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Bagged by Brasco, 'Nicky Cigars' returned to Bonanno leadership

Nicholas SantoraKnown as "Nicky Cigars" and "Nicky Mouth," Santora was a longtime member of New York's Bonanno Crime Family. His underworld leadership role was revealed by the FBI's "Donnie Brasco" undercover operation. Though sentenced to a long federal prison term, Santora regained his status in the Bonanno organization following his release. Born in New York City on November 19, 1942, Santora began getting in trouble with the law as a young adult in the 1960s...

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by Edmond Valin

A collection of articles investigating the identities of underworld informants. Most recent article:

Salvatore Piscopo: The man who betrayed Johnny Roselli
Salvatore Piscopo was a longtime member of the Los Angeles Crime Family and a close associate of Johnny Roselli and Jimmy Fratianno. Although he never rose higher than soldier, Piscopo had a front row seat to Mafia infiltration of the movie industry and Southern California gang wars of the 40s and 50s.

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When 'Lucky Luciano' was locked up

Lucania"Less than five years after achieving gangland eminence, Lucania was taken into custody. He spent most of the next decade - from the prime years of his life into middle age - behind prison bars. Lucky, who had embraced a luxurious and carefree lifestyle that included the grandest accommodations, the flashiest entertainment, the finest clothing and the most delectable cuisine, must have found most of his time in prison unbearably offensive, ordinary and dull. Yet, even during a lengthy prison stay, Lucania found a way to make himself important...

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Sinistro: Morello's underworld career

Giuseppe Morello"Giuseppe Morello was the first known boss of bosses of the American Mafia. While he was a unifying force initially, he later became a central figure in underworld conflicts and was an early casualty of the Castellammarese War. Morello was born on May 2, 1867, to Calogero and Angela Piazza Morello in Corleone, Sicily. A sister, Maria, was born several years later. Calogero Morello died in the early 1870s, and Angela subsequently married Bernardo Terranova. The couple had three sons, Vincent, Ciro and Nicholas 'Coco,'..."

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CIA joins with Mafia in plot to kill Castro

Castro targetedSome Kennedy assassination-related documents released through the National Archives last week (October 26, 2017) and earlier this year (July 24, 2017) discussed CIA cooperation with American organized criminals in an effort to assassinate Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The documents revealed little about CIA-underworld interaction that was not already known to historians through other sources, but the release provides an occasion to reflect upon that interaction and its aftermath. ...

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How organized was Calabrian crime?

Rocco RaccoThere are a number of unanswered questions related to the American Mafia's incorporation of Calabrian gangsters - those who trace their origins to the southernmost portion of the Italian mainland. We may ask: How did this combination occur? Precisely when did it occur? Was it the result of a decision of the American Mafia as a whole or did it result from decisions of individual crime families? Were Calabrian gangsters welcomed on an individual basis or was a Calabrian crime network consumed by the Mafia en masse? ...

Buffalo / Western NY

DiCarlo: Buffalo's First Family of Crime (in Two Volumes)

DiCarlo book Two-volume historical biography of Mafioso Joseph DiCarlo, once known as "the Al Capone of Buffalo" and as western New York's "Public Enemy No. 1." Son of the region's first known Sicilian underworld boss, DiCarlo was rejected as heir to his father's criminal empire. After spending troubled years as a vassal of the influential Stefano Magaddino, DiCarlo and his underlings wandered, seeking their fortunes in Youngstown, Ohio, and Miami Beach, Florida, before returning home to witness the disintegration of the western New York Mafia.

19th Century New Orleans:

Deep Water: Joseph P. Macheca and the Birth of the American Mafia

Deep Water 2edConveys J.P. Macheca's epic life story, as it details the 1890 assassination of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy and the 1891 Crescent City lynchings. A street warrior for the corrupt New Orleans Democratic machine known as "The Ring," Macheca was the patron of the fledgling American Mafia in southern Louisiana. His underworld ties brought him into conflict with Hennessy, involved him in a Mafia civil war and ultimately cost him his life in the largest lynching in American history. Silver Medalist in 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.