Posts byScott Burnstein

Fargo TV Friendship Between Fictional Gangsters Was A Lot Like K.C. Black Mob’s Doc & Seal

October 1, 2020 – The relationship between fictional Kanas City gangland figures Loy Cannon and Doctor Senator in the new season of the hit television show Fargo is inspired by the real-life friendship and business relationship shared by former K.C. Black mob bosses James (Doc) Dearborn and Eugene (Seal) Richardson. The FX drama explores a
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The K.C. Mob’s Golf Bet Hit: Roger Reid Was Putting For His Life At ’87 Charity Match

September 29, 2020 — With the television show Fargo kicking off it’s fourth season this week diving into the Kansas City mafia and the fictional Fadda crime family, Gangster Report looks back on one of the real-life Civella crime family’s most compelling unsolved mob murders: The 1988 Roger Reid homicide. The 36-year old Reid was
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Civella Crime Family Chronicle: The Kansas City Mafia Murder Timeline (1970 – Present)

Kansas City’s Civella crime family wasn’t to be trifled with in its heyday. The boys from the Missouri mafia were unafraid of littering the streets with bodies and did so throughout much of the 1970s and early 1980s. The newly-premiered season of the FX television show Fargo explores a fictional storyline involving the K.C. Italian
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Mob Murder Helter Skelter Across The Border: The Great Canadian Mafia War Hit List (2005-Present)

Tremors of a pending mob revolution were felt in the mid-2000s, by the end of the decade, however, the underworld in Canada was in an all-out gangland shooting war that would reach biblical proportions in subsequent years. The conflict started in Montreal, Quebec surrounding unrest in the Rizzuto mob empire and eventually moved to Ontario,
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Looking For Justice In The Big Easy: Charges Filed In New Orleans’ C-Boogie McCann Murder

September 26, 2020 – Justice for C-Boogie may be coming soon. Jermal Williams was indicted this week in state court out of New Orleans for second-degree murder in the New Year’s Day slaying of 3NG Gang lieutenant Chris (C-Boogie) McCann. The homicide occurred during a car chase that ended on South Claiborne with a bullet-ridden
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Power Struggle In Kansas City Mafia Could Have Resulted In Doc Dearborn Hit

September 25, 2020 – The 1985 murder of Kansas City’s Black mob boss James (Doc) Dearborn may have been tied to instability in the Italian mafia in the wake of the city’s longtime Godfather’s death, sources say. Comedian Chris Rock plays a character loosely based on Dearborn in the new season of the FX television
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Chicago Law & Order: “Bro Man” Argues Double Jeopardy In Trying To Get Famous Gangland Hit Tossed

September 24, 2020 –  Attorneys for Chicago street gang boss LaBar (Bro Man) Spann are asking U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin to throw out one of six pending first-degree homicide counts against him in his upcoming federal drug and murder trial because a jury already found him not guilty of the crime. The 42-year
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Real-To-Reel: Fargo’s Loy Cannon Character Inspired By Real Life K.C. Black Crime Lord, “Doc” Dearborn

September 23, 2020 – Chris Rock’s Kansas City Black mafia boss character in the new season of the hit FX television show Fargo is partially based on James (Doc) Dearborn, the leading African-American organized crime figure in K.C. until his gangland slaying in 1985 at age 53. The acclaimed high-energy comedian is hoping this is a career-defining
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Leader Of The Connecticut Latin Kings Pleads Guilty, Shot Callers Keep Falling In Operation Throne Down

September 23, 2020 – The bosses continue to cop pleas in Operation Throne Down, the bust that led to the arrest of 62 Latin Kings members and associates on federal racketeering, drugs and attempted murder charges all up and down the east coast last December. Connecticut Latin Kings boss Hector (King Demon) Vega is the
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The Highwaymen MC In Motor City Experiencing Violence, Raising Questions In 2020

