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March 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A crime boss was acquitted of ordering the 1996 slaying of journalist Veronica Guerin, though the presiding judges said they had "grave suspicions" that he was responsible. A Special Criminal Court cleared John Gilligan, 48, on murder and weapons possession charges but convicted him on 11 counts related to running what was Ireland's biggest drug-smuggling operation. Gilligan received a 28-year sentence--the longest for a drug-related offense in Irish legal history.
November 14, 2013 | Alana Semuels
James "Whitey" Bulger has loomed large in Sean McGonagle's life for decades. In 1974, Bulger called his family's house after McGonagle's father, Paul, disappeared. When 11-year-old Sean picked up the phone, Bulger told him he'd never see his father again, and identified himself as Santa Claus. Later, Bulger told young Sean that he'd use him for target practice. Finally, in 2000, authorities notified him that they had found Paul McGonagle's remains on a Boston beach. On Wednesday, Sean McGonagle, now 49, described his ordeal and confronted his longtime tormentor in court.
May 24, 1990 | From Times wire services
An associate of imprisoned crime boss Nicodemo Scarfo was shot to death early today while parking his car near his home, police said. Authorities believe more than one gunman was involved but there were no suspects in custody. Police searched rooftops in the area of the shooting in search of evidence. Louis (Irish Louie) DeLuca, 51, was shot four times at 12:47 a.m. while he was parking his car near his house, Police Capt. Richard DeLise said. He died at 1:38 a.m. at Methodist Hospital.
November 14, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON - It's been decades since Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger helped murder 11 people and terrorize countless others, but his actions finally caught up to him Thursday: A federal judge sentenced him to two consecutive life terms plus five years, all but guaranteeing he will spend the rest of his life in prison. After reading a lengthy rebuke of Bulger, 84, and the names of the 11 people he was convicted of killing, U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper imposed the sentence and ordered him to pay $19.5 million in restitution to the victims' families.
May 25, 1990 | United Press International
An associate of imprisoned crime boss Nicodemo Scarfo was shot to death early Thursday while parking his car near his home, police said. Louis (Irish Louie) DeLuca, 51, was shot four times, a police captain said. No suspects were in custody.
July 21, 1985 | Associated Press
A court has convicted an organized crime boss from southern Italy of 11 murders and sentenced him to 11 successive life terms in prison. The court in Palmi heard testimony that Giuseppe Piromalli, 64, was a chief in the N'Drangheta, a Mafia-like crime ring in Calabria, southern Italy. Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Piromalli to three life terms for the murders, which occurred between 1978 and 1982, but the court delivered the harsher verdict last week.
January 24, 2002 | Bloomberg News
U.S. prosecutors in Brooklyn charged imprisoned crime boss Vincent "Chin" Gigante, 73, and four associates with infiltrating the International Longshoreman's Assn. The Genovese crime family, which Gigante allegedly heads, used its control of the union to extort money from companies operating on the piers in the New York City-New Jersey metropolitan area and Miami, according to an indictment announced by Alan Vinegrad, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
October 5, 1988 | Associated Press
A gunman firing a sawed-off shotgun killed the father-in-law of Naples' imprisoned crime boss Raffaele Cutolo as he left a barbershop Tuesday, police reported. Salvatore Jacone, 54, was shot twice at close range, police said. The killer, described as wearing a ski mask and sunglasses, escaped. Cutolo, who is serving five life terms in prison, married Jacone's daughter Immacolata, 27, in a jail house ceremony four years ago.
Reversing a decision by local election officials, the Russian Supreme Court ruled Monday that reputed organized crime boss Sergei Mikhailov can run for parliament in elections scheduled for Dec. 19. Mikhailov, who spent 26 months in jail in Switzerland awaiting trial on organized crime charges before being acquitted in 1998, had been removed from the ballot on the grounds that he held dual Russian and Greek citizenship.
July 20, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Reputed crime boss John Gotti was charged in New York with orchestrating another murder. The latest charges say Gotti sanctioned the 1990 killing of Louis DiBono, 63, an alleged Mafia "soldier." Gotti has been held without bail since last December, accused of the 1985 murder of former crime boss Paul Castellano. A newspaper reported that Gotti has been transferred to solitary confinement as a result of death threats by mobsters who blame him for increased attention by law enforcement officers.
