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  • I'm guessing you guys thought the Italian-American  mafia was a thing of the past. You thought we were  

  • like the dinosaurs, creatures that walked the  Earth and preyed on guys like you, and then just  

  • went extinct. You should have known better...We  never went anywhere. We just became ghosts,  

  • ghouls, wise guys that you once wrote stories  about, guys you made famous in the movies. But  

  • This Thing of Ours”, it never stopped, we just  went underground, and got much better at avoiding  

  • detection. We kinda realized that bloodied bodies  splattered on the streets was bad for business.  

  • We quit beefing with each other all the  time and said “"fuggedaboutit” a lot.  

  • The wise guys got wiser, and you my good  friends, were none the wiserand thenand then  

  • it all went to hell. The once extinct dinosaurs  became hidden in plain sight. Let me explain

  • My name is JamesJimmyArdizzone, and on  account of me being blind in one eye after  

  • a fight with some schmuck in a bar, I got the  nickname, “One-eyed Jimmy.” I had that fight  

  • before I joined the mafia, but I caught up with  the guy later. He's now resting at the bottom  

  • of the Hudson in a pair of cement shoes. You don't think that still happens? Oh,  

  • if you only knew how many missing persons  were people whose location we know all about

  • I was born in the late 90s on Arthur Avenue in  the Bronx. That's New York City to all you guys  

  • on the other side of the world. There was  nothing special about my childhood. My ma  

  • worked part-time in a local bakery, and my  pa did double shifts as a warehouse packer

  • In the great scheme of things we were poorbut not dirt poor. My folks are good people,  

  • they're honest, down to Earth, hard working  citizens. But night shifts and calloused hands,  

  • for what, to pay the rent and pay  off debts, that wasn't for me

  • I first heard about mafia stuff during thatPizza  Connection" thing that happened back in the late  

  • 80s, you know, when a bunch of our guys got done  for selling huge amounts of heroin and cocaine  

  • from pizza parlors. My pa told me all about  it. He even knew guys that were involved in it

  • You know what, those damned  feds had hundreds of wiretap  

  • conversations. Wise guys acting like shmuckstalking on the phone about trafficking and murder  

  • like we'd talk about our kids' birthdays. Wire tapstry that now, and see where you get

  • When I was coming up in the 2000s, when  we did business, we did it face to face.  

  • We even covered our mouths at times just in  case any cameras were on us and someone might  

  • try and read our lips. We were careful, very  careful, but like I said, it all went to hell

  • Let me tell you about that, and then I'll tell  you something about the work I currently do

  • You see, in 2019, we lost our boss, and I mean  the real boss, the head of the Gambino crime  

  • family. That was one Francesco "Franky  Boy" Cali. He was the man, the main man,  

  • and he was what you might call the mainline  to Italy's Sicilian mafia.The guy had blood  

  • ties over there, and that was good for business. Seeing our guys dead on the streets had become a  

  • thing of the past before that happened, long gone  were the days we slit guys' throats in a barber's  

  • chair or we riddled cars with bullets. The thing is guys, we really stuck to  

  • that peace agreement for the most partwe remained  ghostsbut then when Franky Boy's body was found  

  • with seven bullet holes in him outside his Staten  island home, we kind of came into focus again

  • At first everyone thought this had to be uswhacking a boss. That's not a small thing,  

  • as you know, and since business was goodwhy would anyone want to clip the big man

  • We had no idea who'd done it. Had word been sent  from Italy? Was it another New York family? Was  

  • it the Russians? It made no sense, we had  good business with all organized crime and  

  • taking out a crime boss would cause a war. A boss  hadn't been clipped since the 80s for God's sake

  • It turned out the hitmen was just some kid, a  jamook (idiot) from Staten Island who thought  

  • Franky Boy was somehow involved with that thing  called the Deep State. That's a term for the  

  • alleged invisible hands behind the government. The  kid thought killing Franky would somehow save the  

  • President from this secret cabal of powerful  people. Can you get any more crazy than that

  • Before they knew it was the jabroni that did the  hit, the media started shooting off its mouth,  

