“A prisoner cannot help being haunted by a vision of life as it used to be and, at such times, I pay with a delicious sense of melancholy, my tribute … Read More
Not every criminal is familiar to every crime buff. Albert Anastasia should be familiar to just about everybody.
Born Umberto Anastasio on September 26, 1902 in Parghelia, Sicily, Anastasio (who … Read More
Owney Madden was one of the standout gangsters of the Jazz Age and the Prohibition era. From his early days as just another young immigrant hoodlum to his appearance at … Read More
Lou Eppolito knew of his family’s mafia ties when he lied on an application to enroll in the NYPD’s police academy in 1969. Eppolito’s father, “Fats the Gangster,” had been … Read More
It’s not like the old days. Back then, having sex with a mob associate’s wife wouldn’t just get you killed. That would be too easy, capisce? No, you don’t even … Read More
“My blood will burn holes in their bodies!” – Juanita Spinelli on hearing that her final chance for a reprieve had been denied.
Evelita Juanita Spinelli occupies a singular place … Read More
Max Mermelstein was, in the beginning, a law-abiding citizen. His father owned a little corner store in Brooklyn, and Max enrolled at the New York Institute of Technology to study … Read More
New York’s waterfront has always been a tough place for tough people. Working the docks was never a sinecure, especially for the ordinary dockworker facing long hours, heavy labor and … Read More
The world of organized crime is often thought of to be a man’s world. Characters like Bugsy Siegal, Al Capone and Pablo Escobar are all names synonymous with organized crime; … Read More
When the topic of discussion is organized crime, Albania seldom comes to mind. But that country’s mafia is notorious for its complexity and the diversity of its criminal enterprises. Its … Read More
Sword and Scale Episode 86
Sword and Scale Episode 85
Sword and Scale Episode 84
A Scary Story to Tell in the Dark
Hazel Drew: The Real Life Laura Palmer
The Chicago Sausage Factory Murder
March 29, 2017
The Murder of Schlock Movie Director Al Adamson
March 28, 2017
March 26, 2017
Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God
The Granny Ripper
March 25, 2017
Sword and Scale, which debuted in 2013, covers the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions.
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