• The Members Only Podcast: A Mafia Podcast

  • By: Jacob Stoops
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  • The Members-Only Podcast, hosted by history buff and mob aficionado, Jacob Stoops. He tells the true-crime biographies of real-life mobsters and dives deep into the plots, sub-plots, and real facts behind Cosa Nostra, as well as popular mob films and television shows.
    2021 The Members Only Podcast
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  • May 18 2022

    In this episode we cover one of the most powerful gangsters in New York City during the 1950’s and 1960’s, Michele “Big Mike” Miranda, one who had direct ties to some of the most infamous events in mob history and who was the right-hand man of one “Don Vitone”, aka Vito Genovese. 

    As with previous episodes, I’ve done a ton of research on our subject today Michael “Big Mike” Miranda, and I think you’re going to enjoy this deep dive into one of the most respected leaders of the history of the Genovese family - which some have called “The Ivy League of the Mob.” 

    Mike Miranda rose to the position of consigliere in the 1960s, and while he isn't often the main focus of most Mob-related conversations, he is often someone you’ll see mentioned as a prominent secondary figure or sort of the power behind the throne so to speak. This mob heavyweight may have never reached the heights like his friend and family namesake Vito Genovese, but he had the respect of his men and his word carried a lot of weight in the underworld and helped the steer family through periods of serious unrest and turmoil. 

    Miranda’s lasting legacy is as one of the men who was in the streets during the formation of the American Mafia and personally as someone who had direct ties to some of the most infamous events in mob history while riding side-saddle to his good friend Vito Genovese. After Genovese ultimately goes to prison in the late 50’s, Miranda becomes a part of a shrewd “Three-man ruling panel” of the family, and it is this group of individuals that are largely responsible for setting up the front-boss structure that lasts for the next 30-40 years and truly baffles law-enforcements efforts to ascertain the true boss of the Genovese family until the 1990s (though even then they couldn’t quite prove it). This shrewd way of operating is why the Genovese are called “The Ivy League” and why they have been the most powerful family for quite some time. And Miranda was right in the middle of laying the foundation for their success as a family, despite the fact that the namesake was a fairly poor boss all-in-all.

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    1 hr and 25 mins
  • Jan 8 2022

    In this episode, we cover another original 1931 Commission Boss, Vincent “The Executioner” Mangano. Information on Vincent Mangano was not easy to dig up, but never fear as we did a ton of digging and have put together the most comprehensive overviews of Vincent that you’re going to find.  

    Vincent Mangano was the first “official” head of the Mangano family when the Cosa Nostra Commission was formed in 1931 by Charles “Lucky” Luciano. This family eventually becomes known as the Gambino crime family. (And for those of you out there that are going to comment he wasn’t the first official boss, just know that I’m counting the first boss as who was the leader when Lucky formed the Commission in 1931 and not the previous leaders of the clans ahead of that timeframe. So save your comments.)  

    “Don Vincenzo” reigns over the family for a period of 20 years, and while he is overshadowed by the likes of the bosses that came after him, he was incredibly powerful in his own right and really helped to lay the foundation for the success of the family - which is typically considered to be either the 1st or 2nd most powerful of the New York families (which by proxy makes it the most powerful in the country) depending on the time period, and it is also one of the largest of the five New York borgata’s historically.  

    He was involved in many notable events including The Castellammarese War, the formation of the modern American Mafia as a charter member of The Commission, the decision to whack Dutch Schultz, the murder of Puggy Feinstein, the mafia's protection of the docks during World War II, the Havana Conference, and more. He disappeared in 1951 and was believed to have been murdered by his Underboss, Albert "The Lord High Executioner" Anastasia.  

    I sincerely hope you enjoy this biography.

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    1 hr and 11 mins
  • Oct 9 2021

    In this episode series, history buff and mob aficionado Jacob Stoops provides a high-level 101-style overview of the origins of the American mob dating back to its beginnings. The goal of this episode series is to set the table with some foundational information so that future viewers or anyone who needs a quick download to catch up on the basics can simply refer back to this episode series. 

    Topics discussed in Part 3 include: 

    • Mob-related verbiage & slang: What does it really mean?
    • What have been the biggest mob events by decade from the 1930's to modern times?
    • What is involved in an actual "making" ceremony?
    • Have mob families ever been infiltrated?
    • Is the mob still active?

    Check us out on YouTube

    Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q2Paav6Rag 

    Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMj7zlxYrjU 

    Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlmzMtc5GnI

    Watch or read about this episode on our website: https://membersonlypodcast.com/basics-of-the-mob-a-beginners-guide-part-3/

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    1 hr

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