September 21, 2020 – Motown’s hotbed of a biker community is bursting at the seams with speculation as two members of The Highwaymen Motorcycle Club in Detroit have died violent deaths in the past three months. Are The Highwaymen at war with each other? Most likely not, but the questions and rumors are buzzing. Highwaymen
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Mob War In Canada Claims Another Victim, Top Suspect In Big Ange Musitano Hit Found Dead In Mexico

September 20, 2020 – Hamilton mafia hired-gun Michael Cudmore was found slain in Mexico back in the summer, charting another murder in the long-raging Canadian Mob War across the border. The body count is in the hundreds by now. The 39-year old Cudmore was shot behind the wheel of a car left in a ditch
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The Legend Of Bobby I Lives On: Gambling Chief In Pittsburgh Pulls Parole In Bookmaking, Numbers Case

September 19, 2020 – Revered Pittsburgh bookie Robert (Bobby I) Ianelli, one of the last remaining links to the old Steel Town mafia that ruled the region for decades, pleaded guilty to sports gambling and policy lottery charges in state court this week in exchange for probation. Ianelli and his son, Rusty, ran their sports
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No Dice For The Don: Chicago Outfit Leader Won’t Be Getting Out Of Prison Early

September 19, 2020 — United States District Court Judge Ronald Guzman rejected Chicago mob boss Michael (Fat Mike) Sarno’s motion for a compassionate release this week. The corpulent 62-year old former don is suffering from a variety of health ailments and is in the midst of serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for extortion. According
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The Kings’ Ransom: Latin Kings Bosses Plead Guilty In Boston Feds’ Operation Throne Down

September 16, 2020 – The Operation Throne Down racketeering and narcotics bust out of New England is less than a year old and it has already yielded a dozen guilty pleas, many of them of high-ranking Latin Kings, in federal court in Boston. Dropping in December 2019, Operation Throne Down dismantled the leadership of the
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The Goodfellas Hit List: Lufthansa Heist Murders Remembered On Historic Movie’s 30-Yr. Anniversary

The film Goodfellas was released 30 years ago this month and went on to become the gold standard for all mob movies of the future. Director Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic told the story of New York mafia associate Henry Hill of the Lucchese crime family and his Robert’s Lounge crew run by James (Jimmy the
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Philly Mob Beef: Acting Boss Georgie Boy Borgesi Feuding With Bookie Steve Sharkey

September 13, 2020 – Convicted Philadelphia mafia bookmaker Steve Sharkey is in a beef with reputed Bruno-Scarfo crime family acting boss George (Georgie Boy) Borgesi, according to a new article from local mobologist and award-winning television investigative journalist Dave Schratwieser on his Mob Talk Sitdown website. Schratwieser’s sources claim Sharkey and Borgesi fell out over
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Friends In High Places: Danny Greene’s Top Lieutenant In Cleveland’s Irish Mob Of ’70s Aims For Sentence Reduction

September 11, 2020 – A Judge and a Mayor. Not too shabby. Former Cleveland Irish mobster Kevin McTaggart has some pretty heavy hitters going to bat for him in his quest to get a sentence reduction. The 64-year old McTaggart is serving life in federal prison for racketeering, drugs and taking part in a half-dozen
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One-Time Montreal Irish Mob Muscle “Big Ronnie” McKinnon Succumbs To Cancer Bout

September 8, 2020 – Former West End Gang enforcer Ron (Big Ronnie) McKinnon died of cancer in Montreal last week. Big Ronnie McKinnon, 60, was a collector for the Matticks brothers, the reputed leaders of the Irish mob in Quebec for the last 25 years. The Coolopolis blog broke the news of McKinnon’s passing. Coolopolis
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Chip Off The Old Block: Don Tano Badalamenti’s Son Taken Into Custody Following 3 Yrs. As Fugitive

September 7, 2020 – The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, they say. And that old adage can sometimes never be truer than in the mob. Legendary Sicilian Godfather Gaetano (Don Tano) Badalamenti’s son Leonardo Badalamenti was finally caught last week after three years on the run from Brazilian authorities trying to arrest him
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Lords Of Detroit: Rapper, Drug World Figure, “Street Lord Juan,” Comes Home On Compassionate Release

