Posts byScott Burnstein

The Evil Dead: Murder Timeline For The Philadelphia Mob’s Scarfo Era (1981-1987)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Buffalo mafia was treacherous terrain in the late-20th Century, from the time surrounding the 1974 passing of crime family namesake Stefano (The Undertaker) Magaddino until the start of the New Millennium, the Italian mob in western New York averaged roughly one gangland murder per year, with the 1970s and 80s being particularly brutal on the streets of Buffalo. May 8,
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The Local 210 Murders: Buffalo Mafia Baron Leonard Falzone Died A Suspect In Pair Of Labor Union-Linked Hits

Over three and a half decades ago, recently-deceased Buffalo mob don Leonardo (Leonard the Calzone) Falzone was a central figure in the planning and carrying out of a murderous 24-hour purge of potential troublemakers for Local 210 of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) which Falzone held a plum administrative post at until
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Dean Martin & The Mafia: Rat Pack No. 2 Man Rubbed Elbows With Wiseguys His Whole Life Just Like Ole’ Blue Eyes

Dean Martin had just as many mafia ties as his more well-known mob-affiliated Rat Pack pal Frank Sinatra. Portions of Martin’s FBI file detail his early underworld connections as a gopher, blackjack dealer, dice man and aspiring boxer under the auspice of the mafia in Steubenville, Ohio in the 1930s. Michigan State Police records from
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Buffalo’s ‘Calzone’ Mob King, Leonard Falzone, Slides Into Undertaker’s Oven At 81, Spells End Of Era In W. NY Underworld

The reputed boss of what’s left of the once-powerful Buffalo mafia, east coast mob elder-statesman, Leonardo (Leonard the Calzone) Falzone, died of natural causes this week at 81 years old and after a decade as the alleged leader of the continuously-shrinking Magaddino crime family in western New York. According to the FBI, Falzone assumed command
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List Of Safe Combos Led To Riches, Rep & Eventually Death For Rhode Island Thief Who Crossed The Mob

The unsolved 1994 New England mob murder of burglar Barry Kourmpates can be traced back to the stealing of a list of safe-installations job orders and accompanying combinations two years earlier, according to Rhode Island State Police records and the excellent reporting of the Providence Journal newspaper in the months after Kourmpates, 23, popped up dead at
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The Barry Kourmpates ‘Mother’s Day Murder’: Ex-N.E. Wiseguy DeLuca Also Giving Info On 1994 R.I. Gangland Hit

A third early-1990s New England mob murder is getting renewed interest as a result of former Patriarca crime family acting underboss and Providence, Rhode Island capo Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca’s renewed cooperation following his arrest this past summer in the Witness Protection Program, per sources in law enforcement. Whether all three gangland homicides will
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Key Of Death: The Kansas City Mob’s Raucous River Quay War Murder Timeline

The Kansas City mafia erupted into war in the late 1970s related to an internal dispute over control of the city’s River Quay neighborhood, its then-trendy nightlife and entertainment center. The unrest set off a near-decade of violence and instability in the Civella crime family. On one side of the feud was ambitious and bloodthirsty Civella clan
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The Big Tuna’s Big Revenge: Chicago Mob’s ‘Break-In Murders’ Hit List Timeline

Legendary Midwest don and Chicago mafia boss Anthony (Tony the Big Tuna) Accardo ordered the bloodletting of an entire Outfit burglary crew almost 40 years ago. The crew of professional thieves he targeted had dared to rob Accardo’s suburban River Forest mansion on January 6, 1978 while Accardo was out of town vacationing in California. Accardo led the Italian mafia in
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The Flames Of Discontent In Youngstown (CrimeTown USA): Cleveland-Pittsburgh Mob War II Murder Timeline

In the late 1970s, the Cleveland and Pittsburgh mafia families went to war with each other for the second time in two decades. The war lasted two and a half years, took place on the rugged battleground in Youngstown, Ohio and pitted Cleveland mob boss James (Jack White) Licavoli against the Pittsburgh mob’s capo in the Mahoning Valley,
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‘Saint’ Of New England Mafia Dies At 75, Rhode Island Mobster Passes Mired In Rumors & Murder Probe

Fresh out of federal prison following a ten-year bid, lightning-rod New England mob captain Anthony (The Saint) St. Laurent died this week of natural causes. The ailing 75-year old capo had been behind bars for the past decade on an extortion conviction and a bust in an ill-fated murder-for-hire plot. He hailed from the Patriarca crime family’s Providence, Rhode Island faction and was
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Ex-N.E. Mob Capo Bobby DeLuca Cops To Part In Another Murder, Hanrahan Hit One Step Closer To Being Cracked

Former New England mafia captain and one-time underboss Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca pled guilty to murder conspiracy charges connected to the 1992 execution of fearsome mob enforcer Kevin Hanrahan late this week in federal court in Boston. He also pled guilty to lying to federal investigators five years ago when he entered the Witness Protection Program
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Sources: Slain New England Mafia Figure ‘Rum-Shot Ronnie’ Coppola, Maybe Unknowingly, Set Kevin Hanrahan Up To Be Killed

