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Jamaican Yardies – Part One

The term Yardies has come to be the descriptive word for Jamaican gangsters, particularly in the places where they have settled abroad – most notable the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  The word derives however, from a more … 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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Japanese Yakuza Part One

In the West we tend not to look too critically at some of the organisations in what we would call the Far East.  We’ve generally heard of these groups, the Chinese Tong, the Hong Kong Triads and of course the … Continue reading

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United States – Italian Mafia – Part Two

Previously we discussed the modest beginnings of the Italian mafia in North America and how during the nineteenth century they had been restricted to the small areas traditionally inhabited by immigrants to the United States, specifically areas such as East … Continue reading

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United States – Italian Mafia – Part One

A multitude of television programmes and movies have, over the years, introduced us to what Hollywood and various television companies regard as the U.S.-Italian mafia organisations.  These have of course been of various levels of quality and fact, perhaps the … 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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Mafia History – Introduction

Mafia organisations and similar groups that could be included in that term exist in almost every country around the world.  Even in the most unlikely places such as North Korea or Burma, we could term elements of the security services … Continue reading

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