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Mob Informant Trades Witness Protection for $100M

A man called The General earned a wealthy widow's trust

(Newser) - A man called The General—though he's gone by other names—carries at least five cellphones at all times and always has an eye out for hidden enemies. And in 2010 at a McDonald's in New York, he became $100 million richer. DNAinfo has the improbable story of... More »

Ex-Mob Boss Massino Will Walk a Free Man

For his 'cooperation' ratting out other mobsters, judge rules

(Newser) - Ratting out the mafia has paid off for notorious former mob boss Joseph Massino. Facing life in prison for his role in eight murders, he'll soon be walking away a free man as a reward for helping convict dozens of mobsters, including Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, a... More »

Witness Protection Program Lost 2 Terrorists

And there's more...

(Newser) - US officials lost track of a pair of "known or suspected terrorists"—the New York Times dubs them "former terrorists"—who were in the witness protection program. The good news: They are now "accounted for," per a Justice Department rep, who says they left... More »

Expert on Vanishing Acts Sees Rising Demand

(Newser) - Frank Ahearn just may be the world's top expert on vanishing without a trace—either finding people who have done so or helping others pull off the trick. In a profile of him and his craft, the Times of London notes that the California man has gotten so many inquiries... More »

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