September 3, 2020 – Motor City rap artist DaJuan (Street Lord Juan) Wren was let out of prison five years early on a drug sentence last week courtesy of a compassionate release. One of the true kings of the underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, he was convicted on narcotics-trafficking and weapons charges in 2011 and
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GR Sources: Slain BMF Lieutenant Pig Triplett Wasn’t Target Of Motown Murder Plot

September 3, 2020 — According to sources in Southwest Detroit, Black Mafia Family soldier Chris (Pig) Triplett was killed last month in a case of mistaken identity. Speculation ran rampant back in the summer regarding a motive for Triplett’s slaying, with theories ranging from a beef over a woman to a message being sent to
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Federal Records Contend Black Disciples’ “Big Law” Killed Due To Drug Shipment That Vanished

August 27, 2020 – A year and a half and finally some answers on what was behind one of Illinois’ biggest gangland assassinations of the New Millennium. Chicago street gang boss, Lawrence (Big Law) Loggins, was murdered as a result of missing drugs sent to him by a Mexican cartel, according to new court filings.
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GR Exclusive: Imprisoned Windy City Mafia Don Mike Sarno Speaks On Motion Seeking Early Freedom

August 25, 2020 – Incarcerated Chicagoland mob figure Michael (Fat Mike) Sarno did an exclusive interview with Gangster Report this week regarding his pending motion for a compassionate release from prison. Sarno, 62, is asking a federal judge to let him out of his sentence for extortion 12 years early due to COVID-19 concerns. In
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Spilotro Crew Lieutenant, Frank Cullotta, Cashes In Chips, Chi-LV Mafia Figure Dead At 81

August 20, 2020 – One of the last Las Vegas mob cowboys of the city’s “mafia era” died this week, as former Chicago Outfit figure Frank Cullotta passed away from natural causes early Thursday morning in Nevada. Actor Frank Vincent (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Sopranos) portrayed Cullotta in the classic 1995 film Casino. The 81-year
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Jailed Black Disciples Boss Gets Sentence Reduction, Sees Light At End Of The Tunnel

August 20, 2020 – Imprisoned Chicago street gang leader Marvel (The Magnificent) Thompson got 15 years shaved off his federal prison sentence for narcotics trafficking via the First Step Act this week. The 52-year old Thompson was the No. 1 shot caller for the Black Disciples in the late 1990s and early 2000s. U.S. District
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Hankton Boys Gang Turncoat “Beano” Hayes Slain In Big Easy Motel Triple Murder

August 19, 2020 – Brian (Beano) Hayes, a star witness at the 2016 narcotics and murder trial of New Orleans drug lord “Wild Telly” Hankton and Hankton’s top enforcer Walter (Mooney) Porter, was shot to death this summer. Wild Telly Hankton’s “Hankton Boys Gang” ran the dope trade in the Big Easy from the late
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Court Records: Western Mass. Wiseguy-CI In Scibelli Case Sought To Grabs Reins Of Springfield Mob Himself

August 19, 2020 – Lawyers for alleged Springfield (MA) mafia enforcer Anthony Scibelli argued for more information regarding the identity of the feds’ star witness in his extortion case this week in a court hearing after it was revealed in recent case filings that the informant admitted to planning a takeover of the mob in
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Court Filings: BMF Figure “Slick Rick” McFarlin ‘Collateral Damage’ In ’16 Detroit Drug Hit

August 17, 2020 – Black Mafia Family soldier Ricardo (Slick Rick) McFarlin was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was killed execution-style on Detroit’s Westside four years ago, just weeks removed from being released from federal prison, per new court filings in the case against his alleged murderers. At the
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Dropping The Hammer: Mexican Drug Mogul “El Marro” Yepez Taken Off The Streets, Captured By Federales

