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Journey into the underworld of American organized crime and the stories behind the rise and fall of the most notorious mobsters in history. From Charles “Lucky” Luciano and John Gotti, to Donnie Brasco, “Bugsy” Siegel and Dutch Schultz–Mafia explores the lives of our greatest gangsters and the cops and attorneys who worked to bring them down.

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Journey into the underworld of American organized crime and the stories behind the rise and fall of the most notorious mobsters in history. From Charles “Lucky” Luciano and John Gotti, to Donnie Brasco, “Bugsy” Siegel and Dutch Schultz–Mafia explores the lives of our greatest gangsters and the cops and attorneys who worked to bring them down.

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2171 Ratings
Average Ratings
1788
188
103
50
42

Need to do a podcast about Tammany Hall

By Long meadows - Jan 31 2020
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I hear so much about Tammany hall

Always good

By tperry93 - Jan 09 2020
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Very enjoyable for anyone that’s interested in this topic
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Mafia

Latest release on Jan 29, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 5: John Gotti (Part 1)

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In the 1980s, one man became the face of the Mafia. The most famous gangster since Al Capone. Through murder, deception, and pure luck, John Gotti worked his way up the mob ladder. 

But Gotti was best known for flaunting his status, enticing the media, and attracting the attention of the press – the press that gave him the name "The Teflon Don." This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Casper.

Mar 07 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #2: 3: Charles "Lucky" Luciano (Part 1)

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In the 1920s, at the height of prohibition, the intelligent, ruthless, and visionary, Charles “Lucky” Luciano forever transformed the Mob from warring street gangs into a highly sophisticated criminal empire. By the time Luciano was finished, the Mob was bigger than General Motors, and he had fully organized crime into a booming business. 

In Part 1, we explore the early childhood of Luciano, his making in the mob, and his making of the mob. This episode is sponsored by Audible and Blue Apron.

Feb 20 2018

51mins

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Rank #3: 1: Al Capone (Part 1)

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At the height of Prohibition, Al Capone made a killing selling illegal alcohol and by making a spectacle of the gangster lifestyle. But with the booze running free and the money pouring in, his wasn't the only gang trying to get a piece of the pie. And Capone was never the sharing type.

Our sponsors for this episode are:
Manscaped (code: MAFIA)
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Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; "Angst" by Xenojam; "Backed Vibes Clean," "Dances and Dames," "Rollin at 5," "Vibe Ace," "Acid Jazz," and "Night on the Docks" by Kevin MacLeod.; "Snowfall (Intro)" by  Kai Engel; "Gates" and "Wastelands" by Sergey Cheremisinov; and "Burnt to a Crisp" by Daniel Birch

Sound Effects from freesound.org by Kyster, cmusounddesign, unfa, FunWithSound, CosmicEmbers, Tdude9000, unchaz, Australopithecusman, Medartimus, manychefsbroth, MWLANDI, MAJ061785, pfranzen, and lonemonk. Additional sound effects from freesfx.co.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Oct 16 2019

45mins

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Rank #4: 9: Tony Spilotro (Part 1)

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Tony Spilotro, known as the Las Vegas enforcer, was a feared man who's job it was to make sure the mob's law was kept – or else. But when he proved too rough for the job, and went back to his street hustling ways, there came a point when the mafia couldn't get behind him. And the corrupt police force was about to change. Their first target? Tony Spilotro. 

Our sponsors for this episode are RX Bar (Promo: MAFIA)
Indochino(Promo: MAFIA) LightStream

Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; "Universe in Hands" by Kai Engel; "Dark Waves" and "Angst" by Xenojam; "Run in the Night" by The Good Lawdz; "Fog" by Sergey Cheremisinov; "Western Firefight" by MC Cullah.

Sound Effects from freesound.org by kramsttop, thomasevd, and djlprojects. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Aug 22 2018

42mins

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Rank #5: 3: Roy DeMeo (Part 1)

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From car thief to the operator of the Murder Machine, Roy DeMeo and his crew were possibly reponsible for more than 200 murders in the 1970s. DeMeo made so much money for the mafia that they would look the other way when it came to drugs, prostitution, and cruelty - but others on his crew were more disposable.

