INFORMER: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement

Summaries of all issues

With the release of Issue 31 in October 2021, Informer has published a total of 2,412 magazine pages over the course of thirteen years. The journal was named Informer: The Journal of American Mafia History from Issue 1 (September 2008) through Issue 8 (July 2010). It has been named Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement since Issue 9 (October 2010). Issues 1 through 15 were published from New Milford, Connecticut. Subsequent issues were published from Whiting, Vermont. Informer was released quarterly until 2013. Three issues were released in 2013, three were released in 2014, two were released in 2015, and single issues were released for the years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. All issues of the journal remain available in print (ISSN: 1943-7803) and electronic (ISSN: 1944-8139) editions through the MagCloud print-on-demand service. Issues 12, 22, 29, 30 and 31 are also available through Amazon.com as Kindle-compatible e-books. Issues 30 and 31 are available through Amazon.com as printed 6"x9" trade paperback books and through Google Play Books as EPUB-compatible e-books. Click on a cover image to link to the magazine preview and purchase page on the MagCloud site. Click on "Learn more" at the end of each description to bring up detailed information from the Informer website.

Issue 31 - 2021 OCT

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 96 pages)

Issue 31

Focus on California mobsters

  • Trail of blood: Mafia murder of Barnett Baff linked Corleone, East Harlem and the ghettos of Los Angeles;
  • Sam Streva and the 'San Pedro gang';
  • Was Nick DeJohn a victim of Cheese War?
  • Golden State often unfriendly to transplanted mobsters;
  • San Francisco boss Lanza held key role with Colorado's Mafia;
  • New Orleans connection to San Francisco Mafia.
  • Reinhold Engel: Forgotten leader of a big-time robbery gang;
  • Another, other Gentile family;
  • Police rarely appear on U.S. postage;
  • New York revolutions in policing and crime.

Issue key terms: Mafia, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Colorado, Santa Rosa, Dragna, Rizzotto, Streva, DeJohn, Engel, Lanza, DiFranchi, Cheese War, Barnett Baff, Postage, Police, Bank Robbery, Scaglia, Lopresto.

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Issue 30 - 2020 OCT

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 214 pages)

Issue 30

Focus on Nicola Gentile

  • Biography of Nicola Gentile: Chronicler of Mafia history
  • The man (men?) killed by young Gentile
  • Gentile's other family in Rochester, New York
  • Narcotics bust forced Gentile out of U.S.
  • Gentile's pal, U.S. spy Mario Brod
  • Biographies of those contributing to Gentile's life story
  • Gentile's Pueblo, Colorado, connection
  • Loprestos crossed paths with Gentile
  • Nicola Gentile in context
  • Book excerpt: Giuseppe Masseria and Frankie Yale
  • Los Angeles 1906: Murder of George Maisano
  • The Warner Files: How has coronavirus affected the Mafia?
  • Just One More Thing...: Discrepancies, distortions, deceptions
  • Obituary: Martha Macheca Sheldon

Issue key terms: Nicola Gentile, Mafia, Organized Crime, New York, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Cleveland, Chicago, New Orleans, Pueblo, Los Angeles, Sicily, Narcotics, Bootlegging, Murder, Mangano, Genovese, Luciano, Masseria, Maranzano, Scaglia, Lopresto, Maisano, Castellammarese War, Zu Cola.

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Issue 29 - 2019 Aug

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 84 pages)

Issue 29

Single-subject issue: Maranzano

  • Researcher unearths supposed Salvatore Maranzano photo in 1931 Italian periodical (Note: photo later identified as a German murderer)
  • Why was Maranzano significant in American Mafia history?
  • What Maranzano did not look like (reprinted from July 2009)
  • What was revealed about Maranzano by those who knew him?
  • Locations linked with Maranzano's life and career
  • Maranzano chronology
  • How Maranzano has been represented in the movies
  • Warner Files: Mafia warrior and boss of Trapani
  • Just one more thing: Was there a post-Maranzano purge?

