Posts byScott Burnstein

The Nite Lite Café Murders: Boston Mafia Lieutenant ‘Ralphie Chong’s’ North End Hangout Site Of 1966 Bloodletting

Recently-deceased Boston mob figure Ralph (Ralphie Chong) Lamattina helped his bosses in the Patriarca crime family kill two local rival racketeers inside his Nite Lite Café on the outskirts of the North End in the 1960s. Greek gangster Arthur (Tash) Bratsos and his bodyguard Thomas (Tommy D) De Prisco were lured to the Nite Lite
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The China Syndrome: Beantown Mobster ‘Ralphie Chong’ Lamattina Checks Out Of The Game At 94

New England mafia soldier Ralph (Ralphie Chong) Lamattina died of natural causes earlier this month (April 10, 2017). He was a ripe 94 years old and came from the Patriarca crime family’s Boston wing. Longtime Boston Herald mob scribe Howie Carr first reported Ralphie Chong’s passing in Sunday’s paper. From the 1960s into the 1980s,
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Biker War Hit The Heartland In 1980s: Outlaws’ Murder In Toledo Brought Hells Angels To Town En Masse For Trial

The longstanding biker war between the Hells Angels and the Outlaws was at a boiling point in the early 1980s after a Hells Angel allegedly killed an Outlaw in cold blood in Toledo, Ohio. Hells Angels Cleveland chapter initiate Jack (Jack-O-Lantern) Gentry was put on trial 35 years ago this fall for the first-degree murder
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Legendary Hells Angels-Outlaws Biker War Can Be Traced Back To 1974 Triple Murder In South Florida

The execution-style of murders of three Massachusetts Hells Angels in Florida in the spring of 1974 set off the ongoing blood feud between the West Coast-headquartered Hells Angels and their arch-rivals from the Midwest, the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. The biker war, still raging well into its fifth decade, has cost both clubs hundreds of violent fatalities
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Dr. Frankenstein Strikes In Michigan: Avengers MC Member Indicted For Killing His Wife

Avengers Motorcycle Club member Frank (Dr. Frankenstein) Bartels was charged with the first-degree murder of his wife this past week in a Genesee County, Michigan state court. Thirty-eight-year old Shane Bartels was suffocated to death on January 13, 2012. Facing the prospect of life in prison if convicted, he pled not guilty. Frank Bartels, 51, is a
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Stretching His Legs: Boston Wiseguy ‘Stretch’ Quintina Leaves Prison On Heels Of Year-&-A-Half For Racketeering

Boston mobster Pryce (Stretch) Quintina walked free this week. The veteran 77-year old Patriarca crime family soldier was released from an 18-month federal prison term for extortion to house-arrest status Tuesday morning. He’ll shed his monitoring bracelet on May 29. Quintina worked directly on behalf of former New England mafia acting boss Anthony (Spucky) Spagnolo and was
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Plenty Of Fireworks In Cleveland Mafia In The 1970s: The Danny Greene Mob War Timeline

The 1970s in the Cleveland underworld was a rough-and-tumble affair, as the city’s traditional Italian mafia had its hold on the region’s rackets challenged by an upstart Irish gangster and labor organizer named Danny Greene. By late in the decade, Cleveland was deeply imbedded in a chaotic bombing war, pitting the Italians on the eastside against
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The Last Don Standing Talks Murders From Philly Mafia Past – ‘Dutchie’, Turra & Turchi hits – With Local Journalist

In an interview with award-winning FoxPhilly29 investigative reporter Dave Schratwieser this week to promote his new memoir, former Philadelphia mob boss Ralph Natale discusses three gangland murders from the 1990s (view here). Natale, 82, was the boss of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family from the fall of 1994 until he entered the Witness Protection Program in
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East Coast Drug Kingpin, Reputed Wu Tang Clan Street Contact, “Big Black” Christian Gets 50 Piece

New York City drug lord Harvey (Big Black) Christian was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison earlier this month for his role in leading a Staten Island crack cocaine empire run out of the Park Hill Projects in Clifton for upwards of 20 years. His younger brother, Anthony (Nitty) Christian, was smacked with a life sentence last
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Motorcycle Club Moving Day: Chicago Outlaws North Side Chapter Departs Longtime Home, Heads West

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Chicago has moved hitching posts. Back in the winter, the Outlaws infamous North Side chapter left its longtime stomping grounds on Division Street in Humboldt Park and relocated to a new clubhouse on the city’s far west end in an industrial warehouse district. The property the North Side chapter’s former
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Final Purple Gang-Related Indictment Ensnared ‘Candy’ Davidson In Drug Bust He Eventually Beat

