True Crime

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Cross-dressing Mafia Kingpin Arrested at Sicily Port


Italian police have arrested a fugitive mafia boss whose reputation for cross-dressing and writing eloquent notes to his son earned him the nickname ‘the poet boss’.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Revenge of the Green Dragons | Trailer


An action crime drama produced by Martin Scorsese that chronicles the underworld of Asian-American gang life in ’80s and ’90s New York City. A true immigrant story set against the vibrant backdrop of Flushing.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

China’s ‘Bath Salts’ Drug Lord


A graphic from the Department of Treasury shows drug kingpin Zhang Lei and his associates. Lei was one of main suppliers of synthetic drugs in the United States and Europe.

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Reputed Gang Leader Gunned Down in Montreal


Reputed gang leader Ducarme Joseph was gunned down in Montreal’s St. Michel neighbourhood Friday night.

Joseph’s body was found in the street at about 10:15 p.m. Friday. The 46-year-old was shot multiple times with what’s believed to be a semi-automatic weapon.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Rise of Sicily’s New ‘Facebook Mafia’


Domenico Palazzotto, a Palermo mobster, has created a Facebook page under a false name, posted photos of himself cruising on motorboats

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation


America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Drugs, Crime, and the Australian Bikie


It’s now tougher than ever to be a bikie in Australia.

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Warriors Off The Res: Aboriginal Gangs in Winnipeg


Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, Canada — and for 16 of the past 33 years, it has also been the country’s murder capital. The prairie city is home to just under 800,000 people, about 10 percent of whom are Aboriginal, meaning Winnipeg boasts the largest urban Aboriginal population in Canada. Largely impoverished and facing continual discrimination, the community has given rise to violent Aboriginal street gangs. VICE News went to Winnipeg to spend time with gang members and find out why they’re linked to the majority of the city’s murders.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

SKIN – The Life of Martyka Brandt, a Founding Member of the Mighty Mongrel Mob


Martyka ‘Skin Dog’ Brandt – gang member, champion racecar driver and devoted solo father. ‘Skin’ documents the life of Martyka Brandt, a member of New Zealand’s largest and most notorious gang, the Mighty Mongrel Mob. In a gang comprised predominantly of Maori and Pacific Islanders, Martyka was one of the few Pakeha members who joined the gang in the early ’70s.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Brooklyn Hustler Calvin “Klein” Bacote Talks About His Former Kingpin Days With Jay Z


During the ’80s and ’90s, Calvin “Klein” Bacote was one of the most feared stick-up men in New York City. In 1989 he took a case for a teenaged Shawn Carter.