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The Gangland History Podcast: An Organized Crime & Mafia History Podcast

Author: Jacob Stoops

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The Gangland History Podcast, hosted by history buff and mob aficionado, Jacob Stoops. He tells the true crime biographies of real life mobsters and dives deep into the plots, sub-plots, and real facts behind Cosa Nostra as well as popular mob films and television shows. Formerly called The Members-Only Podcast.
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In this episode, we again discuss Joseph Barbara Sr., the mobster who famously hosted the ill-fated Apalachin Mob Meeting in Apalachin, New York. Part Three covers the events leading up to the disastrous Apalachin meeting in 1957 and the fallout. Part One: https://youtu.be/NGHgoGlYOgw Part Two: https://youtu.be/2h1ERPB0sCU In this final installment of a three-part series, we discuss: 00:00 Start 01:27 Opening Remarks 05:38 Events directly preceding the Apalachin meeting 13:12 Who ordered the Apalachin meeting 13:58 The Apalachin meeting gets raided by police 19:27 Law enforcement's previous suspicions of Barbara 26:32 The history behind Edgar Croswell's initial interest in Barbara 34:09 The "sick friend" excuse and real reasons for the meeting 38:18 Barbara's ill health and becoming a recluse 40:12 The law catches up with Barbara and his company 41:15 Barbara sells Canada Dry Bottling Company 41:55 Barbara sells famous estate 42:50 Barbara subpoenaed to testify in front of grand jury 43:40 Barbara indicted for tax evasion 44:34 Barbara's last public appearance 45:32 Barbara's death and funeral 51:10 Joseph Barbara's mob legacy 54:27 Closing remarks
We sat down to talk with Gary Jenkins, who is a retired Kansas City Police Detective, lawyer, as well as the host of the extremely popular mob podcast, Gangland Wire. In this episode, we discuss the following topics: His early years, family, and upbringing What made him want to join the Kansas City Police Department His promotion to Detective within the KCPD The composition of the Kansas City Mafia in the 1970's The key players in the Kansas City Mafia including Nick Civella, Carl "Cork" Civella, and Carl "Tuffy" De Luna His many stories of surveilling the Kansas City Cosa Nostra family Kansas City's involvement in the Las Vegas skim His work surveilling and the wiretaps related to the Las Vegas skim Comparisons of real life versus the movie Casino Bringing down the Kansas City mob The Spero-Civella war in the late 1970's and early 1980's Retiring and becoming a lawyer for 20 years Starting and running his popular podcast, Gangland Wire Links to Gary's documentaries, podcast, website, and YouTube channel: 1) Brothers Against Brothers: The Spero-Civella War: https://www.amazon.com/Brothers-against-Civella-Spero-War/dp/B081ZHB17X 2) Gary's Website: https://ganglandwire.com/ 3) Gary's Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gangland-wire/id984020877 https://open.spotify.com/show/1kGMUAUanWOv3UAbW4RVPk 4) Gary's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdoYdPBGwXdsQGkvX4yovvQ
In this episode, we again discuss Joseph Barbara Sr., the mobster who famously hosted the ill-fated Apalachin Mob Meeting in Apalachin, New York. In this second of a three-part series, we discuss: Barbara's move towards legitimate business and establishment of several bottling companies including the Endicott Beverage Company, the Mission Beverage Company, and the Canada Dry Bottling Company Barbara's ascension within the Northeaster Pennsylvania and Southern New York mob The changes in leadership of what would become the Bufalino Crime Family Barbara's relationship to top Pittston mob leaders Santo Volpe, Russell Bufalino, Anthony F. Guarnieri, Emanuel Zicari, as well Pat and Sam Monachino Barbara's issues with the State Liquor Authority (SLA) that nearly drove him out of business in the early 1950's The 1956 meeting between Barbara, Joe Bonanno, Frank Garofolo, John Bonventre, and Carmine Galante in Binghamton, New York Part Three will cover the events leading up to the disastrous Apalachin meeting in 1957 and the fallout. Part One: https://youtu.be/NGHgoGlYOgw
In this episode, we discuss Roy Marcus Cohn (1927-1986) with professional attorney, Tony Taouk of Magna Carta Lawyers in Sydney, Australia. Tony and I walk through Roy Cohn's history, and Tony brings an attorney's perspective to some of Cohn's vicious tactics, personal life, as well as areas where he displayed both pure brilliance and borderline diabolical evil. We cover: Cohn's upbringing and early life Cohn's involvement in the Julius and Ethel Roseberg trial in the early 1950's Cohn's involvement in the McCarthy investigations of the 1950's during the Cold War and Communism scares Cohn's eventual fall from grace after his misconduct was discovered and re-emergence as a private practice attorney Cohn's legal representation of various mobsters including John Gotti, Tony Salerno, and Carmine Galante Cohn's representation of various celebrities including Donald Trump Some of Cohn's brilliant and vicious tactics We debate Cohn's legacy and a top mob lawyer