  • asking if the Five Families were once  again at war. So-called experts on  

  • organized crime said there were rifts  between Franky and the Gotti family,  

  • the previous bosses of the Gambino crime family. Expertsexperts telling tall stories, that's all  

  • they were. At least some cops said a hit like that  is not how the Mafia does things. Outside a boss's  

  • house, c'mon, we have more respect than that. We've been in the spotlight since then,  

  • and that means I've had to be extra careful. That  damn lunatic kid has caused us a lot of trouble

  • I'd been working occasionally with the Mexicansmostly getting cocaine and babania, heroin to you,  

  • and moving it in the U.S. or abroadThat's the thing with the drug business,  

  • it doesn't dry up. Americans are avid  consumers and there's always a market here

  • I've always wondered why suchdeveloped nation wants so badly  

  • to get out of it all the time. Pursuit of  happinesspursuit of High-ness more like

  • The war on drugs can set you back a bit, but never  for long. We call it the War on Schmucks, because  

  • once they're locked up we can still get the  stuff to them. Ok, they got El Chapo locked up,  

  • and look what happened after that. That's  what they call a “Pyrrhic victory”… look  

  • that up if you don't know what it means. So, there are about 3,000 of us in the  

  • U.S. or thereabouts, and a lot of us  are in New York. As one writer said,  

  • all Mafia activity leads back to New York. No longer is ourbread and butterjust  

  • murder and racketeering, but we still do the odd  bit of extortion. Our other main enterprises are  

  • illegal gambling and loan-sharkingand  like I said, feeding people's insatiable  

  • appetite for drugs, mainly heroin, butbit of coke and at times ice and ecstasy

  • Sure, we've got old school ventures, like  running strip clubs, but we've got modern, too

  • That illegal gambling we do, the operations are  all online and we keep our money off-shore in  

  • shell companies like all the rich folks doTo make sure our gambling websites aren't  

  • closed down, we operate them from countries  where they are legal, such as Costa Rica

  • The bets are made in the U.S….we use multiple  servers in Costa Rica, and then cash goes  

  • off-shore. FEDs, stick that up your culo. We've used Craigslist, too, to find young  

  • women who we then trafficked into  various states to work as prostitutes

  • I've actually done something like this in New  York. I recruited a pretty woman, and then I put  

  • an ad on Craigslist. When she got the message,  I took her to her client. I kept half the cash,  

  • of course. If you think because personal  ads were banned we can no longer do this,  

  • think again, there are ways of getting those ads  on the site. Anyway, that kind of thing isn't  

  • really a big earner, it's more like a hobbie. Yep, that doesn't sound quite as grand as  

  • what happened in the Godfather, but  sometimes you gotta make ends meet

  • We can still do things like offer  protection, but it's not like we go  

  • into places guns-blazing anymore. I'll give you an example

  • Let's say we've got a guy runningheroin business out of a pizza parlor  

  • you didn't think we'd just stop all  that, did youand then some wannabe  

  • street gangsters clean the guy out one day. Well, we then tell the guy that on top of the  

  • cost of the drugs, there's a protection costtoo. Hey, maybe we paid those gangsters to do  

  • him over. The outcome is he won't get his  stuff taken again and we get more money

  • The same goes for regular folks. Let's say  their store keeps getting held up, and or  

  • their factories somehow seem to keep getting  broken into, their trucks stolen, etc. Well,  

  • we can make that stop, because we were ones  doing it in the first place. That's what  

  • you might call protection-extortion. We make  those guys an offer they simply can't refuse

  • Then we've still got some of the construction  unions. We get involved in the unions,  

  • and then start making money by controlling  the materials the construction company needs.  

  • We'll start our own union if one doesn't exist. We can then start siphoning off funds,  

  • or create benefits schemes and then defraud  benefit fund assets. It's a sweet deal,  

  • but to be honest, this is one area  where the authorities have won the war

  • Saying that, every time you see a building  going up in New York city, bear in mind we  

  • might have sub-contractors on that job or haveunion behind the workers. We get huge kickbacks  

  • from these massive construction projects. But what do we do with all our ill-gotten gains?  

