The Last Mafioso

"Being involved in eleven murders earned 'Jimmy the Weasel' Fratianno the title of caporegime--until a rival boss tried to put him out of business with a bullet.

Author: Ovid Demaris


ISBN: 0553202308

Category: Crime

Page: 565

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The Lucky Luciano Story

Pal of Al Capone, Frank Costello Buggsy Siegel, Albert Anastasia, Lucky became the absolute ruler of a private empire built on vice, corruption and murder. This is the Lucky Luciano story—brutal, shocking, with nothing left out.

Author: Ovid Demaris

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781787201316

Category: True Crime

Page: 157

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CHARLES “LUCKY” LUCIANO was an Organization Man with a difference. The organization he belonged to was The Mafia—a natural setup for a vicious thug with unlimited ambition and a heart of ice. Murder by murder, rape by rape, he established the biggest chair of brothels ever seen in New York. Everything—everyone—he touched turned rotten. He knew he had it made when he had more cops on his payroll prostitutes. Pal of Al Capone, Frank Costello Buggsy Siegel, Albert Anastasia, Lucky became the absolute ruler of a private empire built on vice, corruption and murder. This is the Lucky Luciano story—brutal, shocking, with nothing left out.

The Mammoth Book of the Mafia

The Last Mafioso Aladena Fratianno The third of the triumvirate of informers condemned by Joe Bonanno was Aladena “Jimmy the Weasel” Fratianno. As acting head of the Los Angeles crime family, he was the highestranking mafioso to become ...

Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781849012560

Category: True Crime

Page: 480

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30 inside stories of the American Mafia, Sicilian Cosa Nostra, Camorra and 'Ndrangheta Images of life in the Mob pervade our film and TV screens, some glamorous, some horrific - what is the reality? Investigative journalist Roger Wilkes has put together the largest ever collection of insider stories from prominent ex-mafiosi, infiltrators and award-winning writers. It contains tell-all accounts by the likes of: Richard 'The Iceman' Kuklinski, the contract killer who claimed to have murdered over 200 people in a career lasting 43 years. Frankie Saggio, who 'freelanced' for all five of New York's Mafia families, narrowly escaping assassination before being busted for a major scam. Joey Black, the Hitman, chillingly professional murderer of 38 victims and regarded by many as the 'original Soprano'. Albert DeMeo, the son of a gangster, who later became a lawyer. 'Donnie Brasco', real name Joseph Pistone, the FBI agent, who worked undercover in the Bonanno and Colombo crime families in New York for six years. Tommaso Buscetta, the Sicilian mafioso, the first pentito, or informant, of real significance to break omertà. The two judges with whom he worked, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, were both later killed by the Mafia. This is the reality of the world of men you wouldn't want to cross.

Mafia Spies

The Last Mafioso,” New York: Times Books, 1981, p. 328. “I remember Sam telling me when he got his subpoena”: Ibid., p. 329. “Will you stop worrying? I'm all right”: Ibid., pp. 388–392. “It's no secret in the underworld that ...

Author: Thomas Maier

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510741720

Category: History

Page: 424

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From the Bestselling Author and Television Producer of MASTERS OF SEX, a True Story of Espionage and Mobsters, Based on the Never-Before-Released JFK Files, and Optioned by Warner Bros. Mafia Spies is the definitive account of America’s most remarkable espionage plots ever—with CIA agents, mob hitmen, “kompromat” sex, presidential indiscretion, and James Bond-like killing devices together in a top-secret mystery full of surprise twists and deadly intrigue. In the early 1960s, two top gangsters, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, were hired by the CIA to kill Cuba’s Communist leader, Fidel Castro, only to wind up murdered themselves amidst Congressional hearings and a national debate about the JFK assassination. Mafia Spies revolves around the outlaw friendship of these two mob buddies and their fascinating world of CIA spies, fellow Mafioso in Chicago, Cuban exile commandos in Miami, beautiful Hollywood women, famous entertainers like Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack in Las Vegas, Castro’s own spies in Havana and his double agents hidden in Florida, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI snooping, and the Kennedy administration’s “Get Castro” obsession in Washington. Thomas Maier is among the first to take full advantage of the National Archives’ 2017–18 release of the long-suppressed JFK files, many of which deal with the CIA’s top secret anti-Castro operation in Florida and Cuba. With several new investigative findings, Mafia Spies is a spy exposé, murder mystery, and shocking true story that recounts America’s first foray into the assassination business, a tale with profound impact for today’s Trump era. Who killed Johnny and Sam—and why wasn’t Castro assassinated despite the CIA’s many clandestine efforts?

