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Guy Banister, the FBI, New Orleans and the JFK Assassination
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Assassinations & Conspiracies, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
W. Guy Banister's right wing affiliations began during his rural Louisiana background. He worked with the conservative American Legion as well as the John Birch Society and other extremist groups. Banister ascended to the upper reaches of the FBI during the era of fighting gangsters in the early 1930s. My book looks at Banister's life closely. I believe he was at the center of a plot to kill JFK.
Michael Scandifia Gambino Family Loanshark Murdered Near Tuxedo, New York December 1968
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Michael Scandifia was a Gambino family crime figure closely associated with brothers John and Carmine Lombardozzi. In the mid-1960s Scandifia was indicted for stealing jewels along with John Lombardozzi. The gems, valued at $88,000, were taken from a West 47th Street jeweler. The dragnet that nabbed Scandifia and NYPD Patrolman Grossman used electronic surveillance, very controversial at the time.
Magaddino Mafia Family Buffalo, New York 1963-1970
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime, Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws
John V. Cammillieri was a prominent lieutenant in the Magaddino crime family. Charged with perjury, i.e. lying to a grand jury, Cammillieri went on trial in Erie County. His court ordeal is a part of this story of nearly a decade in the life of the Magaddino group. Cammillieri was assassinated outside a Buffalo restaurant in 1974. The Magaddino syndicate was comprised of multiple ethnicities.
George "Blah Blah" Smurra Genovese Family Soldier
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
George "Blah Blah" Smurra was an enforcer and hit man for the Genovese crime syndicate. As late as 1972 his name appears in a New York Magazine article of prominent members of the Genovese organization. Smurra began his life in crime in 1928. His rap sheet included arrests for burglary, felonious assault, assault, robbery and murder. He originally worked for Genovese capo Rocco Pellegrino.
Organized Crime In Buffalo, New York (1960s)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Stefano Magaddino or Don Stefano was an all powerful Mafia leader in Buffalo and western New York during the 1960s. My e-book is a close look at the power structure of his operations. As the 60s continued he had yet to name a successor and Frederico Randaccio was considered one of the most likely. Yet Randaccio and Magaddino damaged their reputations by being indicted for crimes late in the 1960s.
Peter Maggio Philadelphia Mafia Capo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Peter Maggio became a caporegime in the Philadelphia crime family of Angelo Bruno. FBI informant Joseph Verica performed surveillance on Maggio and Bruno in 1962.. In '65 one of Verica's memos to J. Edgar Hoover identified Maggio as a Soldato of the Philadelphia family of La Cosa Nostra. In the mid 1960s both Bruno and Maggio purchased homes in the Philadelphia area. The FBI watched them closely.
Mobster Biography - Meyer Lansky
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Meyer Lansky was a legendary mafia tycoon who applied his intelligence to making millions from illegal gambling. From an early life of persecution in the anti-Jewish pogroms of Russia he worked his way up the lower levels of New York’s gangland.
Frank Valenti Rochester, New York Mobster Exiled To Pittsburgh
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Frank Valenti was an underworld figure whose prominence spanned several decades. From the 1950s until 1972 his influence was apparent in Rochester gangland circles. In fact, even though it was never made official, the Valenti family operated as an independent entity, separate from their Magaddino superiors. Valenti carried out Mafia orders relating to gambling, harness racing, real estate, etc.
Almost A Wiseguy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,760. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Almost A Wiseguy is the gritty life-story of Vince Ciacci, a hair stylist, with ambitions to become a made-man in the Mafia. As a teenager, Ciacci's motto was live fast, die young, make a beautiful corpse.
Joe Adonis' Brooklyn Extortion Racket
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Joe Adonis was a soft spoken man who operated so called "legitimate businesses" according to a Life Magazine article of 1951. My book looks at an early picture of his career when he was enmeshed with the likes of Isidore Juffe, a fur industry racketeer who needed quick money fast to keep his business operative. My e-book looks at Juffe, Gasberg, Wapinski, and Adonis' roles in an obscure 1932 con.
Vincent "Jimmy Jones" Potenza Lucchese Soldier American Express Thief
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime, Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws
Vincent Potenza became one of many successful prosecutions by U.S. Attorney Robert Morgenthau. In 1967 Potenza was convicted on a charge of transporting stolen checks, a case that Morgenthau prosecuted. As late as mid-July 1972 Potenza is recorded as one of an extended list of Lucchese family soldiers. In one court case Potenza was convicted of generating competition between Mafia families.
