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Criminals of The Cosa Nostra

Updated on August 17, 2017

Mafia Crime Bosses

John Gotti was the don of the Gambino crime family. He was very flashy and actually embraced media attention.
John Gotti was the don of the Gambino crime family. He was very flashy and actually embraced media attention. | Source
Bugsy Siegel ran casino operations while operating also in the Cosa Nostra.
Bugsy Siegel ran casino operations while operating also in the Cosa Nostra. | Source
Al Capone is famous for illegally dealing, making and transporting bootleg alcohol during the prohibition era.
Al Capone is famous for illegally dealing, making and transporting bootleg alcohol during the prohibition era. | Source
Underboss for John Gotti, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano ended up ratting out his boss for immunity.
Underboss for John Gotti, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano ended up ratting out his boss for immunity. | Source
The Mafia or Cosa Nostra is a secret criminal society.
The Mafia or Cosa Nostra is a secret criminal society. | Source

Cosa Nostra

Cosa Nostra means Our Thing, and it is the name of the underground Italian Mobster gang. The Mob or Mafia started in Italy and then Sicily but, after many Italians migrated to America's East coast the Mafia formed in New York.

If you kill another member without permission you will be terminated (killed) by contract. They are known for criminal ties with casinos, gambling, unions, drugs, guns and more. Many documentaries on these real life gangsters have been filmed and even the films based on the true stories of the following movies such as: Goodfellas, Godfather, Casino, The Untouchables, Donnie Brasco and a Bronx Tale.

Al Capone had alcohol flowing to the state during prohibition when it was illegal to do so and John Gotti from the Gambino Family killed his boss in a coupe to become the Don. Gotti was too flashy and that led to his demise. He acted as if he was invisible but, this quickly caught up with him.

The mafia has survived in Italy and America mainly because of their commitment to secrecy and their death code for anyone who breaks the silence of this hideous gang. The F.B.I. constantly watches and sometimes even infiltrates the inner workings of this crime mob.

Using bugs, informants and government agents to gather information and take down some of the organization's top members. The United States has at least twenty six cities that have Mafia ties and the number is actually probably much higher. The mafia has shrunk over the years due to law enforcement cracking down on them. They still rule the streets as far as organized crime goes in certain major areas such as: Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Buffalo and Philadelphia. True gangsters who rob, steal and kill, so steer clear of and beware of their presence. The Black Hand is where the original mafia was uncovered. It occurred in 1869, and they began by extorting grocers and other businesses for a cut of their salary. Often times, they were known to rough up owners in order to get them to agree to terms of their arrangement.More times than not it did not go any further than that. If they did they sometimes suffered death or the horror of watching their store being burnt to the ground. You will be better off not going or calling the law on The Black Hand or The Mafia.

Cosa Nostra was a term for the American Mafia and it means, "Our Thing". The Mob have had there hands in drugs and alcohol during the prohibition era, gambling and many worse activities such as murder and robbery by gun point.

"The Commission," as it is called, was set up for the Mafia to handle major events or complaints. It is sort of like a board of directors for criminal activity in a sense. Lucky Luciano, who was a major crime boss, set up the Commission.

Mafia or Cosa Nostra related words:

1. Barone: Landlord or Slum Lord

2. Borgata: Organized crime family

3. Capo: A Captain or someone who runs a ship and has a lot of crew members.

4. The Books: When the books are open that means there is a chance for being promoted.

5. Consigliere: The family advisor is always consulted when any decisions are made no matter how major or minor.

6. Golden Age: This is the age before the institution of the Rico laws.

7. Goomah: This term usually means a mafia members mistress or other lover besides his wife or significant other.

8. Lam: This word means to go into hiding or to lay low for a while until the heat cools off.

9. Spring Cleaning: This means getting rid of evidence or any clues against your crime.

10. Underboss: This is the second in charge to the boss.

Have you ever heard of it?

Have you ever heard of the Cosa Nostra?

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List of Crime Families in The United States

New York's Five Families (They also have control in parts of Florida, New Jersey, California, Nevada and Connecticut).

1. Gambino Crime Family

2. Bonanno Crime Family

3. Colombo Crime Family

4. Lucchese Crime Family

5. Genovese Crime Family

Besides the five main crime families you also have other Cosa Nostra spread throughout the U.S. including control in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cleveland, L.A. and all over Florida.

1. Buffalo Crime Family

2. DeCavalcante Crime Family

3. Patriarca Crime Family

4. Kansas City Crime Family

5. Chicago Outfit

Top Mafia Films

Scarface
Casino
Godfather
Donnie Brasco
Gotti
Godfather 2
New Jack City
The Untouchables
Heat
A Bronx Tale
 
 
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Location of the Cosa Nostra

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