A bag man (or bagman) is a person designated to collect money in a protection racket. Originally the term only applied to mob members collecting for mob bosses, but the term later spread to use in corrupt police precincts where a foot patrolman was the designated "bagman" to pick up and deliver bribes from the local mob(s) to the precinct captain. In many cases, the bagman receives a percentage of the money collected. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bag Man"
The barrel murders was the name used in the American media for a method of execution used by early American mafiosi in the 1870s. ...more on Wikipedia about "Barrel murder"
Black Hand was a type of extortion racket. It was a method of blackmail, not a criminal organization as such, though gangsters of Camorra and Mafia practiced it. ...more on Wikipedia about "Black Hand (blackmail)"
(Bohachi) Bōhachi (亡八, 忘八) is the Edo period term for Yakuza dealings with organized prostitution. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bohachi"
(Boryokudan) Bōryokudan (暴力団), literally "violence group", is the term used by the Japanese police to describe the organized crime groups commonly known in the English-speaking world as yakuza. The term "yakuza" is actually used in Japan to refer to individual members of these groups. They refer to themselves as "ninkyō dantai" (任侠団体 (or 仁侠団体), "chivalrous organizations"). ...more on Wikipedia about "Boryokudan"
Bratva is a Russian slang term also used in Ukraine for Russian, Ukrainian and other Eastern European organized crime groups. The name is Russian, meaning "brotherhood" or "brothers", in reference to Bratva mobsters. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bratva"
The camorra is a mafia-like criminal organization, or secret society, in the region of Campania and the city of Naples in Italy. The camorra was at its height in the 19th century, when the Bourbon monarchy in Naples used its members in the police, army, and civil service. Once Naples became a part of a united Italy in 1861, the camorra was suppressed and many of its members fled to the United States where they joined the mafia. The camorra was supplanted after Benito Mussolini's takeover in 1922. ...more on Wikipedia about "Camorra"
A capo in the Mafia is a ranking member of a Family who heads a crew (or group) of soldiers; a skipper, short for capodecina. Also described as the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate aka chief, top dog, head - a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation". ...more on Wikipedia about "Capo (Mafia)"
Cement shoes is a slang term adopted by the American Mafia crime world for a method of execution that involves weighting down a victim and throwing him or her into the water to drown. It has become adopted in the US as a humorous term representating any exotic threat from criminals. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cement shoes"
A chop shop is a slang phrase for a location or business where people dissasemble stolen automobiles for the purpose of selling them as parts. It may also less frequently be used to refer to a location or business that is involved with the selling of stolen goods other than autos or the altering of anti-theft devices or appearances in order to prevent recovery. It can refer to a business involved in fraud rather than stolen goods. A third meaning might be a business whose product, service, or equipment is of questionable quality. With the increase of the popularity of motorcycles, especially choppers, some legitimate motorcycle garages have taken this name. Some butchers and barbers have also used this name for their shops. ...more on Wikipedia about "Chop shop"
A consigliere ( IPA ) is an adviser or counsellor, especially to a mafia boss. The consigliere is a close, trusted friend and confidant. ...more on Wikipedia about "Consigliere"
A contract killing (also contract murder or murder-for-hire) is a murder in which the killer is hired by another person for material reward, usually money. A person who carries out a contract killing is sometimes known as a contract killer or hit man. In all countries with functioning judicial systems, contract killings are examples of a situation in which contracts are unenforceable at law (in the sense that the customer cannot sue for specific performance and the contract killer cannot sue for his pay). Both a hit man and his customer can be found guilty of homicide. ...more on Wikipedia about "Contract killing"
A Gangster is a professional member of a crime organization, for example a gang or mafia. Members of the mafia or similar organizations are usually referred to as mobsters.The two terms are not mutually exclusive, however: see, for example, the case of Dutch Schultz, who ran his own independent gang yet also worked as part of a coalition of Jewish mobsters aligned with the Italian mafia. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gangster"
A gun moll was the female companion of an American gangster of the 1920s and 30s. Moll, from Molly a diminutive of Mary, was a euphemism for whore. These women for the most part were unremarkable except for their association with some of the most notorious killers of the times. These killers were referred to as gunmen, hence gun moll. Bonnie Parker and Blanche Barrow were notable because of their active participation in the criminal activities of the Barrow Gang. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gun moll"
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Cosa Nostra is the name by which members of the Mafia refer to their respective organizations and criminal dealings and a euphemism. ...more on Wikipedia about "La Cosa Nostra"
Lupara is the Sicilian weapon of choice for vendettas, defense, and hunting. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lupara"
The omertà is a popular attitude, common in areas of Italy where the Mafia is strong, that implies never collaborating with the police. It can be intended also as a vow of silence among mafiosi. ...more on Wikipedia about "Omertà"
Pentito ( Italian repented, plural pentiti) is the name customarily given to former members of an Italian Mafia that have abandoned their organisation and started helping in investigations. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pentito"
A boss, in politics, is a person who wields de facto power over a particular political region or constituency. Bosses may dictate voting patterns, control appointments, and wield considerable influence in other political processes. They do not necessarily hold public office themselves. In fact, most historical bosses did not. ...more on Wikipedia about "Political boss"
A protection racket is an extortion scheme whereby a powerful organization, especially criminal organizations or gangs, coerces individuals or businesses to pay protection money which allegedly serves to purchase the organization's " protection" services against various external threats, whereas usually the actual threat comes from the organization itself. Those who do not buy into the protection plan are often targeted by the organization and are harassed to try to force payment of the protection money. ...more on Wikipedia about "Protection racket"
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (commonly referred to as RICO) is a United States federal law which provides for extended penalties for criminal acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. RICO was enacted by section 901(a) of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, Pub. L. No. 91-452, 84 Stat. 922 (Oct. 15, 1970). RICO is codified as Chapter 96 of Title 18 of the United States Code, sections 1961 through 1968. ...more on Wikipedia about "Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act"
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In the United States, the Witness Protection Program (also known as WITSEC) is established by the Witness Protection Act, which in turn sets out the manner in which the U.S. Attorney General may provide for the relocation and protection of a witness or potential witness of the federal government, or for a state government in an official proceeding concerning organized crime or other serious offences. See 18 U.S.C.A 3521 et. seq. ...more on Wikipedia about "United States Federal Witness Protection Program"
Yubitsume ( Japanese 指詰め, literally, "finger shortening") is a Japanese ritual to atone for offenses to another, a way to be punished or to show sincere apology to another, by means of amputating portions of one's own little finger. It is almost exclusively performed by the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. ...more on Wikipedia about "Yubitsume"
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