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.
The story of the violent gang of Philadelphia mobsters, who terrorized Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, particularly the City of Richmond, in the early 1930s.
On November 12, 1941, feared Murder, Inc. hitman-turned-informant Abe "Kid Twist" Reles was found dead from a fall from a hotel window. The evidence suggested that Reles had been pushed, earning him the epithet "The canary who sang, but couldn’t fly." The story of the organization that carried out Mob assassinations.
We’re loving the NY Daily News’ gallery of mobster companions today, especially the images of Janice Drake, who seems like a lot of fun but might be a little dangerous.
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.
In the mafia, one day you’re in and the next day you’re dead. Warning: Contains images of dead bodies.
Victor Espinoza, featured in our Mugshot of the Day series in December 2012, pleaded guilty and was sentenced this week in a California Court. The corpulent Espinoza was accused of luring a ten-year-old-boy walking with a cousin in October 2012, and then grabbing and sniffing the screaming, struggling child, who managed to escape.
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.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like to be a gangster in mid-century Great Britain, now’s your chance. The UK’s Crime & Investigation channel is producing a special with Frankie Fraser, a notoriously violent member of the Richardson gang, and has opened up the floor to questions via their Facebook page. You have until Friday to ask anything you’d like to know, and select questions will be answered by Fraser himself.