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Accused Mob Boss Killer Has a Message in Court

A bunch of them, actually, all written on Anthony Comello's hand

(Newser) - 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,... More »

Killing of Crime Boss Doesn't Look Mob-Related

Anthony Comello is 'one of the dumbest killers in New York City history'

(Newser) - 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,... More »

Arrest Made in Mob Boss Killing

New York City police collar Anthony Comello

(Newser) - 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... More »

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

(Newser) - 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... More »

Head of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down in Front of Home

Frank Cali was first mob boss to be killed since Paul Castellano in 1985

(Newser) - Less than a week after the head of the Colombo crime family died , the Gambino crime family has lost its own reputed boss. The demise Wednesday night of Francesco "Frank" Cali, however, was much more violent and untimely than the passing of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, who died... More »

Colombo Crime Family Boss Dead at 85

Carmine 'The Snake' Persico died in North Carolina at age 85 while serving 139-year sentence

(Newser) - He was the last surviving member of New York City's Commission, the governing body of the US Mafia. Now, Carmine "The Snake" Persico has joined his former crime buddies in eternal rest. Persico attorney Benson Weintraub says the 85-year-old head of the Colombo crime family died Thursday in... More »

Mob Informant's Brother Gunned Down on Christmas

Marcello Bruzzese was killed in Pesaro, Italy

(Newser) - Some are questioning the Italian government’s ability to protect police informants and their families after the brother of a former mafia member was gunned down on Christmas Day, The Local reports. Two assailants executed 51-year-old Marcello Bruzzese, brother of mobster-turned-informant Girolamo “Mommo” Bruzzese, as he sat in his... More »

Inmates Killed Bulger the Day After Prison Transfer: Report

Sources say he was beaten to death in cell

(Newser) - James "Whitey" Bulger was 89 years old and in poor health after multiple heart attacks—but he didn't die from natural causes. Sources tell the New York Times that the Boston mob boss, who was found dead in his cell early Tuesday, was beaten to death by at... More »

Facebook Apologizes to Family of Mafia Boss

It removed posts of condolences after death of 'boss of bosses'

(Newser) - Facebook is apologizing to the family of the "boss of bosses" of Italy's Mafia for having removed messages of condolences that flowed in after his death last week. A Facebook spokesperson told the AP the posts on the feed of the son-in-law of Salvatore "Toto" Riina were... More »

Mafia's 'Boss of Bosses' Is Dead at 87

Salvatore 'Toto' Riina had been serving multiple life sentences in Italy

(Newser) - Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina died Friday in a hospital while serving multiple life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra. He was 87. Riina died hours after the Justice Ministry... More »

Ex Mob Boss Gets Out of Prison Years Early

'Sammy the Bull' Gravano released from Arizona prison

(Newser) - Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, a notorious Mafia hit man who ended up ratting out his fellow mobsters in exchange for a plea deal, is done with his second stint in prison years early. Per court records, Gravano, 72, was released in Arizona Sept. 18, the New York Post... More »

Body Found in NYC Was 'Right Out of GoodFellas'

Carmine Carini was son of Mafia associate

(Newser) - The case of a body dumped in waters off Brooklyn using a "Mafia-style technique," as the New York Times puts it, seems to indeed have Mafia elements. The body found attached to both a cinder block and 5-pound bag of drywall compound on Saturday has been identified as... More »

Catholics Tied to Mafia Could Be Excommunicated

The Vatican is eyeing a new legal doctrine

(Newser) - The Vatican is looking to develop a new doctrine that calls for excommunicating Catholics for mafia association and corruption, the AP reports. That's the decision reached this week after the Vatican hosted its first-ever conference on fighting corruption and organized crime. The meeting gathered 50 prosecutors, bishops, victims, and... More »

Mob Boss Files $10M Prison Ping-Pong Lawsuit

'Tommy Shots' blames negligence for injury

(Newser) - Former mob boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli wants $10 million from the federal government over a Ping-Pong injury. Gioeli, once a high-ranking member of the Colombo crime family, is suing over an injury he suffered during a game at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn in 2013, according to... More »

The Godfather Never Mentions the Mafia Because of Him

Anthony Colombo dies at 71

(Newser) - The man responsible for making sure the most famous film ever made about the Mafia isn't technically about the Mafia died earlier this month at the age of 71. Anthony Colombo, the son of a mobster and vice president of the Italian-American Civil Rights League, pressured producers of The ... More »

Married to the Minors—and the Mob

Promising upstart Maury Lerner watched his baseball career fizzle as he dove into organized crime

(Newser) - After Maury Lerner would carry out a killing for the New England mob, he'd detail his own stats for the day, including the people he knocked off and how quickly he'd done the job. Almost like a baseball player would rattle off his RBIs and homers—which makes... More »

Fugitive Mob Boss Found Hiding at Home

Italian crime boss had been on the run 5 years

(Newser) - One of Italy's most-wanted fugitive mob bosses was arrested after five years on the lam Wednesday when police found him hiding in a home bunker built between the bathroom and his son's bedroom. Antonio Pelle, 54, crawled out of his hiding place on his stomach to the top... More »

Cops Didn't Expect to Find 'Priceless' Works in Mob Raid

But Italian police turned up two Van Gogh pieces stolen in 2002

(Newser) - It was a day that Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum may have never thought would come. "The paintings have been found!" Axel Rueger, the museum's director, said at a Naples, Italy, press conference Friday, per a release . Those paintings, according to NBC News , are two of the... More »

Feds Arrest Dozens of 'Old School' Mob Suspects

Defendants include Philly crime boss 'Skinny Joey'

(Newser) - Declaring that the Mafia is not just the stuff of movie scripts, federal prosecutors charged nearly four dozen people Thursday with being part of an East Coast crime syndicate, including an old-school mobster in New York and a reputed mob chieftain in Philadelphia who has been pursued by the government... More »

Fake Pizza Deliverymen Arrest Mafia Boss

Cops got creative to capture Camorra kingpin

(Newser) - A pizza- and soccer-loving Mafia boss in Naples is on his way to prison, not the Museum of Italian Stereotypes. Cops say 35-year-old Roberto Manganiello was arrested at his home Saturday night by police officers disguised as pizza deliverymen, AFP reports. He had been on the run since 2013 and... More »

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