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This confidential information came with the admonition that if another family boss was encountered he should be accorded the utmost respect. Four other candidates sat in the parlor, waiting to be summoned into another room, a kitchen. One of the men surrounding the table removed a towel that covered a gun and a knife lying on the table.

If any disputes arise that you and members cannot resolve, you must go to your captain. You do not put your hands on other family members. You are to maintain yourself with respect at all times.

When your captain calls, no matter what time or day or night, you must respond immediately. This family comes before your own family. Above all, you do not discuss anything about this family with members of other families. If you do not abide by these rules, you will be killed. Corallo, like other Mob leaders, had good reasons to prevent hits on law-enforcement personnel. Murdering a cop, an investigator, or a prosecutor would unleash the fury of the law against the Mob and make normal business hazardous.

Furthermore, the rule was aimed at maintaining strict discipline and preventing rash, unauthorized acts by hotheaded troops. It was an occasion for him and the twenty-odd members of his crew to be introduced to one another as equals.

His refusal would have been proof that he was an agent or an informer trying to infiltrate the family. In the early days of his membership, more Cosa Nostra customs and rules were passed on to him by older soldiers. Some shibboleths were strange, particularly those concerning grooming and wardrobe. Mustaches were considered ostentatious and red was looked upon as too flashy by the conservatively dressed hierarchs. A made man automatically had greater respect, prestige, and money-making opportunities.

And the newcomer became eligible for a cut of the profits from other family-controlled rackets. Another gift to a soldier was the authority to organize and exploit his own wannabes in illegal activities. Most associates aspired to become made men, but only those of Sicilian or Italian ancestry were eligible. At one time, nearly all the families would induct only men whose mother and father were Italian.

A book that as you read you see so many names that sound so familiar, especially for myself after read Firstly, thanks to my friend Christian for lending me this book, this was a challenge! A book that as you read you see so many names that sound so familiar, especially for myself after reading books on The Iceman, Richard Kuklinsky, and Gaspipe, Anthony Masso. The careers of the boss's of the families, the downfalls. The amazing thing here is when reading the book is , how many of these famous mafia members when arrested talked and then took Witness Protection.

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We must have in USA many mafia members living under the Witness Protection Programme, maybe more than those who end up in prison. Also how many mafia members are buried and hidden never to be found, hundreds I am sure.

These families were initially organized in by Charles "Lucky" Luciano, who was, at the time, one of the most notorious gangsters in America. Luciano proposed dividing criminal enterprises in New York City into five "families," with a governing "commission" of bosses. Each borgata would be organized into crews led by "caporegimes," or "capos. Raab points out that for nearly six decades, The Five Families' criminal enterprises ran practically unchallenged in New York.

Their power and influence gradually expanded into Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major American cities. It was estimated that, during the Five Families' heyday in the s and '80s, billions of dollars were illegally diverted from the American economy through criminal activities that included gambling, loan-sharking, extortion, drug trafficking, fraud, hijacking, robbery, kidnapping, and murder.

Raab also traces the efforts of state, local, and Federal law enforcement agencies to bring the Five Families to justice. Pistone of "Donnie Brasco" fame and U.


I found "Five Families" one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time. The book is packed with information that's presented in an easy to read and understand manner. Selwyn Raab is obviously a gifted writer whose style drew me in from the book's first paragraph. It's unfortunate that the Kindle version of "Five Families" is of such poor quality that it seriously distracts from Raab's outstanding research and writing skills.

Nearly every page of the Kindle version contains serious typographical errors like wrongly italicized words, incorrect punctuation, and even misspelled words.

These errors occur frequently enough for me to deduct one star from my otherwise five-star rating. They all should have been eliminated by more careful proof-reading and editing. Despite this serious technical flaw, "Five Families" is an important addition to the literature of organized crime, and should not be missed.

Highly recommended.

Five Families : Selwyn Raab :

Bar none. This is the only book you will ever need to learn about the mafia.

It is the back story of all the headlines and all those shows about the American mob. I cannot recommend this book more highly.

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