Minor Angels

The last mafioso reached out and switched on the bedside lamp . His face was ashen . An expression of anxious fatalism gradually reappeared on his features , his lips twisted to form a nonexistent word .

Author: Antoine Volodine

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803246722

Category: Fiction

Page: 166

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In a postcataclysmic world, a group of old crones who oppose the forces of capitalism as they reestablish themselves creates an avenging grandson out of rags, who, instead of crushing capitalism, finds himself seduced by its charms.

L A Noir

Demaris, The Last Mafioso, 51–54. Page 167. “The Weasel”had an: Stump, “L.A.'s Chief Parker—America's Most Hated Cop,” Cavalier Magazine, July 1958. Seealso Demaris,The Last Mafioso, 56–60,for Fratianno's accountofthe interrogation.

Author: John Buntin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781409154167

Category: History

Page: 432

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The epic struggle for control of Los Angeles and the history of the 30s, 40s, and 50s in America's dream city. Now the FOX UK TV series MOB CITY. Mid-century Los Angeles. A city sold to the world as 'the white spot of America', a land of sunshine and orange groves, wholesome Midwestern values and Hollywood stars, protected by the world's most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of 'pleasure girls' and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men - one L.A.'s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief - each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city. The Mob had to contend with downtown business (the Chandlers, of LA Times fame), City Hall, and above all the LAPD - and the story is gripping. In these pages you will find the kind of gangsters, cops, pols, and madams familiar from The Big Sleep, Chinatown, and LA Confidential - only this time it's non-fiction, a serious portrait of how the 20th century's most dangerously unaccountable, intrusive model of pre-emptive policing got started. It's a story with great resonance today.

Mickey Cohen

|Just as Johnny Rosselli Rappleye and Becker, All-American Mafioso, 116, 117, 122, 123. 99 On Wednesday evening, August Demaris, The Last Mafioso, 30, 31. | Frattiano realized that by Ibid. Chapter 9: A Thousand Hinky Plays 101 ...

Author: Tere Tereba

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781770902039

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 323

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The sensational tell-all biography of Hollywood’s most infamous mob boss who dominated Los Angeles’s underworld—and headlines—from the 1940s to the 1970s. When Bugsy Siegel was murdered in 1947, his henchman Mickey Cohen took over his criminal enterprise in Los Angeles. As charismatic as he was ruthless, Cohen attained so much power up until his death in 1976 that he was a regular above-the-fold newspaper name, with more than one thousand front-pages in LA papers alone. His story is inextricably intertwined with the history of the city of angels. Mickey Cohen is a seductive tale of Hollywood true crime history with a wildly eccentric mob boss at its center. Biographer Tere Tereba delivers tales of high life, high drama, and highly placed politicians—among them Robert F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon—as well as revelations about countless icons, including Shirley Temple, Lana Turner, Frank Sinatra, and even Rev. Billy Graham. Meticulously researched, this rich tapestry presents a complete look at the mid-twentieth century Los Angeles underworld. “The author does a superb job of tracing the ins and outs of Hollywood’s gang world in the 1940s and ’50s.” —The Wall Street Journal

Rebels and Mafiosi

The Last Mafioso. New York. DeMayo, G. 1911. Polizia d profezia di S. Maniscalco. In Memorie storiche militari. Vol. 3. Rome. De Menza, Giuseppe. 1877-78. Le cronache d'Assise di Palermo, 2 vols. Palermo. De Seta, Cesare, and Leonardo ...

Author: James Fentress

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501721519

Category: History

Page: 320

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For centuries, Sicilian "men of honor" have fought the controls of government. Between 1820 and 1860, rebellions shook the island as these men joined with Sicily's intellectuals in the struggle for independence from the Bourbon Kingdom of Naples. This lively account—the first to locate the emergence and evolution of the mafia in historical perspective—describes how those rebellions led to the birth of the modern mafia and traces the increasing influence of organized crime on the island. The alliance between two classes of Sicilians, James Fentress shows, made possible both the revolution and the mafia. Militancy in the ranks of the revolution taught men of honor how to organize politically. Communities then resisted the demands of central government by devising alternative controls through a network of local groups—the mafia cosche. Fentress tells his operatic story of honor and crime from the viewpoint of the Sicilians, and in particular of the great city of Palermo—from Garibaldi's historic arrival in 1860 to the spectacular mafia trials around the turn of the century. Drawing on police archives, trial records, contemporary journalism, and government reports, he describes how enduring political power plus a (richly deserved) reputation for violence helped the mafia secure covert relationships with groups that publicly denounced them. These contacts still protect today's mafiosi from Rome's efforts to eradicate the organization. The history of the mafia is indeed, Fentress shows, the history of Sicily.

