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Tiger Ryno
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Your favorite Mafia true stories
One I thought was interesting was about Greg Scarpa (aka the Grim Reaper) he was a long time soldier in the Columbo family and later captain. He was well know for enjoying killing people when he was given the order. He allegedly personally carried out dozens of murders.

He actually became an FBI informant very early on on his mob career providing info to the FBI in exchange for essentially Carte Blanche. His deal meant he could never be named in court or to prosecutors as a source and could never be called to testify in court. He used this as a sort of insurance policy for about 30 years. Eventually the FBI became uncomfortable with the relationship with Scarpa and his handler and he went to prison in the 90s. He got sick while in prison and needed a blood transfusion so he got one of his street guys to agree to provide the blood for the transfusion. Turns out the donor had aids and Scarpa died in prison of aids.


Yancy turnip
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re: Your favorite Mafia true stories
That guy who was involved in the Boston college point shaving scandal. He was supposed to be in witness protection but needed all 6 of his girlfriends in witness protection too. Think his name was rush probst


Cymry Teigr
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All I’ve got is I was dining at Sparks Steak House on December 16th 1985. That’s about as close to true mafia as I want to get.


JumpingTheShark
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re: Your favorite Mafia true stories
My friend beat the game in one night


Hangover Haven
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Just seeing this guys pic is scary AF.... +



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re: Your favorite Mafia true stories
We used to beat on trash cans to tattletale pitches.

Whistled too.
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Ajo Devil
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re: Your favorite Mafia true stories
Way back in the day, when I was a waiter at the fine dining restaurant atop the Stamford Marriott, a group of six obviously mafia guys came in the restaurant about a half hour till closing on a midweek night. Not one wanted to take a six top so close to closing, so me and the other waiter I was partnered volunteered to. Along with dinner, they had several bottles of wine, and several shots of Louis XIII after dinner. The tab came to almost $2,500, and they left a generous % tip on top of that.


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I was drunk one night and asked the bartender at Cat's Meow if the Marcello family still ran New Orleans. He leaned over in my ear and said" I know you're just be curious but there are some questions you don't ask around here". I immediately got up and left my $10 dixie cup sized mixed drink and walked away.

I also served in the Navy with John Gambino.
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lsu777
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All I’ve got is I was dining at Sparks Steak House on December 16th 1985. That’s about as close to true mafia as I want to get.



if this is true you need to tell us more.

and for those that are into this kind of thing, Sammy the Bulls podcast called " Our Thing" is worth a listen for sure. his whole youtube channel is pretty damn good.


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Benito Mussolini’s decade-long war on the Sicilian Mafia began with a perceived insult. In May 1924, the Italian Fascist prime minister swept into Sicily for a much-publicised visit, accompanied by an ostentatious military entourage of battleships, planes and even submarines. Arriving in Piana dei Greci near Palermo, he was met by mayor – and mafioso – Don Francesco Cuccia, who cocked a sardonic eyebrow at Mussolini’s phalanx of bodyguards and security and announced, “You are with me; you are under my protection. What do you need all these cops for?” 

The furious Mussolini refused Cuccia’s hospitality, and the equally insulted Cuccia instructed his townspeople to boycott the dictator’s subsequent public address.



ElderTiger
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I met Carlos Marcello one time
He was short...


TigerstuckinMS
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All I’ve got is I was dining at Sparks Steak House on December 16th 1985.
Spill it.


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DandA
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Michael Franzese has a TON of awesome content/interviews on YouTube. I'd highly recommend watching any of those videos


Cymry Teigr
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People inside didn’t really appreciate what was going on tbh nor could anyone inside see what had happened. Once it sunk in it was mostly a blur.

Anyone that lived or worked in NYC in the 80s probably at some point saw some of the more well known mafioso. But unlike today’s gangs that open up and spray everything in sight, there was very little collateral damage besides the target when anything did go down.


TexasTiger90
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Richard Kuklinski, the Iceman. Such an interesting story of how he basically had such a seemingly normal life outside of his professional escapades.


Hangover Haven
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Richard Kuklinski


This dude was a cold blooded sociopath... That was one scary fricker.. Crazy he had the life of a normal family man till you heard the story of his background.

Just a cold blooded killer...

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The whole Meyer Lansky "Little Man" biography.


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deltaland
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My dad knew Meyer Lansky and my dad’s close friend worked for Meyer.

Had something to do with the horsetrack and casino in Hot Springs. My dad used to get tips on which horses were rigged to win so he could bet on them and win since he was a friend of a guy working there. However, the bets were of a limited amount. He couldn’t drop 20k on it or anything but was limited to 1k or so
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Jim Rockford
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How the mafia kept US ports free of sabotage and helped the allies invade Sicily.


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