In this episode, we discuss Joseph Barbara Sr., the mobster who famously hosted the ill-fated Apalachin Mob Meeting in Apalachin, New York. In this first of a two-part series, we discuss the beginning of Barbara's mob career including: His birth in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy His immigration to the United States in 1921 His first jobs in and around Endicott, New York as well as Old Forge, Pennsylvania His introduction to the Pittston mob of Northeastern Pennsylvania (more famously called the Bufalino Crime Family) How we gets started in the rackets during the 1920s His relationship to top Pittston mob leaders Santo Volpe, Charles Bufalino (the uncle of Russell Bufalino), Angelo Polizzi, and more His involvement in up to four murders in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area in the early 1930s Additionally, we located a long-buried photo of a young Barbara that we do not believe has been widely surfaced. Part Two will cover his ascension to leadership within the Northeastern Pennsylvania & Southern New York Mafia, and of course the events leading up to and after the Apalachin meeting in 1957.
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In this episode, we finish the series on the Cerrito Crime Family of the American Cosa Nostra who operated in and around San Jose, California, and who were a significant entity controlling organized crime in the San Jose area for many decades beginning around the 1940’s and were in existence until at least the 1990’s or early 2000’s. While we covered the family's first two bosses, Onofrio Sciortino and Joe Cerrito in Part One, in this episode we'll focus the majority of our time on the man who allegedly became Boss after Joseph Cerrito's death in 1978, that being Angelo Marino. We discuss: Recap of Cerrito era Angelo Marino's early years Salvatore Marino, Angelo's father The Marino's connection to the Pittsburgh LCN (John LaRocca) The Marino's connection to the Philadelphia LCN (The Maggio family) Angelo Marino's entry into the LCN and rise to Capo The founding of the California Cheese Company Angelo Marino's dissatisfaction with Joe Cerrito's leadership Angelo Marino's supposed rise to Boss The Marino vs. Figlia as Boss theory The 1977 Murder of Peter Catelli and the fallout Salvatore Marino Jr.'s involvement in the Catelli murder Angelo Marino's death in the early 1980's The decline of the Cerrito Crime Family Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMtMn1NTK3A
In the second episode of this multi-part series, we cover Angelo Bruno, Boss of the Philadelphia Mafia during the "Golden Age" of the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra from the years 1960-1969. We recap Bruno's ascension to Boss of the Philly Mob during 1959 when a dispute between himself and Acting Boss Antonio "Mr. Mig" Pollina, along with support from Bruno's good friend Carlo Gambino, resulting in Bruno taking the top chair in the Philadelphia underworld and joining The Commission as the first boss from Philadelphia to do so. From there, we also recap Bruno's underworld dealings leading up to his time as boss and his involvement as the top numbers man in Philadelphia during the 1950's and 1960's, as well as his illegitimate and legitimate business interests in several vending companies, the Maggio Cheese Company, and even companies down in Florida as well as an amusement park in the Dominican Republic. In the early 1960's, we cover the hierarchy of the family as well as a 1962 dispute between Bruno and his Underboss, Ignazio Denaro, which led to a major Commission beef. We also cover various arrests throughout the 1960's, some of which Bruno handled with great ease, and an extortion case from 1963 that caused Bruno to go on the lam to Italy and landed his trusted advisor Phil Testa in jail for over a year in the early 1960's. Once Bruno deals with the 1963 extortion case, which was taking place at the same time as the infamous Valachi Hearings, we walk you through the key members of the Philadelphia underworld and the various goings-on in the mid-to-late 1960's, including the death of Felix "Skinny Razor" DeTullio and the rise in Atlantic City of Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo. Bruno closes out the 1960's hitting his stride in the Philly underworld, batting away cases with ease as the Bruno Crime Family significantly expands it's influence and wealth. By the end of the decade, Angel Bruno is ranked as one of the Top 6 Costa Nostra bosses nationally by a Justice Department report. We cover all of this, with a lot of details and amazing stories in between. Watch Part One: https://youtu.be/7CpCcc2e_Ls
