Posts byScott Burnstein

Outlaws MC Member Hit With Murder Charges In Illinois, Denies Involvement In Waitresses Slaying

Illinois biker gang member Jeremy (Barber Shop) Boshears has been charged with the murder of a girlfriend of his. The 32-year old Boshears, a member of the Joliet chapter of The Outlaws Motorcycle Club, pled not guilty this week to the slaying of Kaitlyn Kearns, who was recently found shot in the head in the back of
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The Pagan’s MC Loses Leader In Virginia, Local President ‘Dr. T’ Dead at 59

Virginia biker boss Timothy (Dr. T) Dye passed away due to natural causes last week. The 59-year old Dye was the president of the Southwest Virginia chapter of The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club based around Roanoke. Dye worked for the Pulaski County Animal Control Department for more than two decades. He was a volunteer football and baseball coach
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Losing A Friend Of Theirs: NY-NJ Mob Power John Gambino, Philly Mafia’s ‘Best Friend’ In 5 Families, Passes Away

East coast mafia elder statesman, John Gambino, the Philadelphia mob’s contact in New York’s Gambino crime family, died of natural causes this week at 77 years old. The Sicilian-born Gambino was a cousin of crime family namesake Carlo Gambino (succumbed to heart failure in 1976) and headquartered most of his affairs out of Cherry Hill, New
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Roles For Mob Godfathers Sam Giancana & Joe Colombo Cast In Scorsese Flick ‘The Irishman’

The brazen shooting of New York mafia don Joe Colombo in the summer of 1971 was the first scene shot by Martin Scorsese on his high-profile new mob “supergroup” movie, The Irishman. The murder of Chicago mafia boss Sam Giancana in the summer of 1975 will be one of the last. Character actor John Polce
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Chicago Mob Muscle Bashes Bosses Saying Outfit Leadership ‘Weak & Ineffective,’ Includes Vena In Candid Critique

Incarcerated Chicago mafia hit man Steve Mandell wasn’t happy with the Outfit’s leadership structure during his final years pounding the pavement for the mob, according to a new Chicago Tribune report related to Mandell’s suspected role in an unsolved 2012 murder. Mandell is a suspect in several gangland slayings dating back decades. The Trib reported
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GR SOURCES: Feds Zeroing In On Jailed Chicago Mobster Mandell For 2012 Murder Of Sicilian Restaurant Owner

The FBI believes imprisoned Chicago mob associate and former cop Steve Mandell is the No. 1 suspect in the unsolved 2012 murder and robbery of suburban restaurateur Giacomo Ruggirello, according to sources familiar with the investigation. This week, The Chicago Tribune reported that the FBI has video and audio tape of Mandell discussing the crime
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Being Frank On The Big Screen: One-Time Philly Mayor & Top Cop Frank Rizzo Will Be Character In Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Movie

Controversial former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and Mayor Frank Rizzo will get a scene in the much-anticipated Martin Scorsese mob “supergroup” movie, The Irishman, currently in production in New York and New Jersey. Bit-player actor Gino Cafarelli (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) is cast as the physically imposing and notoriously brutish politician known for his brash persona and tumultuous relations with minorities during the civil
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Mob Talk: Philly Crime Family Leaders Conducted Mafia Initiation Ritual In Boston In 1990s

The making ceremony for the Philadelphia mafia’s former Boston crew took place in Beantown in the late 1990s, according to a new episode of Mob Talk from award-winning Philly crime reporters George Anastasia and David Schratwieser discussing the infamous Isabella Gardner Museum heist. Per the episode and multiple sources, the Bruno-Scarfo’s crime family’s then-consigliere George
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Lights, Camera, Killing: Philly Roofers Union President’s Slaying Slated For Big Screen Treatment In New Scorsese Film

The murder of Roofers Union boss and Philadelphia Irish mobster John McCullough will be shown in the much-anticipated Martin Scorsese mob “supergroup” movie, The Irishman, currently in production in New York and New Jersey. Character actor Kevin O’Rourke, best known for roles in popular television shows like Boardwalk Empire and Law & Order, will portray McCullough in the
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Springfield (MA) Mob Figure Proved Too Smart For The FBI In 2016 Takedown Of Alleged Associates

Albert Calvanese was a target in the FBI investigation that brought down a number of Springfield, Massachusetts mobsters last year but was able to slip away from any legal harm, according to resident Western Mass mob scribe Stephanie Barry of MassLive.com in an article she penned on a pair of guilty pleas in the case this week. The 54-year
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Bertolo Murder Kicked Off Canadian Mafia War, Mayhem In Montreal Underworld Keeps Going W/ Desjardins Disappearance

