A Secret Room and a Comfortable Life: A Mobster’s Years on the Run

Since the arrest earlier this week of Matteo Messina Denaro, a picture of his time on the lam is starting to take shape.

#fugitives, #italy, #messina-denaro-matteo, #news-and-news-media, #organized-crime, #riina-salvatore

Matteo Messina Denaro, Italian, Mafia Boss, Is Arrested

Matteo Messina Denaro, who was sentenced in absentia for the 1992 murder of two prosecutors and other crimes, was apprehended in a Sicilian hospital.

#fugitives, #italy, #messina-denaro-matteo, #organized-crime, #palermo-italy, #sicily-italy

NYC Buildings Chief Resigns as Prosecutors Examine Gambling Ties

Eric Ulrich, a former city councilman under investigation from Manhattan prosecutors, resigned on Thursday from his post as commissioner of the city’s Buildings Department.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #buildings-department-nyc, #gambling, #new-york-city, #organized-crime, #ulrich-eric

Louis Gigante, Priest Who Led South Bronx Revival, Dies at 90

The brother of a convicted Mafia boss, he became a Democratic Party leader and a city councilman, and helped build thousands of units of housing.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bronx-nyc, #deaths-obituaries, #gigante-louis-r, #organized-crime, #priests

A NYC Mobster Dodged Hit After Hit. His Son Finally Got Him.

Anthony Zottola was convicted of murder-for-hire Wednesday. Prosecutors say he wanted the real estate business of his father, Sylvester, a reputed Bonnano crime family associate.

#bronx-nyc, #cosa-nostra, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime, #shelton-bushawn, #zottola-anthony, #zottola-salvatore, #zottola-sylvester

Where defending nature can be deadly

No region is more dangerous for environmentalists than Latin America. We explain why it’s getting worse.

#amazon-jungle, #deforestation, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #latin-america, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime

Review: “The Godmother,” by Barbie Latza Nadeau.

In Barbie Latza Nadeau’s “The Godmother,” we meet the women who have run the mob, and the new generation poised to take over.

#camorra, #cosa-nostra, #italy, #nadeau-barbie-latza, #organized-crime, #sicily-italy, #the-godmother-book, #women-and-girls

Mexico’s Leader Vowed ‘Hugs Not Bullets,’ but the Carnage Continues

The president disbanded the Federal Police and created the National Guard to tackle soaring violence, but three years later, criminal cartels have expanded their reach.

#calderon-felipe, #corruption-institutional, #guanajuato-mexico, #jalisco-new-generation-cartel, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #organized-crime, #police

As Rome Burns (or at Least Its Garbage), a Mayor Dares to Dream

Could a solution to Rome’s perpetual trash crisis really be in sight? Mayor Roberto Gualtieri would like to think so.

#arson, #bioenergy-and-biofuels, #draghi-mario, #five-star-movement-italy, #gualtieri-roberto-1966, #italy, #mayors, #organized-crime, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Two of New York’s Oldest Mafia Clans Charged in Money Laundering Scheme

Nine members and associates of the Genovese and Bonanno families were charged with racketeering in a case that centered on the use of secret gambling parlors in Queens and Long Island.

#bonanno-crime-family, #genovese-crime-family, #long-island-ny, #money-laundering, #organized-crime, #racketeering-and-racketeers

Gerald Shargel, Criminal Defense Lawyer for the Mob, Dies at 77

He coupled legal scholarship with courtroom wit to decimate the prosecution’s cases against Mafia bosses.

#crime-and-criminals, #deaths-obituaries, #gleeson-john, #gotti-john-j, #legal-profession, #organized-crime, #shargel-gerald

Where Is Pete Panto?

A union leader on the Brooklyn docks disappeared 81 years ago, presumably murdered by the mob.

#brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime, #organized-labor, #panto-pete-1910-39, #ports, #red-hook-brooklyn-ny, #tombs-and-tombstones

Violence in Rural Mexico Ensnares Doctors, Causing Worker Shortages

As criminal organizations control more territory in less-populated regions, health care workers, caught in the crossfire, grow reluctant to work in such places.

#doctors, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #medicine-and-health, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-autonomous-university, #organized-crime, #rural-areas

In a Former Mafia Stronghold, Art Remembers, and Warns

A public art campaign in Palermo, Sicily, is reminding residents of the city’s grim Mafia years, and is encouraging them to resist creeping organized crime influence.

