Alcatraz or ‘The Rock’ was designed to be the ultimate prison. Lock up all the really bad guys in one solid isolated prison, separate them from other prisoners and break … Read More
In 2013, aging gangster John “Sonny’’ Franzese was sentenced to eight years in prison after he was found guilty of racketeering for shaking down two strip clubs and a pizza … Read More
When in 1967 in County Durham, England, 33-year-old Angus Sibbet is found slumped in the back of his Jaguar Mark 10 with three gunshot wounds, it had all the hallmarks … Read More
Throughout the 1970s, Arizona had become the go-to place to funnel drugs and to launder ill-gotten funds. This was largely due to lax state laws which allowed individuals to purchase … Read More
“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
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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