Mobster Rat Joseph Valachi, once a member of La Cosa Nostra, was one of the first gangsters to admit to federal officials that the Mafia existed. In 1963, September 22, Mobsters Rats, Mobsters Joseph, Rats Joseph, Joseph Valachi, Real Gangsters, Federer Official, Mafia Exist, La Cosa Nostra
BOSTON - Will "Whitey" Bulger testify? That was the question on everyone's mind this week as defense lawyers began presenting their case to free the reputed mobster from a massive racketeering indictment charging him with 19 killings.
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Stephen 'The Rifleman' FlemmiWith the help of tips from Bulger and his partner, Stephen Flemmi, the FBI began dismantling the Irish mob's chief rivals, the Italian Mafia, paving the way for Bulger's ascendancy
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Stephen Joseph "The Rifleman" Flemmi is an Italian-American mobster and close associate to James J. Bulger. He started out being an informant for the FBI but he proved to be a relations nightmare for the Feds. For this reason he was prosecuted under the Racketeer and Corrupt Organizations Act and sentenced to a long term of incarceration.
John J. Connolly Jr.John J. Connolly Jr.'s corrupt relationship with Bulger and Flemmi, Connolly was convicted of federal racketeering and obstruction of justice in 2002.
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John Martorano After three days testifying against Whitey Bulger, admitted killer John V. Martorano said he cooperated with law enforcement to receive a light sentence and avoid the death penalty for murders he committed in Oklahoma and Florida.
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John James Vincent Martorano also known as "Vincent Joseph Rancourt", "Richard Aucoin", "Nick", "The Cook", "The Executioner", "The Basin Street Butcher" (born December 13, 1940), is a former hitman for the Winter Hill Gang in Boston, Massachusetts who has admitted to 20 mob-related killings. After graduating from high school, John turned down seven football scholarships and instead stayed in Boston. Hanging out in the Combat Zone, Martorano fell under the guidance of Stephen Flemmi, and by the age of twenty-five had become a professional mobster. He committed his first murder at 24 when he allegedly murdered Patriarca crime family made man Robert S. Palladino who was going to testify in a case involving the murder of prostitute Barbara Sylvester in his father's restaurant.[clarification needed] Ralph DeMasi, a Boston mobster incarcerated in White Deer, Pennsylvania, would later write to the courts that when he was driving down Morrissey Boulevard with fellow Irish mobster William (Billy) O'Brien in 1964, Martorano pulled up in a car alongside them and gunned down O'Brien, shooting him seventeen times with a machine gun and wounding DeMasi. In his letter about the events that almost led to his death he wrote, "I thought someone was taking target practice at us. It was my good friend John Martorano." John rapidly became one of the Winter Hill Gang's most prolific enforcers. In January 1968, after an African-American beat up Flemmi in an after-hours saloon, Martorano tracked the man to a car on Normandy Street in Dorchester. As it happened, the man was accompanied by a nineteen-year-old girl and a seventeen-year-old boy. John walked up to the car and killed all three occupants with his .38-caliber snubnosed revolver. As a result of this, Martorano was facetiously called "Sickle Cell Anemia" by his fellow gangsters. During his sixteen years as a fugitive he lived off his illicit bookmaking operation.[clarification needed] Arrested in 1995, Martorano agreed to a plea bargain deal in 1999. In return for confessing his murders, Martorano received a reduced prison sentence of 14 years. In 2007, he was released from prison and given $20,000 to start a new life
James "Whitey" Bulger, Boston's most notorious gangster, allegedly worked hand-in-hand with FBI agents, ratting out his rivals in exchange for protection. When the partnership unraveled, he disappeared. He was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., with his long-time girlfriend, Catherine Greig, on June 22, 2011. His trial began in June 2013.
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DEA busts drug alliance between Canadian mafia, bikers and Mexican cartel blamed for supplying New York City with a BILLION dollars in marijuana
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Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera is the Mexican drug lord who headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where it was formed. Known as "El Chapo Guzmán" ("The Shorty Guzmán") for his 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) stature, he became Mexico's top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cárdenas of the Gulf Cartel, and until his February 2014 arrest, he was considered the "most powerful drug trafficker in the world" by the United States Department of the Treasury.
