Category Archives: Sicilian Mafia

Sicilian Mafia – Recruitment, Hierarchy and Structure

The Sicilian Mafia is of course an Italian problem, but it’s worth noting that of the estimated 4000 or so active members, around half ply their trade in the Palermo region.  Other areas of Italy have different mafia style organisations … Continue reading

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Sicilian Mafia – Part Seven

In the last article we explained how the mafia had reacted violently following the government crackdown in the mid-1980s.  Scores of non-mafioso were targeted, something which had rarely happened before.  After the Catholic church began to speak out about the … Continue reading

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Sicilian Mafia – Part Six

In the previous post we explained how by the middle of the 1960s, the first mafia war had led to a massive police crackdown resulting in the virtual dismantling of the Sicilian mafia.  The Sicilian Mafia Commission was dissolved, hundreds … Continue reading

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Sicilian Mafia – Part Five

Over the decades, the Sicilian Mafia has seen its fair share of ups and downs.  Massive government crackdowns, whether by Mussolini or by later democratic authorities have resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of thousands, effectively destroying the enterprises.  When … Continue reading

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The Sicilian Mafia – Part Four

Some time ago we left the Sicilian mafia to check out some of the world’s other organised crime organisations but we’ll return to it for this post.  By 1930 the Sicilian mafia had effectively been destroyed by Mussolini and the … Continue reading

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The Sicilian Mafia – Part Three

In the last article we’d reached the turn of the 19th century and what was looking like the inexorable rise of the Sicilian mafia.  The various groups now had money, power and influence and could operate, if not with complete … Continue reading

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The Sicilian Mafia – Part Two

We finished the last article describing how Sicily had begun to be affected by mafia-style behaviour. The West of the island and Palermo in particular were beginning to experience types of illegal activities that we now associate with organised crime. … Continue reading

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The Sicilian Mafia – Part One

As with many criminal organisations, the early years of what we now know as the Mafia was a period of organic evolution.  The history of the origins of his group suggest that it grew out of necessity in the prevailing … Continue reading

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