Blood And Honor

Author : George Anastasia
ISBN : 0940159864
Genre : Social Science
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Nick Caramandi tells this mob tale-and tells it and tells it-first to the feds, bringing down the notorious Scarfo organization in Philadelphia, the most violent of the Mafia families; then to journalist-author George Anastasia, in blunt and bloody detail. As made guy turned informant, Caramandi was on the inside during Nicky Scarfo's rise to power-after longtime boss Angelo Bruno's demise-and throughout his ruthless reign, built on extortion, political corruption, and murder. Wherever money and power were to be had, Caramandi, as Scarfo's go-between and enforcer, was there to get it for him. Any romantic notions of a "code of honor" fall by the wayside on reading this firsthand account of violence unleashed. Caramandi's testimony resulted in more than fifty convictions and launched wide-ranging investigations into the broader Mafia underworld. A prime target for hit men, he manages to survive only under the government's Federal Witness Protection Program, while Scarfo and many of his associates spend the rest of their years behind bars.
Category: Social Science

The Last Gangster

Author : George Anastasia
ISBN : 9780062124005
Genre : True Crime
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"It's over. You'd have to be Ray Charles not to see it." —former New Jersey capo Ron Previte, on the mob today As a cop, Ron Previte was corrupt. As a mobster he was brutal. And in his final role, as a confidential informant to the FBI, Previte was deadly. The Last Gangster is his story—the story of the last days of the Philadelphia Mob, and of the clash of generations that brought it down once and for all. For 35 years Ron Previte roamed the underworld. A six–foot, 300–pound capo in the Philadelphia–South Jersey crime family, he ran every mob scam and gambit from drug trafficking and prostitution to the extortion of millions from Atlantic City. In his own words, "Every day was a different felony." By the 1990s, Previte, an old–school workhorse, found himself answering to younger mob bosses like "Skinny Joe" Merlino, who seemed increasingly spoiled, cocky, and careless. Convinced that the honor of the "business" was gone, he became the FBI's secret weapon in an intense and highly personalized war on the Philadelphia mob. Operating with the same guile, wit, and stone–cold bravado that had made him a force in the underworld—and armed with only a wiretap secured to his crotch—Previte recorded it all; the murder, the mayhem, and even the story of mob boss Ralph Natale's affair with his youngest daughter's best friend. Previte and his FBI cronies eventually prevailed, securing the convictions of his nemeses, "Skinny Joey" Merlino and Ralph Natale.
Category: True Crime

Internationales Handbuch Der Gewaltforschung

Author : Wilhelm Heitmeyer
ISBN : 9783322803764
Genre : Social Science
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Die Forschung zur Gewalt in modernen westlichen Gesellschaften hat in den letzten Jahren zugenommen. Die Erklärungen dafür sind zahlreich: tatsächlicher Anstieg bei bestimmten Gewaltvarianten, neue Sensibilitäten, Rückkehr alter Gewaltformen, Verlagerung von Gewalt in andere gesellschaftliche Bereiche etc. Bisher fehlt jedoch ein systematischer Überblick über die tatsächlichen Entwicklungen. Das vorliegende Handbuch informiert umfassend über Gewalt als soziales Phänomen. Dabei wird fast allen Facetten dieses Themas Rechnung getragen: · Sozialstrukturelle Verhältnisse und Gewalt, · Sozialisation und Lernen von Gewalt, · Gewalterfahrungen und Gewalttätigkeit, · Gewaltopfer, · Gewalt in gesellschaftlichen Institutionen, · Gewalt durch politische Gruppen, · Gewaltdiskurse etc. In 62 Artikeln von Autorinnen und Autoren aus zehn Ländern liefert der Band ein komplexes, transdisziplinäres Bild eines Forschungsfeldes zwischen Ordnung, Zerstörung und Macht.
Category: Social Science

Philadelphia S Black Mafia

Author : S.P. Griffin
ISBN : 9780306481321
Genre : Social Science
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Philadelphia's 'Black Mafia' could be used as primary reading in deviance and organized crime courses. Academicians in the fields of criminology, sociology, history, political science and African-American Studies will find the book compelling and important. This book provides the first sociological analysis to date of Philadelphia's infamous "Black Mafia" which has organized crime (with varying degrees of success) in predominantly African-American sections of the city dating back to the late 1960's. Philadelphia's 'Black Mafia': -is a first step in developing both data and sophisticated theoretical propositions germane to the ongoing study of organized crime; -uses primary source documents, including confidential law enforcement files, court transcripts and interviews; -explores the group's activities in detail, depicting some of the most notorious crimes in Philadelphia's history; -thoroughly examines the organization of the Black Mafia and the group's alliances, conspiracies and conflicts; -challenges many of the current historical and theoretical assumptions regarding organized crime.
Category: Social Science