Anthony "Whack Whack" Indelicato Bonanno Family Soldier
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Bonanno family boss Carmine "Lilo" Galante was murdered by masked gunmen who surprised him while he was dining at Joe and Mary's Restaurant. The date was July 12, 1979. Moments earlier Galante had been relaxing while sipping wine and smoking a cigar at the garden eatery in Brooklyn. Along with several accomplices Bonanno family soldier Anthony "Whack Whack" Indelcato was indicted for the murder.
El Olimpo de los narcos. La increíble vida de los "semidioses" de las drogas
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 36,350. Language: Spanish. Published: October 11, 2017 by LD Books - Lectorum. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Esta es una obra sobre la historia del "negocio" y consumo de drogas. El autor rompe con el mito de una sociedad agredida y libre de culpas, y menciona, además de los ineludibles "dioses", algunas figuras de los Estados Unidos que medraron con las drogas y que, incluso, revolucionaron el tráfico. El autor retrata cinco personajes legendarios y otros no menos relevantes en esta historia.
Salvatore Bonito Buffalo La Cosa Nostra Figure
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
On December 9, 1967 Salvatore Bonito was one of forty-six men arrested in a police raid on Buffalo's Chicago Street Club. Police also seized Magaddino capos Sansanese and Cammillieri, as well as Bonito's fellow soldier Vaccaro. Many of the persons taken into custody in the sting were a mix of burglers, armed robbers and bookmakers. Originally from rural Depew, New York Bonito was a section leader.
Leaving Vegas: The True Story of How the F.B.I. Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,850. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Leaving Vegas is a unique read, especially for true crime aficionados, as it provides verbatim transcripts of the actual wiretaps. Jenkins provides contextual explanations and behind-the-scenes scenarios as agents inserted themselves and their listening devices into the places where mobsters made phone calls to their operatives in Vegas and even where they gathered for pasta and family pow-wows.
Nick Civella The Kansas City Mafia and the Teamsters Union
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Near the end of his life former Teamsters boss Roy Lee Williams confessed to being controlled by Kansas City mobster Nick Civella. Williams was targeted by a U.S. Senate Subcommittee and was also indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to bribe a U.S. Senator. Mobsters sought control of the Teamsters rich Central States Pension Fund. Money from it was used by criminals to enter Las Vegas.
Joseph Canepi Jr. Yonkers Contractor, Gambler and Extortionist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Joseph Canepi Jr., like his father was a successful contractor in Yonkers and Westchester County. Elsewhere in business life however, Canepi's ethics can be called into question. For example he was accused of secreting a car that he took from a business in 1915. In 1903 he was one of six men indicted in a poolroom racket. In 1932 Canepi was involved with a man who impersonated a federal agent.
John "Poppa John" Priziola Detroit Mafia Boss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
John Priziola was one of multiple Detroit area Mafia bosses in the years between the 1930s and the 1960s. He was involved in numerous rackets, most notably the lucrative narcotics trade. Michigan's largest city became a nexus of a thriving drug trade that operated internationally. Detroit Police Commissioner, George Clifton Edwards, testified about the city's huge mob problem in October 1963.
Frank Matula Los Angeles Teamsters Official Jimmy Hoffa Associate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Labor, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Los Angeles Teamster Frank Matula was one of many unsavory associates of International Brotherhood of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa. During the U.S. Senate Rackets Committee hearings in 1957 details of Hoffa's corrupt friends and colleagues came to light. Among the most prominent was a relationship with garment industry hoodlum John "Johnny Dio" Dioguardi. Hoffa and Dio organized paper unions.
Philadelphia's Moonglo Cafe' Bribery and Prostitution in National League Baseball
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » True Crime » Organized crime
Major League Baseball has hidden a secret from public knowledge for 55 years. The secret involves meetings between a Philadelphia prostitute and 3 major leaguers in the 1959 baseball season. The names of the players are known to Philadelphia Phillies' management, the Phila. Police Dept. and MLB execs. Baseball commissioner Ford Frick chose to keep the players' identities hidden from the public.