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The Improbable Rise of a Gambino Associate Who Married Mafia Royalty

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Alleged Colombo soldier Angelo Spata (pictured) was among the 100-plus mobsters arrested in the big 2011 bust known as Mafia Takedown Day

Initially, I didn't even know who he was, even after using his photo in a story. All I can say is, I'm certainly glad I did. It led to me eventually contacting Michael DiLeonardo, which ultimately resulted in this story. (If you're really interested in the backstory, you can read it here in the original version published in early summer 2016.)



Angelo Spata was an up and coming member of the Colombo crime family because, some might say, he married well. Through marriage, he became a somebody, specifically, a Persico... Blatant nepotism may be frowned upon in the workplace, but it's alive and well in Cosa Nostra, and arguably has never been more important to the remaining Mafia presence in the USA (for better or worse).


Son of Sam's First Shooting Suspected To be a Mob Hit

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Excerpts from two handwritten letters, the first to the NYPD:

I am not (a woman hater). I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam…I am on a different wavelength than everyone else—programmed to kill. To stop me you must kill me. Attention all police, Shoot me first—shoot to kill or else keep out of my way or you will die. I love to hunt. Prowling the street looking for fair game—tasty meat. The women of Queens are prettiest of all. It must be the water they drink. I live for the hunt—my life. Blood for Papa...
Another, to newspaperman Jimmy Breslin:
Hello from the gutters of N.Y.C. which are filled with dog manure, vomit, stale wine, urine and blood. Hello from the sewers of N.Y.C. which swallow up these delicacies when they are washed away by the sweeper trucks. Hello from the cracks in the sidewalks of N.Y.C. and from the ants that dwell in these cracks and feed in the dried blood of the dead that has settled into the cracks. ... -- David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam"


Some of the greate…

Sacra Corona Unita Raises Ante of Violence, Killing Witnesses; Carabinieri Investigators Deployed

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Italy’s southern Puglia region was the site of lethal brutality this week courtesy of one of the country's lesser-known organised crime syndicates.

On Wednesday, a group of up to five gunmen riding through the region shot at two other vehicles in separate, but related, incidents, killing four.


The violence commenced on Wednesday when four or five gunmen opened fire on another vehicle, killing two men inside. Law enforcement sources have since identified the man they believe was the main target as a Foggia mob boss, and the other man, the driver, his brother-in-law. (A civil war within the region's Mafia group may have set these events in motion.)


Gunner Lindbloom on the Detroit Underworld

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Former Detroit mobster Alan “Gunner” Lindbloom finished a 13-year prison term last year. While inside, he decided that thug life was not for him, so he put down the gun and picked up the pen, so to speak.


He is related to Detroit's infamous Tocco family through his mother. His book, To Be A King, is available now. 

The following is excerpted from The National Crime Syndicate's interview with him. It includes a little anecdote centered on how Gunner, one drunken evening in a nightclub in Manhattan, hit on Luchese crime family boss Vittorio "Little Vic" Amuso's girl....
Where did the nickname ‘Gunner’ come from?

Alan: Believe it or not, my real middle name is Gunner. Originally, my father wanted to name me Gunner. But my Sicilian grandparents Tocco wanted my name to be Alanzo. There was a lot of contention between both sides of my family over this, but eventually a compromise was reached: my name would be “Alan” (a shortened Americanized version of Alanzo) and my middl…

What Our Readers Are Reading

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We don't usually see what we are seeing this summer....

A good number of readers are purchasing Mafia-related nonfiction lately. (Apparently, the Bonanno crime family is garnering the most interest.)


Understand that this is all based on our informal, highly un-technical review of our Amazon sales data for July and thus far into August. We are only including a list of titles -- not sales data. We will say that we see these kinds of numbers only in December.


Anthony Accetturo's Wife Nearly Killed Him in a Car Crash, And That Was Only the Beginning

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REVISED to include reference to Miami Memo about Joseph(Skinny Joey) Merlino, reputed boss of Philadelphia Mafia....

This is not the kind of item I'd usually cover but August is the slowest of news months and this is just too whacky to let go....


A Broward County woman married to a man with a historic Mafia name was arrested on a Friday late last month. She's married to the son of the onetime top Luchese crime family leader in New Jersey.
Elena Accetturo, 29, faces charges of DUI with property damage, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, battery on an officer and driving with a suspended license. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $12,000 bond

This Writer of Mafia-based Fiction Has Very Real Crime Experience

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Looking for a good mob-related read?

You might want to check out To Be a King, a novel "based on a Detroit organized crime family," as the author, Alan Gunner Lindbloom, said of it.

Lindbloom certainly writes with authority, having been an associate of the Detroit Mafia; specifically, the Tocco crime family. He's actually a member of the Tocco family via his mother.


Lindbloom was released from prison last year after serving a 13-year stint for extortion, bank robbery, armed robbery, and several weapons violations.

He certainly hit the ground running since then, writing, giving interviews, appearing on television.


He even launched "Our Thing" (Cosa Nostra in Italian) apparel....

Lindbloom has been setting the mob-related blogosphere on fire, with major stories running on many key Mafia-related news sites, including The Gangster Report, Gangsters Inc., and The National Crime Syndicate -- actually, Lindbloom is writing a series of stories titled The Lindbloom Chro…