The 2005 murder of Canadian mobster Johnny Bertolo set off the epic Montreal mob war that continues to rage to this very day. One of his best friends recently went missing, bringing the Bertolo hit back into the spotlight. The 46-year old Bertolo was a close ally of powerful Rizzuto crime family lieutenant Raynald Desjardins
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Vincent Smothers’ Murder March Of The Mid-2000s: Detroit Gun-For-Hire Shot His Way Into Motown Gangland Infamy

Detroit hit man Vincent (Vito) Smothers ended his murder spree ten years ago, bringing the curtain down on a short, yet incredibly bloody and prolific career in the murder-for-hire game. The slender and unassuming-looking Smothers, a former high school honor student, admitted to killing a dozen people in less than two years in the mid-2000s, most of the
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Where’s The Beef? Boston Mob Boss of The 1990s Wants To Know Who Was Keeping Tabs On Who Around ’93 Murder

The criminal defense team for former New England mafia don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme is wondering why it hasn’t received more evidence of government surveillance surrounding the time Salemme allegedly ordered and oversaw the spring 1993 slaying of mob associate and nightclub owner Stevie DiSarro, considering Salemme and his crew were the high-priority targets in an ongoing federal racketeering
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Eastside Baltimore Dope Crew Down For The Count, ATF Nabs 13 ‘TTGrs’ For Drugs & Guns

The ATF brought down more than a dozen members of the eastside Baltimore drug crew known as the Trained To Go gang earlier this week with a multi-count federal drug, gun and racketeering indictment. “TTG” leaders Ernest (Rat) McRae and Jack (Juicy Jackie) Bagley, 37 and 38 years old, respectively, were at the center of
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Detroit’s East-West Drug Connection: Wanted Johnson Brothers Worked With Best Friends & YBI To Get To Mountain Top

East met west in Motown’s New Millennium narcotics scene. Throw in a little “YBI” and they built themselves a powerhouse. According to sources, as it rose through the Midwest underworld in the 2000s, Detroit’s Johnson Brothers Gang, the area’s most prominent Westside drug organization of the day, did business with remnants of the Motor City’s
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The Wedding Of The Year: Mob Lawyer’s Daughter’s Wedding Will Get Scene In Scorsese Hoffa Film ‘The Irishman’

The upscale wedding of a famous mob lawyer’s daughter held in the days following Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance will be depicted in the much-anticipated Martin Scorsese movie,The Irishman, about the relationship between the iconic labor union boss and an east coast mafia hit man. The fiery 62-year old Hoffa was kidnapped and killed on July 30, 1975, vanishing
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The Final Days Of The Mafia In Upstate New York: Utica Mob Murder Timeline (1970-1990)

The mob in upstate New York, formerly based around Utica, a notoriously tough region in Oneida County nicknamed by some the Empire State’s Sin City, has been gone for more than a quarter century — a 1990 federal racketeering case decimated what was left of organized crime in the area once ran at various times by crews representing both
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Detroit’s Westside Bids Farewell To Beloved Son, Rapper ‘Doughboy Roc,” Heads To Grave In Style

Detroit rapper Rodney (Doughboy Roc) Yeargin was laid to rest earlier this week in a funeral fit for royalty. Considering the 29-year old Yeargin was one of the young princes of the Midwest hip-hop scene, it was appropriate. Nearly 1,000 mourners turned out to see the rapper buried, his casket carried on a horse-drawn carriage in a procession which made its
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Jesse Plemons Cast As Chuckie O’Brien In New Hoffa Flick, Will Play Role Of Murdered Teamsters’ Surrogate Son-Turned-Rival

Jimmy Hoffa’s surrogate son, Chuckie O’ Brien, one of the suspects in Hoffa’s still-unsolved kidnapping and murder conspiracy, will be played by actor Jesse Plemons in the upcoming gangster “supergroup” movie, The Irishman about the relationship between the slain labor-union leader and east coast hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. Being helmed by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese,
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One-Time Charlotte Biker Boss ‘Chains’ Flamont Dies In Car Wreck, Was At Center Of Outlaws-Hells Angels Wars Of 1970s

Former North Carolina biker chief William (Chains) Flamont died in a motorcycle crash this fall. The 70-year old Flamont headed the Charlotte chapter of The Outlaws Motorcycle Club in the 1970s and first part of the 1980s, but had hung up his renegade biker spurs following a federal prison sentence. He was killed instantly when his Harley Davidson motorcycle
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The Three Finger Salute: N.J. Teamster ‘Three Finger Tony’ Castellitto’s Murder To Be Seen In Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Movie

