For a limited time only the Kindle e-book edition of The Mafia and the Gays by Phillip Crawford Jr. is available at Amazon for just 0.99 cents, and free for kindleunlimited subscribers. VICE recently ran an interview with Crawford about his book.
The U.S. Justice Department has commenced civil actions to seize $1 billion "in assets tied to Malaysian economic development fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB," and the court filings offer "painstaking detail on how money that was allegedly siphoned from the fund was passed through a trust account at the law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP on its way toward buying luxury real estate, private jets and casino nights" as reported by The Wall Street Journal: "to be clear, Shearman isn't accused of any wrongdoing" but "the filings call into question how law firm trust accounts are used," and "speaking generally and not about Shearman, legal ethics expert Stephen Gillers explains that 'lawyers can unwittingly provide a smoke screen for people who want to launder money.'"
Former mobster Frank DiMatteo has authored his memoir The President Street Boys: Growing Up Mafia, and in a VICE interview recounts the life in old-school Brooklyn during the 1960s and 1970s:
By 13, I was driving, and I started learning about the life. By then, I knew exactly what was going on, so I was privy to a few things, but not much. I didn't go kill nobody at 13, but I was going to the clubs with them. Driving them here and there because I was tall. I looked like I do now, just a lot younger. I was six foot at 13. These guys went to a lot of restaurants, a lot of clubs, topless joints. Driving is basically how I learned what was going on.
DiMatteo was with the Gallo brothers and then later the DeCavalcante family.
34 suspected degenerates with the Almighty Latin Kings have been hit with federal racketeering charges as reported by the Chicago Tribune: "they operate with the efficiency and structure of a large corporation, with orders flowing down from the top, an employee handbook of rules to follow and a disciplinary system for those who violate the organization's standards."