Mafia And Organized Crime

Author : James O. Finckenauer
ISBN : 9781780741659
Genre : True Crime
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Ruthless, cruel, and irresistibly cool: the Mafia has always appealed to the darker side of the imagination. But just what is the Mafia, how does it operate, and what can be done to combat it? James Finckenauer debunks the romantic notions and mystique surrounding the Mafia to reveal the harsh realities of global organized crime in countries spanning from Japan to Russia to Colombia. Demonstrating that organizations like the Mafia are multi-faceted and far more complex than imagined, he argues that organized crime destabilises society on a global scale, perpetuating untold economic, physical, psychological, and societal damage through its control of criminal markets, violence and corruption. Providing vital insight into a hidden world, Mafia: A Beginner’s Guide is ideal reading for anyone intrigued by, or concerned about, this widely misunderstood phenomenon. James Finckenauer has written extensively on organized crime. He is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, and former Director of the National Institute of Justice, Washington DC.
Category: True Crime

Five Families

Author : Selwyn Raab
ISBN : 1429907983
Genre : True Crime
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Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo and Lucchese. For decades these Five Families ruled New York and built the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) into an underworld empire. Today, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, incompetent leadership, betrayals and generational changes that produced violent and unreliable leaders and recruits. A twenty year assault against the five families in particular blossomed into the most successful law enforcement campaign of the last century. Selwyn Raab's Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. The book also brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.
Category: True Crime

Soul Self And Society

Author : Edward L. Rubin
ISBN : 9780199348671
Genre : Political Science
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Political and social commentators regularly bemoan the decline of morality in the modern world. They claim that the norms and values that held society together in the past are rapidly eroding, to be replaced by permissiveness and empty hedonism. But as Edward Rubin demonstrates in this powerful account of moral transformations, these prophets of doom are missing the point. Morality is not diminishing; instead, a new morality, centered on an ethos of human self-fulfillment, is arising to replace the old one. As Rubin explains, changes in morality have gone hand in hand with changes in the prevailing mode of governance throughout the course of Western history. During the Early Middle Ages, a moral system based on honor gradually developed. In a dangerous world where state power was declining, people relied on bonds of personal loyalty that were secured by generosity to their followers and violence against their enemies. That moral order, exemplified in the early feudal system and in sagas like The Song of Roland, The Song of the Cid, and the Arthurian legends has faded, but its remnants exist today in criminal organizations like the Mafia and in the rap music of the urban ghettos. When state power began to revive in the High Middle Ages through the efforts of the European monarchies, and Christianity became more institutionally effective and more spiritually intense, a new morality emerged. Described by Rubin as the morality of higher purposes, it demanded that people devote their personal efforts to achieving salvation and their social efforts to serving the emerging nation-states. It insisted on social hierarchy, confined women to subordinate roles, restricted sex to procreation, centered child-rearing on moral inculcation, and countenanced slavery and the marriage of pre-teenage girls to older men. Our modern era, which began in the late 18th century, has seen the gradual erosion of this morality of higher purposes and the rise of a new morality of self-fulfillment, one that encourages individuals to pursue the most meaningful and rewarding life-path. Far from being permissive or a moral abdication, it demands that people respect each other's choices, that sex be mutually enjoyable, that public positions be allocated according to merit, and that society provide all its members with their minimum needs so that they have the opportunity to fulfill themselves. Where people once served the state, the state now functions to serve the people. The clash between this ascending morality and the declining morality of higher purposes is the primary driver of contemporary political and cultural conflict. A sweeping, big-idea book in the vein of Francis Fukuyama's The End of History, Charles Taylor's The Secular Age, and Richard Sennett's The Fall of Public Man, Edward Rubin's new volume promises to reshape our understanding of morality, its relationship to government, and its role in shaping the emerging world of High Modernity.
Category: Political Science

Die Amerikanische Cosa Nostra Eine Untersuchung Struktureller Und Kultureller Aspekte Unter Ber Cksichtigung Ausgew Hlter Memoiren Ehemaliger Mafiosi

