Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

$300 murderer laughs as he is sentenced to life

Life is cheap to a low-rent gangster, whether it’s his own or someone else’s. Last week in Los Angeles, gangster Jesus Mendez was sentenced to life imprisonment for a shooting that netted $300. He was smiling and laughing in court; he didn’t seem to be taking his fate very seriously. Back in April 2012, 27-year-old [...]

Today: James ‘Whitey’ Bulger gets two life sentences

This morning Judge Denise Casper sentenced Bulger to two consecutive life terms plus five years saying, “The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable. Your crimes are made all the more heinous because they are all about money.” Read the story of the man who ran Boston’s Winter Hill gang in the 70s and 80s.

Mob Epic: The Lucchese Crime Family

Learn why members of the Lucchese crime family have inspired some of the most notable mob characters on film and TV, including “Goodfellas” and “The Sopranos.”

Semion Mogilevich, Mob Mastermind

Tony Soprano he isn’t. Alleged Red Mafia boss Semion Mogilevich is a new kind of mobster. He’s a world-class executive, he manages an army of criminals, owns a network of companies both large and small, and will likely be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come.

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