The brutal labor-union related murder of Anthony (Three Finger Tony) Castellitto over a half-century ago will be shown on the big screen in acclaimed director Martin Scorsese’s highly-anticipated gangster “supergroup” movie The Irishman about the relationship between historic slain Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa and east coast hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. The film is currently shooting in
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Exploding Onto The Big Screen: Detroit Teamsters Leader Dave Johnson’s Boat Bombing Will Be Shown In New Scorsese Hoffa Film

The string of violence preceding the kidnapping and murder of historic labor union chief Jimmy Hoffa in 1975 will be depicted in The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated mob “supergroup” film about the relationship between Hoffa and east coast mafia hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran currently in production in New York. This week, Scorsese and company will shoot a scene in Long Island’s Hempstead Harbor where Michigan
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Murder Of Detroit Stick-Up Kid Loosely Linked To 1990s Kronk Gym Narcotics Probe

The 1989 gangland revenge slaying of Sherman Christian was tangentially tied to the so-called Kronk boxing drug case of the 1990s. Christian was gunned down in a highway drive-by on the orders of Olee Robinson, who was loosely connected to the Kronk narcotics conspiracy indictment which landed in May 1994. Robinson was part of a
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GR SOURCES: Tip Out Of Suburbs Put Slain Detroit Rapper Doughboy Roc On DEA’s Radar

Federal investigators had recently-slain Detroit rapper Rodney (Doughboy Roc) Yeargin in their sights, at least partially due to a tip received following a drug raid carried out in a Southeast Michigan suburb earlier this year, according to sources. Yeargin, 29, was killed this week on Detroit’s westside, shot to death behind the wheel of his car. His murder
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Motor City Rapper’s Murder Possible Drug Hit, Doughboy Roc Took Narcotics Arrest As Recently As Six Months Ago

Recently-slain Detroit rapper Rodney (Doughboy Roc) Yeargin was convicted of narcotics trafficking last summer and per sources his murder earlier this week is being investigated by authorities for links to the local drug world. The 29-year old Yeargin, signed to rap superstar Young Jeezy’s Def Jam-backed CTE label since 2013, was found shot to death
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Detroit’s Famous Kronk Gym Destroyed By Fire, ’94 Drug Case Part Of Storied Training Ground’s Legacy

The fabled Kronk Boxing Gym, once home to dozens of world champion prize fighters and the “King of Kronk” himself, legendary trainer Emanuel Steward, burned to the ground on Detroit’s westside over the weekend, ending almost a century standing at the corner of McGraw and Junction. Located inside the basement of what was the Kronk Recreational Center, the gym and its
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Boston Mobster ‘Spucky’ Spagnolo Sprung From Prison, Back On The Scene In Beantown

Former acting boss of the New England mafia, Anthony (Spucky) Spagnolo was released from federal prison late last week after serving two years for extortion. The 75-year old Spagnolo collected thousands of dollars in protection money from Boston’s Constitution Vending and the Revere Moose Lodge, a local social club in the mob hotbed of suburban Revere,
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Hoffa’s Affairs Of The Heart Examined In Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Movie, Oscar Winner Anna Paquin On Board As Sheeran’s Daughter

Jimmy Hoffa’s love life will be addressed in Martin Scorsese’s heavily-anticipated mob “supergroup” movie The Irishman, currently filming and chronicling the relationship between the iconic slain labor union boss and east coast mafia hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. Hoffa’s been missing since the summer of 1975, a victim of a beef with his one-time
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Real-To-Reel: DeVito & Nicholson’s ‘Hoffa’ Film – What’s Fact, What’s Fiction In 1992 Biopic

Back in the early 1990s, Danny DeVito and Jack Nicholson told Jimmy Hoffa’s life story on the silver screen to a lukewarm response. The 1992 Christmas Day release of Hoffa by 20th Century Fox Studio was directed by DeVito – who also co-starred – and got Nicholson a Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal
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‘The Irishman’ Hoffa Movie Fills Tony Giacalone Role, Scorsese Selects Patrick Gallo To Play Notorious Detroit Street Boss

The man probably responsible for arranging the details of labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa’s kidnapping and murder, snarling, steely-eyed Detroit mafia captain Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone, will be played by little-known actor Patrick Gallo in The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated gangster “supergroup” film currently in production on the east coast about the relationship between Hoffa and union enforcer and hit man Frank (The
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The Cleveland Mob War Timeline: Danny Greene Dueled With Italians In 1970s, Lost Life & Limbs In Battle