Author : Eduard Drahomeretski
ISBN : 9783638454186
Genre : Social Science
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Soziologie - Recht, Kriminalität abw. Verhalten, Note: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Insitut für Soziologie), 25 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Diese Arbeit beschreibt schwerpunktmäßig strukturelle und kulturelle Aspekte der italoamerikanischen Mafia, mit starker Einbeziehung von „Tatsachenberichten“ ehemaliger Mafiosi. In den USA gibt es mittlerweile eine ganze Reihe (Auto-)Biografien einstiger Mafiamitglieder. In der vorliegenden Arbeit finden insbesondere drei Memoiren Eingang: Erstens, die von PETER MAAS verfaßte Lebensgeschichte des Mafioso SALVATORE „SAMMYTHEBULL“ GRAVANO, der in der GAMBINO Familie bis zum Underboss aufstieg, bis er 1990 verhaftet wurde und als Kronzeuge vor Gericht gegen die Mafia aussagte [Maas: 342 ff.]. Zweitens, der „Tatsachenbericht“ von JOSEPH DONALD PISTONE, einem ehemaligen FBI- Geheimagenten, der unter dem Decknamen DONNIE BRASCO die BONANNO Familie infiltrierte und so Beweise sammelte, die zu über hundert Verurteilungen führten [Pistone: 10]. Und drittens, die im Jahr 2004 publizierte Lebensgeschichte von FRANK SAGGIO, einem Ex-Mafia assoziierten, der für alle fünf New Yorker Familien arbeitete. Jedoch kann man zu Recht den Erkenntnisgewinn aus diesen Memoiren anzweifeln. „Es gilt als sicher, dass jeder der Aussteiger übertreibt bzw. diejenigen Dinge verschweigt, die gegen die Gewährleistung von Immunität sprechen könnten“ [Neumahr: 33] oder, wie in PISTONES Fall, dem Ansehen seiner Person und des FBI generell schaden könnten. Selbst was die wissenschaftliche Literatur bezüglich der Cosa Nostra angeht, bleiben Zweifel über die Verlässlichkeit der Informationen. „Vieles was eigentlich nur vermutet wird, ist so formuliert, als habe es sich erwiesen. Während ein Autor den anderen zitiert, (...) entsteht der Eindruck, bestimmte Annahmen hätten sich im Laufe der Zeit bestätigt“ [Neumahr: 35]. Auch ALMOG, der sich mit der Geschichte jüdischer Krimineller in den USA auseinandersetzte, merkt dazu an: “Die Schwierigkeit bei der Rekonstruktion der Geschichte der jüdischen Gangster in den USA liegt vor allem in dem Mangel an nachweisbaren, exakt dokumentierten Ereignissen.
Category: Social Science

Gotti S Rules

Author : George Anastasia
ISBN : 9780062346889
Genre : True Crime
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Honor and The Last Gangster—“one of the most respected crime reporters in the country” (60 Minutes)—comes the sure to be headline-making inside story of the Gotti and Gambino families, told from the unique viewpoint of notorious mob hit-man John Alite, a close associate of Junior Gotti who later testified against him. In Gotti’s Rules, George Anastasia, a prize-winning reporter who spent over thirty years covering crime, offers a shocking and very rare glimpse into the Gotti family, witnessed up-close from former family insider John Alite, John Gotti Jr.’s longtime friend and protector. Until now, no one has given up the kind of personal details about the Gottis—including the legendary “Gotti Rules” of leadership—that Anastasia exposes here. Drawing on extensive FBI files and other documentation, his own knowledge, and exclusive interviews with insiders and experts, including mob-enforcer-turned-government-witness Alite, Anastasia pokes holes in the Gotti legend, demystifying this notorious family and its lucrative and often deadly machinations. Anastasia offers never-before-heard information about the murders, drug dealing, and extortion that propelled John J. Gotti to the top of the Gambino crime family and the treachery and deceit that allowed John A. “Junior” Gotti to follow in his father’s footsteps. Told from street level and through the eyes of a wiseguy who saw it all firsthand, the result is a riveting look at a family whose hubris, violence, passion, and greed fueled a bloody rise and devastating fall that is still reverberating through the American underworld today. Gotti’s Rules includes 8 pages of black-and-white photographs.
Category: True Crime

Mobfiles

Author : George Anastasia
ISBN : 1933822147
Genre : True Crime
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A compilation of some of Philadelphia Inquirer reporter George Anastasia's best work, told from street level and often based on insights provided by investigators, prosecutors, and the mobsters themselves.
Category: True Crime