Mob Money: Murders & Acquisitions

About the Show

The American Mafia thrives in this country because of its unique business model that operates more like a corporate empire than a band of thieves. For more than 80 years, the Mafia has represented the dark underbelly of capitalism and a warped vision of the American Dream.

Corruption, violence and murder help keep the Mob in the red. “Mob Money: Murders and Acquisitions” explores seven different murders and how they helped line mobster pockets. From the 1931 murder of Joe Masseria to the 1985 murder of Paul Castellano, millions of dollars are at stake in some of the American Mafia's biggest mob hits.

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  • Hollywood has long had a love affair with the world of organized crime. The sex, drugs, greed and violence were seemingly made for film. It all started in 1932, when the original "Scarface," directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes, hit the big screen. Censors demanded the subtitle “The Shame of the Nation” be added so filmgoers wouldn’t view the movie as a glorification of gangster life. So much for that."Scarface" was the most violent film of its time, and set the bar high for fu

    Here, we take a look at a full baker's dozen of the most successful gangster movies of all time based on inflation-adjusted box office sales.

  • Mob Money: The American Mafia

    Selwyn Raab, author of 'Five Families,' explains how bootlegging shaped the American Mafia.

  • Mob Money: Albert Anastasia

    T.J. English, author of 'Havana Nocturne,' reflects on mobster Albert Anastasia's presence in Cuba.

  • Mob Money: Angelo Bruno

    Retired FBI agent James T. Maher discusses meeting Angelo "The Gentle Don" Bruno, who ran the Philadelphia crime family for two decades. Bruno had a reputation for preferring conciliation over violence.

  • Mob Money: Joseph Lombardo

    Nicholas Seifert, son of slain federal witness Daniel Seifert, gives his views on Chicago Outfit member Joseph Lombardo.

  • Mob Money: Greg Smith

    As legitimate business struggle to survive, somehow the mafia continues to make money. Greg Smith, a reporter at New York Daily News and author of Nothing but Money: How the Mob Infiltrated Wall Street, explains how the mob¿s tactics allow them to thrive in this economy.

  • The American Mob

    George Anastasia, author and reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, shares what it's like to have a price on your head.

  • Mob Money: Allen Dorfman

    Dan E. Moldea, author of 'The Hoffa Wars,' remembers his encounter with mob figure and attorney Allen Dorfman.

  • Mob Money: Mobster Movies

    Nicholas Seifert, son of slain federal witness Daniel Seifert, discusses the mystique and reality of mobster movies.

  • Mob Money: Drug Deals

    Former mobster Nick Caramamdi on the inner workings of drug dealing.

  • Mob Money: The Brooklyn Docks

    Ernest Volkman, author of 'Gangbusters,' talks about how the mob ran the Brooklyn, New York, Docks.

  • Mob Money: The Havana Mob

    T.J. English, author of 'Havana Nocturne,' describes the Havana, Cuba, of the 1950s.

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