Mob Money

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American Greed's Mob Money reveals the inner workings of the mob through the eyes of New Jersey's DeCavalcante family. They were once seen as second-class mobsters living in the shadows of the bigger New York City families. But that changed in the late 1990's when the feds busted all five New York families for racketeering. For the DeCavalcantes, the timing couldn't have been better. Discover how the family matures, becomes success and eventually bows to its weakness and crumbles to its knees.

Organized crime activities bring in a worldwide annual income of between $50 and $90 billion…that's more money than any major legitimate national industry. From loan-sharking and labor racketeering to illegal gambling and murder for hire to its recent invasion into Wall Street - it's all part of the life and death business of organized crime.

The way the mob does business isn't all that different than any other big corporation. There's a corporate structure with investments and returns. Mob bosses take their business as serious as any CEO with one major exception - the way organized crime deals with the competition--making them some of the most violent criminals around. Nothing and no one stands in their way.

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  • Vito Genovese got his start in crime by stealing from pushcarts in Manhattan's Lower East Side, according to a 1959 New York Times article. While still a youth, he was running errands for the underworld lieutenants, making connections that would help his climb to power, the article said.It was not until 1959 that Genovese's luck in escaping prison terms ran out. A Federal jury found him guilty of violating narcotics laws and sentenced him to 15 years in jail.Genovese was famously involved in arr

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  • The Shakedown

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  • Becoming a Member of the Mob

    What's it like to become a member of the mob? Jerry Capeci of explains the ceremony for a new member.

  • Collaborators

    Informants and collaborators help the federal law enforcement infiltrate the mob. Matt Heron, former Chief of Organized Crime for the FBI explains.

  • La Cosa Nostra – The Modern Day Mob

    An inside look at La Cosa Nostra, the Italian mob operating in America.

  • The Mystique

    Lewis Schiliro, former FBI assistant director, explains the violent nature and mystique of the mob in America.

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    Organized crime has been the subject of some of the greatest films ever made, from "Little Caesar" to "The Godfather" and "The Departed." How much do you know about mob movies? Take our quiz and find out.

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