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.'
Civella Crime Family in KC
Our friend Gary Jenkins joins us to discuss the Mafia in Kansas City. Gary was an intelligence unit detective in KC. He also hosts the great podcast "Gangland Wire."
Cosa Nostra News with Former Mafioso John Pennisi
Former Mafioso John Pennisi joins us to discuss recent Mafia news. For example, we discuss the recent arrest of powerful Cosa Nostra boss Matteo Messina Denaro in Sicily. We also examine the current status of John's former organization: the Lucchese crime family in NY.
The Arrest of Ovidio Guzman with Best Selling Author Douglas Century
Best selling author Doug Century joins us to discuss his book "Hunting El Chapo." We also examine the cartel violence in Mexico surrounding the recent arrest of Otivio Guzman (El Chapo's son).
The Gambino Sicilians: past, present, and future
We discuss the Sicilian wing of the Gambino Crime Family in NY and NJ. For example, we look at the Cherry Hill Gambinos, Frank Cali, and Lorenzo Mannino.
"They found a guy's head in the desert"
We discuss the latest news regarding bodies found in Lake Mead. For example, we look at the case of Tony Albanese, former Bonanno associate. Back in the early 80s investigators found his decapitated head in the California desert. That situation was immortalized in the film Casino. Is the rest of his body located in Lake Mead? We also discuss some Outfit activities in Las Vegas.
Detroit Street Legends: the Cocaine Years
Legendary criminal defense attorney Steve Fishman joined us in studio. "Fish" represented some of Detroit's most epic street legends and drug lords, including Terry Flenory from BMF, Demetrius Holloway, and Frank "Nitti" Usher among others. He also advocated on behalf of White Boy Rick's release.