Issue key terms: Bonanno, Boss of Bosses, Bronx, Brooklyn, Canada, Castellammarese War, Chicago, Commission, Cosa Nostra, Dutch Schultz.Gentile, Lucania, Luciano, Mad Dog Coll, Mafia, Magaddino, Maranzano, Masseria, Mustache Petes, New York, Valachi, Sicily.

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Issue 28 - 2018 Nov

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 68 pages)

Issue 28
  • Baby Face Nelson and the 'Tape Bandits' by Jeffery S. King.
  • Dope and duplicity in 1930s Albany by Ellen Poulsen.
  • 'He's coming to take me to the chair' by Thomas Hunt.
  • Interview: Christian Cipollini
  • Book Reviews: Behind the Murder Curtain, Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent.
  • Book Notes: Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society, Carmine the Snake, Chasing Dillinger.
  • Warner Files: Who killed Sam Giancana? by Richard N. Warner.
  • Just one more thing: Wherefore art thou, Romeo? by Thomas Hunt.

Issue key terms: Albany, Anna Antonio, Baby Face Nelson, Capital Punishment, Chicago, Christian Cipollini, Dannemora Hospital, FBI, Frank Calabrese, Frank Romeo, Giancana, Lynchings, Medical Serial Killers, New Orleans, New York, O'Connell Machine, Petrosino.

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Issue 27 - 2017 Aug

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 104 pages)

Issue 27
  • West Side Waterfront Warfare by Neil G. Clark.
  • Frank Zito and the Little-Known Mafia of Springfield by Lennert van`t Riet and David Critchley.
  • Capitano DiCarlo: Architect of Leggio's Mafia by Justin Cascio.
  • Bonanno Member in South Florida Aided Federal Agents by Edmond Valin.
  • Origins of U.S. Mafia Families by Bill Feather.
  • Book Reviews of Axeman, Street Gangs, Petrosino.
  • Warner Files: What's New in the Chicago Outfit?

Issue key terms: Angelo DiCarlo, Bonanno, Books, Capitano, Chicago, Chicago Outfit, Cosa Nostra, Dock Boss, Eddie McGrath, FBI, Florida, Frank Zito, Illinois, Joseph Petrosino, Mafia, New Orleans, New York, Sicily, Springfield, William Dara

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Issue 26 - 2016 Oct

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 48 pages)

Issue 26
  • Leftist Radicals Clash in Barre, Vermont, by Thomas Hunt.
  • Family Business: The Corleone Fratuzzi by Justin Cascio.
  • Warner Files: Author Herbert Asbury's Flawed History.
  • The Galleanists' War of Terror by Thomas Hunt.
  • Book Review of A Wiser Guy.
  • 100 Years Ago: 1916.
  • Just One More Thing: On the Trail of Frank 'Butsey' Morelli.

Issue key terms: Anarchism, Asbury, Barre, Books, Corleone, Elia Corti, Fratuzzi, Galleani, Gangs of New York, Mafia, Murder, New England, Organized Crime, Providence, Rhode Island, Sicily, Terrorism, Vermont

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Issue 25 - 2015 Oct

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 54 pages)

Issue 25
  • Rebel Buffalo Mobsters Eyes Rackets Colony in Florida by Thomas Hunt and Michael A. Tona.
  • A Glimpse Behind the Curtain of People v. Luciano by C. Joseph Greaves.
  • Silent Service law enforcement agency by H.K. Petschel.
  • Warner Files: Reviews of Bugsy Siegel and Two Mafias.
  • Dead Guys in Suits: October's Biggest Hits.

Issue key terms: Books, Buffalo, Bugsy Siegel, Cokey Flo, Counterfeiting, Dewey, DiCarlo, FBI, Florida, Las Vegas, Levy, Luciano, Mafia, Magaddino, Miami Beach, Pieri, Postal Inspector, Postal Service, Prostitution, Sicily, Wofford Hotel

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Issue 24 - 2015 Jun

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 76 pages)

Issue 24
  • Lord High Executioner of the American Mafia: Albert Anastasia by Lennert van`t Riet, David Critchley and Steve Turner.
  • How Mafia Became La Cosa Nostra by Edmond Valin.
  • Book Review of Empire of Sin.
  • Warner Files: Racism's Connection to Organized Crime.
  • Just One More Thing: Just How Organized was Calabrian Organized Crime?

