This second season of the documentary series sets out to tell the story of some of the most infamous mobsters of all time. The gangsters profiled in this season include Frank Nitti, Tony Accardo, Joe Gallo and Joseph Sullivan.
Here’s an offer you won’t want to refuse… Meet the men who make a living while making a killing: some of the most ruthless and notorious figures in the history of organised crime. It’s a cut-throat business filled with crooks and criminals, and where danger constantly lurks in the form of police, rivals and even sometimes your closest allies. In this dog-eat-dog world, only those with something special rise to become the leader of the pack. These are their stories.
Go back to the days of Chicago’s gangland era and uncover the legends of Frank Nitti and Tony ‘Big Tuna’ Accardo, two infamous mobsters who reigned over the Chicago Outfit in the wake of Al Capone’s imprisonment and death. Witness the tale of Joey Gallo, who went from the slums of Brooklyn to the toast of New York’s high society, only to meet an early and violent end. Explore the lives of Mob hitman Joseph ‘Mad Dog’ Sullivan and the Irish gang known as The Westies, before taking a grisly tour of the most notorious mafia killings of all time.
All this and more awaits those who have the guts to enter the sinister world of the MOBSTERS.
Produced by Towers Productions, Inc. for BIO, The Biography Channel
Part 1: “Mad Dog” Sullivan
Delve deep into the life and times of Joe “Mad Dog” Sullivan. A husband and father, a notorious Mafia hit man and the only person to ever escape from Attica Correctional Facility. When “Mad Dog’s” phone rang, it usually meant someone was going to die. He was an Irish-American gun-for-hire, killing some 30 people, usually fo New York’s Genovese Crime Family.
Part 2: The Mob’s Greatest Hits
This episode explores six of the most notorious mafia killings of all time and the everlasting effects these murders had on organized crime. From the Castellammarese War in the late 1920’s to the assassination of the Boss of Bosses, Paul Castellano, in 1985, we’ll go deep inside the most infamous mafia power struggles in American history. The program delves into the relationships of greedy, power hungry Mafiosi, exploring their conflicts, and illustrating their bloody resolutions. From Maranzano to Masseria, Dutch Shultz to Bugsy Siegel, the outcome is always the same… murder.
Part 3: Tony Accardo
Tony “Big Tuna”/”Joe Batters” Accardo began as a foot soldier in Al Capone’s Chicago “Outfit” and rose to be one of the most powerful bosses of the gang. For fifty years, Accardo ordered and oversaw gambling, prostitution and extortion rackets in Chicago. He lasted for more than 60 years as a chief of organized crime, doing this by staying in the shadows, “keep your head down and keep a low profile”. He ended up never having spent a day behind bars and never had any assignation attempts on his life.
Part 4: Nicky Barnes
Influenced by the Italian mob, notorious heroin kingpin Leroy “Nicky” Barnes went from organizing one of the most powerful African-American heroin rings in New York to a government informant. After found guilty by the first unprecedented anonymous jury, Barnes turned on his fellow associates and destroyed the drug trafficking empire he took so long to build.
Part 5: Joey Gallo
Profile of New York gangster Joey Gallo, who was a member of the Colombo crime family, and initiated one of the bloodiest Mob conflicts in history. Gallo rose from the slums of Brooklyn to take on some of the biggest Mafia dons of the 1950s and 1960s. With his gangster-chic style and high-society connections, Gallo inspired blockbuster movies and best-selling novels before meeting a dramatic end.
Part 6: Frank Nitti
Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti was a mobster with unusual business sense. While Capone got the headlines, Frank Nitti was running the show. He caught his big break in 1932 when Al Capone was sent to prison for tax evasion. Nitti took over Capone’s criminal empire, and expanded the Mob’s influence into labor racketeering and extortion of Hollywood studios after the end of Prohibition.
Part 7: The Westies
In the 1970’s, a group of ruthless Irish punks called the “Westies”, managed to terrorize Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. Started by two sadistic thugs, Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone, they had a penchant for violence and a desire to control the illegal activities on Manhattan’s west side. Though never numbering more than a dozen members, their reign lasted for almost twenty years―until their own violent natures got the best of them, precipitating a downfall that would become as infamous as their ascension into the annals of crime.