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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 pod… Continue Reading >> 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! << Show Less
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The Best True Crime Podcasts About the Mafia Playlist Intro How much do you really know about America's history with organized crime? Listen to this playlist of the best true crime podcasts about the mafia to find out!
Snippet of That's Kinda Cool… : The Mafia 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.
Snippet of The History of Organized Crime: 030 – Who's the Boss Michael Vista explores the state of organized crime in 1920s New York after the former "Boss of Bosses" Giuseppe Morello returned from prison with high hopes of relinquishing his old title from Salvatore D'Aquila. Interestingly, some members of the mafia didn't want D'Aquila to maintain his powerful position and many younger men began rising through the mob's ranks to challenge their leader.
Snippet of Mafia: 1 – Al Capone (Part 1) When Al Capone rose to power as the co-founder and boss of the Italian Mafia's Chicago Outfit, he favored publicity and violence over staying quiet and out of the headlines. From his blatant use of violence to the bright blue suits that donned, Al Capone knew that all eyes were on him and he loved every second of it.
Kingpins Daily: Lucky Luciano Today’s quote comes from Charles “Lucky” Luciano, the father of the American Mafia. After Prohibition, and a bloody gang war that turned New York City into the Wild West, Luciano seized control of the underworld.
Snippet of Mob Queens: Chapter 2 – F*ck, Marry, Kill. Was Anna Genovese's marriage to infamous mafioso Vito Genovese forced or part of a larger plot to drastically change her picture-perfect life as a housewife? Anna was supposedly married to the love of her life, but rumors of a conspiracy between Vito and Anna began to swirl when she married the mob boss six months after her first husband's death.
Snippet of Mafia: 1 – Sam Giancana (Part 1) From marrying a famous singer to doing business with the Kennedy brothers and working with the CIA, there's no doubt that Sam Giancana enjoyed his share of powerful connections while serving as the boss of the Italian Mafia's Chicago Outfit. Giancana served as "The Boss" from 1957 to 1966 and was hired by the CIA to carry-out a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro.
Snippet of Kingpins: "Boss of All Bosses" Pt. 1 – Carlo Gambino Before he became the "Boss of All Bosses" in the American Mafia, Carlo Gambino experienced decidedly more humble beginnings after immigrating from Sicily to New York City at the age of 19. However, the young mafioso quickly became a made man in the mafia following his move to America.
Snippet of Wine & Crime: Ep47 Organized Crime Angelo Bruno earned the moniker "The Gentle Don" for his docile disposition and traditional means of running the Philadelphia crime family, but not everyone in his crime syndicate was a fan of the way in which he handled business.
Kingpins Daily: Giovanni Falcone Today, we’re remembering the words of Italian judge Giovanni Falcone. He spent most of his professional life trying to overthrow the dangerous Sicilian Mafia.
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