Our Sponsors for this episode are:
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Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; “Imminence” by  Kai Engel;  "Dances and Dames," and “I Knew a Guy," by Kevin MacLeod.; “Smoke” by Rafael Archangel;  “Saturn (Lessons Learnt)” by Ars Sonor; “Unification on Multiplicity” by Ad Serpentae; “Book of Mirrors,” and “Lucerna” by Sergey Cheremisinov;  and “Burnt to a Crisp” by Daniel Birch

Sound Effects from freesound.org by Ellary, Eelke, Pastabra, pauliep83, ximian, manychefsbroth, Huggy13ear, Nkzdra, Robinhood76, iainmccurdy, and CGEffex. Additional sound effects from freesfx.co.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Oct 30 2019

38mins

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Rank #6: 4: Charles "Lucky" Luciano (Part 2)

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The story continues about Charles “Lucky” Luciano, who made the Mob a highly sophisticated criminal empire. From night clubs to brothels, Luciano’s Mob spread its tentacles into every part of American society, earning billions . . . and a reputation. Meanwhile, the FBI had declared war on organized crime, and the prosecution took the form of Thomas E. Dewey. 

 In Part 2, we’ll discover how Luciano was finally put behind bars, until the outbreak of World War 2 played a part in his escape from justice. 

This episode is sponsored by Hims and Casper. 

Feb 28 2018

54mins

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Rank #7: 2: Al Capone (Part 2)

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With his rivals wiped out, Capone had taken over the prohibition scene in Chicago. His love of the spotlight would soon get him in trouble with the law - and a new legal loophole.

Our sponsors for this episode are:
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Zip Recruiter

Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; "Rollin at 5," "Acid Jazz," "Unanswered Questions," "Dances and Dames," "I Knew a Guy," by Kevin MacLeod.; "Wastelands", "Fog," "Gates" by Sergey Cheremisinov; "Angst" by Xenojam; "Like an Empty Sky" by Ben Pegley and Daniel Birch; and "Snowfall" by  Kai Engel.

Sound Effects from freesound.org by
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Additional sound effects from freesfx.co.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Oct 23 2019

39mins

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Rank #8: 11: Joe Massino (Part 1)

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Joseph Massino was the legendary godfather of the Bonnano crime family, known as ‘The Last Don’ of a generation. And he absolutely crushed anyone who went against the mafia code of silence or 'Omerta.' But when the family was infiltrated by the legendary undercover agent Donnie Brasco, it spelled the end for the Bonannos and for the Mafia.

Our sponsors for this episode are Uncover: Escaping NXIVM podcast and SimpliSafe.

Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; “Hiding Your Reality”, “Nerves”, “Comfortable Mystery 2 & 3” by Kevin MacLeod.

Sound Effects from freesound.org by hopflog, 14g-panska, and vibe-crc. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Sep 05 2018

34mins

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Rank #9: 5: Arnold Rothstein (Part 1)

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Before the mafia existed, at the turn of the century, there was Arnold Rothstein, known as The Brain. Rothstein would teach an entire generation of gangsters how to organize, act like gentlemen, and interact with the upper crust. And Rothstein himself, well-connected,  could get away with almost anything - including fixing the World Series.

Our Sponsors for this episode are:
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Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is ”Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; “Rolling at 5,” “Night on the Docks,” “On the Cool Side,” “Dances and Dames,” “On the Ground,” “Acid Jazz,” “Walking Alone,” “Faster Does It,” “Deadly Roulette,” by Kevin MacLeod; “Breath of Death Part 1,” and “Wastelands” by Sergey Cheremisinov; and “daedalus” and “Junction” by  Kai Engel.

Sound Effects from freesound.org by Ellary, stereodivo, shelf-employed, AshFox,  and InspectorJ. Additional sound effects from freesfx.co.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Nov 13 2019

43mins

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Rank #10: 6: John Gotti (Part 2)

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When last we met John Gotti, he had taken the media by storm, posing for the camera as a glamorous mafioso. Meanwhile, he had taken over the Gambino family by treacherous means: lying and murdering his way to the top. 