We cover instances of FBI wiretaps picking up mobster conversations related to both the FBI in the early 1960's and the Kennedy brothers pre-and-post JFK's assassination. We share and help you interpret excerpts from the 1978-1979 Senate report entitled, "House Select Committee on Assassinations: Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" which breaks down possible mob-involvement in the 1963 assassination of the 35th President John F. Kennedy, as well as other potential players and scenarios. We briefly cover the mob's involvement in the election of the 35th president, and discuss his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, who was named Attorney General in the early 1960's, and who'd launched an all-out war on the American Mafia, spear-headed by advancements within the FBI focused on the outing Cosa Nostra in this country. Robert F. Kennedy's efforts led to significant increases in legal action against the Mafia across the United States, and put immense pressure on many of the mob's key players. We briefly touch on the findings of the 1964 Warren Commission, and then dive into the wiretaps, first sharing more well-known stories, but then sharing lesser-known conversations. Mobsters mentioned in this episode include: Carlos Marcello Santo Trafficante, Jr. Sam Giancana Charles "Chuckie" English Tony Accardo Jackie Cerone Dominic "Butch" Blasi Stefano Magaddino Peter Magaddino Antonio Magaddino Sam Rangatore Fred Randaccio Anthony DeStafano Carlo Gambino Carmine Lombardozzi Mike Scandifia Peter "Petey Pumps" Ferrara Michelino "Big Mike" Clemente Angelo Bruno Charles "Pinky" Costello Salvatore Maggio Peter Maggio Mario Maggio Willie Weisburg Morris Schlitten Joe Magliocco Sal Profaci Joe Biondo Joseph Riccobono Joseph Valachi Russell Bufalino Others mentioned: Ed Becker Frank Ragano James Riddle Hoffa Jack Ruby Lee Harvey Oswald Frank Sinatra Michael Fiorito John D'Arco Anthony DeTolve Madeline Costello Selwyn Raab Ben Golub Harry Zimand So it’s clear that they, the Mafia, had the means and the motive to commit the crime. But did they actually play a part in it? My personal opinion is that maybe they were the primary executioners, but we’d be naïve to believe that they played no part at all. That being said, we may never actually know the truth until the government releases every single record, many of which are still classified to this day, about the plot. Until then, I’ll let you decide.
In today’s episode, we’ve recorded an amazing interview with Jeff Canarsie, the host of Mob Talk Radio. I’m really excited and honestly very appreciative that this guest was able to take time out of their busy life to sit and talk with me for a few hours to talk about his life, his show, and much more. In the interview, we discuss a range of topics including: Jeff's early life growing up in Providence, Rhode Island Jeff's mother and father, as well as his "extended" family What life was like growing up within a mob-connected family Stories about Jeff's grandfather including the infamous beach story, the story of his mom borrowing his grandfather's car, and much more When he realized his family was a part of the mob in Providence His cousin, Joseph "Joe" Badway, who was an alleged associate of the Patriarca family What is was like growing up Providence during the turbulent 1980's and early 1990's How the darker side of the mob lifestyle affected his family We also cover: Jeff's initial entry into crime and how things escalated for him When Jeff was arrested, informed on by several of his counterparts, and nearly sent to a long prison stretch The background of Jeff's personal stance on government informants (aka "rats") Turning his life around and starting Mob Talk Radio, which is now a decade old Turning Mob Talk Radio into a success and a viable business -How Jeff developed relationships with alleged wiseguys in Philadelphia and New York How he became a member of several social clubs What's coming next for Jeff and the future of Mob Talk Radio
In this episode, we cover the Cerrito Crime Family of the American Cosa Nostra who operated in and around San Jose, California, and who were a significant entity controlling organized crime in the San Jose area for many decades beginning around the 1940’s and were in existence until at least the 1990’s or early 2000’s. My research will show that this particular LCN family was likely the most risk-averse and least-aggressive family of all 20+ families across the country during the Mafia's hey-dey, but I'll let you decide. We discuss: Their official founding in the 1940's The first alleged Boss, Onofrio Sciortino The ascension of the family's namesake, Joseph X. Cerrito Cerrito's history as a used car salesman Cerrito's presence in 1957 at Apalachin Cerrito's ascension to Boss in 1959 Drama within the Cerrito family in the 1960's A failed plot to murder a Nevada casino operator The lack of respect nationally The LIFE Magazine lawsuit and national implications Joe Cerrito's waning years and death in 1978 Included prominently in this article are the family's long-time Underboss, Emanuel “Manny” Figlia, Angelo Marino, Alex Camarata, Pete Misuraca, as well as many other colorful characters and cameos from important Cosa Nostra figures throughout the country. Read more: https://membersonlypodcast.com/cerrito-crime-family-part-one/
