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Camorra – Part One

Neapolitan Camorra Much of the international attention and appearances in popular culture of Italian mafia groups tends to focus on the Sicilian mafia.  Perhaps it’s because of the familial links to the United States that that’s the situation, but thee are other, … Continue reading

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Pagan Motorcycle Club

One Percenters As we’ve discussed in other articles, many of the motorcycle gangs suspected of illegal activity in the United States and abroad are known as one-percenters.  One percenters take the name from a term applied to them  by the American Motorcyclist … Continue reading

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Chinese Triads – Part One

Many observers still regard Triads as a Chinese phenomenon.  They certainly originated from China but migrated to various Chinese protectorates and territories for reasons we shall explain in this article. Similar to the Japanese Yakuza, the early groups that would … Continue reading

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U.K. Organised Crime – The Kray Twins – Part One

If you’re British you can’t research the subject of organised crime too deeply without encountering the Kray Twins – Ronnie and Reggie.  Over the past fifty years or so a certain type of mythology has built up around the twins … 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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U.K. Organised Crime – Arif’s of London

It’s easy to term any organisation with a centralised structure and command system a type of mafia setup.  The bosses are at the top, the lieutenants or various other ranking officers are below and the foot soldiers are at the … Continue reading

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The Russian Mafia – Part One

Very few people from any developed or semi-developed countries around the world can be unaware of the slowly pervading influence of organised crime groups emanating from Russia. The last twenty years or so since the break up of the Soviet … 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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