The last gasp of Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang came in late 1989, some 60 years after the all-Jewish crime syndicate dominated the Motor City’s bootlegging industry with a near-decade murderous reign atop the region’s rackets, when ex-Purple Ganger and deceased Detroit mob associate William (Candy) Davidson was indicted in a narcotics conspiracy case. The then-78
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‘Mungo’ Broughton, Muscle For Legendary NYC Dope Don ‘Supreme’ McGriff, Might Be Coming Home Soon

Following over a decade behind bars for taking part in a pair of contract murders, New York hit man Barry (Mungo) Broughton, a one-time enforcer for iconic east coast drug kingpin Kenny (Supreme) McGriff, was sentenced to time served by a federal court judge earlier this month. Mungo Broughton, 43, testified against McGriff at his
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Pistons Run At The Palace Comes To End, Three NBA Titles & One Possible Point-Shaving Incident Part Of Building’s History

The Palace of Auburn Hills’ legacy could contain point shaving on pro basketball games. The FBI investigated claims of shaving points by members of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons at the height of the franchise’s famed “Bad Boys” glory era but never brought any charges. One of the games probed for point shaving took place at the Palace
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Philly MC Member, Fmr. Youth Boxing Coach Going Away For More Than A Decade In Warlocks Meth Distribution Case

The ranks of the “easy riders” in the City of Brotherly Love absorbed a blow this week as Philadelphia biker world strong arm Andrew (Raggedy Andy) Carr, an enforcer and drug lieutenant for the Warlocks Motorcycle Club’s Chester, Pennsylvania chapter was hit with an 11-year federal prison sentence for his participation in a narcotics trafficking
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Milwaukee Outlaws MC Buried One Of Its Own In Winter Of ’17, ‘Rhino’ Hammond Remembered For Fearless Spirit

Notorious Midwest biker badass Scott (Rhino) Hammond of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s Milwaukee chapter died back in the winter, bringing an end to a career on the streets known for his fearlessness as an enforcer. Rhino Hammond passed away on January 16, 2017. He was just 57 years old at the time of his death. Hammond had
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Outlaws Homecoming: Florida Outlaws MC Sees One Member Die, Two More “Reborn” With Return To The Streets

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club down in Florida lost a brother this week with the fatal stabbing of seasoned Jacksonville chapter lieutenant Christopher (Louie the Lip) Keating in a Daytona Beach bar fight, but recently gained two club elder statesmen with the release from prison of legendary South Florida biker lords, James (Big Jim) Nolan and Fred
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An Explosive Situation: Early-80s Tampa Biker Boss J.J. Hall Joined Team U.S.A After Falling In Outlaws MC Case

The Florida biker bust 35 years ago that sent recently-slain 59-year old Outlaws Motorcycle Club lieutenant Christopher (Louie the Lip) Keating to prison back in the 1980s led to the cracking of two gangland homicides, the car-bomb murder of a federal witness down in the Louisiana Bayou and a drug-related execution in Jacksonville. Louie the
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No More Lip Service: Outlaws MC Lieutenant ‘Louie the Lip’ Keating Killed In Daytona Beach Bar Scuffle

Florida biker luminary Christopher (Louie the Lip) Keating, a veteran member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s Jacksonville chapter, was stabbed to death this week in a bar fight at the eerily-named Crooks Den tavern in Daytona Beach on Orange Avenue. The Outlaws have long controlled vast pieces of biker turf across the Florida panhandle. The 59-year old Keating
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Lights, Camera, Action Pt. 2: Detroit’s ‘Mae West’ May Have Been Killed Because Of Dangerous Love Triangle

The 1991 murder of Tanya (Mae West) Moore in Detroit was most likely the result of a combustible gangland love triangle and rumors that she was a federal informant, according to those familiar with the never-solved homicide investigation. Moore’s family blamed notorious Motor City drug-game enforcer Charles (Chuckie Lights Out) Hardaway for Moore’s slaying and ten years
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The Crack Era In Philadelphia Revisited: Philly Junior Black Mafia Timeline (1985-1992)

In the years after the original Philadelphia Black Mafia was dismantled by court convictions and internal squabbling, Aaron (A.J.) Jones, a former gopher as a young boy for founding Philly Black Mafia member Robert (Nudie) Mims, started the Junior Black Mafia (JBM) in the mid-1980s. Jones and his JBM went on to dominate the North and
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Lights, Camera, Action: Fmr. Motown Drug Game Muscle Chuckie Hardaway Murdered Days Removed From Walking Out Of Pen In ’07

