the mob

the mob

The Wild Story of the Real-Life Mobster Who Starred in ‘The Godfather’

Marlon Brando was Gianni Russo's only acting coach. Frank Sinatra was his only singing teacher. He's got tales.
Seth Ferranti
5 days ago
the mob

How a Postal Inspector Brought the Mafia to Justice

The Black Hand or "Society of the Banana" terrorized new Italian immigrant communities in parts of the US by mail. The story of how a postal worker brought them down was almost lost forever.
Seth Ferranti
8.24.18
crime

Why We're Still So Obsessed with John Gotti

The legacy and legend of John Gotti comes to life again in the forthcoming A&E series 'Gotti: Godfather & Son.'
Seth Ferranti
5.8.18
News

Why Prosecutors Believe the Mafia Contributed to the Death Toll of Italy’s Earthquake

It may be a natural disaster, but the complex relationship between organized crime and the aftermath of earthquakes goes back decades.
Thomas Gane
9.13.16
Stuff

Infiltrating Drug Cartels Made Me Lose My Faith in Police and the State

Gianfranco Franciosi spent six years helping the Italian police catch international drug traffickers. Now he's broke and scared for his life.
Leonardo Bianchi
10.12.15
News

What Happened to the American Mafia?

The FBI says that the mob is still an existential criminal threat in America. We asked some former Gambino family soldiers and two La Cosa Nostra experts if that's really the case in 2015.
Seth Ferranti
7.13.15
Film

I Can't Stop Watching 'Casino' and Thinking About Its Clothes

Sharon Stone slinks on screen with her athletic sensuousness. She’s greedy, insecure, and aware of the power behind her sexuality, which knocks men senseless. When Ace (Robert De Niro) makes her his wife, he offers her everything he can imagine will...
Thessaly La Force
6.17.14