Posts byScott Burnstein

Philly Mob Soldier ‘Sonny’ Mazzone Isn’t Someone To Be Messed With, Seen Meeting With Paroled Button Man In Fall Of ’17

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

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

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

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

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

The Columbia Point Dawgs’ Williams family crew led the Boston street gang’s expansion north, establishing its drug pipeline into Maine close to two decades ago. The Williams crew is headed by brothers Demetrius (Troll) Williams and Yancey (Young’n Yance) Williams and their father, Yancey (Poppa Yance) Calhoun, one of the original founders of the “CPD”
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Slimed By The Law: Boston Drug World Figure, ‘Slimey Dave,’ Receives Five Years Behind Bars

Boston drug boss David (Slimey Dave) Coke was sentenced to five years in federal prison this week. The 39-year old Coke pled guilty to a cocaine conspiracy in April 2017. He was rounded up in a 2015 dismantling of the Columbia Point Dawgs, New England’s most well-known street gang. Coke is considered by law enforcement the gang’s top narcotics supplier, running his operations
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Chicago Mafia Don Accardo Fulfilled Death Wish Towards Burglars Who Dared To Rob Him 40 Years Ago

Feeling disrespected and unappreciated, a rogue Chicago mob burglary crew robbed the suburban mansion of longtime Windy City Godfather Tony (the Big Tuna) Accardo 40 years ago this week, in the early morning hours of January 6, 1978. The fallout was swift and savage – a protégé of iconic Prohibition Era Outfit boss Al Capone,
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As New Year Dawns, Feds Renewing Fight Against Mafia In Chicago: Veteran Mobsters, Old Murders Getting Fresh Attention

Chicago mob leaders are in the FBI’s crosshairs to start 2018. Newly appointed Windy City FBI chief Jeff Sallet said as much in his introductory press conference back in November. “The Chicago Outfit, we haven’t forgotten about you,” said Sallet to a gathering of media members. Sallet, 48, is a superstar in federal law enforcement
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FBI Recordings Showed Springfield (MA) Mafia Figure ‘Frankie the Shark’ Had Ill Will Towards Fmr. Rackets Boss ‘Big Al’ Bruno

Western Massachusetts wiseguy Frank (Frankie the Shark) Depergola wasn’t too shy in sharing his thoughts and frustration about his former boss in the Springfield mob with a wired-for-sound extortion victim back in 2013. The 61-year old Depergola, who recently pled guilty in a federal racketeering conspiracy, was slain local mafia captain Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno’s
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Real-To-Reel: ‘Goodfellas’ Slayings Connected To Lufthansa Heist Brought Grim Reality To New York Mob Scene

New York mobster and Bonanno crime family captain Vinnie Asaro was sentenced to eight years in prison this past week for arson. Asaro, 82, beat charges two years ago for his alleged participation in the infamous Lufthansa Heist depicted in the classic 1990 film Goodfellas. In the late 1970s, high-ranking Lucchese crime family associate James
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Long-Running Conflict In Springfield (MA) Gangland Sphere Has Manzi Family & Mob At Odds For Years

The divide in the Springfield, Massachusetts underworld has seen the traditional Italian mafia and the independent Manzi family at odds dating back almost two decades. Just two years ago, reputed Springfield mob crew boss Albert (the Animal) Calvanese and Manzi family patriarch Carmine (Carm the Barber) Manzi engaged in a fist fight in the city’s
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Bidding Adieu To Bobo: Notorious Providence Mobster Dies Behind Bars At 75

Infamous New England mafia capo Frank (Bobo) Marrapese died of heart failure at a Rhode Island prison hospital while serving the last few years of a sentence for bookmaking and extortion. The 75-year old Marrapese ran a mob crew out of Providence and had his name back in the news this last year when he did an interview from
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Outlaws MC’er ‘Barber Shop’ Boshears Visibly Upset At Girlfriend In Hours Leading Up To Her Slaying

Accused murderer and Outlaws Motorcycle Club member Jeremy (Barber Shop) Boshears was in a rage in the hours before his girlfriend Kaitlyn Kearns wound up dead, according to police in Illinois. Facing first-degree homicide charges in Kearns’ killing, the 32-year old Boshears, part of the Outlaws chapter in Joliet, Illinois — a south suburb of
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Court Documents: Bout With Cancer Has Chicago Outfit Enforcer Chuckie Russell On His Last Legs

Veteran Chicago mafia strong arm and reputed big-score thief Charles (Chuckie the Electrician) Russell is dying of cancer, according to federal court documents filed by Russell’s attorney seeking his release from jail for medical reasons. Under indictment on weapons charges and facing an upcoming trial, Russell was let out on bond last week. Per the filing, Russell has terminal prostate cancer and is
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Hoffa’s Kids Get Roles In New Scorsese Flick ‘The Irishman,’ Judge Crancer & James P. Hoffa Parts Cast

Jimmy Hoffa’s highly-accomplished offspring have been cast in the new eagerly-awaited Martin Scorsese film, The Irishman, about the relationship between Hoffa, the slain Teamsters boss, and east coast mob hitman Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. The movie stars a cavalcade of A-List actors led by the iconic Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Hoffa’s son James P.
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Chicago Mob’s Grand Ave. ‘Electrician,’ Chuckie Russell Gets Christmas Gift Of Freedom While Awaiting Weapons Trial

