Posts byScott Burnstein

The White Supremacist Movement & The Mob In Michigan: Hate-Group Leader Looked At In ’71 Shindel Murder

A white supremacist and reputed hitman-for-hire was a top suspect in the December 6, 1971 gangland slaying of Detroit mob associate Sol (Good Looking Solly) Shindel, gunned down inside his suburban home on the heels of a reckless gambling spree in Las Vegas and under indictment in a pair of racketeering cases . The Shindel
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The Mob & The American Nazi Party: N.E. Mafia Don Did Business With The ‘Alt Right,’ Let Louie The Fox Do His Talking

The New England mafia worked closely with the American Nazi Party in the 1960s, as Providence mob don Raymond Patriarca and American Nazi Party founder George Lincoln Rockwell forged a mutually-beneficial relationship via an introduction by an unnamed member of the national mafia “Commission,” per a new article posted on GoLocalProv.com (read the article here).
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The Montreal Mob War Keeps Kicking: Rizzuto Syndicate Hit List Updated & Revisited

The bloodshed continued in the Montreal mafia this week with another in a long line of gangland slayings dating back to the late 2000s and related to a seismic clash for power in the Canadian mob underworld. On Thursday, Rizzuto crime family soldier Antonio De Blasio was killed in a suburb of Montreal, shot to death
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Biker War By The Bay: The Outlaws & Devils Diciples Tangled In Michigan’s Tri-Cities Back In The ’70s

The Bay City, Michigan chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club was birthed in blood. In 1977, chapter founders Ron (Runner) Wiltse, Don (Trigger) Hall, David (Frenchy) Wells and Rusty (Wishbone) Miller were convicted in the triple murder of three rival Devils Diciples as the pair of infamous biker gangs tussled for power in Michigan’s Tri-City region
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The Outlaws MC’s ‘Black Region’ Blasted By Bust A Decade Ago, Michigan & Indiana Bikers Burned In ’07 Fed Takedown

Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Leroy (Black Region Roy) Frasier, who has looked after biker gang affairs in the states of Michigan and Indiana since the early 2000s, and several of his lieutenants were indicted for racketeering, weapons and narcotics offenses ten years ago this week on August 16, 2007. The 59-year old Frasier pled guilty to conspiracy charges and did
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Chitown Mafia Figure Rocky LaMantia Passes Away Prior To 60th Birthday, Lived Life Fast & Loose On Windy City’s Southside

Chicago wiseguy Rocky LaMantia died at 59 years old last week, his name forever tied to the killing of his high school sweetheart Martha DiCaro in 1979 and just a few years removed from serving a prison sentence for being the wheelman in the armed robbery of a pawn shop. LaMantia, a multiple-time convicted felon
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Midwest Motorcycle Club Invasion? Fourth of July Biker Rally Brings Mongols MC To Michigan

The Mongols Motorcycle Club might be trying to make inroads into Michigan. According to sources in law enforcement, members of the Mongols showed up at a July 4th biker rally held in southern Michigan. The state of Michigan has long been a hub of Midwest biker gang activity and successful in keeping west coast clubs
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Tale Of Patriarca Clan’s Bonded Vault Heist Headed To Hollywood, ‘The Last Good Heist’ Gets Movie Option

The story of the notorious Bonded Vault Heist is going to the big screen with a big name attached to shepherd the project to multiplexes nationwide. Earlier this week, scorching-hot novelist Don Winslow and The Story Factory production company optioned The Last Good Heist, a 2016 book chronicling the largest bank robbery in American history
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The Outfit’s ‘Karate Kid’ Gets A Break, Chicago Mob Turncoat Georgie Brown Gets Sentence Reduced

Former Chicago mafia associate and highly-feared enforcer George (Georgie Karate) Brown will be getting out of prison more than two years before scheduled. Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Edmond Chang ordered Brown’s sentenced reduced, chopping off the final two and a half years of an original three and a half year bid imposed last fall
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Affairs Of The Heart led To Taco Bowman’s Apprehension, Outlaws MC Boss’ Girl Problems Got Him Caught

Historic Outlaws Motorcycle Club president Harry (Taco) Bowman had a love life that ultimately interfered with his life as a fugitive. Bowman was arrested for racketeering and murder after almost two years of avoiding capture when one of his girlfriends turned him in because of her anger over his romantic dalliances while away from his
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Former Outlaws MC President Taco Bowman & The Detroit Mob Squared Off In ’90s Dice Game Dispute