In the 1970s, Danny Greene and his Irish mob, known amongst themselves as the “Celtic Club,” locked horns with the Cleveland mafia for control of the city’s underworld. Throughout most of the decade, bombings, beatings and murders ravished the streets and drew headlines around the country. Greene was killed in a car bombing 40 years ago
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Conclusion Of 1970s Cleveland Mob War Marks Anniversary: Irish Crime Lord Danny Greene Met Grisly Death In Fall Of ’77

Danny Greene lived explosively. He died the same way. The brash and fearless Cleveland Irish mob boss was killed in a car bombing 40 years ago this week on the afternoon of October 6, 1977. His murder ceased tensions between the city’s Irish and Italian crime factions which had raged for the previous 18 months
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Teamsters’ ‘Big Fitzy’ To Be Part Of Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Movie, Director Gives Role Of Hoffa’s No. 2 To Basaraba

Martin Scorsese has brought aboard Canadian actor Gary Basaraba to play deceased Teamsters union boss and reputed mob puppet Frank (Big Fitzy) Fitzsimmons in The Irishman, the much-anticipated gangster “supergroup” film currently in production on the east coast about the relationship between hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran and iconic slain labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa, Fitzsimmons’ mentor in organized labor politics. Bararaba
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‘Don Juan’ Of Detroit-To-Pennsylvania Drug Network Down For The Count, Hit Hard By Judge In Narcotics Case Out Of Erie

There was no romancing the man with the gavel. Detroit drug dealer Stephen (Don Juan) Barry-Gibbons was sentenced this week by a state judge in Erie, Pennsylvania to 55 years in prison for narcotics trafficking in territory he took by force in the 2000s. The 31-year old Don Juan didn’t keep his feelings of outrage and disappointment
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Aftermath Of Hankton Trial In New Orleans Isn’t Pretty, More Murders & Convictions Abound In Big Easy Drug Scene

The fallout from last year’s Hankton family drug gang trial in New Orleans has been fierce: two witnesses dead, one more Hankton family lieutenant convicted…..twice. That lieutenant, Julius Hankton, a 28-year old cousin of imprisoned Big Easy drug lord “Wild Telly” Hankton, the No. 1 defendant in a frenzied 2016 federal racketeering and murder trial, pled
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Hugh Hefner Escaped Feds Wrath In The 1970s, Lost Friend, Executive Secretary Bobbie Arnstein To Drug Inquiry

Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner died this week at 91, an icon of the American sex revolution and having endured a painful, emotionally-taxing federal drug probe at the height of his fame and popularity in the 1970s. Hefner and his Playboy empire were the high-priority targets of a high-profile, yet ultimately unsuccessful multi-year narcotics probe that concluded in 1975 with
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“The Schvitz” Bathhouse In Detroit, For Decades A Mobster Hangout & Meeting Place, Gets Makeover

The echoes of the notorious Purple Gang will now be heard in more posh surroundings. The historic Oakland Avenue Bath House, better known as simply, “The Schvitz,” — a set of steam rooms and swimming pools located in Northeast Detroit steeped in underworld tradition dating back almost a century –, has undergone an extensive renovation and according
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Scorsese Rounds Out Casting Of Provenzano Crew For ‘Irishman’ Movie, Gets His Sally Bugs & Andretta Brothers

The final on-screen pieces are in place for movieland’s version of Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano’s infamous mob crew, a colorful collection of bad guys, bandits and bullies, who worked for the Genovese crime family’s Garden State capo out a Teamsters union hall in Union City, New Jersey in the 1960s and 70s. After Martin Scorsese cast Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) as Tony Pro in
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Flying The Chicken Coup…..Right To The Big Screen: Philly Mafia’s ‘Chicken Man’ Testa To See Face Time In New Scorsese Mob Flick

Slain Philadelphia mob boss Phil (The Chicken Man) Testa was memorialized in song by Bruce Springsteen back in the 1980s. Now, he’ll get the Hollywood treatment and appear on the silver screen. Seasoned character actor Larry Romano will play Testa in The Irishman, the much-anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese-helmed movie about the relationship between mob hit man, Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran
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Motown Biker Takes One On The Chin In Court, Highwaymen’s ‘Junior’ Ball Sees Appeal Kicked Loose

United States District Judge Nancy Edmunds nullified efforts by imprisoned Highwaymen Motorcycle Club member Gary (Junior) Ball to get a new trial last week, ruling the uncovering of a co-defendant’s prior work as an informant wasn’t enough grounds to assume that co-defendant had worked with federal authorities to subvert the overall defense of the case. Ball, 52, was one of
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Motor City Mob Homecoming: The Detroit Mafia’s Tocco Crew Gets One Of Its Own Back, Tommy Mackey Out Of The Can