Crime and Justice Volume 49

The Last Mafioso: The Treacherous World of Jimmy Fratianno. New York: Crown. First citation in text Demaris, Ovid, with Sam Sloan. 2010. The Last Mafioso: The Treacherous World of Jimmy Fratianno. Rev. ed. New York: Ishi.

Author: Michael Tonry

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226708423

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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For most Americans, The Godfather, The Sopranos, and the Cosa Nostra exemplify organized crime. In Asia the term conjures up images of Japanese yakuza and Chinese triads, in Italy the Cosa Nostra and ‘Ndrangheta, in Latin America Mexican narco-gangs and Colombian drug cartels, in the Netherlands transnational drug and human trafficking, and in Scandinavia outlaw motorcycle gangs. Some but not all those organizations are “mafias” with centuries-long histories, distinctive cultures, and complicated relationships with local communities and governments. Others are new, large but transitory and with no purpose other than maximizing profits from illegal markets. Organized crime organizations have existed for centuries. Serious scholarly, as opposed to journalistic or law enforcement, efforts to understand them, however, date back only a few decades. Authoritative overviews were, until very recently, impossible. Rigorous, analytically acute, and methodologically sophisticated literatures did not exist. They have begun to emerge. They have developed in many countries, involve work in different languages and disciplines, and deploy a wide range of methods. Organizing Crime: Mafias, Markets, and Networks provides the most exhaustive overview ever published of knowledge about organized crime. It provides intensive accounts of American, Italian, and Dutch developments, covers both national mafias and transnational criminality, and delves in depth into gender, human capital, and money laundering issues. The writers are based in seven countries. To a person they are, or are among, the world’s most distinguished specialists in their subjects. At last, credible explanations and testable hypotheses are available concerning when, why, and under what circumstances mafias and other organized crime organizations come into being, what makes them distinctive, what they do and with what effects, and how to contain them.

The Music Sound

Another trademark feature of Mafioso rap is the idolizing of high profile organized crime figures. ... LL Cool J, for instance, was among the first rappers to do so in his song "I'm Bad": "Not the last Mafioso, I'm an MC cop.".

Author: Nicolae Sfetcu

Publisher: Nicolae Sfetcu


Category: Music


View: 333


A guide for music: compositions, events, forms, genres, groups, history, industry, instruments, language, live music, musicians, songs, musicology, techniques, terminology , theory, music video. Music is a human activity which involves structured and audible sounds, which is used for artistic or aesthetic, entertainment, or ceremonial purposes. The traditional or classical European aspects of music often listed are those elements given primacy in European-influenced classical music: melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color/timbre, and form. A more comprehensive list is given by stating the aspects of sound: pitch, timbre, loudness, and duration. Common terms used to discuss particular pieces include melody, which is a succession of notes heard as some sort of unit; chord, which is a simultaneity of notes heard as some sort of unit; chord progression, which is a succession of chords (simultaneity succession); harmony, which is the relationship between two or more pitches; counterpoint, which is the simultaneity and organization of different melodies; and rhythm, which is the organization of the durational aspects of music.

Call Me Barabbas

I found a book called The Last Mafioso, and that was it. I convinced myself that my real father could be—no, must be—a member of the Mafia. After all, he was Italian. To a twelve-year-old who had just read The Outsiders, seen the movie ...