August 14, 2020 – Mexican drug lord Jose (El Marro) Yepez was finally captured by the Federales last week, as his main rival, Nemesio (El Mencho) Oseguera remains on the run. El Marro means “The Sledgehammer” in Spanish. The 40-year old Yepez leads the upstart Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. El Mencho, 54, heads the
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Reputed Canadian Mafia Capo Nick Spagnolo Indicted For Attempted Murder In Montreal

August 13, 2020 – Alleged Montreal mob capo Nick Spagnolo was charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder this week stemming from a bar fight in Quebec on August 2 where he reportedly stabbed a man. The 45-year old Spagnolo pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released on bond. The incident occurred in Old Montreal.
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On The River: Fmr. Elder Statesman In Springfield Mob Linked To ’72 Slaying According To Unearthed Police File

August 9, 2020 – It hasn’t been a great few years for longtime Springfield (MA) mob figure Amedeo Santaniello. A shelving by Genovese crime family bosses in New York due to a photo that surfaced on-line of him posing beside black-listed mob soldier and informant Felix Tranghese, a beef with his nephew, reputed Springfield mafia
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Philly Mobster “Danny D” Indicted For Fraud, Dad Once Forked Over Cash To Block Contract On His Head

August 9, 2020 – South Philly’s biggest bookmaker of the late 1990s, Daniel (Danny D) D’Ambrosia, a high-level mafia associate in the Natale era of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family, is back in trouble with the law. Not so long ago, he was in trouble with the mob and, according to sources, his father paid a
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Big Meech Won’t Be Coming Home Anytime Soon, Federal Judge In Detroit Denies Him An Early Release

August 9, 2020 – The silence was deafening. Black Mafia Family boss Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory was quietly denied his motion for compassionate release last week by U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson in Detroit. A non-violent offender, Flenory, 51, argued he was in danger of contracting the COVID-19 virus due to underlining health issues
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Chicago Mafia Bigwig Fat Mike Sarno Gunning For Early Release From Prison On COVID-19 Concerns

August 5, 2020 – Jailed Chicago mob boss Michael (Fat Mike) Sarno is seeking a reprieve from his 25-year federal prison sentence for extortion because of the Coronavirus. Sarno, 62, has an array of physical ailments and wants to come home 12 years early on a compassionate release. His attorney filed the motion Monday. Last
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Ponytail Tony Parrillo Can’t Find Relief From R.I. High Court, Providence Mafia Figure’s Assault Case Stands

August 2, 2020 — The Supreme Court of Rhode Island recently upheld Providence mobster Anthony (Ponytail Tony) Parrillo’s 2015 assault conviction. Parrillo, 69, was found guilty at a bench trial for ordering the December 2011 beatdown of a man in a case of mistaken identity at Club 295 in Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood. He’s serving
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Stanfa Era Bomb Maker In Philly Mob Won’t Be Receiving Early Release From 40-Yr. Bid On RICO Case

August 2, 2020 – Mob explosives expert Salvatore Brunetti was denied his request for compassionate release by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kearney in Philadelphia last week, ruling Brunetti’s violent history outweighs his health risk to the COVID-19 virus in deciding to keep him locked up. The 73-year old Brunetti was a bomb-maker in the
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An Ailing “Lefty” Partee Takes Shot At Freedom, Motown Street Legend Files For Compassionate Release

August 1, 2020 – Superfly era Detroit gangland figure Robert (Lefty) Partee, one of the oldest inmates in the Michigan Department of Corrections and most respected names on the streets of the Motor City even to this day despite having spent for the last four decades behind bars, is filing a motion for compassionate release.
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Streets Of Detroit Lose A Legend, Former Black Mob Boss Big Frank Nitti Usher Succumbs To Stroke

August 1, 2020 – Storied Detroit crime lord Francis (Big Frank Nitti) Usher died of a stroke this week at 78. Big Frank Nitti ran the city’s Black mob in the late 1970s and saw his infamy and both his reputation on the street and in the local media soar to meteoric heights. He was
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Hairspray Homicide: Buffalo Salon Owner Ran Afoul Of Magaddino Crime Family, Paid With His Life

