Mafia Crackdown

March 27, 1992 • Volume 2, Issue 12
Has relentless prosecution fatally weakened the U.S. Mafia?
By Richard L. Worsnop


Belonging to the Mafia, America's most powerful organized crime group, seems to grow riskier by the day. Thanks to aggressive prosecutors and high-level turncoats, dozens of mob bigwigs in cities across the country have been convicted and sentenced to long prison terms in recent years. John Gotti of New York, reputedly the top Mafia boss still in power, will face a similar fate if the verdict is guilty in his current trial on murder and racketeering charges. But while some law enforcement officials say the mob has been grievously weakened, others point to its past resilience. If the mob does succumb, other organized crime groups like the Colombian drug cartels, Chinese Triads and even outlaw biker gangs could move into the Mafia's traditional turf.

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Mar. 27, 1992  Mafia Crackdown
Oct. 11, 1991  Youth Gangs
Mar. 17, 1989  Racketeering Law Comes Under Attack
Jun. 19, 1981  Organized Crime: The American Shakedown
Mar. 11, 1970  Drive on Organized Crime
Jan. 18, 1961  Interstate Crime Syndicates
Mar. 04, 1953  Criminality in Labor Unions
Mar. 17, 1950  Suppression of Crime Syndicates
Aug. 10, 1934  The Federal Government and Organized Crime
Oct. 20, 1931  Mob Disturbances in the United States
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