Stephen Foley: Anti-mafia tactics were the key to exposing secret deals

Prosecutors turned to tactics developed for fighting mafia bosses and drug gangs in their latest effort to rein in insider dealing on Wall Street.

Mayor among 80 arrested 'Mafiosi'

Eighty Mafiosi from two prominent crime syndicates have been arrested in separate operations, Italian prosecutors say.

Italian police seize Mob's Serie D football teams

Italian anti-Mafia investigators have seized control of two fourth-division football teams that mobsters were using to boost support, it has emerged.

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Action man who's worth investigating

Mafia boss breaks vow of silence to point the finger at alleged killer

A jailed former Mafia boss who once ordered a payback killing in the infamous "Donnie Brasco" case has become the highest-ranking member of the city's five Italian organised crime families to break their vow of silence and testify against one of their own.

Faking it: how Mafia bosses bribe doctors to escape justice

Italian mobsters feeling the heat know that it's not a good lawyer they need to call when facing justice, but a pliant doctor.

Youths face life for boy's murder

Three youths face life sentences after being found guilty today of murdering schoolboy Nicholas Pearton.

First he took on the Mafia – now Saviano battles the Berlusconis

One is the powerful daughter of the Italian Prime Minister who runs his publishing empire; the other is the country's best-selling author, and not for the first time a simmering feud between the two has boiled over.

Mafia nicknames: Are you calling me 'baby shacks'?

In the latest Mafia bust, one thing became clear: 'Don' is just too plain a title. Guy Adams sheds light on mobsters' exotic nicknames

The Reading List: The Mafia

Fiction

The Godfather by Mario Puzo; RRP £7.99

The archetypal Mafia novel, Puzo's classic chronicles the evolution of a Sicilian Mafia family based in New York, under the stewardship of the title's "Godfather", Don Vito Corleone. Immortalised on the big screen in Francis Ford Coppola's famous trilogy, it remains the most recognised, and most significant, account of gangster life in popular culture.

127 charged after FBI mafia crackdown

A total of 127 defendants have been named in 16 indictments in the US after one of the largest Mafia takedowns in FBI history.

Christina Patterson: Why we should be grateful to a young offender's mother

For some 18-year-olds, being photographed holding hands with your mother would be quite punishment enough. So would the suit. And the tie. Even if it was loosely knotted and worn with a not-fully-buttoned-up shirt.

Feared Mafia fugitive played agony aunt

One of the Sicilian Mafia's most feared figures bragged of his ability as a lover, and even advised his underlings on their love lives.

Kosovo's PM linked to trade in human organs

Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi headed a mafia-style organised crime ring in the late 1990s that engaged in assassinations, beatings, organ trafficking and other crimes, says a draft report released yesterday.

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