Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Arnold Rothstein, dark genius of the mob

Arnold Rothstein was a boss in New York’s Jewish mob. A bootlegger and racketeer, he is best known for fixing professional sporting events, specifically the 1919 World Series.

Alex ‘Shondor’ Burns and Danny Green: Cleveland’s killer celebrities

The colorful stories of two Cleveland crime bosses, Alex “Shondor” Birns and Irishman Danny Greene. Both men vied for power over the Cleveland rackets, especially the numbers. Danny Greene made his big score with the Teamsters union, and then the trash collectors union. Both were in competition with the Mafia and helped bring about its demise.

John Gotti, the last Mafia icon

On January 24, 1989, John Joseph Gotti, Jr., American mobster and boss of the Gambino crime family, was arrested for ordering the 1986 assault on union official John O’Connor. Gotti, who bet the arresting officer that he would beat the charge, was released on $100,000 bail, and was in fact acquitted at trial.

John Gotti, the last Mafia icon

On March 18, 1980, Frank Gotti, John Gotti’s 12-year-old son, was killed in a tragic car accident by a man, who was abducted, presumed murdered, later that year. Gotti, the last of the Hollywood-style Mafia icons, was New York’s most powerful mob boss in recent history, and for years, the “Teflon Don” seemed above the law.

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.

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.

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.

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case in Jury’s Hands

The latest from the Boston courtroom where James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is being tried for an alleged life of crime.

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