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Mobster Dies at 86
Oct 23, 2023 1:03 PM CDT
Mobster Dies at 86
Vincent Asaro was accused of helping to plan the real-life 1978 Lufthansa heist
- In a memorable scene in
, "Layla" plays as the bodies of numerous mobsters killed to cover up the 1978 Lufthansa heist are shown. But Vincent Asaro, long known for sticking to the Mafia's "code of silence," was not among them. Asaro, a close associate of...
Mob Boss 'Took
With Him His Secrets'
Sep 25, 2023 7:31 AM CDT
Mob Boss 'Took With Him His Secrets'
Sicilian 'last Godfather' Matteo Messina Denaro, 61, dies just months after his capture
- An infamous Italian mob boss who was captured in January after 30 years on the run has died. Officials tell Reuters that 61-year-old Matteo Messina Denaro, known as the "last godfather," has succumbed to colon cancer, after falling into a coma on Friday from which he never emerged....
at Giuliani Charges
Aug 17, 2023 6:55 PM CDT
Mobsters 'Thrilled' at Giuliani Charges
'The Messenger' reports mafia is 'thrilled' former prosecutor is now the target of RICO law
- Long before he joined up with Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani used the RICO Act to go after the mafia in New York City. As the BBC notes, the young US Attorney wielded the racketeering law to obtain indictments against 11 mob leaders and associates back in the 1980s. Now that...
Mafia Boss Escapes Prison
on Rope Made From Sheets
Feb 28, 2023 9:40 AM CST
Mafia Boss Escapes Prison on Rope Made From Sheets
Italian prison officials say Marco Raduano took advantage of staff shortages
- A reputed Mafia boss escaped from an Italian prison Friday, and it's no mystery how. A surveillance video captured 40-year-old Marco Raduano climbing down a makeshift rope made from knotted bedsheets before jumping to the ground outside the maximum security prison Badu 'e Carros in Sardinia. In the...
Inside Mob Boss's Hideouts:
Jan 19, 2023 9:50 AM CST
Inside Mob Boss's Hideouts: Cellphones, Viagra
2 hideouts found in close proximity, just 5 miles from Matteo Messina Denaro's birthplace
- Italian police have uncovered two hideouts believed to have been used by Cosa Nostra mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro toward the end of his 30 years on the run. Car keys in his possession during his arrest on Monday led authorities to a home in the Sicilian town of Campobello...
What Gave Away One of
Italy's Biggest Mob Bosses
Jan 17, 2023 10:15 AM CST
What Gave Away One of Italy's Biggest Mob Bosses
Matteo Messina Denaro's sickness led cops right to a Sicilian health clinic
- In a story that seems made for Hollywood, Italian police this week captured one of Italy's most famous fugitives: Matteo Messina Denaro, who helped lead the Cosa Nostra mob syndicate even as he was on the run for the past three decades. And it was a routine, somewhat expected...
Mafia Boss Busted After
30 Years on the Run
Jan 16, 2023 7:23 AM CST
Mafia Boss Busted After 30 Years on the Run
Matteo Messina Denaro, now 60, nabbed in a medical clinic in Sicily
- He was, as the
puts it, one of the most-wanted criminals in the world. But after 30 years on the run, the elusive mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has finally been caught. Italian police nabbed him in the most humdrum of settings—the 60-year-old was visiting a medical clinic...
Former Mafia Boss
'Cadillac Frank' Is Dead
Dec 19, 2022 2:14 PM CST
Former Mafia Boss 'Cadillac Frank' Is Dead
New England kingpin Salemme died in prison at age 89
- Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, the once powerful New England Mafia boss who was serving a life sentence behind bars for the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner, has died at the age of 89. Salemme died on Tuesday, according to Bureau of Prisons' online records, per the AP...
The Hit That Killed Mobster
Was Ordered by His Own Son
Oct 20, 2022 7:00 AM CDT
The Hit That Killed Mobster Was Ordered by His Own Son
Anthony Zottola was found guilty, as was the man who actually fired the shots
The son of a mobster was on Wednesday convicted of ordering the hit that killed his own father. Anthony Zottola, the 44-year-old son of Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, was found guilty of conspiracy, murder-for-hire, the murder of his father, and the attempted murder of his older brother,...
Shot Dead on Honeymoon
May 11, 2022 6:24 AM CDT
Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Shot Dead on Honeymoon
Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci was killed in Colombia hours after pregnancy announcement
- A Paraguayan prosecutor known for fighting against organized crime was shot dead Tuesday while vacationing in Colombia on his honeymoon, hours after his wife posted a pregnancy announcement. "The best wedding gift ... the approaching life that is a testimony to the sweetest love," read the caption of the...
