Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Slideshow: Ten startling Mafia crime scene photos

In the mafia, one day you’re in and the next day you’re dead. Warning: Contains images of dead bodies.

A mob saga: The Lucchese crime family

Read about the real members of the notorious Lucchese crime family, people who inspired some of the most notable mob characters on film and TV, including Goodfellas and The Sopranos.

Today in Crime History: Patriarca crime family members indicted

On March 26, 1990, Junior Patriarca and 20 reputed family members were indicted on charges that included racketeering, gambling, extortion, drug trafficking and murder. This was a blow to New England’s most powerful crime syndicate, but they managed to recover and continue to operate to this day.

Today in Crime History: Serial killer claims to be Mafia boss

While in prison, serial killer Gerard Schaefer tried hard to impress his ex-girlfriend, Sondra London. While proclaiming innocence, he also wrote pornographic murder fiction that mirrored his crimes and inflated the number of people he killed. On March 21, 1989, he wrote London a letter that read, “I am, factually, a captain of the Dixie Mafia…I have, factually, the power to have you killed. I have, in the past, used these powers.”

These are the most deadly mobsters ever

Greedy, well-armed and guided by a ruthless sense of loyalty to mob values, these are among the deadliest mafiosi in the history of Cosa Nostra in America.

Crime family epic: The Bonanno family

Joe Bonanno was old school. He had plans to revamp the ranks of rival New York crime families through a series of planned assassinations in order to make himself the “boss of the bosses.” The lure of drugs and drug money was too tempting for the next generation, however, and ultimately led to the undoing of Bonanno’s criminal empire.

Mob Epic: Al Capone

The full, unvarnished story of the brilliant and brutal Chicago crime czar.

Actor Steven Seagal and the Mob

At one time actor Steven Seagal had some difficulties with the Gambino family. Here’s the whole story.

Bedtime Reading: Fact and Fiction in The Godfather

The Francis Ford Coppola film series is a masterpiece taken from stories of real life gangsters, but softened to show the Mafia as "men of honor" rather than murderous thugs.

Manager of Famous Jersey Diner Allegedly Ordered Hit on Wife’s Uncle

It was like a scene in a noir movie. Seated at a table at TGI Fridays, one of the managers of the nearby Tick Tock diner on Route 3 in northern New Jersey was speaking quietly to another man about allegedly wanting to have the owner killed.

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