Author: Paul Derry

Publisher: Coastal West Publishing

ISBN: 9780981240879

Category: Religion

Page: 202

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Call Me Barabbas looks at the journey of both Paul Derry and R.C. Sproul Jr. R.C. Sproul told Paul, "You and I know that Jesus came to save sinners. The people in the world you came from know they are sinners but need to learn Jesus saves. The people in the world I came from (Reformed evangelicals) know Jesus saves, but need to learn they are sinners." Thus, the concept of Call Me Barabbas was born and turned into this book of two drastically different lives that share one major similarity - the grace and mercy of Christ Jesus. Table of Contents: Forward (written by Burl Cain) Preface (written by Paul Derry and R.C. Sproul Jr.) Chapter 1. The Theological Foundation (written by R.C. Sproul Jr.) Chapter 2. The Story of Barabbas (written by R.C. Sproul Jr.) Chapter 3. The Making of a Barabbas (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 4. Breaking Barabbas (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 5. Braking Barabbas (written by R.C. Sproul Jr.) Chapter 6. Barabbas and Judas’s Kiss (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 7. Brides of Barabbas (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 8. Barabbas Betrayed (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 9. Barabbas Betrays (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 10. Barabbas Betrays Again (written by R.C. Sproul Jr.) Chapter 11. Barabbas, Come Forth (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 12. Barabbas Reborn (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 13. Barabbas Released (written by Paul Derry) Chapter 14. Barabbas Beset (written by R.C . Sproul Jr.) Chapter 15. Beside Barabbas (written by R.C . Sproul Jr.) Chapter 16. Barabbas All (written by R.C . Sproul Jr.) Chapter 17. Barabbas, Lazarus, and Us (written by R.C . Sproul Jr.) Chapter 18. Be Barabbas (written by R.C . Sproul Jr.)

American Justice

Also, The Last Mafioso, Ovid Demaris. 254 “Fitz,” Bill Presser said The Teamsters, Steven Brill (Simon and Schuster, 1978). 255 “Headquarters carefully filtered” Oliver B. Revell deposition, January 11, 1989, IBT Civil RICO case.

Author: James Neff

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504048347

Category: True Crime

Page: 1586

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Three shocking tales of violence, intrigue, and the search for truth from a two-time Edgar Award finalist and Ann Rule’s “favorite true-crime writer.” In this riveting collection, prize-winning investigative journalist James Neff examines the Dr. Sam Sheppard murder mystery; the terrifying pursuit of a serial rapist in Cleveland, Ohio; and the spectacular rise and fall of Teamster boss Jackie Presser. The Wrong Man: In 1954, in suburban Cleveland, Dr. Sam Sheppard’s wife, Marilyn, was beaten to death in their home. Investigators, the press, the public, and the courts worked in lockstep to convict Sheppard. Sentenced to life in prison, he served nearly a decade before he was acquitted in a retrial. Culled from DNA evidence, testimony that was never heard in court, prison diaries, and interviews with key players, The Wrong Man makes a convincing case for Sheppard’s innocence and reveals the identity of the true killer. “Gripping and meticulously researched . . . [A] first-degree murder mystery” (People). Unfinished Murder: From 1983 to 1988, serial rapist Ronnie Shelton preyed on the women of Cleveland. Dubbed the West Side Rapist, he spied on his victims, stalked them, and brutally assaulted them in their homes. Arrested at least fifteen times for other crimes, Shelton slipped through the cracks of the justice system so often it seemed he’d never be caught—until his courageous victims united to put him behind bars. A finalist for the Edgar Award, Unfinished Murder is based on more than 150 interviews with the survivors, the police, psychiatrists, and Shelton himself, who was sentenced to 3,195 years in prison, the longest in Ohio state history. Mobbed Up: As the president of America’s largest labor union, Jackie Presser navigated a dangerous balancing act with the Teamsters, the Mafia, and the Justice Department. At the same time he was taking orders from New York mob boss Fat Tony Salerno, Presser was serving as the FBI’s top informant on organized crime. Drawing on thousands of pages of classified files, Neff follows the trail of greed and hubris all the way to the Nixon and Reagan White Houses, where Presser was treated as a valued friend. “[A] damning tale . . . A portrait of pervasive corruption that should concern anyone who cares about the way this country works” (Los Angeles Times).

The Rise of the Mafia

Jimmy Fratianno, the self-styled 'Last Mafioso', thinks its days are numbered. 'It will be a long time before they can destroy it but now that they know what it is they've got a good chance. If they can get more guys like me, ...

Author: Martin Short

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781843582236

Category: True Crime

Page: 432

View: 188


Murder, violence and corruption are words synonymous with organised crime. Its long and bloody history influences all our lives whether we know it or not. But what lies behind these shadowy organisations? Where did they come from and how did their influence become so widespread? In this extraordinary book, leading crime investigator Martin Short reveals the shocking truth of how the Mafia and other criminal organisations maintain their strength through public demand, as well as extortion and murder. The Rise of the Mafia traces the roots of modern organised crime. Martin Short has met hundreds of people with first-hand knowledge and has interviewed some of the most powerful mob masters and informers in the business as well as speaking with key police and FBI officers.

Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo

Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story. New York: St. Martin's Paperback, 2000. ———. The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno: The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. Bonanno, Joseph. A Man of Honor.