Once highly-feared Detroit drug world enforcer Charles (Chuckie Lights Out) Hardaway was killed ten years ago this week, only days after being released from prison on a narcotics trafficking conviction he served almost two decades behind bars for. The 48-year old Hardaway was shot to death in the parking lot of a suburban Detroit shoe
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DEA Probe Could Cost Alleged Detroit Drug Boss ‘Peanut’ Brown His Reality TV Show

The upcoming Lifetime Network reality television show Detroit Dynasty, centering around the life of Motor City rap mogul and reputed drug chief Brian (Peanut) Brown, is in jeopardy of being shelved with the new revelations that Brown and his rising music empire are subjects of an expansive federal criminal investigation per sources with knowledge of
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Feds In Detroit Failed To Put ‘Peanut’ Brown Away On Coke Charges In Early 90s, Succeeded Later In Decade

Slow and sloppy work by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the 1990s allowed alleged Detroit drug lord Brian (Peanut) Brown to slip away from cocaine trafficking charges 20 years ago. A federal judge threw out the case against a then-27 year old Brown for failure to give him a speedy trial. It didn’t really matter
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From The Peanut Gallery: Detroit Rap Mogul & Reputed Drug Chieftain Trying To Dodge Feds Full-Court Press

Detroit’s biggest reputed heroin kingpin appears to be on the cusp of being indicted for his alleged large-scale drug-dealing activities amid his rise as a hip hop mogul in the independent rap game. Forty-seven year old Brian (Peanut) Brown, already a convicted narcotics trafficker and the founder and CEO of BMB Records, has been the
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The Alphabet War Timeline: Three Mob Crews Vied For Control Of Rochester (NY) Rackets in 70s & 80s

A power struggle in the Rochester, New York mafia raged for almost a decade, setting the city’s underworld ablaze in war for most of the late 1970s and early 1980s and pretty much spelling the end of organized crime in the city from that point forward. The fight for local gangland supremacy would go on to
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The Cat In The Hat Ticketed For The Can: N.J. Mob Capo Gets Dime Piece In Attempted Murder Case

New Jersey mafia captain Charles (Charlie the Hat) Stango was sentenced this week to 10 years in federal prison for plotting to murder a mob rival. Late last year, Stango, 73, pled guilty to trying to hire a pair of undercover FBI agents to kill DeCalvacante crime family soldier Luigi (Lou the Dog) Oliveri for
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Written Off The Page: The Chicago Outfit’s ‘Chuckie The Typewriter’ Rubbed Out 40 Years Ago

Infamous former Chicago mafia hit man Charles (Chuckie the Typewriter) Nicoletti was slain 40 years ago this week in a suburban Windy City restaurant parking lot. The 60-year old Nicoletti, a top hit man under multiple Outfit bosses, but particularly close to Sam (Momo) Giancana and Felix (Milwaukee Phil) Alderesio, died a suspect in dozens
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That’s What Friends Are For: Philly Mob Mover & Shaker Borgesi Makes More “Friends” Along East Coast

Since his release from a 14-year federal prison stint on a racketeering conviction in early 2014, Philadelphia mafia figure George (Georgie Boy) Borgesi has turned into the consummate mob politician. The 53-year old captain continues to extend his contact base beyond the South Philly underworld, recently taking meetings with one prominent Providence, Rhode Island mobster
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And They Call It Puppy Love: Crimetown Podcast Puts The Microscope On Mobbed-Up Providence Banker

Reputed former mob banker and convicted felon Joe (The Puppy Dog) Mollicone, Jr., the poster boy for causing an east coast banking crisis in the 1990s, is the focus of the most recent Crimetown podcast centering on organized crime and corruption in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. You can listen to Episode No. 13 of
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ESSAY: Former Detroit Wiseguy Talks About The Mob, His Family, Stolen Cars And Chop Shops

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 first
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Reputed Detroit Mob Associate Accettola Nailed In Credit-Card Scam, Has To Give Fraud Victims $12 Mil In Separate Case

The legal troubles continue to mount for alleged Detroit mafia associate and accomplished con man Gino Accettola. Two months after agreeing to pay a cool $12,000,000 in restitution fees to victims in a Ponzi scheme surrounding bogus construction projects from a civil law suit filed in Macomb County, Michigan last year, the 49-year old Accettola now finds himself criminally
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Mid-2000s Motown Mob Takedown Had Mixed Results: Detroit Godfather Beat Racketeering Case, Capos Not So Lucky

The book was shut on the federal government’s last full-scale assault against the Detroit mafia ten years ago this spring, resulting in prison time for two reputed high-ranking members of the organization and the acquittal at trial of the case’s lead defendant, alleged Motown mob don Jack (Jackie the Kid) Giacalone. The feds indicted Giacalone
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ESSAY: Retired Detroit Goodfella ‘Gunner’ Lindbloom On The Mob & Poker Games

