Michael Franzese, former boss

The Netflix New York mafia series Fear City breaks records

The streaming company did it again: a new approach to an old topic, Italian mob, in a limited series that was watched around the world. We saw it and tell you all about it! 

  • The documentary explores the power of the Italian mafia in New York in the 1980s and how the FBI managed to dismantle it.
  • Rudy Giuliani, the former NYC Mayor and Donald Trump's personal lawyer, had a leading role as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
  • Former captains and soldiers of the mob tell the story from the inside.

Anyone who saw the HBO series the Soprano’s will feel related watching this documentary: yes, it was all true. Italian mobsters existed and had an incredible amount of power, specially in New York, where 5 families ruled not only illegal businesses, but also legitimate. The Bonnano, Colombo, Genovese and Lucchese family bosses had a group called the "Commission", that decided basically everything and could stop major industries of the city at any given moment.

The 5 mafia bosses

They had influence with the unions, construction sites, fish market, real estate and even hospitals. After decades of being immune to the law, the FBI developed the RICO law (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) in order to bring up the entire organization in one hit. How the authorities wire-tap the criminals, what they found out and the struggles they had to bring them to justice without stepping the line is told in this great documentary.

FBI surveillance pictures. Source: Netflix

Viewers are left with more questions than answers, for example what happened afterwards or how President Donald Trump was involved (he was mentioned when he built the Trump Tower in Manhattan), but we're guessing they are waiting for the public response maybe to launch another limited series. The life of the pirates, mobsters, white collar criminals like the film The Wolf Of Wall Street gives to many, the fantasy of at least for two hours, to be Bonny & Clyde and play "bad" for a while.

Bruno Wahrmann Lockhart

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