Organized Crime

  • News

    April 17, 2014
  • News

    July 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    The Judge And The Wiseguys

    Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato made her name as a Mafia fighter. As a former prosecutor and cop, she has both presided over, tried, and investigated high-profile mob cases.  John "Johnny Meatballs" Piteo is oft-convicted bookmaker with suspected organized crime ties who has done two str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    John Gotti's "Adopted Son" Files Legal Malpractice Suit

    Lewis Kasman, who for years was the right-hand man and "adopted son" to crime boss John Gotti, says the Mafia has nothing on Florida when it comes to stealing money.Now Kasman, who turned government witness and helped indict dozens of organized crime figures, is looking to get payback from his divor ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010
  • News

    June 17, 2010
  • News

    March 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Mafia Membership Back in Fashion

    PhotobucketHeadline maker John Gotti, hailed as the last Godfather.​Since the 2002 death of the last great Godfather, John Gotti, the Italian underworld has been resting in peace -- until its resurrection... now. A tell-all book, a Gotti Jr. trial, and Bonanno crime family members in a South Flo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    After Police Chase, Wig-Wearing Foursome From Broward Busted for Identity Theft Spree

    Four Broward County residents were arrested at a hotel in Elkridge, Maryland, after police there found evidence suggesting they were part of an identity theft ring.The arrests, which occurred on August 10, were not without incident. The Columbia Flier reports that three of the suspects pulled up to ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009
  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    The Line To Lansky: Steinger Linked To Ben-Veniste, Jewish Mafia

    We know that Joel Steinger, the mastermind of the billion-dollar Mutual Benefits Ponzi scheme with ties to several Broward politicians (Steve Geller, Stacy Ritter, Ellyn Bogdanoff, and others), had connections to Colombian drug cartels. Now we have evidence of another intriguing ... More >>

  • Film

    November 1, 2007

    Harlem Knight

    Ridley Scott's portrait of a '70s dope CEO may not be epic, but it's still superfly

  • News

    May 10, 2007

    Gambino Genes

    What's in a Mafia name?

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2006

    The Miniacis And The Mafiosi

    Cerrella You can read about the Katherine Harris-Bill Nelson debate here and here, but it wasn't much to see. Nelson was, as always, predictable and plodding, the political equivalent of the old crab scuttling on the bottom of the sea. Harris, as the Sun-Sentinel noted, didn't embarrass herself, r ... More >>

  • Film

    October 5, 2006

    Bait and Switch

    A hero of the Hong Kong new wave returns the compliment.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2006

    You Have The Right To Remain Absolutely Fabulous

    In the Miami Herald, Darran Simon had a wonderful story about a Sunrise cop who gave a Christian conservative group a good ol' fashioned hassle. The Florida Family Policy Council, led by the vile James Dobson, claims Sgt. Stephen Allen harassed them during a drive for signatures to support a gay mar ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2006

    Muscles, Murder, and a Messiah, Part 2

    Gil Fernandez Jr. could be responsible for as many as nine murders. If he's truly repentant, his former prosecutor says, he needs to confess his sins.

  • News

    January 5, 2006

    Muscles, Murder, and a Messiah

    Ex-cop and bodybuilder Gil Fernandez Jr. murdered three men in the Everglades. But he only admits to killing the man he was.

  • News

    November 10, 2005

    The Bad Bet

    It turns out murdered gambling boss Gus Boulis had plenty to hide

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    Hot Bods, Hotter Odds

    Shooters owner John Wile is known for suits -- both the bathing and legal sorts

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Finding Gary, Part 2

    A rogue FBI agent, tons of smuggled drugs, a wife in search of her husband's corpse

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Swimming with the Fishes

    Jenne goes after the, um, Mafia. Question is, who's the bad guy?

  • News

    February 17, 2005


    Sweethearts on Parade

  • News

    December 2, 2004

    To Re-Catch a Thief

    For the old cat burglars, all that's left is a movie script, a book proposal, and undying hatred for one another

  • News

    August 19, 2004

    An Imperfect Murder

    The sordid tale of a cunning Marielito, an ambitious ATF agent, and a dead mobster in Lighthouse Point

  • News

    March 25, 2004

    The Snitch

    Meet John Mamone -- devoted father, Mafia soldier, government witness

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Charlie Numbers

    Forget the Mob ties, says ex-cop Clay, and send me to City Hall

  • News

    August 7, 2003

    Gimme Something Real

    There's a dizzying mix of fantasy and reality in today's Cosa Nostra

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Pulp Nonfiction, Act 2

    A good, upstanding American family gets mixed up with the mob

  • Film

    July 26, 2001

    Gangsta Crap

    Made, a wannabe Mob comedy, won't be furthering anyone's career

  • News

    December 7, 2000


    Prosecutors say blood is thicker than barbecue sauce for restaurant owner Frank Galgano

  • Film

    August 31, 2000


    The Crew is four semitough guys shooting blanks at sunset

  • Best of BPB

    May 11, 2000

    Best Mafia Hangout

    Café Martorano

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    Fight Club

    Chris Paciello, the dangerous darling of the South Florida nightlife set, has a reputation for fisticuffs. And Mob ties.

  • News

    November 18, 1999


    The plot thickens

  • News

    September 16, 1999

    The Great Pretender

    Jimmy Sabatino scammed millions of dollars' worth of goods and services by claiming he was a Hollywood player. But the self-described Mafia kid played too rough when he threatened to kill President Clinton.

  • Film

    August 19, 1999

    Blue in the Face

    Mickey Blue Eyes

  • News

    July 16, 1999

    KGB Meets BSO

    In the '80s Soviet lawman Emin Gadzhiyev blew the whistle on corrupt colleagues and defected to the United States. Now he's training with the Broward Sheriff's Office. Someone should make a movie about this guy.

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    KGB Meets BSO

    In the '80s Soviet lawman Emin Gadzhiyev blew the whistle on corrupt colleagues and defected to the United States. Now he's training with the Broward Sheriff's Office. Someone should make a movie about this guy.

  • News

    May 6, 1999


    Battling cancer and investigating a botched federal investigation, mobster Vinnie Ciraolo is fighting to clear his name

  • News

    March 25, 1999
  • News

    March 4, 1999

    Eulogy For a Shark

    Alleged gang leader Rusty Feder swore he'd rather die than face prison. He was good to his word.

  • News

    February 4, 1999

    Feeding Frenzy

    Police have charged the gang known as the Sharks with everything from extortion to kidnapping. Only one charge, against leader Rusty Feder, has stuck.

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    The FBI's Most Wanted Agent

    When Jerry Sullivan was arrested for criminal behavior, he chose to blame an unexpected source: the FBI

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    The Sheriff's Criminal Association

    If Ken Jenne were like most cops, he'd be investigated for being friends with felons who give him money

  • News

    September 3, 1998

    I Think, Therefore I Scam

    America gave Franco Nicoletti opportunities and riches beyond belief. But it didn't give him a conscience.

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Stepping From the Shadows

    Private eye Max Caulfield's mysterious past includes a stint in the federal Witness Protection Program. After more than a decade of intrigue and paranoia, he's going public.

  • News

    July 9, 1998

    A Bettor Way of Buying

    A Coconut Creek supervisor bought lawn chemicals from his Mob-connected bookie. Sound weird? We thought so.

  • News

    July 2, 1998

    The Miniacis and the Mafiosi

    Investigators are discovering a number of links between beach developers Albert and Dominick Miniaci and Broward underworld figures

  • More >>