Issue key terms: Anastasia, Books, Buchalter, Calabria, Chicago, Colosimo, Cosa Nostra, Costello, FBI, Filasto, Florino, Mafia, Mangano, Murder Inc., New York, Racco, Reles, Sacco, Street Gangs, Valachi, Yale

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Issue 23 - 2014 Nov

(Digest 5.25" x 8.25" - 76 pages)

Issue 23
  • Brooklyn's Swiss Cheese Prison by Thomas Hunt
  • Pretty Boy Floyd's Double by Jeffery S. King.
  • Lucky Luciano excerpt by Christian Cipollini.
  • Religion and the Mafia 3 by Richard N. Warner.
  • Book Review of The Mob and the City.
  • Just One More Thing: Publishing Bias.

Issue key terms: Adam Richetti, Alfred Minutolo, Books, Brooklyn, Luciano, Mafia, McKeever, McNeiley, Milwaukee, New York City, Pretty Boy Floyd, Publishing, Raymond Street Jail, Religion, The Mob and the City

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Issue 22 - 2014 May

(Digest 5.25" x 8.25" - 108 pages)

Issue 22

Single-subject issue

  • The Early New York Mafia: An Alternative Theory by Richard Warner, Angelo Santino and Lennert van`t Riet.

Issue key terms: Cascio Ferro, Castellammare del Golfo, Corleone, Cosa Nostra, D'Aquila, DiGaetano, Flaccomio, Loiacono, LoMonte, Lupo, Mafia, Morello, New York, Organized Crime, Palermo, Schiro, Secret Service, Taranto

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Issue 21 - 2014 Jan

(Digest 5.25" x 8.25" - 116 pages)

Issue 21
  • Brooklyn Miracle? The Regina Pacis Crowns by Thomas Hunt.
  • The Ascent of Vito Genovese by Lennert van`t Riet, David Critchley and Steve Turner.
  • Detroit Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather.
  • Obituary: Vito Rizzuto.
  • Fifty Years Ago: The Warren Commision, Oswald and the FBI.

Issue key terms: Boccia, Dom DeLuise, Emmino, FBI, Genovese, Kennedy, Luciano, Miracle of Brooklyn, Miranda, New Jersey, Oswald, Profaci, Queens, Regina Pacis, Scarpa, Siciliano, Strollo, Valachi, Villano, Warren Commission

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Issue 20 - 2013 Oct

(Digest 5.25" x 8.25" - 68 pages)

Issue 20
  • Ruffino and the White Slave Trade by Joshua R. Henze.
  • Pandemonium in the Courtroom: An Excerpt from Diary of a Motor City Hit Man by Christian Cipollini.
  • Los Angeles Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather.
  • Book Review of Diary of a Motor City Hit Man.
  • Book Announcement: DiCarlo Biography Revises Buffalo Underworld History.
  • Warner Files: Religion and the Mafia, Part 2.

Issue key terms: Buffalo, Campbell, Chicago, Detroit, DiCarlo, Los Angeles, New York, Prostitution, Religion, Ruffino, White Slavery

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Issue 19 - 2013 Jul

(Digest 5.25" x 8.25" - 88 pages)

Issue 19
  • The Life and Crimes of 'Diamond Joe' Esposito by Lennert van`t Riet and David Critchley.
  • Bootleg Poison by Thomas Hunt and Michael A. Tona.
  • Buffalo Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather.
  • Gangland Profile: Frank Bonomo by J. Dugard.
  • Warner Files: Oscar Being Oscar - An Interview with Oscar Goodman.
  • Just One More Thing: Just When You Think It's Safe to Go Back to the Bookstore.