#art, #falcone-giovanni, #organized-crime, #orlando-leoluca, #palermo-italy

Bodies Pulled From Parched Lake Mead Stir Wise-Guy Ghosts of Las Vegas

As climate change fuels grim discoveries across the West, Las Vegas is awash in bets on the identity of a suspected murder victim dumped in a barrel.

#clark-county-nev, #drownings, #global-warming, #lake-mead, #las-vegas-nev, #mob-museum, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime, #reservoirs, #southwestern-states-us

Discreetly, the Young in Japan Chip Away at a Taboo on Tattoos

Exposed to body art on social media, more young Japanese are getting tattoos, even if that means hiding them at work.

#japan, #organized-crime, #social-media, #tattoos, #youth

U.S. Crackdown Targets Boxing Figure Accused of Organized Crime

Daniel Kinahan is accused of leading an Irish organized crime group, and he has been involved with some of boxing’s biggest stars, including Tyson Fury.

#boxing, #crime-and-criminals, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #office-of-foreign-assets-control-united-states-treasury, #organized-crime, #treasury-department

Dominic Taddeo, Escaped Mob Hit Man, Is Recaptured in Florida

The apprehension of Dominic Taddeo, a notorious hit man from New York, came a week after he failed to return from a medical appointment to his halfway house in Florida.

#florida, #hialeah-fla, #organized-crime, #prison-escapes, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rochester-ny, #taddeo-dominic

New York Mob Hit Man Escapes Federal Custody, Officials Say

With less than a year before he would likely be released, Dominic Taddeo did not return to a halfway house in Florida earlier this week, officials said.

#florida, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime, #prison-escapes, #rochester-ny, #taddeo-dominic

Paul Herman, Mainstay of Gangster Movies, Dies at 76

Over a four-decade career, he was perhaps best known for his role on “The Sopranos.” But he also had dozens of film credits, including “Goodfellas” and “The Irishman.”

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #herman-paul-1946-2022, #movies, #organized-crime, #scorsese-martin, #television, #the-sopranos-tv-program

Supreme Court Stops New Jersey From Dissolving Watchdog Agency

New York officials object to their neighbor’s move to eliminate an agency that was created to keep organized crime off the local docks.

#hochul-kathleen-c, #international-longshoremens-assn, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-shipping-assn, #new-york-state, #organized-crime, #organized-labor, #supreme-court-us, #waterfront-commission-of-new-york-harbor

Future of Agency Created to Keep Mob Off Docks Now Up to Supreme Court

New Jersey wants to dissolve a product of the “On the Waterfront” era. New York wants the country’s highest court to keep the bistate commission alive.

#christie-christopher-j, #international-longshoremens-assn, #james-letitia, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-shipping-assn, #new-york-state, #organized-crime, #organized-labor, #ships-and-shipping, #waterfront-commission-of-new-york-harbor

With ‘The Godfather,’ Art Imitated Mafia Life. And Vice Versa.

Federal wiretaps and Mob insiders suggest that many real-life wiseguys turned to the 1972 film for inspiration, validation and cues on how to speak and act and dress.

#colombo-crime-family, #godfather-movie, #movies, #organized-crime, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

It Helped Catch Serial Killers. Can It Stop Elephant Poachers, Too?

Scientists used a genetic investigation technique with the aim of helping turn the tide against illicit hauls of ivory and other animal parts.

#animals, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #forensic-science, #genetics-and-heredity, #ivory, #nature-human-behaviour-journal, #organized-crime, #research, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

1972 Killing of North Carolina Family Was Work of ‘Dixie Mafia,’ Sheriff Says

Investigators recently identified four suspects in the 1972 killings of Bryce, Virginia and Bobby Durham. Three of the men are dead, and one is serving a life sentence for other murders.

#boone-nc, #georgia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #organized-crime, #southeastern-states-us

Grisly Killing of North Carolina Family Was Work of ‘Dixie Mafia,’ Sheriff Says

Investigators identified four suspects in the 1972 killings of Bryce, Virginia and Bobby Durham. Three of the men are dead, and one is serving a life sentence for other murders.