In part 2, Gotti earns his nickname, "TheTeflon Don," beating every case brought up against him . . . until the FBI teamed up with a surveillance squad. Hear from squad leaders and historians tell the harrowing tale of danger, betrayal, and sharp detective work, and the mission that finally brought Gotti down.

Mar 14 2018

53mins

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Rank #11: 1: Carmine Galante (Part 1)

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Carmine Galante wanted to be  the "Boss of All Bosses," the head of the mafia, and would stop at nothing to reach his goal. He was single-handedly responsible for trafficking enormous amounts of heroin into the United States, raking in millions for himself and leaving streets of addicts in his wake. Until he was nabbed by the new narcotics laws. But even from jail . . . he ruled the streets. 

 Our sponsors for this episode are Framebridge (framebridge.com promo: MAFIA); Lightstream (lightstream.com/mafia); and Harry's (harrys.com/mob

Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni (damianobaldoni.altervista.org). Music in this episode is "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; "Universe in Hands", "Junction", and "January" by Kai Engel (http://www.kai-engel.com/); "1-R" by Kosta T (https://soundcloud.com/konstantin-trokay); "Gates" and "Fog" by Sergey Cheremisinov (https://www.s-cheremisinov.com/); "I Knew a Guy", "Night on the Docks", and "Dances and Dames," by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com). Sound effects from freesound.org. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Jun 20 2018

33mins

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Rank #12: 12: Dutch Schultz (Part 2)

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Dutch Schultz continues his feud with Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll. The reign of violence puts the mafia in a delicate position when it gains the attention of an ambitious new prosecutor named Thomas Dewey. 

His friends dwindling as he betrays and kills them, and the mob unable to cope with his recklessness, Schultz finds himself into dangerous territory that ultimately leads to his downfall. 

This episode is sponsored by Hims, Zip Recruiter, and Dollar Shave Club. 

Music is by Kevin MacLeod and FreeSFX.co.uk.

Apr 25 2018

38mins

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Rank #13: 7: Don Vito and the Prime Minister (Part 1)

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Vito Genovese had been biding his time for 4 years to take over the Luciano crime family. But when an old crime came back for him, the position was taken over by Frank Costello. Costello, the Prime Minister, had high-reaching connections and an approachable bearing. Costello was an agreeable leader who got along with everyone; until Genovese came back into the picture.

Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is “Soldraconis” and ”Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; “Dark Alleys” by  Kai Engel; “Hard Boiled,” and “Waltz Tschikovsky Op 40,” by Kevin MacLeod; “Like an Empty Sky” by  Daniel Birch and Ben Pegley; “Fading” by Scott Buckley; and “Fog”  by Sergey Cheremisinov.

Sound Effects from freesound.org by arnaud-coutancier, kolezan, miastodzwiekow, and odditonic. Additional sound effects from freesfx.co.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Nov 27 2019

34mins

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Rank #14: 7: Donnie Brasco (Part 1)

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In the 1970s, penetrating the mob hierarchy was considered too difficult and too dangerous. But when the infamous five families became involved in a series of car hijackings, veteran agent Joe Pistone of the FBI volunteered to go undercover. What he didn't know was that he would be undercover for six years. 

In this episode, hear the story from Joe Pistone himself and all the tools and tricks to survival as he navigated the mob as the most successful mafia undercover agent of all time, under the guise of a diamond thief named Donnie Brasco. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter.

Mar 21 2018

41mins

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Rank #15: 10: Tony Spilotro (Part 2)

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Tony Spilotro had gotten away with murder for a long time - too long. The Las Vegas PD was finally ready to turn around their corrupt ways and work hand in hand with the FBI to bring the man down. And suddenly, as one by one his allies turned on him, Spilotro became expendable.

Our sponsors for this episode are Neflix's Original Show Ozark and Framebridge(PROMO: MAFIA).

Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni; "Junction" and "Universe in Hands" by Kai Engel; "Like an Empty Sky" by Daniel Birch and Ben Pegley; "Gates", "Wastelands", and "Fog" by Sergey Cheremisinov; "I Knew a Guy" and "Night on the Docks" by Kevin MacLeod.