Trusted Detroit mob associate Tommy Mackey was released from federal prison this week after doing 14 months behind bars for running an internet sports gambling ring based out of a popular eastside suburban pasta place. The 60-year old Mackey is a top lieutenant under reputed Detroit mob street boss Pete Tocco. Mackey and eight others were indicted in 2014 for
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Like A Bull In A China Shop: Jake LaMotta Landed On Law Enforcement Radar In Detroit As Champ In 1950s

Rugged prize fighter Jake LaMotta, who died of pneumonia in a Florida nursing home this week at 95, had his name appear on numerous FBI and Michigan State Police surveillance reports for his mingling with the mob on his trips to Detroit in the 1940s and 50s during his pro boxing heyday. The subject of the
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‘White Boy Rick’s’ Right-Hand Man ‘Freaky Steve’ Roussell Met An Unhappy Ending 30 Years Ago, Casualty Of Menacing ‘Best Friends’

Former Detroit drug world figure Stephen (Freaky Steve) Roussell was slain 30 years ago this week in the fall of 1987, a victim of romance-gone-wrong amid the city’s bullets-and-brawn charged crack wars. The 20-year old Roussell had been high-profile teenage drug dealer Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe’s right-hand man and closest friend. Wershe, 48 and the nation’s
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‘Righteous Mike’ Ramsey Brought Sons Of Silence MC To Midwest In 1970s, Challenged The Outlaws For Power In Indy

The Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club established its foothold in the Midwest in the 1970s when Michael (Righteous Mike) Ramsey brought the Sons of Silence to the heartland, setting up a chapter in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ramsey rose to become a revered SOS national president and dropped dead of a heart attack in March 1991 at the age of
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The Irishman Movie Gets Its ‘Fat Tony’ Salerno, Familiar Face Domenick Lombardozzi Cast As NYC Mob Boss

Veteran character actor Domenick Lombardozzi is slated to portray portly 20th Century New York mafia don Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno in The Irishman, the much-anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese-helmed movie about the relationship between hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran and iconic labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa. The 41-year old Lombardozzi has been appearing in gangster-centered movies and television shows for
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Stephen Graham Comes On Board Scorsese’s New Mob Flick ‘The Irishman’ As N.J. Gangster ‘Tony Pro’

Well acclimated to portraying high-profile American gangsters of the past, British actor Stephen Graham has been hired to play deceased east coast mob captain Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano in The Irishman, the much-anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese-helmed movie about the relationship between hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran and iconic labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa. Graham, 44, was
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The Rochester Mob Wars Scorecard Gets A Boost From In-Depth New Book: Alphabet Decoder Cheat Sheet

Former Rochester, New York Teamsters union member and east coast labor and mob historian Blair T. Kenny recently put out his second book, The Rochester Mob Wars (purchase a copy here) , chronicling the now-defunct crime family’s turbulent turf battles of the 1970s and early 1980s. The conflict became known in the media as the Alphabet Wars for its confusing alliances
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New England Mafia Leader “Little Cheese” DiNunzio Let Loose By Feds, Mob Don’s Baby Bro Returns To Beantown Following 6 Yrs. In Fed Custody

Boston mob bigwig Anthony (The Little Cheese) DiNunzio is a free man once again. Welcome to the Trump Era, Cheeseman No. 2! DiNunzio, the 58-year old former acting boss of the New England mafia and baby brother of the Patriarca crime family’s current reputed Godfather, Carmen (The Big Cheese) DiNunzio, was released from federal prison this month,
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To The Heart Of The Matter: “Moe Heart” Gibbs, Once Of Detroit’s Iconic YBI Drug Gang, Speaks On Darryl Terrell Indictment

An infamous inactive former Detroit drug gang lieutenant has taken time to do an interview with the media regarding a lesser-known one-time contemporary caught up in trouble again with the law. On the heels of Darryl Terrell’s recent federal indictment on cocaine-trafficking and money-laundering charges, his former fellow Young Boys, Incorporated henchman Maurice (Moe Heart)
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The D12 Murders: Rap Superstar Eminem Lost Two Close Friends, Group Members To Streets Of Detroit

When rap superstar Eminem shot to international fame in the late 1990s, he did so with his group D12 at his side. Sadly, two of the original six founding members of D12, Karnail (Bugz) Pitts and DeShaun (Proof) Holton, were killed in heated exchanges with rivals in 1999 and 2006, respectively, in their hometown of
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