In this video, we cover Angelo Bruno, the man known as the "Docile Don" and/or "Gentle Don" who ruled over the Philadelphia underworld as the city's Cosa Nostra don from around 1959 until his murder in 1980. Bruno presided over one of the most, relatively speaking, peaceful eras of the Philly mafia. In this video, we cover: Bruno's birth in Villalba, Sicily (and his original surname of Annaloro) The Bruno's immigration to the United States His early family life and eventual move to Philadelphia Bruno's early connections to the mob and how he eventually got into the life How a young Angelo began to rise as a racketeer and businessman The Bruno and Carlo Gambino connection Bruno's involvement in prohibition, illegal alcohol sales, numbers, and more Bruno's involvement in several relatively unknown homicides The early history of the Philadelphia Mafia family Bruno's making in the 1950's and ascension to capo of Marco Reginelli's crew in the mid-1950's Bruno's involvement in legitimate businesses Bruno's involvement in Cuban casinos Bruno's ultimate dispute with Antonio "Mr. Mig" Pollina, which led to his being crowned Boss of the family in 1959 or 1960 Read more: https://membersonlypodcast.com/angelo-bruno-the-docile-don-part-one/
In today's episode, I do my first-ever interview with author Sam Carlino, who is is in fact the Grandson of the infamous Colorado gangster Pete Carlino, dubbed in the late 1920's as the "The Al Capone of Southern Colorado" by the local media. The Carlino brothers (Pete and Sam) established a bootlegging empire beginning around 1916 until 1931 when they were murdered by rivals. We discuss the following: Introduction to who Sam is and his family background Background on Sam's grandfather Pete and great Uncle's Sam and Carlo How the Carlino's got started in bootlegging The war with the Danna family (and what the feud going back to Sicily was really about) The Carlino's relationship with Joe Roma relationship The 1931 Bootlegger's Convention in Denver, Colorado The death of his Great Uncle Sam Carlino The death of Pete Carlino The death of Joe Roma and who he believes killed Roma The connections of Pete Carlino's death with Salvatore Maranzano's murder in New York City (and the legend of the Night of the Sicilian Vespers) How the death of Sam's grandfather and great uncle affected his family How he found out he was related to the "mob" Sam's upbringing and what led him to write his book, 'Colorado's Carlino Brothers: A Bootlegging Empire' Link to buy book: https://carlinobrothers.com/index.php/product/colorados-carlino-brothers-a-bootlegging-empire/ Read more: https://membersonlypodcast.com/interview-sam-carlino-grandson-of-pete-carlino/
We cover the era of the Smaldone brothers including Clyde Smaldone, Eugene "Checkers" Smaldone, and Clarence "Chauncey" Smaldone.  We dive into the history behind this family which ran most of the rackets in and around Denver, Colorado throughout the 1930’s through the 1980’s.  We’re also going to touch on their connection to the Mafia in Pueblo, Colorado, and discuss some of the players in that family as well. Topics that we dive into: The Smaldones involvement in the Joe Roma murder The family background of the Smaldone family How the Smaldones operated during Prohibition The Smaldones and bootlegging in Denver and Pueblo The background of Clyde and Eugene "Checkers" Smaldone The Smaldone's relationship with Al Capone The Smaldones, Clyde and Eugune first prison sentence in 1933 The Smaldone's involvment in the attempted assassination of Leo Barnes The Smaldone's second prison sentence from the late 30's to early 1940's How the Smaldone brothers built their gambling empire The Smaldone involvement in several underworld murders The Smaldone's 1953 prison sentence of 60 years The rise of Clarence "Chauncey" Smaldone and Paulie Villano The increased law enforcement scrutiny from the 1960's through the 1980s The Smaldone's final prison sentences The Pueblo, Colorado Mafia (Calogero "Charley" Blanda, Vincenzo "Black Jim" Coletti, Joseph "Scotty" Spinuzzi) Mentioned in this episode: Clyde "Flip Flop" Smaldone, Eugene "Checkers" Smaldone, Clarence "Chauncey" Smaldone, Paul "Fat Paulie" Villano, Raffaele "Ralph" Smaldone, Eugene "Young Gene" Smaldone, Giuseppe "Joe" Roma, Paul Enrichi, Frank "Blackie" Mazza, John "Porky" Routta, Joe "The Ram" Salardino, Calogero "Charles" Blanda, Vincenzo "Black Jim" Coletti, Joseph "Scotty" Spinuzzi, Leo Barnes, Mike "Fats" Falbo, Harold "Murph" Cohen, Robin "Walkie Talkie" Roberts, Sam Shanks, Pauline Smaldone, John "Skip" LaGuardia, Ralph Pizzalato If you haven't watcehed to Part one, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72WhjfPxUq8 Also, here are the links to buy the books I cited within the episode...   'Smaldone: The Untold Story of An American Crime Family' by Dick Kreck: https://www.amazon.com/Smaldone-Untold-Story-American-Family/dp/1555917062  'Colorado's Carlino Brothers: A Bootlegging Empire' by Sam Carlino: https://www.amazon.com/Colorados-Carlino-Brothers-Bootlegging-Empire/dp/1467143278/ Blog Post: https://membersonlypodcast.com/colorado-mob-history-part-two/
