45 episodes

Original Gangsters, a true crime talk podcast explores crime and culture, and finds the nexus behind everyone's favorite true crime movies, TV shows, and music. Hosts Scott Burnstein, true crime author and investigative journalist, and Dr. James Buccellato, true crime author and social scientist bring you exclusive interviews with former organized crime associates, law enforcement, as well as actors and musicians. Hear true stories from people who were there, in the 'life.' 

Original Gangsters, a True Crime Talk Podcast Original Gangsters, a True Crime Talk Podcast

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Original Gangsters, a true crime talk podcast explores crime and culture, and finds the nexus behind everyone's favorite true crime movies, TV shows, and music. Hosts Scott Burnstein, true crime author and investigative journalist, and Dr. James Buccellato, true crime author and social scientist bring you exclusive interviews with former organized crime associates, law enforcement, as well as actors and musicians. Hear true stories from people who were there, in the 'life.' 

    Big Legal Cases: Philadelphia Mafia, White Boy Rick, Larry Hoover

    Big Legal Cases: Philadelphia Mafia, White Boy Rick, Larry Hoover

    Big crossover episode! Jeff Nadu from The Sitdown Podcast joins the Original Gangsters for this discussion. We examine some huge criminal justice news, including cases involving the Philly Mafia, former Detroit kingpin White Boy Rick, and Chicago underworld legend Larry Hoover, respectively.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The History of West Coast Gangsta Rap with Best Selling Author Ben Westhoff

    The History of West Coast Gangsta Rap with Best Selling Author Ben Westhoff

    We're talking about the history of West Coast gangsta rap with reporter Ben Westhoff. Ben is the best selling author of "Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap," and "Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic."

    • 53 min
    Hollywood Producers: Johnny Fratto Jr. and David Uslan

    Hollywood Producers: Johnny Fratto Jr. and David Uslan

    Big time Hollywood producers Johnny Fratto Jr. (Drone Wars) and David Uslan (the Batman franchise) join the Original Gangsters podcast in studio! We cover a lot of ground including the history of the Fratto crime family and its connection to the Chicago Outfit. We also discuss Skinny Joey Merlino, the Batman franchise, and future of true crime content in television and film.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Former Bonanno Capo Richie Cantarella

    Former Bonanno Capo Richie Cantarella

    Original Gangsters co-host Scott Burnstein sits down with former Bonanno captain Richard Cantarella. The former NY mobster talks about his experiences in the Mafia and his interactions with legendary underworld figures such as Joey Massino, Donnie Brasco aka Joe Pistone, Sonny Black, and Sal Vitale.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Former NY Mafioso John Pennisi

    Former NY Mafioso John Pennisi

    Former NY Mafioso John Pennisi sits down with the Original Gangsters Podcast and discusses his life in the Lucchese Crime Family.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Hoffa Case: Chicago vs Detroit

    The Hoffa Case: Chicago vs Detroit

    Co-hosts James Buccellato and Scott Burnstein explore the latest theories surrounding the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. They also debate who was more involved in the disappearance: the Chicago Outfit or the Detroit Mafia.

    • 42 min

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