On the 18th of February 1998, 70 year old Kunihiro Kajiwara was leaving a nightclub in the city of Kitakyushu when he was accosted by two men. Kajiwara was the head of a local fishery in the area and had imprudently opposed the local Yakuza clans bid to have a marine pier constructed from which […]Read more "VICIOUS YAKUZA: The Kudo-kai clan of Kyushu"
In October of this year a 72-year old man shuffled out of a Boston courthouse dressed in a dark jumper and plain jeans. At first glance the dishevelled looking pensioner wouldn’t exactly strike anyone as a crime boss but this is what the man stand’s accused of being. Anthony “Spucky” Spagnola is alleged by the […]Read more "The Rise & Fall of the Patriarca Crime Family"
WHERE IS DIABOLIK? THE NET IS CLOSING IN ON SICILY’S MOST ELUSIVE GODFATHER The town of Castelvetrano is a typical rural settlement in Western Sicily. Located in Trapani province it has around 30,000 inhabitants with the economy centred on agriculture, mainly olives, and furniture making. The old town is dotted with piazzas and churches dating […]Read more "WHERE IS DIABOLIK? The net is closing in on Sicily’s most elusive godfather"
Joey Merlino (pictured left) and Joe Ligambi (pictured right) playing for GIno’s cafe softball team in the late 1990s. THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF JOEY MERLINO Reputed Philadelphia Mob boss Joey Merlino is heading back to jail after breaching his parole. Merlino was alleged to have met up at a cigar bar with his old […]Read more "The life and crimes of Joey Merlino"