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Journey into the underworld of American organized crime and the stories behind the rise and fall of the most notorious mobsters in history. From Charles “Lucky” Luciano and John Gotti, to Donnie Brasco, “Bugsy” Siegel and Dutch Schultz–Mafia explores the lives of our greatest gangsters and the cops and attorneys who worked to bring them down.

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Journey into the underworld of American organized crime and the stories behind the rise and fall of the most notorious mobsters in history. From Charles “Lucky” Luciano and John Gotti, to Donnie Brasco, “Bugsy” Siegel and Dutch Schultz–Mafia explores the lives of our greatest gangsters and the cops and attorneys who worked to bring them down.

    Raymond Patriarca (Part 2)

    Raymond Patriarca (Part 2)

    Following the retirement of Filippo Buccola in 1952, Raymond Patriarca was promoted to boss of the New England crime family. He became a dominant force in all illicit, political, and labor union activities.

    After years of trying to infiltrate the New England crime family, the FBI finally succeeded when Joe Barboza, a hitman for Patriarca, became an informant. Raymond Patriarca would be imprisoned in 1969, but his greatest heist was yet to come.

    Special thanks to Gary Jenkins of the true crime podcast Gangland Wire; Joe Broadmeadow, Author and Founder of JEBWizard Publishing; Tim White, Investigative Reporter and Co-Author of “The Last Good Heist,” and former Rhode Island State Police Superintendent, Brendan P. Doherty.

    Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music featured in this episode: “Deep Space” by Almusic34; “Misery” by Damiano Baldoni; “Computations” by Scott Buckley; “Gates” and “Old All” by Sergey Cheremisinov; “January” and “Snowfall” by Kai Engel; “Bankrupt” by Jahzzar; “How the Night Came" by Showdown; “Angst” by Xenojam.

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    • 26 min
    Raymond Patriarca (Part 1)

    Raymond Patriarca (Part 1)

    Prior to Prohibition, two separate Mafia families emerged in New England, one based in Boston, Massachusetts and the other based in Providence, Rhode Island. By 1932, both families combined and became a force to be reckoned with. Over time, the New England crime family would soon become synonymous with one cunning and ruthless leader, Raymond Patriarca. But one concealed microphone by the FBI would reveal all of Patriarca’s secrets.

    Special thanks to Gary Jenkins of the true crime podcast Gangland Wire; Joe Broadmeadow, Author and Founder of JEBWizard Publishing; and Tim White, Investigative Reporter and Co-Author of “The Last Good Heist.”

    Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music featured in this episode: “Gray” and “Smoke” by Rafael Archangel; “Misery” by Damiano Baldoni; “Lucerna,” and “She Wolf In My Heart” by Sergey Cheremisinov; “Dark Alleys” and “Snowfall” by Kai Engel; “Bankrupt” by Jahzzar; “On the Ground,” “Rollin’ at 5,” and “Waltz (Tchaikovsky Op. 40)” by Kevin MacLeod.

    Sound Effects from freesound.org | Additional sound effects from freesfx.co.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

    • 29 min
    Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti

    Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti

    1920's Chicago – the beginnings of the infamous Chicago Outfit. Frank Nitti, friend of notorious gangster Al Capone, went from struggling breadwinner to leading one of the country's most powerful organized crime groups. Diversifying the Outfit's portfolio by branching out into new and lucrative forms of crime, and even inventing a new way to kill someone that would be widely adopted by the mob.

    This episode is sponsored by:
    Best Fiends
    BetterHelp
    Babbel - Promo code: MAFIA

    Special thanks to Geoff Schumacher and the Mob Museum.

    Music by Damiano Baldoni, Sergey Cheremisinov, and Kai Engel. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

    • 41 min
    Kirksey Nix

    Kirksey Nix

    It’s the early 1970's in Biloxi, Mississippi. Kirksey Nix, one of the leading members of the Dixie Mafia, had been convicted of murder and began a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Despite this, Nix would continue heading up his gang from prison, orchestrate a hit on a local judge and his wife, and even target and scam gay men out of their money over the phone.

    This episode is sponsored by:
    Babbel - Promo code: MAFIA
    ManScaped
    IPVanish

    Special thanks to Synova Cantrell.

    Music by Damiano Baldoni, Sergey Cheremisinov, and Kai Engel. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

    • 32 min
    Jimmy Fratianno (Part 2)

    Jimmy Fratianno (Part 2)

    Jimmy Fratianno had gained notoriety within the LA crime family as someone who was trustworthy, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. But as the landscape of the LA crime family changed, so did Fratianno's status. When LA crime boss Dominic Brooklier was sent to prison, Fratianno was approached about returning to LA and serving as co-acting boss. Acceptancing this offer would lead to a fallout resulting in Fratianno cutting ties with the LA crime family and putting his life at risk.

    This episode is sponsored by:
    BetterHelp
    Burrow
    Chameleon: High Rollers

    Special thanks to Gary Jenkins, Dennis McDonald, and Ray Tracy.

    Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music featured in this episode: "Misery" and "Life" by Damiano Baldoni; "Scenery," "Visum,"
    "Difference," "Snowfall," "January," and "Dark Alley" by Kai Engel; "Go Down Moses Reprise" by Dee Yan-Key; "Smoke" by Rafael Archangel; "Fog" and “Lucerna” by Sergey Cheremisinov; "Covert Affair" and "Unanswered Questions" by Kevin MacLeod.

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

    • 38 min
    Jimmy Fratianno (Part 1)

    Jimmy Fratianno (Part 1)

    In 1946, a young man by the name of Jimmy Fratianno moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Los Angeles, California. Fratianno had spent most of his life immersed in crime, crossing paths with several well known mobsters. Fratianno would soon become a made man in the Los Angeles crime family, gaining a reputation as someone who was willing to do "whatever it takes" to get the job done. But as the landscape of the LA crime family changed, so did Fratianno’s status. Disagreements with high ranking members would put his life in danger, leading Fratianno to make a life-changing decision.

    This episode is sponsored by:
    CD Universe
    BlueChew [code: MAFIA]
    Best Fiends

    Special thanks to Gary Jenkins, Dennis McDonald, and Ray Tracy.

    Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music featured in this episode: "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; "Scenery," "Imminence," and "Dark Alley" by Kai Engel; "Battalion" by krackatoa; "Smoke" by Rafael Archangel; "Fog" and “She Wolf In My Heart” by Sergey Cheremisinov; "Covert Affair," "Deadly Roulette," "Unanswered Questions," and "Night of Chaos" by Kevin MacLeod.

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

    • 33 min

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