Issue key terms: Big Bill Thompson, Bonanno, Buffalo, Charles Deneen, Chicago, Cosa Nostra, Diamond Joe Esposito, Frank Bonomo, James Voelker, Joseph Sirianni, Lucky Luciano, Mafia, Magaddino, Niagara Falls, Organized Crime, Oscar Goodman, Prohibition

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Issue 18 - 2013 Apr

(Digest 5.25" x 8.25" - 80 pages)

Issue 18
  • An Informal Biography of Herbert Asbury: America's 'Chief Chronicler of Sin,' by Thomas Hunt.
  • Gunmen of the Castellammarese War, Part 4: Salvatore "Sally Shields" Shillitani by Lennert van`t Riet, David Critchley and Steve Turner.
  • Lucchese Crime Family Membership Chart by Bill Feather.
  • Two Gambino Informants had very Different Fates by Edmond Valin.
  • Warner Files: God and the Mafia.
  • Book Review of Mafia Summit.
  • In the News: Whitey Bulger.
  • 100 Years Ago.

Issue key terms: Bill the Butcher, Castellammarese War, Cosa Nostra, Dead Rabbits, Gambino, H.L. Mencken, Hatrack, Herbert Asbury, Lombardozzi, Lucchese, Mafia, Native Americans, Organized Crime, Prohibition, Santantonio, Scandifia, Shillitani, The Gangs of New York, Valachi

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Issue 17 - 2012 Oct

(Digest 5.25" x 8.25" - 56 pages)

Issue 17
  • Al Capone in St. Petersburg, Florida, by Scott Deitche.
  • Al Capone Press Conference.
  • Gunmen of the Castellammarese War, Part 4: Dominick Petrelli by Lennert van't Reit, David Critchley and Steve Turner.
  • Tampa Mafia Membership Chart 1920s-1940s by Bill Feather.
  • San Francisco Bay-Area Informants by Edmond Valin.
  • Warner Files: New York Mobster Reading List.

Issue key terms: California, Capone, Castellammarese War, Cosa Nostra, Florida, Mafia, Maranzano, Narcotics, New York, Organized Crime, Petrelli, San Francisco, San Jose, Tampa, Torrio, Valachi

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Issue 16 - 2012 Jul

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 108 pages)

Issue 16

Focus on Wisconsin.

  • Vito Guardalabene and the Early Milwaukee Mafia by Joshua R. Henze
  • Underworld Interest in Wisconsin Cheese by Gavin Schmitt
  • Counterfeiters Captured in Milwaukee, 1908-09, by Joshua R. Henze
  • Milwaukee-Area Mafia Membership Chart 1920s-1950s by Bill Feather
  • Gunmen of the Castellammarese War, Part 3: Girolamo Santuccio by Lennert van't Reit, David Critchley and Steve Turner
  • Book Review of Legs Diamond
  • Warner Files: New York Underworld Reading List by Richard N. Warner
  • News: Henry Hill obit

Issue key terms: Black Hand, Bobby Doyle, Bonanno, Castellammarese War, Cosa Nostra, Counterfeiting, Fond du Lac, Guardalabene, Henry Hill, Legs Diamond, Mafia, Milwaukee, Organized Crime, Santuccio, Valachi, Wisconsin, Zarcone

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Issue 15 - 2012 Apr

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 100 pages)

Issue 15

Focus on Charlie Luciano.

  • Last Word on the Last Testament by Richard N. Warner
  • Charlie Lucky's Life by Thomas Hunt
  • Gunmen of the Castellammarese War, Part 2: Steve Rannelli by Lennert van't Reit, David Critchley and Steve Turner
  • Philly Mob Informants by Edmond Valin
  • Genovese Mafia Membership Chart 1950s-1960s by Bill Feather
  • Warner Files: Capone Reading List
  • Dead Guys in Suits: Soggy Sendoffs

Issue key terms: Castellammarese War, Charlie Luciano, Cosa Nostra, Dewey, Genovese, Haffenden, Lucky Luciano, Mafia, Martin Gosch, New York, Organized Crime, Philadelphia, Rannelli, Richard Hammer, Capone, Salvatore Lucania, World War II

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Issue 14 - 2012 Jan

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 68 pages)

Issue 14

Focus on Profaci-Colombo Mafia.

