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Camorra – Part Two

In Part One we concluded by describing the organisational structure of the Italian Camorra and followed their progress up to the middle of the 20th century. In the 1970s Raffaele Cutolo was the first senior Camorra figure to attempt to … Continue reading

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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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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 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 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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