American loves its bad guys. Pop culture has been fascinated by the Mafia for decades. Hollywood has immortalized mobsters in films like the Godfather, Goodfellas and shows like the Sopranos. Check out these stories on real life Mafia dons in federal prison.

Murder Inc.: Mysteries of the Mob’s Most Deadly Hit Squad

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Part 1 – Irving “Big Gangi” Cohen Walter Sage was being taken for a ride, but he was the only person in the vehicle unaware of this mortally significant fact. He would not have surmised a deadly attack on his health was pending though, simply because he was with his pals, and, on that pleasant late night in July 1937, the crew was heading up to ... [Continue Reading]

The Gangster Report by Scott M. Burnstein – The Chronicles of Nick the Blade

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Last week, Pittsburgh mobster Eugene (Nick the Blade) Gesuale rang in the New Year at home for the first time in almost three decades. Gesuale, 71, is one of Pennsylvania’s all-time most-feared gangsters and was released from federal prison in the weeks before Thanksgiving, following 28 years of incarceration on a hefty drug-peddling and ... [Continue Reading]

Joe Valgica’s Last Plate of Fries

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In the early morning hours of December 5, 1928, patrolman Frank Osowski, was walking his beat in downtown Cleveland, when he noticed a car pulling up in front of the Statler Hotel on Euclid Avenue. A group of men emerged that caught the officer’s eye. As he told a reporter from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Well, it was this way. A car all covered ... [Continue Reading]

Leader of Gulf Cartel arrested while shopping in Texas By David Amoruso

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Gulf Cartel leader Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez was arrested on October 9, 2014, while shopping in Edinburg, Texas, authorities announced yesterday, when Saenz-Tamez made an appearance in a Texas court on drug trafficking charges. His ascend to the top is further proof that the Gulf Cartel is in a steady decline after the imprisonment of many of its ... [Continue Reading]

Boston Godfather busted, Spucky’s turn on top yields similar results as predecessors by Scott Burnstein, an exclusive from

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The FBI continued its relentless assault on the mafia in New England last week, indicting alleged acting Patriarca Family boss, Anthony (Spucky) Spagnolo on charges of extortion based on collecting thousands of dollars of protection money from Boston-area Constitution Vending and the Revere Moose Lodge, a local social club. Spagnolo, 72, lives ... [Continue Reading]

The Commodification of Whitey Bulger


With the capture of FBI Top Ten Most Wanted fugitive Whitey Bulger in 2011 and now the ensuing trial, where Bulger will finally have to face the music and pay for his alleged crimes of running the Irish mob in Boston for two decades, committing multiple murders and remaining a fugitive for another decade, a media frenzy has erupted. "The buzz in ... [Continue Reading]

Whitey Bulger Trial


On June 6, Boston will hold organized crime's, "Trial of the Century," when infamous Mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger gets his day in court for allegedly murdering 19 people during his stay atop Boston's gangland. After 16 years on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list, Bulger was apprehended on June 22, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. Since his ... [Continue Reading]

Greedy bankers of HSBC working with drug cartels By David Amoruso


Not all men are created equal. And there is a different set of rules for a different class of people. Case in point: Greedy bankers versus blue-collar mobsters. Colombo associate Pat Truglia stood trial for money laundering last month. Prosecutors alleged Truglia, together with Colombo consigliere Thomas Farese, laundered $40,000 in illicit cash. ... [Continue Reading]

The Hip-Hop Mafia


“Back then the game was the game. Everybody stood by the rules. Soldiers were soldiers,” Bing says. This was the era from which Preme and the team emerged. It was a time when men were men, and the consequences of snitching were clear. In Queens snitching was forbidden. It was embedded in the youngster’s DNA. Omerta played a powerful role in shaping ... [Continue Reading]

Uncle Fridge’s Pulpit


THE ORGIN OF SNITCHING Contrary to popular belief, the Italian's didn't start the "loose lips sink ships" theory. I say this with all due respect to every friend of mine of Italian decent, as well as those whom I don't know that are Italian and believe in the sanctity of manhood in these terms. Some of which have died in here as the result of ... [Continue Reading]