Dope Readz: ‘Lucky Luciano: Mysterious Tales of a Gangland Legend’ by Christian Cipollini

LuckyLampMy current free time read comes courtesy of True Crime Author (and my writing mentor) Christian Cipollini

Every now and then I am able to break free of writing my own material, grab a nice glass of wine and JUST READ. I was more than pumped  when my favorite writer sent me a copy of his newest book, Lucky Luciano: Mysterious Tales of a Gangland Legend.

The novel is a pretty dope read and I’m not just saying that because the author, “Cip” is my “crime partner”.

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The story itself is so intriguing.

Out of all of the legendary gangsters, I would have to say that Lucky Luciano was probably one of my all time favorites. I love his “business mind” and how he did things, which was very unconventional for his time.

Reading up on “The Boss of All Bosses” made me realize what a forward thinker he actually was and how he in many ways “revolutionized” the mob and its dealings.

Luciano joined forces with anyone of his time that could help him earn money, power and respect and he didn’t care what race or nationality that “help” came from. My kind of guy.

Below is the very clever chapter listing of the book.

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Al Capone’s Former Miami Beach Mansion Restored For Video And Photo Shoots

The waterfront South Florida mansion gangster Al Capone bought as a family retreat in 1928 is being restored to its Prohibition-era opulence and beginning what the property’s new managers said is a new chapter as a sun-splashed site for video and photo shoots.

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Photo Credit: Huffington Post

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Handout photo of pool house and pool of waterfront mansion previously owned by Al Capone on Palm Island in Miami BeachThe site is actually a collection of three houses: a gate house, a main villa and a cabana overlooking a large pool on one side and Biscayne Bay on the other. Marco Bruzzi, co-founder and chief executive officer of the MB America property investment company, said the purchase price was more than $8 million, with an additional $1.75 million in renovations ongoing.

As many 1920s touches as possible are being kept, including some original light fixtures and a red coral bridge over an outdoor pond. It will have a new name: 93 Palm. Continue reading →

Buy Al Capone’s Chicago Home

AlCaponehomeIf these walls could talk … they wouldn’t say nothin’. They once were Al Capone’s walls, and they don’t rat.

A house on the South Side of Chicago, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, that once was home to Capone, Chicago’s most infamous mafia boss, is listed for sale. For $225,000, you can rest your head under the same roof at 7244 Prairie Avenue where Capone moved in during August of 1923. But the real estate agent insists you must prove you’ve got the cash to make the buy before you even set foot into the house. Continue reading →

“Hollywood vs The Mob: Fact vs Fiction”

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I have a confession to make. I love a good gangster movie. Like, really love. While most girls prefer a romance or comedy or even a romantic comedy–I prefer a crime flick. If the crime is organized, even better. That being said, one day while strolling through Wal-Mart I stumbled across one of the best buys in the $5 DVD bin that I could ever imagine (besides the Cashmere Mafia DVD collection series (which has absolutely nothing to do with the real mafia) that I scored for $1 at Target but we’ll talk about that later).

At the top of the discounted pile of movies and cds was “Hollywood vs The Mob: Fact vs Fiction”. I tend to collect crime movies of any kind, especially if they’re on sale. From “The Godfather” to ‘Goodfellas” to “Shottas”, I own them all. This flick was $5 and I couldn’t resist, for 5 bucks it was worth the gamble to see if I’d like it –couldn’t hurt right? Well, needless to say –I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! This DVD showcases Hollywood’s portrayal of the mob vs the real mob and “separates truth from myth”. Continue reading →