Cops Nab Fugitive Mafia Boss
Thanks to Google Street View
Jan 6, 2022 9:39 AM CST
Cops Nab Fugitive Mafia Boss Thanks to Google Street View
Convicted killer Gioacchino Gammino had fled Italy for Spain
- An Italian mafia boss and convicted murderer who escaped from prison in Rome 20 years ago has been arrested in Spain—thanks in part to a sighting on Google Street View. Authorities say they already believed 61-year-old Gioacchino Gammino to be hiding in Spain, though the sighting of him and...
Cops Seize Hundreds of
Dormice, Ruin Mafia Banquet
Oct 18, 2021 6:40 PM CDT
Cops Seize Hundreds of Dormice, Ruin Mafia Banquet
Animals were found during drug raid in Italy
- Police in Italy may have spoiled some mobsters' banquets when they raided a cannabis farm. Authorities say the Saturday raid in southern Italy found dormice in cages and more than 200 that had been frozen and packaged for sale or consumption, the BBC reports. The animals, a protected species in...
Mafia Boss Look-Alike Seized
at Gunpoint, Thrown in Prison
Sep 14, 2021 10:15 AM CDT
Mafia Boss Look-Alike Seized at Gunpoint, Thrown in Prison
Attorney blames Italian authorities for mix-up in the Hague
- An Englishman who traveled to the Netherlands to take in a Formula One race got more excitement than he bargained for when he was mistaken for an Italian Mafia boss, wanted for more than 50 murders. The 54-year-old, identified by his attorney as Mark L., was seized at gunpoint by...
Covered His Face
on YouTube Videos,
Forgot His Tattoos
in case you missed it
Apr 3, 2021 11:16 AM CDT
Alleged Mobster Covered His Face on YouTube Videos, Forgot His Tattoos
Tats were visible on cooking show of alleged 'Ndrangheta gangster from Italy, hiding in DR
- Come for the pasta making, stay for the arrest. Since 2014, Marc Feren Claude Biart, a purported member of Italy's infamous 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, has been on the run from authorities in his home country after allegedly taking part in a Dutch cocaine trafficking operation. The BBC reports...
Judges Overturn Music Ban
for Jailed Mafia Boss
Feb 19, 2021 3:41 AM CST
Judges Overturn Music Ban for Jailed Mafia Boss
Law can't take away that 'residual personal freedom,' judges in Italy say
- Even Mafia bosses have the right to music, judges in Italy have ruled. Domenic Strisciuglio, who has been in prison since 1999 for crimes including murder, has won a legal fight to be allowed to listen to music in his solitary prison cell, the
reports. Judges in Sardinia ruled...
Mob Allegedly Plotted to
Kill Mayor, Her Family
Oct 27, 2020 2:45 AM CDT
Mob Allegedly Plotted to Kill Mayor, Her Family
Virginia Raggi says she's become a target of organized crime
- The mayor of Rome announced Monday that the mob was plotting to kill her and her family, Reuters reports. Virginia Raggi said in a pre-recorded TV interview that she has been fighting powerful organized crime families that operate in the city, and that the Casamonica family targeted her after she...
Accused Mob Boss Killer
Has a Message in Court
Mar 19, 2019 7:24 AM CDT
Accused Mob Boss Killer Has a Message in Court
A bunch of them, actually, all written on Anthony Comello's hand
- For a man accused of gunning down a mob boss , Anthony Comello doesn't seem much interested in keeping a low profile. During a court hearing Monday in New Jersey, the 24-year-old made a point to flash an open palm at reporters, and that palm was covered in hand-written messages,...
Killing of Crime Boss
Doesn't Look Mob-Related
Mar 17, 2019 4:15 PM CDT
Killing of Crime Boss Doesn't Look Mob-Related
Anthony Comello is 'one of the dumbest killers in New York City history'
- Looks like Gambino crime boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali was killed by a local guy in a dispute over a woman, the
New York Post
reports. Sources say Anthony Comello, arrested Saturday, was upset the mafioso barred him from seeing a woman in Cali's family—maybe his niece,...
Arrest Made in Mob Boss Killing
Mar 16, 2019 5:30 PM CDT
Arrest Made in Mob Boss Killing
New York City police collar Anthony Comello
- A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday in the shooting death of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, New York City police said. Anthony Comello was arrested in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in front of his Staten Island home, said Chief of Detectives...
Mob Boss Murder: 'A Couple
of Guys Got to Get Killed Now'
Mar 15, 2019 6:24 AM CDT
Mob Boss Murder: 'A Couple of Guys Got to Get Killed Now'
Police say Frank Cali may have been lured into stepping outside his home by fender bender
- A minor car accident in Staten Island may have been a planned precursor to a major mob murder. That's what police are now saying about the Wednesday night shooting death of Francesco "Frank" Cali , reputed head of the Gambino crime family, outside of his home. NYPD Chief of...
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