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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.

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.

Arrests made in 1978 Lufthansa “Goodfellas” heist

A series of pre-dawn New York-area raids Thursday netted five alleged mobsters who may be responsible for the famous 1978 Lufthansa heist. The unsolved caper yielded more than $5.75 million in cash and diamonds stolen from a Lufthansa airlines building at JFK airport. Vincent Asaro, 78, who is allegedly a boss of the Bonanno crime [...]

Seamless panties heiress thought she was saving husband from the mob–until he ran off with his girlfriend

Manhattan underwear heiress Candice Feinberg Lalicata, now 39, married a tanning salon worker in 2011. Now she’s alleging that husband Steven Lalicata, 30, bilked her out of over $700,000 that he told her he needed in order to pay off his gambling debts with the mob—but that he actually used to buy a series of [...]

The Kray twins: Brothers in arms

The most notorious gangsters of London’s East End, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, former boxers known for their violent tendencies, enjoyed mingling with celebrities in their nightclub. Ronnie, a paranoid schizophrenic, was openly bisexual and was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a member of the UK’s conservative party.

Today in Crime History: Dutch Shultz shot by hitmen

On October 23, 1935, “Beer Baron of the Bronx” Dutch Shultz and his crew sat at the Palace Chophouse at 12 East Park Street in Newark, New Jersey, which Shultz used as his home base. Two hitmen working for Murder Inc. entered and opened fire, wounding Shultz and killing two of his bodyguards and an accountant. Shultz died the next day.

Mob Epic: Al Capone

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

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.”

Whitey Bulger Convicted by Boston Jury

A federal jury convicted James “Whitey” Bulger yesterday of nearly every crime prosecutors had hoped for. Charges included racketeering and 11 murders over nearly 45 years. Bulger, 81, was the inspiration for the Jack Nicholson film “The Departed.” Read the in-depth Crime Library Whitey Bulger story here.