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Wired Magazine: Is the Mob skimming millions from Massachusetts Lottery scratch tickets?
It's not online yet, but the February edition of WIRED magazine -- a special issue devoted to the underworld -- has a long piece about...
| January 24, 2011
New magazine tells Boston’s war stories
It’s not too surprising that Kung-Fu Video owners James Bennett and Aaron Crawford are venturing into another retail niche that is largely considered commercially destitute.
Crime Journal Dept.
| April 23, 2010
‘An honest story’
As exciting as A Bronx Tale is, its most dramatic moment happened offstage, in 1990 when Chazz Palminteri was performing his one-man show in Los Angeles and turned down a million-dollar deal for film rights because they refused to let him recreate his ro
Chazz Palminteri’s one-man Bronx Tale
| April 16, 2010
What's the scam?
Back on the morning of June 7, 1982, a man walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank on the 25th floor of a Madison Avenue office building and tried to deposit a $2 million check. The man, a native of the United Arab Emirates, left without
Trying to bilk the Scientologists
| September 25, 2009
Up for the challenge
Rhythmafia have been on the scene for about four years, and in that relatively short time the Providence natives — Rob Cinami (drums and backup vox), Jamie Kearns (guitar), Zack Chagnon (bass), and frontman Sam Montes — have successfully delivered a bl
Rhythmafia: a new breed of mashup
| August 28, 2009
Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's Martin Beck mysteries are back in a fourth American printing.
The Martin Beck mysteries
| December 02, 2008
Downsizing the Mob
The arrest of 17 people last week as part of "Operation Mobbed Up" — as well as the subsequent discovery in East Providence of human remains thought to be those of Joseph "Joe Onions" Scanlon — put front and center the bygone days of the Rhode Island Mo
State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty discusses the fade of OC in RI
| November 26, 2008
Playing to our strength
Well, despite the fact that Little Rhody has become the poster child for the national recession, leading all states in statistical categories like unemployment and debt per capita, it is nice to know that we are able to deflect public attention from our
Nothing like a mass bust for a sense of old-time mobbed-up Rhode Island
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| November 19, 2008
The friends of Jack Kelly
This article originally appeared in the July 4, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
In the end, the adventure killed him
DAVE O'BRIAN AND TOM SHEEHAN
| July 08, 2008
Rhode Island’s famous for you
How about a Providence Mobster Museum and Hall of Fame on Federal Hill, to celebrate our bygone years as New England’s headquarters of organized crime?
The time has come to capitalize on our scandalous past
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| December 12, 2007
Forget whatever you know about Guy Ritchie films.
Call the script doc
| December 05, 2007
The dirtiest cop
This is what history writing should be.
How Times Square corrupted the 20th century
| October 30, 2007
We Own the Night
James Gray’s film is in dire need of plausibility.
Gritty, macho, and lacking in grace
| October 10, 2007
Making it rain
The hardest-working man in sports these days has to be Worrick Robinson, lawyer for the 23 year-old wunderkind of sports jurisprudence, Adam “Pacman” Jones.
Sports blotter: "Contrary to the slogan, what happens in Vegas definitely does not stay in Vegas" edition
| February 28, 2007
The Good Shepherd
The CIA and the Mafia have been in bed together at least since the Bay of Pigs in 1961, so why shouldn’t Robert De Niro turn the former’s history into a blue-blood version of The Godfather ? Watch the trailer for The Good Shepherd (QuickTime)
A blue-blooded Godfather
| February 20, 2007
No wonder the cops and the feds can’t catch Whitey Bulger: they’re too busy beating the shit out of each other. Watch the trailer for The Departed (QuickTime) Whitey wash: Scorsese, Damon, and DiCaprio honor The Departed. By Brett Michel
Scorsese haunts the mean streets of Beantown
| February 20, 2007
For Mollis and Cicilline, it’s all relative
Is it something in the water?
| January 10, 2007
We found Whitey Bulger . . . and he’s still missing
I get a lot of calls about Bulger, but this one was different. Watch video footage of a possible Whitey sighting in California
Anniversary party: The FBI celebrates 12 years of failure
| January 05, 2007
The new U
Slowly, imperceptibly, the cumulative arrest record of current and former Ohio State University Buckeye football players is approaching the status of great football crime families, nearing the Olympus where live giants like Miami and Florida State.
Sports blotter: Buckeye edition
| November 01, 2006
Off with their heads
The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
| October 20, 2006
In the course of making Yakuza , producer Toshihiro Nagoshi underwent a strange transformation: in short, he assimilated many of the distinguishing physical characteristics of the Japanese mobster.
In Yakuza , c rime pays in the Japanese underworld
| September 27, 2006
The plot thickens
This article originally appeared in the December 20, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Oliver Stone rewrites history with lightning in JFK
| August 10, 2006
The odd couple
Four days after being released from prison, the Whitey Bulger’s protégé was singing like a canary to a grandmother from Newton.
The unlikely story of how a BU professor and a Southie hit man stormed the bestseller charts
| April 20, 2006
Brass balls and cold steel
John “Red” Shea’s close-cut hair — the hair that gave him that standard-issue Irish nickname — isn’t quite as fiery as it was when he was a young fighter coming up hard from G Street in South Boston.
Whitey Bulger soldiers John “Red” Shea and Patrick Nee tell their side of the story
| April 05, 2006
Howie Carr blows up
It’s Friday, and Howie Carr Incorporated is in full flog for his new book, The Brothers Bulger (Warner Books).
As Whitey makes him famous, the Bulger -scribe doesn’t have to worry about facts
| March 16, 2006
Find Me Guilty
Incorporating way too much real testimony, this tedious drama presents the ho-hum courtroom antics of Jackie DiNorscio (Vin Diesel), a wise guy intent on proving his loyalty to the Lucchese crime family.
Diesel proves his versatility, but does it mean anything?
| March 14, 2006
Family and fate
Series creator David Chase could easily have ended The Sopranos last year, in the fifth season.
The Sopranos finds the Tao
| March 10, 2006
Tough time for Cheney
If the national media give attention to the totally demented ravings of the Christian Coalition’s ludicrous God-botherer Pat Robertson — most recently about Ariel Sharon — the Associated Press should pick up this following news.
The Veep is being punished for his misdeeds
| January 18, 2006
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