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the mafia in Detroit almost went to war in the early 1990s when Outlaws boss Harry (Taco) Bowman began muscling in on a series of dice games belonging to the notorious Giacalone crew. Bowman eventually backed off and soon both sides of the feud were in handcuffs and had more
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The Legend Of Taco Bowman: Beloved Outlaws MC Leader’s Biker Empire Began Crumbling In Summer Of ’97

The beginning of the end for dynamic Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Harry (Taco) Bowman came 20 years ago this week, in August 1997, via a federal racketeering and murder indictment out of Tampa, Florida. Bowman, today 67 and serving a life prison sentence, went on the run from the law for the next 22 months,
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The Domino Effect: Providence Pot Grower Pulls Probation In Return For Leading Feds To DiSarro’s Remains

New England mafia associate Billy Ricci was the first domino to fall in the shocking cold-case murder revelations that have rocked the Patriarca crime family in the past year and a half. He flipped in early 2016 and by that spring the FBI descended on his Providence, Rhode Island property off Branch Avenue and dug
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Underling Of Alleged Philly Drug Lord ‘Thaddy Ock’ Townsend Bumped Off Minutes Following Walking Away With Probation

Philadelphia drug world figure Anthony Reaves was slain this week less than an hour after he received a suspiciously lenient sentence in state court for his role in a large narcotics ring being run out of the Bennett Homes housing projects in Chester, Pennsylvania. Reaves, 41, had been cooperating with prosecutors in Delaware County in
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No Love Lost: Jimmy Hoffa & Chuckie O’ Brien’s Relationship Hit Rock Bottom In Months Preceding Hoffa’s Murder

Whether former mob associate Chuckie O’Brien was involved in the kidnaping and murder of iconic Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa in 1975 is uncertain. What is certain is that O’Brien, Hoffa’s adopted son and the basis for the Tom Hagen character in The Godfather book and film, was at odds with his surrogate father at
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Time After Time: The Hoffa Investigation Timeline – 42 Years Of Looking For Answers

Legendary labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa was kidnapped and killed 42 years ago this week. The historic crime remains unsolved and Hoffa’s body has never been discovered. The question of what really happened to Jimmy Hoffa is eternally embedded in pop-culture lore as the quintessential American unsolved mystery and continues to intrigue the masses and stir
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The Dramatics, Fast Eddie & The Algiers Motel Massacre: Detroit’s ’67 Riots Blended Civil Unrest With Motown & The Black Mob

R&B Hall of Famers and all-time classic soul-music crooners the Dramatics got their start with the help of notorious Detroit black racketeer Edward (Fast Eddie) Wingate and were connected to the infamous Algiers Motel Massacre, which occurred 50 years ago this week, July 26, 1967, amid a raging race riot in the Motor City. Oscar-winning
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Real-To-Reel: New Movie Details Motown’s Shame 50 Yrs. Ago – The Detroit ’67 Riots Timeline (Days 4 & 5)

Next month, Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow will release Detroit, a recounting of the city’s devastating 1967 race riot, the most destructive period of civil unrest in American history. The riot marks its 50th anniversary this week. Lasting for a total of five days (July 23 through July 27), the riot literally tore the
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Jimmy Hoffa & The Mayor: Storied Slain Union Chief Had Quid Pro Quo Deal On Table W/ City Of Detroit When He Died

The day before he disappeared, legendary labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa had lunch with then Mayor of Detroit Coleman A. Young at the fabled Book Cadillac Hotel. The beloved and blustery former Teamsters union president was in the process of trying to reclaim his throne atop the empire of truckers and cartage-hauling workers he once led
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Real-To-Reel: New Movie Details Motown’s Shame 50 Yrs. Ago – The Detroit ’67 Riots Timeline (Day 3)

Next month, Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow will release Detroit, a recounting of the city’s devastating 1967 race riot, the most destructive period of civil unrest in American history. The riot marks its 50th anniversary this week. Lasting for a total of five days (July 23 through July 27), the riot literally tore the
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Real-To-Reel: New Movie Details Motown’s Shame 50 Yrs. Ago – The Detroit ’67 Riots Timeline (Day 2)

Next month, Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow will release Detroit, a recounting of the city’s devastating 1967 race riot, the most destructive period of civil unrest in American history. The riot marks its 50th anniversary this week. Lasting for a total of five days (July 23 through July 27), the riot literally tore the
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The Smell Of Steel: Outlaws MC Member ‘Stinky’ Umphress Finally Behind Bars, Summer On The Run Ends In Collier County, FLA