  • Profaci's Rise by Thomas Hunt
  • Colombo Crime Family Profiles by Justin Dugard
  • Colombo Violence Timeline by Justin Dugard
  • Profaci-Colombo Mafia Membership Chart 1950s-1960s by Bill Feather
  • JFK Plot Investigators Examine Profaci-Colombo Clan
  • Gunmen of the Castellammarese War, Part 1: Sebastiano Domingo by David Critchley
  • Interview of Sandra Harmon (Interviewed by Ryan Artis)
  • Book Review of We're Going to Win This Thing
  • Book Review of The Boston Mob Guide

Issue key terms: Bonanno, Boston, Brooklyn, Buster from Chicago, Castellammarese War, Colombo, Cosa Nostra, DeVecchio, FBI, Harmon, Mafia, Magliocco, Organized Crime, Profaci, Scarpa, Villabate

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Issue 13 - 2011 Oct

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 76 pages)

Issue 13
  • History of the New England Mafia, Part 2, by Richard N. Warner
  • The Crimes of Tommy Carroll by Jeffery S. King
  • Raymond Patriarca, "The Man," by Thomas Hunt
  • Profaci Mafia Membership Chart 1900s-1940s by Bill Feather
  • Later Chicago Outfit Informants by Edmond Valin
  • Warner Files: More Hoover Myths
  • Dead Guys in Suits: Flaming Finales
  • Mob Corner by Thom L. Jones
  • Book Review of Al Capone and His American Boys

Issue key terms: Boston, Carroll, Chicago, Cosa Nostra, Gangsters, Hoover, Mafia, Messina, New England, Organized Crime, Patriarca, Profaci, Providence

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Issue 12 - 2011 Jul

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 56 pages)

Issue 12
  • Mafia Denials Plague FBI's Hoover by Alex Hortis
  • History of the New England Mafia, Part 1, by Richard N. Warner
  • Social Clubs of Federal Hill by "Wisconsin Kid"
  • New England Mafia Chart by Bill Feather and Thomas Hunt
  • Roemer's Chicago Outfit Informants by Edmond Valin
  • Warner Files: Hoover Myths
  • Dead Guys in Suits: Brothers Killed
  • Just One More Thing

Issue key terms: Boston, Chicago, Cosa Nostra, FBI, Hoover, Informants, Mafia, New England, Organized Crime, Providence

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Issue 11 - 2011 Apr

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 64 pages)

Issue 11

Focus on Northeast Pennsylvania.

  • Men of Montedoro by Thomas Hunt and Michael A. Tona
  • Daring 1870 Bank Robbery in Scranton
  • Sicilian Miners Battle Black Handers by Thomas Hunt
  • Capones Reach the Promised Land by Deirdre Marie Capone
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Mafia Chart by Bill Feather
  • Warner Files: Sources
  • Dead Guys in Suits: Sack Murders
  • Book Review of Young Al Capone
  • Book Review of Lucky Luciano: The Real and the Fake Gangster

Issue key terms: Al Capone, Apalachin, Black Hand, Carbondale, Charlie Luciano, Jimmy Hoffa, Knox Mine Disaster, Montedoro, Pennsylvania, Pittston, Russell Bufalino, Santo Caressi, Santo Volpe, Scranton, Stefano LaTorre, Tim Newark, Tomasso Petto, Wilkes-Barre, William Balsamo

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Issue 10 - 2011 Jan

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 84 pages)

Issue 10
  • A Test of Resolve: The 1932 Murder of Pittsburgh Boss John Bazzano by Thomas Hunt and Michael A. Tona
  • The Last Days of the Brady Gang by Richard Shaw
  • Warner Files: Giuseppe Masseria
  • Genovese Mafia Membership Chart 1930s-1970s by Bill Feather
  • Interview of Bill Helmer (Interviewed by Ellen Poulsen)
  • A Tribute to Rick Mattix