The first episode of a two-part series on the organization that would later become known as the Smaldone Crime Family, which ran organized crime in Denver and much of Colorado during the 20th century.   We tell the story of the early days of organized crime in Colorado, how the area’s Mafia got its start, the bloody strife during the 1920’s and early 30’s, and how that strife ultimately led to what became known as the Smaldone organization.   If the violence in New York and on the East Coast at the time can be considered the epitome of viciousness, I can assure you that Colorado’s infighting was every bit as violent—it just doesn’t get the credit it deserves since it’s not quite as high profile.   This episode is focused primarily on how the mob evolved within the state, and specifically in the main hubs of Denver and Pueblo, Colorado which were two separate but very much interrelated groups. To those from the area, I’d love it if you chime in and share your stories in the comments section for this video.   The big events we cover in this video include:  Early Italian immigration to Colorado  How Prohibition contributed to the rise of the mobs  The story of the Carlino Brothers, Pete, Sam and Charlie Carlino  The Carlino's war with the Danna family  The "Bootlegger's Convention" in Denver in 1931  The murder of Pete and Sam Carlino  The rise and fall of Giuseppe "Joe" Roma  Enter the Smaldone Brothers and the Pueblo Mafia   In the next episode, we will discuss the rise and careers of Clyde "Flip Flop" Smaldone, Eugene "Checkers" Smaldone, Clarence "Chauncey" Smaldone, as well as several Pueblo Cosa Nostra members. Also, here are the links to buy the books I cited within the episode... 'Colorado's Carlino Brothers: A Bootlegging Empire' by Sam Carlino: https://www.amazon.com/Colorados-Carlino-Brothers-Bootlegging-Empire/dp/1467143278/ 'Smaldone: The Untold Story of An American Crime Family' by Dick Kreck: https://www.amazon.com/Smaldone-Untold-Story-American-Family/dp/1555917062
In this episode, we explore the first and second Gallo Wars (also dubbed the Profaci and Colombo family wars) in an effort to solve the question of whether the alleged incident in which Aniello "Mr. Neil" Dellacroce was severely beaten by Joey Gallo during the original Profaci-Gallo conflict in 1961.   Additionally, we provide a blow-by-blow of some of the key events related to both Gallo Wars, as well as analysis related to the alleged incident involved Dellacroce and Gallo.   See website for full list of sources: https://membersonlypodcast.com/did-joey-gallo-punch-neil-dellacroce-during-gallo-wars/ Primary sources:   https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1972/04/12/79466500.html?pageNumber=26  https://www.newspapers.com/image/464343866/  https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=955#relPageId=43  https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=95091#relPageId=7&search=%22luna_restaurant%22
In this episode, we tell the story of a man who once had a blossoming career as a professional ballplayer, and how he became a vicious and respected hitman for the Patriarca Crime Family.   Maurice "Pro" Lerner grew up in Massachusetts and at just 18 years old, he signed his first professional baseball contract with the Washington Senators. He would go on to spend 10 years in the minor leagues, compiling a career batting average of .308 while playing for 21 different minor league ball clubs.   Unfortunately, when his baseball career fizzled out, his penchant for getting into trouble and a violent streak led him to become involved in the criminal underworld in New England. He would ultimately become an enforcer and hitman for the Patriarca Crime Family and would be involved in a number of gangland slayings, including his role as the primary shooter in the infamous double homicide of Rudolph "Rudy" Marfeo and Anthony Melei in 1968.   Ultimately, Lerner would stand trial with several confederates including the Don of the underworld in New England, Raymond Patriarca himself. Lerner and the others would be convicted and sentenced to prison, with Lerner receiving two life sentences.   Maurice "Pro" Lerner would serve 18 years of his life sentence, but would be released in 1988 after his conviction was overturned due to a revelation of significant perjury on the part of the main witness in his case along with corruption from the primary FBI agent on the case.   After release, Lerner would live out the rest of his life in Las Vegas, Nevada, passing away in 2013 at the age of 78.  Primary source for this story: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/sports/baseball/maurice-lerner-prospect-turned-mob-hitman.html