Sound Effects from freesound.org by Nkzdra. Additional sound effects from freesfx.co.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Aug 29 2018

36mins

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Rank #16: 7: Albert Anastasia (Part 1)

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Albert Anastasia was chosen by Lucky Luciano to be the head of Murder Inc. where he violently enforced the modern Mafia as the head of their killing squad. And the employees of Murder Inc. were not only good at their jobs: but took pride in their work. Our sponsor for this episode is SimpliSafe.

Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is “Oxygen Garden” by Chris Zabriskie; “Weissenborn, Six Trios for Three Bassoons” by Grossman, Ewell, Grainger; “Golden Eye” Daniel Birch and Ben Pegley; "Fog" by Sergey Cheremisinov; "Bushwick Tarantella" by Kevin MacLeod; "Misery" by Damiano Baldoni.

Sound effects from freesound.org by odditonic, lazy monk, anthousai, saturdaysoundguy, nebulasnails, 1histori, inspectorj and michorvath. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Aug 08 2018

32mins

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Rank #17: 11: Dutch Schultz (Part 1)

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Prohibition was a time that allowed those outside of the law to thrive, as rival bootlegging businesses were set up by mafia members all over the world. In the heart of New York's gangland was Dutch Schultz, a student of the old world thuggery, and a man with an exceptional taste for violence. Not even his closest friends were safe from his bloodlust. 

As Dutch tried to make his way up the mafia ladder by muscling into territory, he came up against the likes of Arnold Rothstein, Vincent Coll, and his arch-rival – Charles "Lucky" Luciano – as well as the rest of the mob. And Dutch's preference for outspoken violence would lead to his downfall. 

This episode is sponsored by The Black Tux, Shipstation, and Dollar Shave Club. Music is by Kevin MacLeod and Kai Engel

Apr 18 2018

34mins

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Rank #18: 8: Donnie Brasco (Part 2)

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Joe Pistone continues his story of spending six years undercover as the gangster Donnie Brasco. With the help from the FBI and other undercover agents, Pistone spread his own influence and string operation beyond New York, to Wisconsin and Flordia. 

As Brasco continued to make his way up the mafia heirarchy, he grew increasingly close to Sonny Black Napolitano, gaining his trust and friendship. But things came to a head when Napolitano proposed for Brasco to become a full-fledged mafioso – requiring that he do something that the FBI couldn't condone: murder.

Mar 28 2018

54mins

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Rank #19: 5: Santo Trafficante (Part 1)

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Far from the big-name mob territories of New York and Chicago, the mafia scene in Tampa, Florida was of a smaller scale. That is, until Santo Trafficante used his influence and geographic advantage to turn Cuba in a gambling paradise. His smooth-talking demeanor made him fast friends with powerful officials, making life easy street - until he was betrayed. 

 Our sponsors for this episode are Indochino (indochino.com PROMO: MAFIA) and eLiquid (eliquid.com/mafia or PROMO: MAFIA). 

Mafia's theme is "Spellbound Hell" by Damiano Baldoni. Music in this episode is "Misery", "Life", and "A Ghra" by Damiano Baldoni; "January", "Universe in Hands", and "Junction" by Kai Engel; "Flamenco Rhymth" by Sunsearcher; "Fog" by Sergey Cheremisinov; "Night on the Docks" and "I Knew a Guy" by Kevin MacLeod. Sound effects from freesound.org by unchaz and theshaggyfreak. Additional sound effects from freesfx.co.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Jul 25 2018

30mins

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Rank #20: 9: Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (Part 1)

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When Charles Luciano organized the mob and decided that money didn't care what your ethnicity was, it was the chance for Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel to prove his worth. 

With ambition as big as Las Vegas and a temper to boot, Siegel made his way to the top through charm, hustle, and murder. And Sigel's tendency to vilolence would take him from the poor streets of Downtown New York City to the glitz and glamor of 1930s Hollywood, and beyond. 

This episode is sponsored by Hims. Music is by Kai Engel, Kevin Macleod, Chris Zabriskie, Rafael Archangel, and Kosta T.

Apr 04 2018

43mins

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