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Vito Genovese

Genovese Crime Family-One of the “Five Families”

The Genovese crime family is one of the “Five Families” of New York and one of the most powerful organized crime families in the nation. Only the Gambino and Chicago Outfit are larger in terms of made men and associates.  The family was founded after Charles Lucky Luciano in the 1930’s but was renamed after […]

Joe Profaci

Colombo Crime Family – The Youngest of the “Five Families”

The youngest of the “Five Families” and the creation of Joseph Profaci in 1928 is the Colombo crime family. Profaci was one of the longest serving mafia bosses in history and ruled virtually unchallenged from 1928 until the late 1950’s. Beginning in 1959 the Colombo family started an internal strife that lasted through three wars […]

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Monk Eastman: Last of the Old-Time Gangsters

Edward “Monk” Eastman was a mobster who dominated street crime in New York City around the turn of the 20th century. By some measures he was the last of the old-school hoods who came before the Italian-American Mafia and truly organized crime. Though often referred to as one of the city’s great Jewish gangsters, it’s […]

Johnny Depp and Al Pacino as Donnie Brasco and Left Ruggiero in the 1997 hit movie Donnie Brasco

Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero – A True Account of Al Pacino’s “Lefty” in Donnie Brasco

Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero also known as “Lefty Guns, and “Lefty two Guns” was born in the Fourth Ward neighborhood of Little Italy, Manhattan on April 19, 1926. Ruggiero joined the Bonanno crime family at a young age serving as a street soldier under Michael Sabella. Ruggiero lived in an apartment complex called Knickerbocker Village located […]

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