#boone-nc, #georgia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #organized-crime, #southeastern-states-us

Xiomara Castro’s Party in Honduras Splits, Threatening Reform Agenda

A split in the party of the president-elect, Xiomara Castro, has left her with little political means to fight corruption and organized crime.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #castro-xiomara, #corruption-institutional, #harris-kamala-d, #honduras, #immigration-and-emigration, #organized-crime, #politics-and-government

‘Trainer to the Trainers’ in a Dog Fighting Ring Is Sentenced to 5 Years

Vernon Vegas trained dogs for fights hosted by a multistate cocaine trafficking and dog fighting ring, federal prosecutors said.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #dogs, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #organized-crime

Italian Mafia Fugitive Caught In Spain Thanks to Google Maps

Investigators had tracked the man to a town in Spain, and an image found online confirmed that the police were on the right track.

#computers-and-the-internet, #fugitives, #google-street-view, #google-maps, #italy, #organized-crime, #spain

Search for Jimmy Hoffa Leads the F.B.I. to Jersey City Landfill

A deathbed statement by a man who claimed to bury the Teamster boss’ body in a steel drum brought agents to the site for an inspection.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hoffa-james-r, #jersey-city-nj, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-jersey, #organized-crime, #pjp-landfill-jersey-city-nj, #provenzano-anthony, #sheeran-frank

He Was a Boxer and Married to the Mob. He Wasn’t Prepared for Guardianship.

Marvin Stein lived an eventful and prosperous life. But a battle among his family over his fortune broke out in his 89th year, and he suddenly found himself powerless to fight for himself.

#brooklyn-nyc, #cosa-nostra, #dyker-heights-brooklyn-ny, #elder-abuse, #flatbush-brooklyn-ny, #marvin-stein, #organized-crime

Italian Police Break Up Drug Smuggling Ring Tied to Calabria Mob

Over 100 people were arrested in Italy as members of a mafia ring that smuggled drugs from Latin America and infiltrated businesses in southern and northern Italy.

#ndrangheta, #calabria-italy, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #italy, #organized-crime

New Zealand Wants a 90% Vaccination Rate. Its Street Gangs May Hold the Key.

The country’s leaders have set aside some misgivings and cooperated with gang leaders to reach their communities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gangs, #maori, #new-zealand, #organized-crime, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Venezuela, a Rum Maker Offers Gangsters a Life Outside of Crime

In the process, the family running the company, Ron Santa Teresa, has gone from bankruptcy to exporting an award-winning vintage rum.

#bacardi-ltd, #chavez-hugo, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #gangs, #maduro-nicolas, #organized-crime, #politics-and-government, #ron-santa-teresa-usa, #rum, #venezuela, #vocational-training

Catholic Church in Sicily Bans Godparents For Now

Part of the Catholic church in Sicily has imposed a three-year prohibition on naming godparents, arguing that the tradition has become merely a way to fortify family ties — and mob ties, too.

#ndrangheta, #baptism, #becciu-giovanni-angelo, #calabria-italy, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #organized-crime, #roman-catholic-church, #sicily-italy

Al Capone’s Possessions Sell for More Than $3 Million at Auction

More than 170 items once belonging to the infamous mob boss were sold at an auction in California last week, including his “favorite” pistol. It went for more than $1 million.

#alcatraz-san-francisco, #auctions, #capone-al, #capone-diane, #organized-crime, #sacramento-calif, #tax-evasion

Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, Gets Extra Security

Signs of concern for the country’s leader have rattled many in the Netherlands, but experts are split on whether criminal organizations there would really risk targeting politicians.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #de-vries-peter-r, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #gangs, #netherlands, #organized-crime, #politics-and-government, #rotterdam-netherlands, #rutte-mark

A Car Racing Fan From Liverpool Is Mistaken for a Mafia Boss

The British man was arrested by armed Dutch police at the request of the Italian authorities, who believed him to be a fugitive Sicilian mobster.

#cosa-nostra, #fugitives, #italy, #messina-denaro-matteo, #netherlands, #organized-crime

Colombo Family Crime Boss and 12 Others Are Arrested, Prosecutors Say

An indictment unsealed on Tuesday accuses the organization of orchestrating a two-decade scheme to extort a labor union.

#brooklyn-nyc, #colombo-crime-family, #organized-crime, #racketeering-and-racketeers

Developers Plan to Demolish Al Capone’s Mansion. Some Want It Preserved.

