Dial-a-Dope Networks and the End of Policing

(United Nations Gang funeral; image obtained from CBC News, April, 2013) It has become a well-rehearsed trope within the often parochial world of criminal analysis that, like prohibition being figuratively yet actively responsible for creation of the Italian-American mafia, the War on Drugs has created the modern Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) and cartels that expand …

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The Nature of Control

(Chicago Gang Territories, 2013; obtained from ChicagoMag.com) How organized criminal groups work to control their environment Students of the history of organized crime in North America must invariably come to the notion of territory or control in their readings. Often described as "rackets," the illegitimate enterprises of organized gangsters are illicit and organized in nature, …

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The Giordano murder and why Nothing has changed

(Lorenzo Giordano murder scene, Image obtained from Montreal Gazette, March 1, 2016) The murder of Lorenzo "the skunk" Giordano in broad daylight on a public street in Laval is once again being trumpeted as a death knell or a sign of the sure insurmountable dissonance within the clans comprising the Montreal mafia. The well-known mobster …

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The Luciano Myth and the Institution of Cosa Nostra

Few criminals have enjoyed the notoriety and fascination that Lucky Luciano has, both in life and in death. Born in Sicily around 1897 as Salvatore Lucania, he, like so many other turn-of-the-Century immigrants, would soon cross the Atlantic for the bustling streets of New York City - a metropolis teeming with both newly found promise …

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Republication: New York’s early Italian gangs, from GangRule.com

Hello avid readers, Apologies for so much time between posts. As we work on another one of our in-depth examinations of institutionalized criminality we thought it pertinent to give you something else to chew on while you wait. To this end, we have drummed up some of the best work on the early Italian gang …

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Montreal Mafia Lessons in the Wake of Magot and Mastiff

November 30, 2015 (Image of Salvatore Cazzetta obtained from LaPresse, 2015) On Tuesday, December 17, 2015, hundreds of officers from the Sûreté de Québec, the RCMP as well as multiple local agencies closed in around several targets across the province of Quebec and the city of Montreal specifically. Their goal was the arrest of at …

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Walter Stadnick and the Rise of the International Canadian Biker

November 18th, 2015     The old maxim reflects that often it are the times that make the man. In the case of Walter "Nurget" Stadnick, it is possible to propose that, in this case, the man indeed made the times. Walodomyr, also referred to as Walter or Nurget to his friends, was born in …

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The Colombian Surrender – Exploring the history of capitulation in Colombia’s narco-wars (September 12, 2012)

As peace talks begin anew between the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC) it becomes important to understand why such talks are eventually likely to fail. Colombia is a special place. Bordered by mountains, oceans, rivers and jungle, it is a country that is defined …

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Trafficking and the Shining Path; the rejuvenation of Peru’s cocaine industry (November 24, 2012)

On February 12 a joint police-army patrol captured a key suspect in Peru’s ongoing campaign against insurgents and drug dealers that continue to operate in the remote river valleys of Peru’s mountainous interior. Jose Eleuterio Flores, a.k.a. Artemio, was seized in the small, rural town of Tocache, which lies on the isolated Huallaga River. Press …

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