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Cops Seize Hundreds of Dormice, Ruin Mafia Banquet

Animals were found during drug raid in Italy

(Newser) - Police in Italy may have spoiled some mobsters' banquets when they raided a cannabis farm. Authorities say the Saturday raid in southern Italy found dormice in cages and more than 200 that had been frozen and packaged for sale or consumption, the BBC reports. The animals, a protected species in...

Mafia Boss Look-Alike Seized at Gunpoint, Thrown in Prison

Attorney blames Italian authorities for mix-up in the Hague

(Newser) - An Englishman who traveled to the Netherlands to take in a Formula One race got more excitement than he bargained for when he was mistaken for an Italian Mafia boss, wanted for more than 50 murders. The 54-year-old, identified by his attorney as Mark L., was seized at gunpoint by...

Alleged Mobster Covered His Face on YouTube Videos, Forgot His Tattoos

Tats were visible on cooking show of alleged 'Ndrangheta gangster from Italy, hiding in DR

(Newser) - Come for the pasta making, stay for the arrest. Since 2014, Marc Feren Claude Biart, a purported member of Italy's infamous 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, has been on the run from authorities in his home country after allegedly taking part in a Dutch cocaine trafficking operation. The BBC reports...

Judges Overturn Music Ban for Jailed Mafia Boss

Law can't take away that 'residual personal freedom,' judges in Italy say

(Newser) - Even Mafia bosses have the right to music, judges in Italy have ruled. Domenic Strisciuglio, who has been in prison since 1999 for crimes including murder, has won a legal fight to be allowed to listen to music in his solitary prison cell, the Guardian reports. Judges in Sardinia ruled...

Mob Allegedly Plotted to Kill Mayor, Her Family

Virginia Raggi says she's become a target of organized crime

(Newser) - The mayor of Rome announced Monday that the mob was plotting to kill her and her family, Reuters reports. Virginia Raggi said in a pre-recorded TV interview that she has been fighting powerful organized crime families that operate in the city, and that the Casamonica family targeted her after she...

Prosecutors: Mobster Was Killed by Men His Son Hired

Prosecutors say son hired gang members to take out his father, brother

(Newser) - The murder of the patriarch of a New York family with alleged Mafia links wasn't ordered by a member of a rival family, or even a different family, prosecutors say. According to the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Anthony Zottola, 41, hired members of the...

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,...

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,...

Arrest Made in Mob Boss Killing
Arrest Made in Mob Boss Killing

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...

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...

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...

Colombo Crime Family Boss Dead at 85

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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...

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...

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...

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...

Mafia Kingpin 'the Beast' Is Dead at 87
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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