Author: Michael F. Rizzo

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781614235491

Category: True Crime

Page: 256

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Stories abound about legendary New York City gangsters like "Lucky" Luciano, but Buffalo has housed its fair share of thugs and mobsters too. While many were nothing more than common criminals or bank robbers, a powerful crime family headed by local boss Stefano Magaddino emerged in the 1920s. Close to Canada, Niagara Falls and Buffalo were perfect avenues through which to transport booze, and Magaddino and his Mafiosi maintained a stranglehold on the city until his death in 1974. Local mob expert Michael Rizzo takes a tour of Buffalo's mafia exploits everything from these brutal gangsters' favorite hangouts to secret underground tunnels to murder.

Informer The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement October 2021

Demaris, Ovid, The Last Mafioso: The Treacherous World of Jimmy Fratianno, New York: Times Books, 1981, pp. 36-37, 5154. Moe, John C., “Mafia,” FBI report of San Diego office, file no. CR 100-42303-522, NARA no. 124-10283-10099, April 9 ...

Author: Thomas Hunt

Publisher: Thomas Hunt


Category: True Crime


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This Informer issue focuses on the mafiosi of California, particularly those who relocated to the Golden State after launching criminal careers in other regions. California-related articles include: - Trail of blood: Mafia murder of Barnett Baff linked Corleone, East Harlem and the ghettos of Los Angeles; - Sam Streva and the 'San Pedro gang'; - Was DeJohn a victim of Cheese War? - Golden State often unfriendly to transplanted mobsters; - San Francisco boss Lanza held key role with Colorado's Mafia; - New Orleans connection to San Francisco Mafia. Other articles in this issue: - Reinhold Engel: Forgotten leader of a big-time robbery gang; - Another, other Gentile family; - Police rarely appear on U.S. postage; - New York revolutions in policing and crime.

The Origin of Organized Crime in America

Refer also to theClevelandsituation inthe mid 1970s (Ovid Demaris, The Last Mafioso [New York: Times Books, 1981], 333). 210. Again exemplified bythe earlier career ofCleveland and Los Angeles figure Aladena “Jimmy” Fratianno, ...

Author: David Critchley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135854928

Category: History

Page: 362

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While the later history of the New York Mafia has received extensive attention, what has been conspicuously absent until now is an accurate and conversant review of the formative years of Mafia organizational growth. David Critchley examines the Mafia recruitment process, relations with Mafias in Sicily, the role of non-Sicilians in New York’s organized crime Families, kinship connections, the Black Hand, the impact of Prohibition, and allegations that a "new" Mafia was created in 1931. This book will interest Historians, Criminologists, and anyone fascinated by the American Mafia.

The Boys in Chicago Heights

See Demaris, The Last Mafioso, pgs. 116-118. 126. Ibid., 176–180. Chicago Tribune, June 20, 1967. 127. See Ovid Demaris, The Last Mafioso, 149–157. 128. See Chicago Tribune, February 4, 1965. 129. Ibid., September 13, 1966, September 24 ...

Author: Matthew J. Luzi

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781614237266

Category: History

Page: 131

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“Chronicles the heyday of the Chicago Heights subsidiary of Al Capone’s infamous Prohibition-breaking criminal organization” (Time Out Chicago). Chicago Heights was long the seat of one of the major street crews of the Chicago Outfit, but its importance has often been overlooked and misunderstood. The crew’s origins predate Prohibition, when Chicago Heights was a developing manufacturing center with a large Italian immigrant population. Its earliest bosses struggled for control until a violent gang war left the crew solidified under the auspices of Al Capone. For the remainder of the twentieth century, the boys from Chicago Heights generated large streams of revenue for the Outfit through its vast gambling enterprises, union infiltration, and stolen auto rackets. For the first time, the history of the Chicago Heights street crew is traced from its inception through its last known boss. Includes photos! “I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Chicago Heights Street Crew. It not only provides a well researched history of the crew, but also explains how the boys from Chicago Heights became an important, yet little known, part of the Chicago Outfit.” —Springer Science + Business Media

The Mafia Encyclopedia

Mgr.” FRATIANNO, Jimmy (1913–1993): Informer Among the recent criminal informers, including Joe Valachi and Vinnie ... Fratianno's story was told in a best-selling book, The Last Mafioso, in which the Weasel is shown to develop a way ...

Author: Carl Sifakis

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780816069897

Category: True Crime

Page: 529

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More than 500 alphabetical entries provide information on the people, places and events associated with the Mafia.