26 episodes

Original Gangsters, a true crime talk podcast from Executive Producer Roberto Boschian, 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 211 Ratings

Original Gangsters, a true crime talk podcast from Executive Producer Roberto Boschian, 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.' 

    Jam Master Jay, Black Mafia Family, City Of Fear

    Jam Master Jay, Black Mafia Family, City Of Fear

    Roundtable discussion of the solving of Jam Master Jay's murder, Updates on BMF and Canadian Organized Crime. We also review the Netflix series City Of Fear.

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    • 52 min
    Original Gangster: Frank Panessa And The Pizza Connection Case

    Original Gangster: Frank Panessa And The Pizza Connection Case

    Frank Panessa was a Drug Enforcement Administration agent for 28 years. He had numerous undercover roles in the United States, Europe, Asia and Central America. He infiltrated the Sicilian Mafia in the infamous “Pizza Connection” case that resulted in the conviction of high-level Sicilian wholesale distributors of heroin.Panessa also discusses his role in the investigation of Detroit's Giacalone family

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    • 57 min
    Elaine Smith: From Teacher To Crime-Buster

    Elaine Smith: From Teacher To Crime-Buster

    Elaine Smith’s story exposes her tough climb up the ladder of acceptance and ultimate success as she broke into the macho, male-dominated criminal justice system, and helped take down the Chicago Outfit.

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    • 55 min
    Ex-FBI Agent Helps Bring Down The Chicago Mob In The 1980's

    Ex-FBI Agent Helps Bring Down The Chicago Mob In The 1980's

    Elaine Smith, who went from school teacher to crime-buster. Smith’s story exposes her tough climb up the ladder of acceptance and ultimate success as she broke into the macho, male-dominated criminal justice system, and helped take down the Chicago Outfit. 

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    • 55 min
    Original Gangsters: The Latest On Big Meech And The Black Mafia Family

    Original Gangsters: The Latest On Big Meech And The Black Mafia Family

    The Original Gangsters podcast discuss the latest on Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family. They also examine the Canadian underworld, and outlaw biker violence in NY. Plus, Scott Burnstein reviews the new "Capone" film. 

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    • 50 min
    Operation Motor City Mafia: What Brought Down The Biggest Drug Org In The US

    Operation Motor City Mafia: What Brought Down The Biggest Drug Org In The US

    On this episode of Original Gangsters, the hosts talk to Frank Scartozzi, a federal agent and key investigator in the Operation Motor City Mafia case that brought down the Black Mafia Family in October of 2005. It was the biggest bust of a domestic drug organization in American history. 

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

Brandonakatbm ,

Real good

Real good podcast, very knowledgeable and well researched. Give Roberto a mic!

Nater333 ,

Pretty good

I’d give it five stars if Roberto wasn’t yelling in the background like a parent from the other room. Give him a mic if he’s going to be that involved.

Stratman727 ,

Great Detroit Podcast

I love hearing about mob history, but I especially love hearing about the Detroit Mafia connections are the truth behind the headlines around the mob.

Please get Roberto his own microphone, he sounds like he’s commenting from a bathroom.

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