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Purple Reign Redux: One-Time Minnesota Cocaine Kingpin Can’t Wrangle Himself Free From Life Prison Term

The former king of cocaine in the Twin Cities failed to find the results he had hoped for in his bid to be resentenced. Ralph (Plookie) Duke, the Godfather of the drug trade in Minneapolis and St. Paul and the “Prince” of the Minnesota underworld at the height of the coke boom in the 1980s, didn’t get the
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With A Little Help From His Friends: Philly Mob Boss Gets Cheering Section For Last Leg Of NYC Trial

The boys from South Philly are in the Big Apple. Several members of Philadelphia mafia don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino’s usual entourage descended on New York this week to give support to Merlino, who is on trial in Manhattan for racketeering in federal court. The band of merry mobsters were at the trial’s closing arguments
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Black Mafia Family Cheat Sheet: BMF Crew Man-By-Man, Detroit, ATL, NYC, L.A. STL. & Texas Roll Call

The Black Mafia Family was the biggest urban drug conglomerate in American history. Founded on the Southwest part of Detroit by brothers Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory in the early 1990s, the organization grew into a monolithic underworld power by the dawning of the New Millennium in the 2000s, controlling vast chunks of
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Death Of A City Slicker: Payback For Previous Mob Murder Might Be Motive For ’92 Hanrahan Hit In Providence

Retribution for a previous gangland slaying might have been the motive for the 1992 New England mafia hit of mob associate and enforcer Kevin Hanrahan, per a recent WPRI television exclusive on the reopening of the Hanrahan homicide probe. One of two suspected motivations for Hanrahan’ violent downfall mentioned by award-winning investigative reporter and Patriarca crime family historian
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