Victoria Police had reportedly warned Joseph Acquaro, who was gunned down in Brunswick this week, that he was a target of mafia groups.
Exactly what role does the mafia play in organised crime? And should Australian law enforcement agencies reassess their priorities?
If most of your knowledge about the mafia comes from The Godfather, you should probably read this.
Much about the ‘Ndrangheta’s history and current operations in Australia remains shrouded in mystery.
Australian scholars have almost universally downplayed evidence for the ‘Ndrangheta’s existence or significance, or avoided the topic altogether.
Seriously? This guy?
The Mafia’s reported promise of protection from Islamic State might seem like an offer you can’t refuse. Wrong.
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Italian law is very clear on what constitutes a mafia-type organisation. But that definition could change if prosecutors in a high-profile case have their way.
The tentacles of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta have spread from this Italian town, San Luca, to all across the world.
What actually is the mafia? How does it operate? And what kind of criminal threat does it pose, in Australia and around the world?
A simpler time. Martin Lev plays Dandy Dan in Bugsy Malone with ammunition at the ready.
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Gangs of career criminals in Britain look very different to the stories told by Scorcese or Coppola. They are fluid, multi-cultural and recent research sheds new light on how they use the dirty money.
Most wanted: James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.
Massachusetts State Police
October 7 this year will see the launch of the National Crime Agency (NCA). According to a white paper presented to parliament by Theresa May, the NCA will be responsible for co-ordinating the fight against…