Florida biker gang lieutenant Greg (Stinky) Umphress can no longer dodge the stench of a jail cell. Umphress, a member of the Ocala, Florida chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was taken into custody by state authorities over the weekend after dodging arrest in connection with a first-degree murder indictment for the past two months. He was caught in East
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Real-To-Reel: New Movie Details Motown’s Shame 50 Yrs. Ago -The Detroit ’67 Riots Timeline (Day 1)

Next month, Academy Award-winning film director Kathryn Bigelow will release Detroit, a recounting of the city’s devastating 1967 race riot, the most destructive period of civil unrest in American history. The riot marks its 50th anniversary this week. Lasting for a total of five days (July 23 through July 27), the riot literally tore the
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How The Cookie Crumbled: Genovese Mobster ‘Cookie’ Faugno & Jimmy Hoffa May Have Met The Same Fate At N.J. Trash Dump

The remains of Genovese crime family figure Armand (Cookie) Faugno could have been disposed of in the same New Jersey toxic-waste landfill that possibly wound up being the final resting place of iconic slain labor union chief and mafia associate Jimmy Hoffa. Cookie Faugno, a member of Genovese mob captain Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano’s Jersey
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‘Godfather’ Of Hoffa Research Moldea Sheds New Light On Labor Union Leader’s Unsolved Murder, Brings Fmr. NJ Wiseguy Into Picture

Deceased east coast mobster Vinnie Ravo may have played a role in the disappearance of labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa, according to brand new reporting by best-selling author and world-renowned investigative journalist Dan Moldea, the preeminent authority and expert on the historic Hoffa case. A source of Moldea’s names Ravo as one of those who helped
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The Skinny Joey Tapes: Philly Mob Chief Making Old Impressions New Once Again, Per Recent Response Motion

This week’s 67-page response motion filed by the U.S. Attorneys Office in New York gave us our first tiny glimpse at the hundreds of hours of audio surveillance evidence the government has compiled on alleged Philadelphia mob don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino over the last five years. Besides his now already-famous opining on the ease of murdering those close to him, released in a brief
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Analyzing Skinny Joey Merlino’s Statement On Murder: Lone Philly Mob Rubout To Match Boss’ Boast Is Spring ’96 Clipping

The only murder reputed Philadelphia mafia boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino is suspected of carrying out that possibly matches the method he was recorded bragging of favoring on an FBI wire three years ago is the 1996 Michael (Dutchie) Avicolli hit. Merlino, 55, was taped telling mobsters in New York’s Genovese crime family in 2014 “It’s easy to kill
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Real-To-Reel: Old School Detroit Drug Dons ‘A.D.’ & ‘Big Ed’ Go To Big Screen In 2018 White Boy Rick Movie

Former crack-era Detroit drug czars Art Derrick and Edward (Big Ed) Hanserd will appear as characters in the upcoming White Boy Rick movie set to unspool the crazy tale of one-time illegal juvenile federal informant and Southeast Michigan teenage cocaine dealer Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe. Derrick will be played by Eddie Marsan of Ray Donovan fame and
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Ray Romano Tapped To Play Famous Detroit Mob Lawyer Bill Bufalino In Star-Studded Hoffa Movie

Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Ray Romano has been cast as legendary mafia mouthpiece and Detroit labor-union leader Bill Bufalino, Sr. in the new Martin Scorsese 100-million dollar film entitled The Irishman, starring a who’s who of iconic mob-movie actors. The film will detail how historic Teamsters union president and mob associate Jimmy Hoffa was
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New England Mafia Loses Another Anchor, Beloved ‘Chippy’ Scivola Bites The Dust At 76

Colorful New England mobster Alfred (Chippy) Scivola, a highly-respected mafia elder statesman on the east coast, died of natural causes this week, three years removed from his release from a three-year federal prison term he served for racketeering. The popular 76-year old Scivola was based out of Providence, Rhode Island and allegedly got inducted into the Patriarca crime
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‘I’m Coming Home,’ One-Time Teenage Drug Dealer ‘White Boy Rick’ Receives Second Chance, Paroled From MI. Lifer Law

