The Mafia in America has been around since the late 19th century. But by the 1970s, the American mob had become one of the most powerful criminal organizations in United States history. Mafia businesses were a hidden empire of a great and sprawling power structure, fed by extreme violence, crime, and an unbelievable amount of cash flow. It seems impossible that such a large operation could go completely untouched, unfettered by law enforcement for so long – but it did.
It’s the beginning of 1970’s, the golden age of the Mafia, and a series of events are about to unravel that ultimately change everything for the Cosa Nostra and dismantle the structure of the Five Families of the Mob for good.
National Geographic Channel’s new series, Inside the American Mob, begins in 1971 with Joe Colombo, a mob boss turned Italian-American Civil Rights public figure, hell-bent on taking on the FBI. A dark time for the Mafia is closing in and the unprecedented shooting of Joe Colombo lines the morning’s papers, as a known rule in the Cosa Nostra, “no one kills a mob boss,” has just been broken. A sea of change begins to spread throughout a new generation of gangsters and law enforcement officials. The momentous shot causes a shockwave of hysterical fits of retaliation and initiates a struggle for power within the Mafia that will last for years to come.
Over the course of six hour-long segments, Inside the American Mob recounts the stories of the Five Families — Genovese, Lucchese, Gambino, Bonanno, and Colombo — with real interviews from both sides of history — federal law enforcement and members of the Cosa Nostra Mob. Some remain in the shadows for their own safety while others speak publically about their experience. Hear the secrets of the brotherhood of the Cosa Nostra, the most enduring, profitable, and powerful industry ever to exist in America, and experience their untold stories revealed like never before.
The whole story is a thrilling part of our American history — a premiere event that tells the captivating and suspenseful timeline of the downfall of the American Mob.
Don’t miss Inside the American Mob — a special six-part event premiering SUNDAY, JULY 28 at 9PM et.
Former Capo in the Colombo crime family and son of notorious Colombo underboss, Michael Franzese @MichaelFranzese is set to live-tweet the premiere of Inside the American Mob from 9-10 pm ET on Sunday night. Gain insight from one of the American mob’s biggest earners (alleged to have brought in between $5-$8 million a week in illegal business for the family) and follow the event live.