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October 3, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
The hardened women of San Luca want you to know a thing or two about their notorious town. Not everyone belongs to the mob, they will tell you. And many who do are driven to it by poverty and neglect. It's a tough sell, no doubt. San Luca, a remote hilltop town in southern Italy, is the ancestral home and principal headquarters of a criminal organization that has emerged as the country's most powerful and dangerous mafia, the 'Ndrangheta.
August 30, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Raffaele del Giudice was a crusader. Squeezed into a sports jacket and a beat-up Fiat, he roamed the illegal trash dumps of southern Italy, covering his nose against the stench and exposing what he considers the ecological crime of the century. Then people started being threatened. Ostracized. Killed. Del Giudice called off his crusade. Because when you go up against trash here in Campania province, you are going up against a powerful, vicious mafia known as the Camorra. The Naples-based Camorra controls the import, transport and disposal of millions of tons of rubbish, an extremely lucrative business in which the group follows its own rules, ignores regulations on toxic waste and contaminates once-fertile farmland, country fields, forests and rivers.
August 26, 2008 | Joe Mozingo and Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writers
Suspected Israeli mobsters employed members of the Vineland Boyz, a San Fernando Valley gang, to distribute tens of thousands of Ecstasy pills throughout Los Angeles, provide security and gun down an Encino man who allegedly tried to steal a drug shipment from them, according to a federal indictment unsealed Sunday. Itzhak Abergil, allegedly one of the most powerful crime bosses in Israel, was arrested Sunday in the Israeli city of Bat Yam on racketeering charges brought by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, where he is due to be extradited.
April 24, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey offered a stark assessment Wednesday of a rising threat from international organized crime, saying that a new breed of mobsters around the world was infiltrating strategic industries, providing logistical support to terrorists and becoming capable of "creating havoc in our economic infrastructure."
November 2, 2007 | Anthony M. DeStefano, Newsday
Statements made more than a decade ago by the star witness in a murder case against an FBI agent led to an embarrassing defeat Thursday for Brooklyn prosecutors, as a state judge threw out the case in midtrial. Citing what he saw as problems with the way the FBI handled mob informants, State Supreme Court Justice Gustin L. Reichbach discarded the four-count murder indictment against Roy Lindley DeVecchio and freed him of his $1-million bail restrictions.
September 28, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury convicted three aging organized-crime figures Thursday of 10 murders that date back nearly four decades -- a series of bloody, often gruesome killings forgotten by many amid this city's notoriously corrupt and violent history. But when the verdict was read inside the Dirksen Federal Building, all that mattered to the families of the victims was that the cases were finally resolved: * Frank Calabrese Sr.
July 20, 2007 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
THE abrupt blackout ending of "The Sopranos" finale may have left some fans dissatisfied, but the HBO drama is poised to exit the television landscape with closure of another sort. The epic mobster tale racked up 15 Emmy nominations Thursday, including one for outstanding drama series, a recognition the program won only once before in its seven-year run. Stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco were also nominated as outstanding leads.
July 6, 2007 | Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
BEFORE Tony Soprano or Don Corleone or Tony Montana there was Lucky Luciano -- the real-life patriarch of modern organized crime. Luciano was the Sicilian immigrant who rose to power in the Mafia in the U.S. in the 1920s and transformed it into a flourishing enterprise based on legitimate economic models. He ordered gangland killings, consolidated warring crime factions and began laundering profits from narcotics and prostitution through lawful businesses. Criminals paid attention.
June 8, 2007 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
The rap on gangster films is usually the machismo and violence, but at their grim and enlightening best ("The Godfather," "GoodFellas") they are some of the only movies that delve into the treacherous machinery of the business world. (Hey, which would you rather watch, a rub-out or a conference call?) Prolific Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To's savvy, grueling 2005 film "Election" and its 2006 sequel, "Triad Election" -- are not un-brutal.
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