Former teenage drug dealer Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe was granted parole Friday morning after having served nearly 30 years behind bars in the Michigan Department of Corrections for a non-violent drug crime he was arrested for in the spring of 1987 and convicted of months later. “I’m coming home,” said an overwhelmed Wershe to
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GR Sources: Hard Feelings Remain From Times Past As A Number Of Feds Urge Immigration To Give Their Fmr. Iraqi Christian Targets In Det. The Boot

According to multiple sources familiar with U.S. Immigration proceedings, it’s finally payback time for those still sore about how things went down three decades ago with several once highly-visible members of the Detroit, Michigan Iraqi Christian community currently slated for deportation back to Baghdad. U.S. Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith will issue an order on the
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Not Your Average Joe: South Philly Mourns Passing Of Popular Wiseguy, Mob Boss’ Buddy, Joey Bongiovanni

Well-liked Philadelphia mafia figure Joseph (Joey Bongs) Bongiovanni died of cancer this week. He did a federal prison stint in the 1980s for gambling and racketeering. A longtime presence in the area underworld, the 70-year old Bongiovanni maintained close ties to Philly mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino and consigliere Joseph (Chickie) Ciancaglini. As a
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The Bay Area’s King Ant Got ‘Squeezed’, Took A Stand After ’89 BBQ Brawl & Second Oakland Drug War Ensued

A fist fight at a spring 1989 picnic and BBQ in Oakland, California spouted into a full-blown, two-and-a-half year street war for power in the Bay Area drug world, according to court records from the 1990s. While remnants of the infamous LDI Gang gathered to eat and socialize at Oakland’s Dimond Park in early May 1989,
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Bloody August By The Bay: Oakland (CA.) Drug Kingpin Felix Mitchell’s 69 Mob Declared War On ‘The Family’ In 1980 Summer Of Death

Six gangland murders in the Bay Area 37 years ago this summer set-off the first part of the notorious Oakland, California drug wars pitting wily west coast crime lord Felix (The Cat) Mitchell and his 69 Mob versus an upstart group known as The Family and led by R&B singer-turned-dope man Milton (Mickey Mo) Moore. Highlighting the
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The Rap World Murder Timeline: Breaking Down Hip Hop’s Top Hits Off The Charts

Being a rapper has proven a hazardous profession in some cases the past three decades. Dozens of violent slayings can be linked to the rap music industry since the groundbreaking genre gained mass popularity in the mid-to-late 1980s. Let’s take a look at the most significant homicides tied to rap artists over the last 30
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Who Was Who At Recently-Assassinated Hamilton Mafia Boss Angelo Musitano’s 2012 Wedding

Ripped apart by mob-faction wars for over a decade now, the Canadian mafia landscape is as tumultuous as ever. Just this past spring, Hamilton, Ontario mob boss Angelo Musitano was murdered almost exactly 20 years after he and his older brother Pasquale (Fat Pat ) Musitano assumed control of mafia affairs in the hardscrabble factory
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The Bobby & Whitney Nightclub Murder: Well-Traveled East Coast Drug Boss ‘Stevie Shots’ Sealey Slain Outside Boston Lounge In ’95

R&B music luminary and hip-hop pioneer Bobby Brown barely escaped with his life as he watched the 1995 gangland-style execution of his best friend, bodyguard and soon-to-be brother-in-law, Boston drug lord Steven (Stevie Shots) Sealey carried out in the early-morning hours of September 28, 1995 in front of a bar and night club a stone’s throw
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The Murder, Incorporated Murder List: NYC’s Mostly-Jewish Mob Killed Its Way To Top Of The Underworld In 1930s

Serving as the official hit squad for the early-era Italian mafia in New York City during the 1930s, Murder, Incorporated was made up of mainly Jewish gangsters and could morbidly boast a body count reaching well into the triple figures in a little over a decade of gangland prominence. With affairs in the mob enforcement wing overseen by the diminutive, but historically-lethal Louis (Lepke) Buchalter and reporting
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Boston’s ‘Big Cheese’ Finally Off Parole With Feds, Expected To Take Top Spot In New England Mafia

The Big Cheese can roam free now. As of this weekend, acting New England mob boss Carmen (The Big Cheese) DiNunzio is off parole and minus any government restrictions of his movements and personal dealings. In the winter of 2015, he was released from almost six years in federal prison for bribery and racketeering and, per local mobologists, is considered
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The Purple Gang Murder Timeline: Detroit’s Jewish Mob Was Merciless During Prohibition, Left Lasting Imprint In Underworld