Issue key terms: Albert Anastasia, Bangor Maine, Bazzano, Brady Gang, Brooklyn, Cosa Nostra, Feather, Helmer, Mafia, Mattix, Organized Crime, Pittsburgh, Shaw, Vito Genovese, Volpe

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Issue 09 - 2010 Oct

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 60 pages)

Issue 09
  • Al Capone's Long Stay in Philly by Thomas Hunt
  • Eastern State Penitentiary by Gregory Peduto
  • A Room for Two: Winkeler and Moran by Chriss Lyon
  • FBI Investigates Counterfeit Capone Tale
  • Pennsylvania Crime Syndicates
  • Al Capone and Nucky Johnson Photo Controversy by Thomas Hunt
  • Philadelphia Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather
  • Interview of Arthur Nash
  • Book Review of Sergeant Smack
  • Television: Boardwalk Empire

Issue key terms: Atlantic City, Berrien County, Capone, Eastern State Penitentiary, Frankie Rio, Mafia, Moran, New Orleans, New York, Nucky Johnson, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Winkeler

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Issue 08 - 2010 Jul

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 60 pages)

Issue 08
  • DiGiorgio - First Crime Boss of Los Angeles? by Richard N. Warner
  • The Mafia of Dallas by Thomas Hunt
  • America's First Mafia War by Thomas Hunt and Martha Macheca Sheldon
  • Texas Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather
  • New Orleans Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather
  • Book Review of Mr. New Orleans
  • Book Review of Gangsters of Miami
  • News: Rivals Move Against Rizzutos, Vegas "Mob Experience," Joseph Gato obit, Frank Colacurcio obit

Issue key terms: Agnello, Apalachin, Binion, Campisi, Civello, Cosa Nostra, Dallas, DiGiorgio, Innocenti, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Macheca, Mafia, Montreal, New Orleans, Piranio, Reconstruction Era, Rizzuto, Texas

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Issue 07 - 2010 Apr

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 80 pages)

Issue 07

Focus on Morello Mob of NYC.

  • Comito's Story by Antonio Comito
  • Morello-Lupo Imprisonment Timeline
  • Witnesses for the Defense (Counterfeiting trial)
  • Mafia Boss of Bosses Despairs in Prison by Thomas Hunt
  • Nemesis of Counterfeiters: William Flynn by Thomas Hunt
  • Gambino Mafia Membership Chart 1910s-1940s by Bill Feather
  • Ask Informer: Morello Mob Descendants

Issue key terms: Atlanta Federal Prison, Calicchio, Cecala, Cina, Comito, Corleone, Counterfeiting, Flynn, Gambino, Hoover, Lupo, Morello, New York, Oddo, Palermo, Palmer Raids, Petrosino, Secret Service, Sylvester, Terranova

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Issue 06 - 2010 Jan

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 56 pages)

Issue 06

Focus on Cleveland.

  • To Kill the Irishman by Rick Porrello
  • 1928 Mafia Convention by Thomas Hunt and Michael A. Tona
  • The Masserias of Cleveland by Richard N. Warner
  • Cleveland Mafia Membership Chart 1930s-1950s by Bill Feather
  • Interview of Rick Porrello
  • Ask Informer: Dr. Giuseppe Romano
  • News: John A. Gotti Hung Jury, New England Mafia, Gregory DePalma obit

Issue key terms: Chicago, Cleveland, Cosa Nostra, Greene, Hotel Statler, Lolordo, Lonardo, Mafia, Masseria, Mob, Ohio, Organized Crime, Porrello, Profaci, Romano, Todaro

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Issue 05 - 2009 Oct

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 56 pages)