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Rocco-PerrWhile the real-life men of Boardwalk Empire were pulling Canadian Club over the border, Rocco Perri was their connection. The Calabrian gangster dominated the bootlegging trade through the aid of local distilleries and his ruthlessly intelligent wife Besha “Bessie” Perri (née Starkman.i-Besha-Bessie-Starkman.
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THE GORE - The heart of Downtown Hamilton, centre of business - and the scene of many an incident that would make Alfred Hitchcock applaud! From cannons to crime families, birds driving folks batty, even the world's worst case of hiccups, this walk will intrigue, amaze and possibly, shock you
Michele-Mike-the-Baker-Racco-and-Domenic-RaccoItalian immigrant Mike Racco was the Vito Corleone of Canadian organized crime, a relatively moral man engaged in horrible crime. Within the limited moral boundaries of his profession, he tried to keep hold of an extortion and gambling racket far from gunplay and drug trafficking, and kept a combination ice cream shop and bakery as his business front.
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Michele "Mike The Baker" Racco and Domenic Racco. Italian immigrant Mike Racco was the Vito Corleone of Canadian organized crime, a relatively moral man engaged in horrible crime. Within the limited moral boundaries of his profession, he tried to keep hold of an extortion and gambling racket far from gunplay and drug trafficking, and kept a combination ice cream shop and bakery as his business front.
Vincenzo-The-Egg-Cotroni.By 1970 a war between Cotroni and rival boss Nick Rizzuto had broken out, culminating in the murder of Bonanno lieutenant Paolo Violi and several members of Violi’s family and inner circle. Cotroni eventually ceded territorial control, dying of cancer in 1984.
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Nicolo Rizzuto, the Cotroni family conducted all manner of criminal activity, controlling a huge amount of territory in Quebec and Ontario.
Johnny-Pops-Papalia.By most accounts Papalia was not one for making friends, and grew increasingly weary of outsiders as he aged. Lacking the literal and symbolic support of a successor, in May of 1997 he was fatally shot at his home in a hit ordered by the rival Mustinano family
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By the time Hamilton native Johnny Papalia was old enough to talk his way out of serious jail time for petty drug offenses, the Buffalo-based Magaddino Family had built their empire on bootlegging, taking full advantage of their proximity to the border.
Miguel Torres is in the crosshairs of the police since the early 90s. His name was mentioned in particular the famous Colosseum investigation. 32 years old, Torres works in the shadow of the son of Vito Rizzuto, Nicolo. He said real estate and lives in a beautiful home in Blainville
Brad Hamilton at the New York Post writes that jailed Canadian mobster Vito Rizzuto (seen in the above phot) is plotting to become head of the Bonanno Cosa Nostra crime family and beyond
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Domenico Manno, 79, the uncle of Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto, was released from a U.S. prison on Thursday, Dec 13, 2012, and is on his way back to Montreal, where the elderly mobster will be reunited in grief with a family under attack.
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Vito Rizzuto (born February 21, 1946), known as Montreal's Teflon Don, was alleged to be the leading Mafia boss of the Sicilian Mafia in Canada and heads the Rizzuto crime family.
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Vito Rizzuto became a global super boss — the biggest name in Canadian crime and one of the biggest mafia bosses on the world stage.
Valachi's life was characterized by violence and crime. His introduction to organized crime started with his marriage to Mildred Reina, who was the daughter of an underworld figure. Valachia served as a "torpedo" (a contracted murderer), was involved in drug trafficking, extortion and gambling. While serving time in prison, it is alleged he was given the kiss of death by former boss Vito Genovese for supposedly agreeing to be an informant for the Federal Government.
Joseph Valachi At the end of the day, when all was said and done, Joe was basically a bum. The only thing he ever did that was worth a tin of beans was to kill the wrong guy, and getting all remorseful about it, blow the lid off a group of criminals. Until then, they had been so secretive about their existence they made the order of Masons appear to be a bunch of blabbermouths
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Joseph Valachi Mob informant. A long time member of organized crime, he turned states evidence and testified against the mob at a Senate Hearing. The book and movie "The Valachi Papers" were based on his testimony.