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Cosa Nostra News makes no effort to collect data on its visitors and is hosted by Google via its Blogger platform and uses "cookies." Briefly, Google uses cookies to gather unique (though completely anonymous) identifiers to deliver services and analyze traffic. Read about Google's use of "cookieshere.


Cosa Nostra News focuses on New York's Five Families. Generally, we also try to illuminate lesser known spaces in American Mafia history.

I'm an independent journalist who launched this blog in 2011. I interview sources on and/or off the record depending on their circumstances.

If you have a story to tell, are interested in purchasing ad space or would like to discuss publishing your sponsored content here, please don't hesitate to reach out.... cosanostranews@gmail.com.

I have blogged under the name Ed Scarpo here for about 10 years. I use a pseudonym because, in addition to blogging, I have a full time job (in editing) that has nothing to do with organized crime — and am concerned that people in my profession may wonder whether I'm advocating for mob life (or some other absurd thing). I am a born and raised New Yorker who grew up in (H)Elmont, lived in Bayside, and now live in Woodmere on Long Island. I am half-Italian (on the maternal side; my relatives come from Naples and Calabria) and half-German (with some French). 

If you want to ask/tell me anything, correspond, etc., please shoot me an email at cosanostranews@gmail.com.


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Cosa Nostra News makes no effort to collect data on its visitors.

Cosa Nostra News is hosted by Google via its Blogger platform and uses "cookies." Briefly, Google uses cookies to gather unique (though completely anonymous) identifiers to deliver services and analyze traffic.

You can read about Google's use of "cookies" here.

I protect all sources and respect all agreements of confidentiality. I'm always looking for story tips and leads to follow-up on. Have anything interesting? Please email me. Find research that addresses some questions I once raised in a story? Please email me. Come across an interesting piece of mob news? Please email me. Find information that contradicts anything I've written? Please email me. Do you have a personal experience that you'd like to share? Please email me.

Ed Scarpo is a pseudonym, not an identity. Understand the difference? I don't walk around pretending I'm Marlon Brando or Joe Pesci (though I can do a pretty damn good impression of both).

My approach is journalistic, meaning I'm not a "wannabe" .... 

I'm trying to be serious, but instantly that line brings to mind what Gregory Caponegro once said while attempting to shake down his own tenant. While Caponegro issued the taped threats, below, in his post-mob life, his words capture the wanton criminality and cruelty endemic of LCN.




To read more about Greg, check out Ex-Genovese Wiseguy Joey Waterbed and Bro Greg Caponegro Terrorized Residents Of The Garden State


I'm interested in corresponding with other writers and creative professionals.

Anyone can  reach me at cosanostranews@gmail.com




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