Issue 05
  • Castro and the Casinos by Thomas Hunt
  • Jack Ruby Visits Havana
  • Buccellato's Bushwick Crew by Justin Dugard
  • Early Bonanno Membership Chart by Bill Feather
  • Interview of Martha Macheca Sheldon
  • Book Review of The Mad Ones
  • Book Review of The Canary Sang But Couldn't Fly
  • Ask Informer: William Flynn
  • News: Lucchese Clan Clobbered, John A. Gotti, Anastasia Nephew, Anthony St. Laurent, Angelo Prisco, Gennaro Angiulo obit, Burton Kaplan obit

Issue key terms: Bonanno, Books, Buccellato, Castro, Cosa Nostra, Jack Ruby, Lansky, Macheca, Mafia, Mob, Organized Crime, Sheldon, Trafficante

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Issue 04 - 2009 Jul

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 48 pages)

Issue 04
  • 1909 Mafia Murder in Danbury, CT, by Thomas Hunt
  • Maranzano Muddle by David Critchley
  • My First Dinner with Mickey Cohen by Steve Stevens and Craig Lockwood
  • Pittsburgh Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather
  • Interview of Patrick Downey
  • Book Review of The First Family
  • Book Review of Mafia Son
  • Ask Informer: John Gotti
  • News: Carmen DiNunzio Pleads Guilty, Bonanno Crew in Florida, Alfonso Tornabene obit, Donato Angiulo obit

Issue key terms: Books, Connecticut, Cosa Nostra, Danbury, Gotti, Mafia, Maranzano, Mickey Cohen, Mob, Organized Crime, Pittsburgh, Zarcone

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Issue 03 - 2009 Apr

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 56 pages)

Issue 03
  • The Dreaded D'Andrea by Richard N. Warner
  • Chicago's Early Mafia Bosses by Thomas Hunt
  • 80 Years Since the Valentine's Day Massacre
  • Chicago Outfit Membership Chart 1920s-40s by Bill Feather
  • Interview of Art Bilek
  • Ask Informer: Chicago Heights Mafia
  • Book Review of The Origin of Organized Crime in America
  • News: Family Secrets Sentences, Charles Carneglia

Issue key terms: Bilek, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Cosa Nostra, D'Andrea, Mafia, Mob, Organized Crime, Outfit, St. Valentine's Day Massacre

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Issue 02 - 2009 Jan

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 56 pages)

Issue 02
  • Martyr: Joseph Petrosino by Thomas Hunt
  • The Mob's Worst Year - 1957, Part 2 by Thomas Hunt
  • Interview of Scott Deitche
  • Kansas City Mafia Membership Chart by Bill Feather
  • Book Review of Open City
  • Book Review of The Last Undercover
  • Ask Informer: Saverio Pollaccia, Society of the Banana
  • News: Top 10 Stories of 2008, Frank Rosenthal obit, Salvatore Scala obit, Frank Valenti obit, Anthony Spero obit.

Issue key terms: Anastasia, Apalachin, Books, Cosa Nostra, Deitche, Kansas City, Mafia, Mob, Morello, NYPD, Organized Crime, Petrosino, Pollaccia

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Issue 01 - 2008 Sep

(Standard 8.25" x 10.75" - 48 pages)

Issue 01
  • The Mob's Worst Year - 1957, Part 1 by Thomas Hunt
  • Capone's Triggerman Kills Michigan Cop by Chriss Lyon
  • Newspaperman Reveals Lynch Mob Role by Thomas Hunt
  • Interview of David Critchley
  • Book Review of Frank Nitti
  • Book Review of The Mafia and the Machine
  • Book Review of The First Vice Lord
  • Book Review of The Complete Public Enemy Almanac
  • Ask Informer: Joe DiGiovanni
  • News: John A. Gotti, James "Whitey" Bulger, John Bazzano Jr. obit, Frank Schweihs obit, Carl DeLuna obit.

Issue key terms: Books, Burke, Capone, Cosa Nostra, Costello, Critchley, DiGiovanni, Hoffa, Macheca, Mafia, Mob, New Orleans, Organized Crime, Teamsters

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