July 27, 2020 – The Buffalo Police Department is looking for new tips in the cold-case gangland slaying of celebrity hairstylist and reputed drug dealer Peter (Pixie Stix Pete) Piccolo 41 years ago. The Buffalo News printed a story on the high-profile homicide from the disco era Monday. Piccolo, who was the hairdresser to the
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Death In Connecticut: New England Mobster “Beaver” Ascenzia Drops Dead Of A Heart Attack

July 27, 2020 – The Reaper took the Beaver. Connecticut mafia figure Tony (The Beaver) Ascenzia died of a sudden heart attack last week at 61. He was one of the last remaining members of the old Grasso crew. Ascenzia ran gambling affairs for New England’s Patriarca crime family in the New Haven area, the
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BMF’s Head Of Security P.J. Buford Won’t Be Coming Home Early, Judge 86s Plea For Compassionate Release

July 26, 2020 – A federal judge in Detroit rejected Black Mafia Family soldier Paul (P.J.) Buford’s compassionate release motion last week, undeterred by the fact that the 50-year old former head of security for both BMF and the then-fledgling  rap label, Bad Boy Records, battled the Coronavirus and won. U.S. District Court Judge David
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Throwing Hands In Honolulu: The Night The NFL Pro Bowler Brawled With The Big Island Mob Boss

July 25, 2020 – NFL star offensive lineman Trent Williams went toe-to-toe with alleged Hawaiian crime boss Michael (Brother Mike) Miske and ended up in the emergency room and then on the sidelines for his first Pro Bowl back in 2013. Williams, 32, is arguably the best right tackle in the game and has made
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Farming For Answers: Theories On Why BMF’s Pig Triplett Was Murdered Run The Gamut

July 24, 2020 – Speculation on motive varies in the recent murder of Black Mafia Family soldier Chris (Pig) Triplett. Several people close to Triplett believe he was killed over a woman. Others point to a message slaying aimed at BMF bosses Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, who have found themselves
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Honolulu Mob Boss Looking At Death Penalty If Convicted Of Murder Without Body

July 24, 2020 – A reputed Hawaiian crime lord ordered the murder of a young man he held responsible for his son’s death in a car accident five years ago, according to a federal RICO indictment filed late last week. Alleged Honolulu mob boss Michael (Brother Mike) Miske and ten co-defendants were indicted on 22
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Going Back In Time: Murder Of Rochester Mafia Muscle “Big Norm” Huck Back In The Headlines

July 23, 2020 – The Monroe County Sherriff’s Department is reexamining the cold-case mob murder of Rochester mob enforcer Norman (Big Norm) Huck 53 years ago this Christmas season. Huck was found face down on the side of Ballantyne Road in Chili, New York on December 20, 1967, less than a month removed from walking
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Musitano Mafia Family Takes Another Hit, Fat Pat’s Pal Joins Him At The Morgue

July 23, 2020 – Canadian mob associate Grant Norton was murdered in London, Ontario, around the same time Hamilton mafia boss Pasquale (Fat Pat) Musitano was slain in Burlington. Norton and Musitano were both connected to Havana Group Supplies, a sketchy construction firm in Hamilton. Norton was a co-owner of the company, while Musitano allegedly
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Props From One D Boy To Another: White Boy Rick Shows Support For Big Meech While Leaving Prison

July 22, 2020 – It was one Detroit street legend looking out and giving props to another when Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe finally walked out of prison Monday after 32 years wearing a Free Big Meech t-shirt. Although they’re infamy in Motown and beyond, each symbolize different eras in time, they are both 51
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The Return Of The Dude: Motor City Drug Chief Reggie Dancy Gets Out Of Prison

July 21, 2020 – Highly-respected Detroit street gang boss Reggie (The Dude) Dancy was released from federal prison last week and checked into a halfway house in Texas. Dancy, 50, is the leader of the PA Boys crew, based on Puritan Avenue on Detroit’s Northwest side. At the height of Dancy’s power in the early
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