Carlo "Don Carlo" Gambino, was a Sicilian mafioso who became boss of the Gambino crime family that still bears his name today. Gambino began carrying out murder orders for new Mob bosses in his teens. In 1921, at the age of 19, he became a "made man", and was inducted into Cosa Nostra. He was later known as an "original". He was the brother-in-law of Sicilian Gambino crime family mobster Paul Castellano.
Paul "Big Paul" Castellano also known as The Howard Hughes of the Mob, was an American Mafia boss in New York City. In 1985, John Gotti, an underling of Castellano's, had finally had enough of the current mafia meat market. He was pissed at Castellano, possibly because of some bad meat. He sent three of his goons to catch Castellano and his chosen successor Thomas Bilotti, as they exited the Sparks Steak House in on 46th St. Castellano and Bilotti were gunned down on the street.
Among the smarter and more influential bosses of the late 50s and early 60s, Lucchese was able to build a rackets empire though his family was far smaller than the powerful Genovese and Gambino organizations. Born Dec. 1, 1899, in Palermo, Sicily, Lucchese settled in the Italian Harlem section of New York after his arrival in the U.S. He appears to have moved up through the ranks of the 107th Street Mob. Lucchese became affiliated with the Tom Reina crime family in the Bronx. When Reina was eliminated and replaced at the start of the Castellammarese War by "Joe the Boss" Masseria, Lucchese and Gagliano defected to the Castellammarese side led by Salvatore Maranzano.
This documentary looks into the mob war waged between Nicolas"Little Nicky" Scarfo vs Harry"The Hunchback" Ricobene waged on the streets of Philadelphia,including an interview with mafia rat Nick"The Crow" Caramundi who was a frontline hitman during the feud.
Frank Lucas was one of the most feared men in New York City—a drug lord who made millions smuggling narcotics in coffins of soldiers killed in Vietnam. Richie Roberts, an ex-Marine and New Jersey cop, was determined to bring him down. "When it came to the heroin trade in Harlem, Frank was as big as they come. The son of North Carolina farmhands, Lucas rose in the Harlem underworld as muscle for kingpin Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, then made $52 million trafficking heroin.
The city of Los Angeles home to 900 street gangs and over 80,000 gang members and has the dubious title of “Gang Capital of the World.” Territory means power and every gang in LA wants to expand their neighborhood boundaries by any means necessary. Since the 1990's, an ugly new development has surfaced in the gang wars of LA: Gangs are dividing by race. In neighborhoods such as Harbor Gateway, Highland Park, and Firestone, Hispanic gang members are targeting black civilians in an attempt to keep their territory free of the rival race.