107 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

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 457 Ratings

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

    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."

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Cosa Nostra News with Former Mafioso John Pennisi

    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Arrest of Ovidio Guzman with Best Selling Author Douglas Century

    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).

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Gambino Sicilians: past, present, and future

    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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    "They found a guy's head in the desert"

    "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.

    • 59 min
    Detroit Street Legends: the Cocaine Years

    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
457 Ratings

457 Ratings

John-jon Mcgoo ,

Great stuff

Scott, you're one talented journalist. Keep up the great work. Best info out there. We look forward to your continued success!! The latest podcast with these three will sweep any other similar podcast in this genre. Penisi has the best incite. Three greats all in one show!!! Do it again!!!!

Todd Hedges ,

Great guests and informative…but

I enjoy this podcast very much for the information, wild stories and excellent guests. But please stop interrupting the guests every 30 seconds to show your knowledge and we don’t have to have context on every single thing especially when it’s details that don’t make the story better.

Let the guest tell the story and when he’s done, then add to it. I’m a podcaster and the worst thing you can do is, act like you know more than the guest (even if you do), and constantly interrupt them. Just some minor changes that will make the show even better and it’s a good show now.

nicholas 42 ,

Mafia action

Love this pod when I’m driving for work. Really enjoyed the El Chapo and I just purchased the book off of Amazon in hardcover edition

Thanks fellas

Nick

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