Deceased New England mobster Ronald (Rum-Shot Ronnie) Coppola acted as the “set-up man” in the gangland slaying of heavily-feared Patriarca crime family strong arm Kevin Hanrahan 24 years ago, an unsolved Providence, Rhode Island homicide receiving renewed attention by investigators in recent months, according to sources familiar with the state and federal probe. Coppola’s best
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The Kevin Hanrahan Hit: Salemme, St. Laurent Getting Fresh Look From Feds For Possible Role In N.E. Mob Murder

One just walked out of jail. The other just went back in. Both are suspects in the unsolved September 1992 murder of New England mob associate Kevin Hanrahan, a feared Irish enforcer and collector for the Patriarca crime family for well over a decade slain gangland style in Providence’s historically mafia-run Federal Hill neighborhood (seen
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GR Sources: Rumblings In New England Mafia That ‘The Saint’ Talked To Feds Tied To Leak Of ‘Rifleman’s’ Affidavit

According to exclusive Gangster Report sources, the rumor that New England mob captain Anthony (The Saint) St. Laurent is or was a federal confidential informant stems from a leaked affidavit signed by noteworthy Boston underworld turncoat Stephen (Stevie the Rifleman) Flemmi that somehow made it into the hands of east coast wiseguys or their associates.
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The Pro Tour: New England Mafia Assassin ‘Pro’ Lerner’s Hit Parade Gets NY Times Treatment

The New York Times ran a lengthy and compelling feature story recalling the life and times of baseball player-turned-mob hit man Maurice (Pro) Lerner this week penned by Dan Barry. Lerner, who died peacefully of natural causes three years ago at 77, was one of the New England mafia’s most-feared hired guns during the 1960s at the peak
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Well-Liked Motown Lawyer Lustig Passes Away, Did Excellent Legal Work For YBI’s Jones, Detroit Mafia’s ‘General’

Popular and high-profile Detroit criminal defense attorney Richard Lustig, a master litigator and wheeler dealer in the courtroom who represented some of the Motor City’s most notorious felons in his near five decade lawyering career, died this past week at 73 years old, succumbing to complications from a recent stroke. Lustig famously crafted favorable deals
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The Saint Comes Marching Home: Notorious N.E. Mafia Figure On His Way Home After Long Stint In The Can

Aging and infirmed New England mob captain Anthony (The Saint) St. Laurent was released from prison this week. The 75-year old St. Laurent has been behind bars for most of the past two decades for a pair of federal extortion convictions and a bust in an ill-fated murder-for-hire plot. He hails from the Patriarca crime
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Cold-Case Wrigleyville Murder Might Have Ties To Chicago Mafia, Victim Bounced At Famous Watering Hole

With the Chicago Cubs fighting for their first World Series championship in over a century, historic Wrigley Field and the surrounding Wrigleyville neighborhood is a hotbed of activity these days – the Cubs are squaring off with the Cleveland Indians in the franchise’s first appearance in pro baseball’s big dance since 1945. Some people speculate
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Denny McLain & The Mafia: Cy Young-Winning Pitcher Played Ball With The Mob In MLB Career And After

Retired Major League Baseball star and convicted felon Denny McLain’s reputed ties to the New York mafia are explored in a new book penned by former U.S. Secret Service agent Nino Perrotta, who investigated a phone-card scam allegedly perpetrated in tandem between McLain and New York’s infamous Gambino crime family in the late 1990s. Perrotta’s
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One-Time Steel Town Mob Underboss Chucky Porter Dies At 84, Sent Pittsburgh Mafia Reeling With His Cooperation In 1990s

Pittsburgh mob underboss-turned-FBI informant and witness for the government Chucky Porter passed away this week from kidney failure. He was 82 and living back in suburban Penn Hills in the final years of his life. The half-Italian Porter was known as a major earner in both east coast and Midwest underworld circles and was the No. 2-in-command in
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SOURCES: Windy City Mafia’s Westside Regime Getting Glims From Cops For String Of Neighborhood Break-Ins

The Chicago mob’s Westside crew is being eyed in a series of recent daytime robberies in the city’s Jefferson Park neighborhood, per sources in Illinois law enforcement. Last week, the Chicago Police Department issued a public alert about the “backdoor break-in jobs,” burglaries that take place in the afternoon focusing on residents who are away
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Longtime Motor City Mobster, Possible Hoffa Case Link, ‘Frank The Bomb’ Finally Bows, Checks Out Of The Game At 87

Veteran Detroit mob figure Frank (Frankie the Bomb) Bommarito died of natural causes this week, cashing in his chips at 87 years old and free from government constraints for the past two decades. The colorful and fiercely-loyal Bommarito had been hospitalized earlier this month with symptoms of heart and kidney failure. Some in law enforcement think
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Chicago Mob 1990s Murder Timeline: Clipping & Climbing In The Clinton Era ChiTown Style

Chicago Mob 1990s Hit List Outfit Murders – 1990-2000 Damage Toll: 10 bodies *Violence in the Windy City mafia dipped sharply in the 1990s, the amount of gangland slayings were down 21 hits from the previous decade May 14, 1990 – Outfit associate, trucking company owner and drug peddler Jimmy Pellegrino is found shot in the back
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