  • Well, as I said, we keep our money off-shore, but  we also buy real estate through third-parties,  

  • and we've even done our bit for the environment  in Europe. Ever heard of theEco-Mafia'? 

  • You see, wind energy is all the rage in Europebut the industry is not that regulated. Thanks  

  • to our beloved deceased boss, Franky Boy, and his  connections in Italy, we've been able to launder  

  • money into the wind energy industry in Europe. We've even muscled out our competition in Europe,  

  • and taken over a good chunk of the industryNot bad eh, for a bunch of guys that used  

  • to shoot each other over squabbles  and talk business on the telephone

  • We've also been able to launder cash and make cash  through Italy since those Sicilians own hundreds  

  • and hundreds of restaurants and bars and cafes in  Europe. Make no mistake, those wise guys in Sicily  

  • still have a lot of power. Ok, back to basics

  • We might not do hits in the street anymorebut mark my words, if you have the cash and  

  • you want someone gone, we can make them  go missing, at a cost of course. We might  

  • take out a knucklehead who's been getting in  the way of our drugs business, or we might  

  • secretly take out one of our own affiliates  if he's not doing what he's been told to do

  • We work with other organized crime, such  as the Japanese Yakuza, the Russian mafia,  

  • the Albanian mafia, and Chinese Triads, and for  the most part things run smoothly. Then you've got  

  • disorganized crime, what you might call street  gangs, and we try our best not to get involved

  • Talking about my main job, let's say I want some  opioids on the streets, maybe some Fentanyl.  

  • Well, through my connections with the Chinese  Triads I can get that from China to the USA

  • If you want ecstasy, well, I've got my man  in Amsterdam. Take out one Sammy the Bull,  

  • and there's a man very happy to take  his place and there are millions of  

  • American ravers waiting with open hands. You could say I am in charge of operations.  

  • And the drugs operation is one of our biggest  money-spinners. I don't need Mexicans for all  

  • my drug business, far from it. This is how it goes

  • Some of the raw opium is produced in Pakistan  and Turkey or parts of SouthEast Asia. It's  

  • then refined into morphine in countries where  corruption is rife. Local politicians, police,  

  • the army, you name it, all take a cut. Just look  at what that Thai politician said, the one who  

  • was arrested for heroin trafficking back in the  day, he said he'd been working with soldiers

  • So, I use these corrupt countries and then the  Sicilian Mafia can get it over to America where  

  • I will collect and distribute. I get involved  with the cocaine trade, but heroin and other  

  • opioids are my bread and butter. There are just  too many hands in the cocaine business. Plus,  

  • being connected to gangs such as the Mexican  Mafia or MS-13 is just not our style

  • We did for a while do deals with the Mexicans, and  traffic cocaine back to the Sicilians for European  

  • consumption, but since Franky Boy, the darling  of the Sicilians, was taken out by that paranoid  

  • bonehead, that's kinda fallen flat on its back. We are not animals, we are highly organized now,  

  • in spite of what you might have seen on the  Sopranos. Like the Russians, or the Chinese,  

  • we keep our heads down. If violence has to happenit will, but we'll try and make people go missing  

  • rather than leave blood on the streets. Ok, so we made a mess of a prison cell  

  • when we took out the grass JamesWhitey”  Bulger but that only goes to show we stand  

  • by our code of conduct and we'll get you  if you cross us. If snitches get stitches  

  • inside prison, for us, rats get splattered. As one of my colleagues, a captain in New York,  

  • said recently in an interview, “In this  life there are three choices: you can rat,  

  • you can go to jail, or you can die. That's the  only way you get out. There is no quitting.” 

  • That says it all, really, we haven't gone  anywhere because when you get into this life  

  • there's no getting out. We just don't make the  headlines because we eke away in the background,  

  • trying to keep things friendly and usually staying  away from the violence that comes with crime

  • I know we're still under the radar, but when  you look at what's happening down at the border,  

  • we think the authorities have  got much bigger fish to fry

  • Now we think you need to have a look at the  era when the mafia ruled the underworld,  

  • in this fascinating video, “Most  Horrific Crimes - The Italian Mafia.”  

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