As iconic as they were violence-prone, the Purple Gang, an all-Jewish mob and Detroit’s premier Prohibition Era bootlegging brigade, ruled the Midwest illegal-booze market for less than a decade (from roughly 1925 through 1933), but their legacy still endures to this very day. Universally respected and feared throughout American underworld circles in its’ heyday and
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Florida Outlaws MC Member ‘Toe Jam’ Torres Nabbed By Authorities, Only One Fugitive Left In Donovan Murder Indictment

Fugitive biker Miquel (Toe Jam) Torres was arrested Tuesday near his home in Rockledge, Florida for the April 2017 murder of rival biker David (Gutter) Donovan after nearly six weeks on the run from the law. Prior to being taken into custody without incident, the muscle-bound, heavily-tatted Torres, 37, was one of two fugitives from the Donovan homicide case that
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Detroit Drug World Murder Timeline: YBI, Best Friends, Maserati & Original Big Meech Brought Chaos To Motown Streets In 1980s

The Detroit Drug Wars of the 1980s rocked and ravished the Motor City streets, as African-American crime lords on both the city’s eastside and westside battled for control of the local cocaine and heroin trade throughout the decade, birthing a seemingly-endless parade of eye-catching press clippings and rampant, reckless bloodshed. While the westside Young Boys, Incorporated
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Real-To-Reel: The Mack Was Modeled After West Coast Black Godfather Frank Ward, Who Didn’t Survive To See Iconic Film Hit Screen

The classic Blaxploitation flick, The Mack, was loosely based on the life of the original Black Godfather of Oakland, California, Frank Ward, slain in the weeks after principal photography on the movie wrapped in 1973. The Mack’s lead character, John “Goldie” Mickens, portrayed by Max Julien, rises to become the biggest pimp in the Bay
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The Color Purple: New York & Detroit Purple Gangs Shared Common Ground In Viciousness & Vice

It’s like the whole city has turned purple out in the Big Apple. New York’s notorious Purple Gang, a junior varsity multi-ethnic mob syndicate based out of East Harlem and the Bronx in the 1970s and early 1980s, specializing in drugs and muscle-for-hire jobs, has been back in the news lately. The New York Purple
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Family Secrets Slaying May Have Been Connected To Heated Tensions Between Chicago Mob Boss ‘Solly D’& Old School ‘Black Joe’

According to informants for law enforcement in Illinois, the 1981 car-bombing murder of Chicago mob associate and fledgling trucking magnate Michael Cagnoni was linked to a fight for control of mafia affairs in the Windy City suburbs involving reputed current Outfit boss Salvatore (Solly D) DeLaurentis. Informants for multiple agencies have opined that besides a
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Operation Family Secrets: Chicago Mob Under Siege By Feds, Infighting In 2000s, Epic Trial Celebrates 10-Yr. Anniversary

The historic Family Secrets trial began 10 years ago this week in Chicago, finally bringing to justice Midwest mobsters responsible for an alleged 18 combined gangland murders. Among the murders solved as a result of the near decade-long investigation and subsequent high-profile, emotionally-charged courtroom drama was the famous double-homicide of Tony (The Ant) Spilotro, the
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Crazy Like A Fox: New England Mob Boss Pete Limone Lived Life On Own Terms, Passes Away At 83

Maybe he wasn’t so crazy after all. New England mafia don Peter (The Crazy Horse) Limone died early this week of cancer at 83, having successfully avoided going back to prison after being sprung nearly two decades ago following serving over 30 years on a wrongful murder conviction and allegedly jumping back into Patriarca crime
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The Cocaine Cowboys Hit List: Murder & Mayhem Commonplace During 1980s Miami Drug Boom

As cocaine exploded onto the scene in America in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Miami, Florida blossomed into the epicenter of the U.S. drug market. The rapidly expanding consumer base throughout the country birthed the so-called Cocaine Cowboy era of rampant narcotics trafficking and reckless violence with various sophisticated and trigger-happy criminal organizations jockeying for position in the newly-created underworld
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Detroit Flashback: Why Doesn’t Anybody Ever Discuss ‘7 Mile Chuck’ Lewis In ‘White Boy Rick’ Tale?

History has seemed to have forgotten all about former Detroit drug dealer Charles (7 Mile Chuck) Lewis, the one-time partner of iconic 1980s Motor City teenage narcotics trafficker and government mole Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe. Lewis’ name came up at Wershe’s parole hearing last week, as the now-47 year old Wershe took questions from the parole board and
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