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The Real Johnny Ola: Vincent "Jimmy Blue Eyes" Alo

Meyer Lansky II | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Meyer Lansky II

Carole Cortland Russo, Jimmy and Flo Alo's niece who was raised by the couple, is finishing a biography about her uncle. Carole was Jimmy's constant companion in his later years, and cared for him until the end of his life.

Mafia - State Negotiation: Italy's Original Sin

Christina Pacella | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Christina Pacella

Every time I read about Magistrates whose lives are being threatened by the mafia I ask myself the same rhetorical question: what kind of a country is this? Twenty-two years without justice, without truth, and what's worse? Nothing has changed.

Italian Priest Goes After Mafia Despite Death Threats

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Half a dozen men stand nonchalantly in front of a grubby building on one of Rome’s busiest streets as cars whizz past. They stiffen whene...

You Can't Have A Mastermind Without First Having "The Brain"

Adam Banner | Posted 12.02.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

It takes a helluva lot of talent, and/or smarts, to allegedly pull one of the greatest sports fixes of all time. However, it takes even more oomph to never get caught.

Italy Fights Mafia With New Strategy: Banish Sons

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 09.29.2014 | Crime

LOCRI, Italy (AP) — Walk into the Cordi' family home, and you see photographs of solemn men, one after another, staring down from the walls. These ...

Fear and Loathing in Hong Kong

Matjaz Tancic | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Matjaz Tancic

Everyone has their magic place. Mine is a small, dark karaoke place in downtown Hong Kong. I came across this place by accident when following a long-haired middle-aged guy wearing dark glasses and a colorful shirt tucked into elegant trousers at night.

Pope Francis To Make Second Visit To Mafia Stronghold

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-old boy who burned to death in his grandfather’s car in a Mafia ambush in January....

The Boob Tube and Reality

Christina Pacella | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact
Christina Pacella

"Quite beyond what we are used to hearing?" They commented about The Sopranos. Try reading this to get a better notion of what organized crime is beyond the Sopranos, and then, find the "poetry".

Mafia Member Honored By Church Procession In Apparent Defiance Of Pope Francis

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) — In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted m...

Music and the Mob

Joel Sucher | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Joel Sucher

Jersey Boys has pried open Pandora's box revealing a bit of the mob's considerable influence over the development of rock and roll and the upcoming HBO series on the '70s musical scene, with the involvement of Scorsese and Mick Jagger, should create further interest.

A Jersey Boy's Guide to Cash and Culture

Todd Buchholz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
Todd Buchholz

Did any sentimental considerations sway my decision to invest in Jersey Boys? Well, every summer as a kid, I played at the Jersey Shore. When I first met Frankie Valli, I told him that whenever I hear him sing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" I still recall the summery coconut scent of Coppertone wafting across the boardwalk.

Jersey Boys

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Four guys stand under a street lamp, singing their hearts out. That's the iconic vision of Doo-wop/pop groups like The Four Seasons. The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys puts a name and face to that image.

Bloody Poachers, Organized Crime, Insatiable Demand (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Forty years ago there were at least 1.2 million African elephants. Today, there are less than 400,000 elephants remaining. Thirty-five thousand beasts are poached each year. At this sickening rate of extermination, elephants will be extinct, which means gone forever, by 2025.

Mafia and Bullying: A Common Mindset

Christina Pacella | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Christina Pacella

Mafia and bullying are not only linked by the issues that characterize them. They also share the solution we need to resolve these plagues. A solution that may appear obvious but that is falling short in Democratic nations around the globe.

Dinner With Lucky Luciano

Meyer Lansky II | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Meyer Lansky II

On March 30, 2014, my Aunt Sandi -- Sandra Lansky Lombardo -- celebrated the launch of her book, Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland, about her life as Meyer Lansky's youngest child, and only daughter.

It Would Be a Crime For You to Miss "Rob the Mob"

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Movie Review Jackie K Cooper ...

Pope Warns Mobsters They Risk Going To Hell

AP | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis has a warning for Italy's mobsters: They will go to hell if they don't repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blo...

Rob the Mob and 24 Hour Rental Demythologize the On-screen Mafia Fable

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.18.2014 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

However, two highly recommended new screen projects, Rob the Mob and 24 Hour Rental, seek to demythologize the romantic popular notion.

The Many Faces of Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky II | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Meyer Lansky II

Every actor portraying Grandpa has proven exceptional in capturing a feature or essence, but I have my favorites, and I hope one day to see Grandpa portrayed in live theater.

Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Mafia Stalk the Bakken Oil Fields

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime
Georgianne Nienaber

Shortly before Spokane businessman Doug Carlisle was found murdered in the kitchen of his three story home he told his son, "If I disappear or wake up with bullets in my back, promise me you will let everyone know that James Henrikson did it."

How A Stray Dog Changed A Gangster's Life Forever

OWN | Posted 01.25.2014 | OWN

For 20 years, James "Head" Guiliani was a street enforcer for the mob, working for John Gotti and his crew in Brooklyn. "I used to deal cocaine, I use...

Why I'd Never Give My Son a Toy Gun

Juliet Linley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Juliet Linley

Giving a child a gun as a toy doesn't demystify the object, as some claim. It actually normalizes it, to the extent that they possibly will not recognize the immensity of the difference between a play-gun and a real-gun.

Mafia Gangsters Arrested Over Christmas Poinsettia Scam

Posted 09.19.2014 | Weird News

If you don't respect the mafia pushing poinsettias, you'll be pushing up daisies. Four Italian gangsters were arrested in Naples over a Christmas p...

Redemption in a Santa Suit

Kathryn McCullough | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathryn McCullough

I don't know if Broadway musicals play a place like heaven in the end -- if that's their final run. But if they do, I bet my father has orchestra seats. I bet he's hanging out in bookie paradise, a promised land of legalized gambling, perpetual ESPN, and the best Broadway has to offer.

Brother Of Infamous Purple Gang Hitman Found Shot To Death In Bronx

| Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

By Claire Cameron THE BRONX --  The brother of an infamous hitman known for brutal Bronx gang hits and taking on hits for mob families, was found ...