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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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The Outlaws Motorcycle Club

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club, despite being older than the Hells Angels, still continues to lack what some might call the ‘romance’ of the rival motorcycle gang.  It is very rare to hear stories regarding the Outlaws which don’t refer to … Continue reading

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Hells Angels – Part Four

Welcome back to the concluding article on the Hells Angels.  In the previous article we discussed membership requirements; but once you’re a member what can you expect to be doing?  The Hells Angels motto is: ““When we do right, nobody … Continue reading

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Hells Angels – Part Three

We concluded Part Two with an explanation of how the Hells Angels had expanded to their current membership numbers during the last fifty years.  There are estimated to be between two  and two and half thousand full members worldwide, which … Continue reading

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Hells Angels – Part Two

In the first part of our Hells Angels guide, we explained the somewhat uncertain roots of this motorcycle group and discussed their gradual expansion throughout California in the 1950s, detouring to New Zealand in 1961 before further groups were established … Continue reading

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The United States – The Crips, Part One

A name familiar with most movie fans and observers of American society in the past forty years or so, The Crips are one of the longest established African-American organised gangs in the United States.  Along with their bitter rivals 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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Chinese Triads – Part Two

Welcome back to our feature about the Chinese-influenced Triad organisation.  We described the early history in Part One up to their virtual expulsion from the Chinese mainland under communism and the rise of the Triad in Hong Kong. Organisational Structure … Continue reading

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Japanese Yakuza – Part Three

Welcome back to the third part of our bite size guide to the Japanese Yakuza.  We’ve explained about the history and initiation rituals so far but who are the major families?  Listed below are the main ones: Yamiguchi-gumi – By … Continue reading

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