasted until 1968, but after a decade-long reprieve from the bloodshed in
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GANGSTER REPORT EXCLUSIVE: Why Gino DiPietro Was Killed, Sources In S. Philly Provide Reason For 2012 Mob Rubout

Imprisoned Philadelphia mobster Anthony Nicodemo had a personal beef with Gino DiPietro, the convicted drug dealer and possible one-time police informant he pled guilty to helping murder in an ill-conceived gangland slaying from four years ago that dated back to a debt, an insult and a dustup at a card game, according to exclusive GR sources.
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Mafia, Murder & Mayhem In The Motor City: Detroit Mob Hit Timeline (1937-2007)

The Detroit mafia is renowned for its stability, but its track record when it comes to eliminating its enemies is nothing to scoff at. Although famous around the country’s mob landscape for being a crime family that only meted out violence as a last resort measure, bodies have dropped at a prolific rate over the years, but with almost no arrests and
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The Wu Tang Clan Murders: RZA, Raekwon the Chef Connected To June 1999 Staten Island Slayings, Per Govt. Documents

According to FBI records released last year, members of the mega east coast rap group the Wu Tang Clan were investigated for ordering a pair of revenge killings in the summer of 1999 after relatives of two Wu Tang Clan members’ families were robbed in the weeks prior. The documents surfaced in court filings related to
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Outlaws MC Boss ‘Big Pete’ Proved A Big Headache For Witness At Chicago Mob Trial In 2010

Former Chicago biker boss Peter (Big Pete) James, the one-time Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s Midwest regional vice president currently on a press tour predicting future violence between the Outlaws and their arch-rival the Hells Angels in Illinois, was at the forefront of witness intimidation tactics surrounding a 2010 mob trial, according to FBI records. James left
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LAW SUIT: Detroit Man Ripped Off Unsuspecting Investors For Millions, Boasted Of Mafia Ties

Convicted felon and reputed Detroit mob associate Gino Accettola is accused of heading a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme in suburban Macomb County. The 49-year old Accettola was named as the lead defendant in a civil law suit filed three weeks ago in Macomb County Circuit Court alleging that he cheated close to a dozen investors out
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Chicago Mob Still Does Business On Turkey Day: The Outfit’s ‘Tony The Hatchet’s’ Thanksgiving Slaying Set Tone For 5 Yrs. Of Instability

Stubborn, tough-talking Chicago mafia lieutenant Anthony (Tony the Hatchet) Chiaramonti was slain on Thanksgiving eve 15 years ago, November 22, 2001, shot dead at close range in the vestibule of a local fast-food joint, the first victim of a fierce power struggle at the top of the Windy City mob for control of the Outfit’s Cicero
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A Quarter Century Of Murder In The Magaddino Crime Family: Buffalo Mob Hit Timeline (1974-1999)

The Buffalo mafia was treacherous terrain in the late-20th Century, from the time surrounding the 1974 passing of crime family namesake Stefano (The Undertaker) Magaddino until the start of the New Millennium, the Italian mob in western New York averaged roughly one gangland murder per year, with the 1970s and 80s being particularly brutal on the streets of Buffalo. May 8,
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