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The Best True Crime Podcasts About the Mafia Whether it’s a classic film like "The Godfather" or today’s "Fargo" franchise, the Italian Mafia has always been portrayed as a network of unpredictably violent men who manipulate politicians into doing their bidding. But, what were the real Sicilian crime families and their Italian-American counterparts really like? Why were politicians so corrupt? Did women ever participate in organized crime? Listen to this playlist of the best true crime podcasts about the mafia to find out! Vurbl Riveting True Crime Stories
The Best True Crime Podcasts About the Mafia Whether it’s a classic film like "The Godfather" or today’s "Fargo" franchise, the Italian Mafia has always been portrayed as a network of unpredictably violent men who manipulate politicians into doing their bidding. But, what were the real Sicilian crime families and their Italian-American counterparts really like? Why were politicians so corrupt? Did women ever participate in organized crime? Listen to this playlist of the best true crime podcasts about the mafia to find out! Vurbl Riveting True Crime Stories
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How did the Mafia come to power in Sicily? How does this differ from the United States? How has it stayed in power despite government actions in both countries? Listen to this succinct overview of the Sicilian Mafia's longstanding history in both Italy and the United States.
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hello and welcome back to this episode of That's kind of cool. I'm your host, Maggie. Today I'll be talking about both the Sicilian and the American Mafia, starting with the Sicilian Mafia. It began around the 18 hundreds and originally the term mafioso on Lee met suspicious of central authority and was not tied to any particular organization. However, as the changing political climate of Sicily began, Thio worsen. Private armies began to solicit protection money from landowners and began grouping into the violent criminal organizations that we associate with the Mafia. Today, the small groups of people in Sicily allowed them to protect themselves from foreign invaders of the small island off the coast of Italy. Eventually, criminal clans or families were began to be known as Moffet, and they took advantage of the violent conditions of the ever changing political landscape to have financial gain and also began collecting power. The term mafia refers specifically to the Sicilian Criminal network of organized crime. There are other words for other organized crime networks found in other parts of Italy. The term mafia originates from the Sicilian Arabic expression that means acting as a protector against the arrogance of the powerful. Then in 18 61 the Romans being the unification of Italy and in terms of their taking power of the island of Sicily, they enlisted the help of Mafia leaders instead of alienating them. Although this arrangement was supposed to be temporary and would allow the Romans to gain control, it eventually led to the power gain for Mafia leaders and ensured that they put roots into the new form of government. The amount of influence that the Mafia had eventually made its way into all different parts of society and included some context within the Catholic Church. They remained so powerful due to their code of omerta, which was their code of conduct. It was a distinctly Sicilian idea, and it meant that once one had agreed to the omerta, they would not go to the authorities to get justice. Nor would they cooperate with the authorities to investigate any kind of wrongdoing. This America is a similarity that shared between the United States and the Sicilian Mafia. Then, in the 19 twenties, the dictator Benito Mussolini crackdown on the Mafia. They went into hiding and were not nearly as powerful until the aftermath of world War two in post World War two times the Mafia backed construction companies and began to regain their control as Italy rebuilt itself after its defeat in the war. Following this period, the Mafia flourished yet again, especially in terms of the international narcotics industry. This is their primary focus today, and they remain in some power in Sicily. The American Mafia is a distinctly separate organization from the Sicilian Mafia, although there are some similarities. American Mafia is also known as the Cosa Nostra, which means our thing. The first known Sicilian Mafia member to immigrate to the United States is Giuseppe Esposito, and he fled New York to New Orleans and then was deported to Italy for criminal activity. The United States Mafia began to gain power in the 19 twenties, when they had success in bootlegging liquor during Prohibition. An example of a very famous and powerful gangster was Al Capone, and him and the other Mafia leaders all around the United States turned neighborhood gangs into more sophisticated groups and used it to great profit during Prohibition. During the 19 thirties, ah, famous gangster named Lucky Luciano created the commission, which was the central body for governing all Mafia families or clans of the United States. This meant that there was an interlocked network throughout the country during the 19 fifties, again skipping ahead, they became ah, fully established organized crime group, and the Mafia then became the most well established in the country. During the 19 fifties, it had 20 four established families, which had over 500 members. In New York City alone, it had five different Mafia families, as it does today, and New York City became known as the capital of the United States Mafia. The Mafia in the 19 fifties moved away from bootleg liquor. As it was, Prohibition was ended during the 19 thirties. Instead, their power came from loan sharking, which was the practice of giving loans to people who couldn't get loans from banks or anywhere else but, um, hiking up the interest levels to the point where they would be perpetually in debt. They also thrived from prostitution businesses as well as infiltration of a variety of different organized labor groups. Their success was heavily rooted in their intimidation, tactics and bribes of officials of the government and people who territory they controlled. Their success was also highly rooted in the code of omerta justice in Sicily, where people pledged specific loyalty and did not go toe authorities. They enjoyed this period of success up until the 19 eighties, where the government began its crackdown again with specifically anti racketeering laws. Racketeering is the creating of a problem and then selling the solution, and the government was hoping toe eliminate most of the Mafia during this and continue to do take actions against them during the eighties and nineties. Also, during this period, some Mafia aside began to break the Code of America and tell or reveal the secrets of the Mafia or incriminates some of their associates with the hope of a lesser prison sentence in ascension. Essentially, they turn snitch. However, this crackdown did not completely eliminate the Mafia, and it remains in business today. Thank you so much for listening to this episode of That's kind of cool. The information for this episode was gathered from both history dot com editor's as well as the United States FBI. The word I said too much this time was began to with an honorable mention for success. I would also like to clarify that when I say the Romans began to take over Sicily. I do not mean Julius Caesar and his associates. I meant the power that had concentrated itself in Rome after World War Two. After learning a little bit more about how the Mafia rose to power in both Sicily in the United States and how it maintained its power through several different government crackdowns, I can say that's kind of cool.