Mafia
A mafia is a type of organized crime syndicate whose primary activities are protection racketeering and the arbitration of disputes in criminal markets. Secondary activities may be practiced such as d...
Gangs Of New York: Sicilian Mafia Offers Big Apple Protection From 'Psychopathic' ISIS
The son of a New York mob boss has given Islamic State a stark warning, saying if they are planning any attacks in New York, they will have to contend with the Sicilian mafia. The notorious crime synd...
‘Godfather’ theme for ‘King of Rome’: What happens when you cover lavish funeral of ‘mafia boss’?
It was a lavish funeral complete with a horse drawn carriage, a helicopter, and hundreds of tearful mourners. But when Italian journalists tried to cover the ceremony honoring alleged mafia boss Vitto...
Mafia - Police in three countries take on 'Frankfurt Mafia' drug ring
The ring has been dubbed the Frankfurt Mafia and is especially active in the German banking center and in the Austrian capital. The cities are at the end of ...
Russian Mafia
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Vendicatori
The Vendicatori, or Avengers, were a secret society of rebel-vigilantes formed about 1186 in Sicily to avenge popular wrongs. The society was finally suppressed by William II of Sicily (1155–118...
Beati Paoli
Beati Paoli is the name of a secretive sect thought to have existed in medieval Sicily. The sect, as described by the author Luigi Natoli in his historic novel I Beati Paoli (written as a series under...
Omertà
Omertà(/oʊˈmɛərtə/; [omerˈta]) is a cultural expression and code of honor that places legitimate importance on a deep-rooted family sense of a code of silence, non-aggravation with authorities, and no...
Vendetta
Vendetta may refer to:
Made man
In the American Mafia, a made man is a fully initiated member of the Mafia. Other common names for members include man of honor (Italian: uomo d'onore), goodfella and wiseguy, though the last two ...
Lupara
Lupara is an Italian word used to refer to a sawn-off shotgun of the break-open type. It is traditionally associated with Cosa Nostra, the Italian organized crime group dominant in Sicily for their us...
Black Hand (extortion)
Black Hand (Italian: Mano Nera) was a type of extortion racket. It was a method of extortion, not a criminal organization as such, though gangsters of Camorra and the Mafia practiced it.
The r...
Pizzo (extortion)
In Southern Italy, the pizzo is protection money paid by a business to the Mafia, usually coerced and constituting extortion. The term is derived from the Sicilian pizzu ('beak'). To wet someone's bea...
Pizzino
Pizzino (pl. pizzini) is an Italian language word derived from Sicilian language equivalent pizzinu. Despite it generically meaning "small piece of paper", the word is now widely used to refer to smal...
Pentito
Pentito ([penˈtiːto]; "he who has repented", plural pentiti) designates people in Italy who, formerly part of criminal or terrorist organizations, following their arrests decide to "repent" and colla...
Ciaculli massacre
The Ciaculli massacre on 30 June 1963 was caused by a car bomb that exploded in Ciaculli, an outlying suburb of Palermo, killing seven police and military officers sent to defuse it after an anonymous...
Pizzolungo massacre
The Pizzolungo Bombing was a car-bomb attack on April 2, 1985, undertaken by the mafia in order to kill Carlo Palermo, a magistrate in Pizzolungo, Sicily. Palermo had been investigating an internation...
Portella della Ginestra massacre
The Portella della Ginestra massacre was one of the more violent acts in the history of modern Italian politics, when 11 people were killed and 27 wounded during May Day celebrations in Sicily on May ...
Viale Lazio massacre
The Viale Lazio massacre (Lazio Street Massacre) on December 10, 1969, was a settling of accounts in the Sicilian Mafia. Mafia boss Michele Cavataio and three men were killed in the Viale Lazio in Pal...
Grand Hotel des Palmes Mafia meeting 1957
Over four days, between October 12–16, 1957, the American gangster Joseph Bonanno allegedly attended a series of meetings between some high-level Sicilian and American mafiosi in the Grand Hotel des P...
Antimafia Commission
The Italian Antimafia Commission is a bicameral commission of the Italian Parliament, composed of members from the Chamber of Deputies (Italian: Camera dei Deputati) and the Senate (Italian: Senato de...
1960s Sicilian Mafia trials
The 1960s Sicilian Mafia trials took place at the end of that decade in response to a rise in organized crime violence around the late 1950s and early 1960s. There were three major trials, each featur...
Second Mafia War
The Second Mafia War was a conflict within the Sicilian Mafia, mostly taking place from 1981 to 1983, although the first shots had been fired in 1978, and some killing continued until the end of the 1...
Maxi Trial
The Maxi Trial (Italian: Maxiprocesso) was a criminal trial against the Sicilian Mafia that took place in Palermo (Sicily). It started in February 1986 and lasted until December 1987. The trial was he...