The gangster’s former refuge on Palm Island, Fla., near Miami Beach, is dividing residents and city officials: Should it be razed to make way for a modern home?

#capone-al, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #miami-fla, #miami-beach-fla, #miami-design-preservation-league, #nineteen-hundred-twenties, #organized-crime, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Al Capone’s Possessions, Now for Sale, Show Two Sides of the Gangster

His granddaughters said they hoped an auction of his belongings would show that Capone was more than a ruthless mob boss. He was also a family man.

#auctions, #capone-al, #capone-diane, #content-type-personal-profile, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #organized-crime

Montenegro Pledges to Stamp Out a Deadly Trade: Cigarette Smuggling

Investigators and journalists were killed while trying to expose smugglers. Now the country is cracking down on a trade it once protected.

#djukanovic-milo, #montenegro, #organized-crime, #politics-and-government, #smoking-and-tobacco, #smuggling

Anthony M. Scotto, Former Union Power on the Docks, Dies at 87

He rose to leadership in the longshoremen’s union as a polished reformer, but the U.S. called him a Mafia boss, and he served prison time in a racketeering case.

#anastasia-albert-1902-57, #deaths-obituaries, #international-longshoremens-assn, #new-york-city, #organized-crime, #organized-labor, #scotto-anthony-m

R. Kelly Trial: Decades of Accusations in the Making

The R&B artist was acquitted in 2008. But the culture around allegations of sexual misconduct has shifted dramatically since then, and he faces more formidable charges this time.

#metoo-movement, #aaliyah, #blakey-g-robert, #brooklyn-nyc, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #kelly-r, #organized-crime, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #sex-crimes, #surviving-r-kelly-tv-program

Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

The F.B.I. scored two major victories, recovering a Bitcoin ransom and tricking lawbreakers with an encryption app. But criminals may still have the upper hand.

#apple-inc, #australia, #bitcoin-currency, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #google-inc, #justice-department, #organized-crime, #police, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency

FBI sold phones to organized crime and read 27 million “encrypted” messages

Illustration of a Trojan horse in an electronic environment.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation created a company that sold encrypted devices to hundreds of organized crime syndicates, resulting in 800 arrests in 16 countries, law-enforcement authorities announced today. The FBI and agencies in other countries intercepted 27 million messages over 18 months before making the arrests in recent days, and more arrests are planned.

The FBI teamed up with Australian Federal Police to target drug trafficking and money laundering. They “strategically developed and covertly operated an encrypted device company, called ANOM, which grew to service more than 12,000 encrypted devices to over 300 criminal syndicates operating in more than 100 countries, including Italian organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and international drug trafficking organizations,” Europol said today.

Distribution of the devices began in October 2018. The cellphones sold by the FBI-run company were “procured on the black market” and “performed a single function hidden behind a calculator app: sending encrypted messages and photos,” The New York Times wrote today. The cellphones were “stripped of all normal functions,” with the faux calculator being the only working app. Once users entered a code, they could use the app to send messages that they thought were protected by end-to-end encryption.

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#anom, #fbi, #organized-crime, #policy

Hundreds Arrested in Global Sting Using App Run by F.B.I.

Global law enforcement officials revealed a three-year operation in which they said they had intercepted over 20 million messages. Hundreds of arrests were made in more than a dozen countries.

#australia, #europe, #europol, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #informers, #organized-crime, #united-states

Mafia Killer Who Became a Turncoat Is Released from Prison in Italy

Giovanni Brusca completed 25 years in prison for murder, including the killings of Giovanni Falcone, an anti-mafia crusader, and a 14-year-old boy he dissolved in acid. He later became an informant.

#brusca-giovanni, #informers, #italy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #organized-crime, #sicily-italy

Claims From an Organized Crime Boss Rock Turkey’s Government

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, already hampered by an economic crisis and a surge in coronavirus cases, is now battling allegations of corruption in his ranks.

#corruption-institutional, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #organized-crime, #peker-sedat, #turkey

When the Mafia Serves Coffee in the Courthouse

Investigators in a small southern Italian city say they discovered a criminal network that expanded all the way to a cafe at the judicial building.

#basilicata-italy, #extortion-and-blackmail, #organized-crime