Former 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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Feds May Have Fumbled 2016 East Coast Mafia Takedown, So-Called Devil On Skinny Joey’s Shoulder Might Prevail Again

The uncanny luck of Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino never ceases to amaze. He’s been known to joke with those close to him about the devil on his shoulder looking after him in his career in the underworld. Well, it looks like the devil has struck again. The case against the suave, cagey and
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A Year In The Life: Federal Documents Track Former Detroit Mobster Billy Giacalone’s Affairs In 1986

An FBI dossier detailing surveillance and intelligence gleaned from a series of confidential informants related to deceased Detroit mafia chief Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone’s activities throughout an eight-month span in 1986 shows how much the government knew about Giacalone’s daily affairs at the time and the fact that not surprisingly he had people close to him
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The Bangkok Bust: Summer of ’76 Unkind To NYC Mafia Don Madonna, Nailed For Moving Drugs From Overseas

Alleged New York mob boss and noted 1970s mafia narcotics trafficker Matty Madonna got busted for drug dealing in the Bicentennial summer of 1976 after he went looking for a heroin source in Southeast Asia, according to court records. The cagey, heavily-respected 82-year old Madonna is two years into a 3-to-5 year state prison sentence
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Trusted Outfit Lieutenant ‘Louie Tomatoes’ Marino Dead At 84, Chicago Mafia Boss’ Chum Checks Out Of The Game

Chicago mob power Louis (Louie Tomatoes) Marino had a brief taste of freedom in his latter years and is now headed to that big social club in the sky. The 84-year Marino, the Outfit’s alleged main man in the North suburbs and reputed Windy City mafia don Salvatore (Solly D) DeLaurentis’ best friend, died of natural
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GR SOURCES: Investigation Into Chicago Outfit’s Westsiders Has Law Enforcement Looking In Iowa & Wisconsin

The continuing multi-agency probe into the affairs of the Chicago mafia’s Grand Avenue crew has expanded out of Illinois and into Wisconsin and Iowa, per sources in Midwest law enforcement. The extensive inquiry which began over three years ago is focused on the Outfit’s reputed Grand Avenue captain and overall street boss Albert (Albie the Falcon) Vena
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Operation Falling Star Redux: Detroit Drug Gang Enforcer ‘L-Boogie’ Paris Stayed Busy In Three Years On Run From Law

Notorious Detroit hit man and cowboy-style drug gang lieutenant Lamont (L-Boogie) Paris didn’t let his fugitive status affect his ability to ply his trade, according to federal court filings, as the hired gun and “main muscle” for former Motown marijuana king Quasand (Q-Dawg) Lewis remained active in the war that engulfed the Lewis organization in the
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Operation Falling Star Redux: Raids, Seizures Had Quasand Lewis’ Detroit Drug Empire At Brink Of Internal Warfare

The stress of an aggressive federal probe into their activities in the mid-2000s sent Detroit drug lord Quasand (Q-Dawg) Lewis’s inner-circle into paranoid chaos in the months before the Operation Falling Star indictment landed in July 2005 leading to a near civil war within the ranks of his organization on the heels of the bloody street war
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Philadelphia Mobster ‘Bones’ DePena Survives Stabbing, Stays True To Code Of The Street

Philadelphia mob associate William (Billy Bones) DePena was stabbed in the chest Wednesday night around the intersection of 11th and Oregon and has refused police requests to identify his attacker, who fled before authorities were called to the scene, per sources on the street in South Philly. The stabbing was first reported by FoxPhilly29 television’s
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Operation Falling Star Redux: Stripper, Reputed Mule Linked To Detroit Drug Chief Quasand Lewis Caught In Arizona

One of the previous two remaining fugitives from the Detroit DEA’s highly-successfully Operation Falling Star targeting Quasand (Q Dawg) Lewis’s almost 200-million dollar narcotics empire was apprehended in recent months after more than a decade on the run. Former exotic dancer and accused drug mule Annette Sanchez, 35, was nabbed trying to cross the border from Mexico
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The Motor City’s Furniture Store Chain Slaying: ‘Little Lenny’ Schultz Most Likely Played Role In Leach Hit, Informants Told Feds

Forty three years ago deceased Detroit mafia middleman and longtime labor-union troubleshooter Leonard (Little Lenny) Schultz was probably involved in the Harvey Leach murder conspiracy, according to multiple FBI informants, acting as a “set-up man,” in the still never-closed gangland homicide. Leach went missing on his way to Schultz’s suburban southeastern Michigan home on an early spring afternoon in 1974 and
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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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