How a conspiracy by Mexican officials enabled small-time drug smugglers to become a billion dollar empire known as the Mexican Mafia. Included: the kidnapping, torture and murder of a U.S. agent by officials of the Mexican government.
“The Mob in Europe” follows the rise of organized crime in Western Europe. Included: drug trafficking and computer crimes. Also: how the integration of European economies has benefited organized crime.
“The Rise and Fall of La Cosa Nostra in America” begins with the emergence of New York's Lucchese crime family in the 1920s. The Luccheses, one of New York's “five families,” were founded by Gaetano “Three Fingers Brown” Lucchese and made their mark in the garment industry. The family declined in the '70s and '80s, though, and virtually disintegrated in the 1990s under the leadership of Anthony “Gas Pipe” Casso. Robert Stack narrates.
A probe of Latin American drug cartels focuses on Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, the onetime boss of the Cali, Colombia, mob. He became a major player in a U.S. smuggling operation following the death of Medillin chief Pablo Escobar in 1993.
“The Mafia in Italy Today” explores Neopolitan and Sicilian mob ties to American organized crime, and mob infiltration of Italian business and government. Included: drug trafficking from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“The Godfather vs. the President” examines long-time New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcelo's possible link to the JFK assassination. Also: a profile of Marcelo and a thumbnail history of organized crime in New Orleans.
“Japanese Yakuza” examines the influence of these gangs (there are some 750 of them), whose “soldiers” are known as “boryokudan” (“violent ones”). The focus is on Yoshinori Watanabe, the “boss of bosses” of the Yamaguchi-gumi. Robert Stack narrates.
“Chinese Triads” explores the growth of these crime syndicates, which operate in Hong Kong, Vancouver, throughout China and into the U.S. The focus is on To Luen-Shun, a film producer and godfather of the Sun Ye On triad. Robert Stack narrates.