November 13, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Michael Muskal
BOSTON - With a cultivated air of indifference, convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger sat in a Boston courtroom Wednesday listening to his victims take the stand and condemn his involvement in a string of murders during a reign of terror in this Massachusetts city decades ago. Bulger, now 84, was convicted in August for crimes including gruesome stranglings during the 1970s and '80s. Wednesday was the first day of a two-day sentencing hearing for the crime lord, who portrayed himself as a good guy and a Robin Hood-like figure during 16 years in the wind.
June 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
James Gandolfini had, understandably, sought to move past his Tony Soprano role in the six years since he left the show and moved on to film full time. But his last big-screen part may have more than a little more in common with his iconic HBO character. In "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane-penned movie he finished shooting just two months before his death, Gandolfini plays a fallen crime boss named Marv, according to people familiar with the production who were not authorized to talk about the movie publicly.
May 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
CANNES - The movie with the Nazi martial-arts fight and drag queens dressed as clowns had just ended when Nicolas Winding Refn, giddy with excitement, or as giddy as droll Danes get, leaned forward in his seat and initiated a rousing round of applause. The director he was cheering, the auteur-of-the-absurd Alejandro Jodorowsky, was sitting in front of Refn at the Cannes premiere of Jodorowsky's new film, titled “La Danza de la Realidad.” Refn soon bounded to his feet, hugged the octogenarian and kept the clapping going for nearly 10 minutes.
March 15, 2013
A look at some recent and recommended books: BIOGRAPHY Photojournalist Tim Hetherington died in 2011 in Libya, two months after attending the Oscars for “Restrepo,” the documentary he made with Sebastian Junger. In “Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer” (Grove Press, $25), the companion to an April HBO documentary, Alan Huffman vividly chronicles the short life of a man drawn to danger zones to capture the horrors of modern warfare. THRILLER Scandinavian crime fiction finds a new voice in Alexander Söderberg, whose dark, intricate debut novel “The Andalucian Friend” (Crown, $26)
February 15, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Seriously, y'all, let's try to settle this: When did Dolph Lundgren become so cool? In the last few years, he has gone from some sort of where-are-they-now punch line to the B-grade action movie's answer to Cary Grant. Forget how he looks with a rocket launcher, have you seen him rock a pocket square? After having come across as the suave one amid the hard-core macho puffery of the "Expendables" pictures as well as diving into the psychotropic madness of "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning," with "The Package," Lundgren continues his recent streak of making the most of small roles, elevating each movie in the process.
September 11, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
A former Mexican liaison officer who worked closely with U.S. law enforcement was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to passing on sensitive information to organized crime members in Tijuana, federal authorities said. Jesus Quiñonez Marquez, 51, the former top liaison official for the Baja California attorney general's office, was arrested in 2010 as part of a wide-ranging investigation targeting the remnants of the Arellano Felix drug cartel. Quiñonez, in his plea agreement, admitted that he provided information to help crime bosses avoid arrest in a double homicide case in Tijuana.
June 22, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge in Boston ruled that reputed crime boss Raymond (Junior) Patriarca may be released on bail while he awaits his federal racketeering trial in September, but he must be under virtual house arrest. U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf granted a motion filed by attorneys for Patriarca, who has been in custody since March, 1990. He will be required to wear an electronic bracelet at his Lincoln, R. I., home that allows authorities to check on his whereabouts.
May 18, 1998 | Associated Press
Gunmen attacked the brother of a reputed crime boss on the steps of a police station here Sunday, triggering a fatal shootout that slightly wounded an American passerby. Luigi Vastarella, 31, whose brother, Raffaele, is believed to head the Vastarella crime clan in Naples, had just come out of the police station. Italian law requires suspects who are free on their own recognizance to periodically sign in at police stations.
June 7, 2012 | By Amy Dawes, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Michael Pitt arrives from a film set in Seattle dressed all in black, from his hat to his unlaced black army boots, and asks to sit outside so he can smoke and be in the California sunshine - an antidote to the nonstop rain he's been working in. The actor is in the midst of a new passion project - a movie called "You Can't Win," based on a 1926 memoir by Jack Black, a freight-hopping hobo, thief and adventurer whose canny assessment of...
December 26, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the sequel "Don 2" the Indian movie star — frequently referred to as the biggest in the world — Shah Rukh Khan plays an international crime boss out for revenge against his enemies and profit from wealthy nations. In typical Bollywood style, the film is massively too long even by the standards of Hollywood's bloated award-season entries, stretching out what should be a zip-fast caper plot to well over two hours. That the only song-and-dance number within the story itself is situated in a nightclub is arguably the most believable thing that happens in the whole film.
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