Category: East Coast

LA-By-NY Mob Capo Donnie Shacks Dead At 81, FBI Probed Point Shaving Claims Linking UCLA Football & Colombos

January 22, 2021 – Colombo crime family capo Dominic (Donnie Shacks) Montemarano, a Brooklyn transplant living in Southern California the past 25 years, died recently of the COVID-19 virus. Gangland News was the first outlet to report on Donnie Shacks’ passing. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Donnie Shacks Montemarano was moving and shaking
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Loosening The Wiring: Slaying Of Scorned Girlfriend Led To Downfall Of Little Melvin’s Heroin Kingdom In Baltimore

The murder of a revenge-minded girlfriend was the beginning of the end for the legendary “Little Melvin” Williams drug empire in West Baltimore and was used as a storyline in the first season of the HBO television show The Wire, based on a fictionalization of the Williams organization. On the night of July 21, 1983,
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The Real Story Of The Wire: How The Baltimore PD Brought Down “Little Melvin’s” Heroin Crew

January 20, 2021 – HBO’s critically acclaimed cop drama, The Wire, was inspired by the Baltimore Police Department’s quest to dismantle the “Little Melvin” Williams drug empire on the city’s Westside in the 1990s as seen firsthand by newspaper crime reporter turned Hollywood scribe David Simon. Premiering in 2002, the setting of the show was
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Nephew Of Baltimore Street Legend, Beloved Community Activist, Tater Barksdale, Slain In Douglass Projects

January 19, 2021 – Baltimore anti-violence activist Dante (Tater) Barksdale, a former member of the city’s notorious West Baltimore drug empire chronicled in the acclaimed HBO television show The Wire turned beloved community leader, was shot to death in the Douglass Homes projects over the weekend. The 46-year old Barksdale has been the face of
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