In today’s episode, the second of a two-part series, we’re finally branching outside of New York to cover Raymond L.S. Patriarca, one of the most feared and respected bosses in the history of the American Cosa Nostra.   Raimondo "Raymond" Loredo Salvatore Patriarca was boss over the New England area for over 30 years (1952-1984). Basing his family's operations in Providence, Rhode Island, Patriarca was one of the most feared and respected bosses in the history of the American Cosa Nostra. He ruled over the New England area including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, etc. with an iron fist for more than three decades as the namesake of what is still known even today as the Patriarca crime family.    By most accounts, Ray Patriarca was one of the most ruthless and effective bosses, be it inside or outside of New York, in the entire country. In fact, legend has it that he allegedly even once ordered a solider to murder his own son. So when I say ruthless, I mean about as heartless as they come. Even still, his men respected him, he was viewed as a good and fair leader, and due to that he was able to exert control not just Rhode Island but on the entirety of New England.   In this episode, we'll specifically discuss:   -When he takes over as boss in 1952  -His reputed presence at Apalachin  -Senate Hearings of late 1950's  -Mediation of the Gallo/Profaci Family War  -Discussions around the Bonnano Family War  -The Valachi Hearings  -Joseph "The Animal" Barboza  -His 1960s murder conspiracy conviction  -His other murder cases in the early 1980's  -His involved in the Bonded Vault Heist  -His death in 1984   Link to Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qyHLNBUc7w
In today’s episode, the first of a two-part series, we’re finally branching outside of New York to cover Raymond L.S. Patriarca, one of the most feared and respected bosses in the history of the American Cosa Nostra. Raimondo "Raymond" Loredo Salvatore Patriarca was boss over the New England area for over 30 years (1952-1984). Basing his family's operations in Providence, Rhode Island, Patriarca was one of the most feared and respected bosses in the history of the American Cosa Nostra. He ruled over the New England area including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, etc. with an iron fist for more than three decades as the namesake of what is still known even today as the Patriarca crime family.  By most accounts, Ray Patriarca was one of the most ruthless and effective bosses, be it inside or outside of New York, in the entire country. In fact, legend has it that he allegedly even once ordered a solider to murder his own son.  So when I say ruthless, I mean about as heartless as they come. Even still, his men respected him, he was viewed as a good and fair leader, and due to that he was able to exert control not just Rhode Island but on the entirety of New England.  Link to Part Two: https://youtu.be/Zae26BJCafo
In this episode, mob historian and history buff Jacob Stoops delves into the Wedding Scene from the Godfather.    In this scene, which is one of the most important scenes of the movie, you're introduced to the Corleone family at large. He dives into the stories of the iconic characters, the actors, and even real life mafiosi including:   Sonny Corleone (James Caan) Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) Fredo Corleone (John Cazale) Peter Clemenza (Richard Castellano) Salvatore Tessio (Abe Vigoda) Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) Carmela Corleone (Morgana King) Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) Connie Corleone (Talia Shire) Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo) Paulie Gatto (Johnny Martino) Don Emilio Barzini (Richard Conte) Frank Anthony Vallelonga Sr. (aka "Tony Lip")   Please check out the video review of The Opening Scene: https://youtu.be/oBkPJoiBEJI   The focus will be on providing his opinion, tidbits of information from the books the movies are often based on, as well as some behind-the-scenes information that serves to help viewers explore, contextualize, and clarify stories related to the most famous historical movies. The overarching goal is not only to entertain but to educate and inform.   As with all episodes of this podcast, his views are his own. The production of this content is a labor of love, and is a means of expressing passion for history as well as cinema and pop culture. Courteous viewer feedback is always welcomed.   *Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED. All rights belong to their respective owners.
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Daniel

Love your show you keep doing you buddy what you're doing is the s*** Love it You're the man

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Daniel

This show is the best mob channels there is.

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Dman64

When are you putting out the second episode of Bruno 

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