Violence-prone Chicago mobster Charles (Chuckie the Electrician) Russell is out on bond for the holidays, surprisingly sprung from a federal holding tank last week in order to tend to health issues before he’s set to go to trial on weapons charges early next year stemming from a late 2016 arrest in an ATF sting operation. Russell is a longtime member
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Five Years Since Ill-Conceived Gino DiPietro Mob Hit In Philly, One Perpetrator Locked Up, Another Still At Large

Philadelphia mafia associate, convicted felon and former government informant Gino DiPietro was killed gangland style five years ago this week. On the late afternoon of December 12, 2012, just blocks away from where Bruno-Scarfo crime family leaders stood trial for racketeering, DiPietro was slain as he got into his pickup truck across the street from
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Western Mass. Mafia Figures Rex Cunningham & Frank Depergola Let Towing Mogul Know Shakedown Was Coming His Way

According to federal court filings, Springfield, Massachusetts mobsters Rex Cunningham and Frank (Frankie the Shark) Depergola warned local businessman Craig (C.J.) Morel he was about to be extorted by their Genovese crime family subunit. Then, hours later, he was. The filings were part of pre-trial motions in the upcoming trial of alleged Western Mass mafia crew member
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Chicago Mobster Joey Glimco Role In Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ Movie Goes To Former NYC Cop Bo Dietl

Martin Scorsese bit-player favorite Bo Dietl will portray Chicago mob captain Joey Glimco in the legendary director’s new movie, The Irishman, about the relationship between slain Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa and east coast mafia hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. The 67-year old Dietl played small, but memorable roles in Scorsese-helmed classics, Goodfellas and
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Film About Teen Drug Dealer, Underage FBI Mole In The Motor City, ‘White Boy Rick,’ Gets New Release Date

The White Boy Rick movie will finally be in theatres this summer, pushing back from its original January 2018 release date. Starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, the big-budget Hollywood film depicts the trials and tribulations of Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe, the former teenage drug dealer and FBI mole from Detroit who has
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By George, I Think You Got It: Philly Mob Figure George Borgesi Building Profile, Powerbase Back Up In Recent Years

George (Georgie Boy) Borgesi, a seasoned mob heavyweight in Philadelphia, has had a hectic, yet productive last four years or so. When he came out of prison in early 2014, he was on the outs with Bruno-Scarfo crime family leaders and allegedly skating on thin ice. Now, he’s back in the inner circle, according to sources, and
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Hoping For An Early Christmas Present, South Philly Wiseguy Damion Canalichio Looking To Be Resentenced

Philadelphia mobster Damion Canalichio will see his judge next week in an attempt to get resentenced on a 2013 racketeering conviction. He’s currently awaiting the hearing in a federal detention facility in the City of Brotherly Love, a fact first reported last week by award-winning FOX29 television investigative journalist and longtime resident mobologist Dave Schratwieser.
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Aretha Franklin & The Black Mob: The Queen Of Soul Almost Recorded With Detroit Numbers King

The Queen of Soul, the venerable Aretha Franklin, almost signed a talent contract with deceased Detroit Black mob boss Edward (Fast Eddie) Wingate and his Golden World Records label back in the early years of her remarkable music career, according to Michigan State Police documents from the late 1970s. Instead, Franklin, today 75, inked with Atlantic
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Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire: Detroit Rap Figure ‘Smokecamp Chino’ & Crew Corralled By Feds In Drug Case

Another Detroit rapper is in trouble with the law. Earlier this month, Jerray (Smokecamp Chino) Key and more than a dozen of his Smokecamp brethren were taken down in a federal drug and racketeering case. They all face a maximum of 20 years behind bars if found guilty on all counts, which besides naroctics trafficking, includes
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Home For The Holidays: Alleged Detroit Mob Leader Let Out Of Prison In Time For Turkey Day

Reputed Detroit mafia captain Giuseppe (Joe the Hood) D’Anna made it home Thanksgiving Weekend from a year-and-a-half stint in prison on a federal extortion conviction. D’Anna is 65 and runs a crew out of the upper suburbs of Macomb County, according to sources. A native Sicilian, he has long overseen the Zerilli-Tocco crime family’s “zip”
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The Helter Skelter Hit List: A Charles Manson Family Murder Timeline (1968-1977)

Iconic hippie cult leader Charles Manson, convicted of killing nine people in Los Angeles in a one-month period back in the summer of 1969, died of natural causes last week at 83. He had been in prison for 48 years. His obsession with The Beatles led to him referring to his murderous ways as “Helter Skelter” in a nod
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Springfield (MA) Mafia Flashback: Bruno & Delevo Did Business Differently, Both Headed Western Mass Mob In Final Glory Days

Former Springfield, Massachusetts mob powers Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno and Anthony (Skip) Delevo were both groomed in east coast gangland circles by the notorious Scibelli brothers. Besides their similar upbringing in the area’s mob, the two were a picture of contrasting styles and well-known rivals. The brash and boisterous Big Al Bruno was gunned down
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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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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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