The Mafia

When some people think about Italy, the first thing that comes to mind may be the mafia.  The Mafia is something that has always interested me with all of the different TV shows and movies about them.  I decided to read into them to learn some more about them.

The Mafia began as an underground secret society that was formed to fight invaders who were attacking Sicily for a number of periods of time.   A member of this society was called “A Man of Honor” because they were fighting to protect their family in secret until death.  All of these secret society eventually grew into The Mafia.

The Sicilian Mafia formed in the mid-1800’s to help the poor sicilian’s unify with their enemies.  In the 1920’s, the group changed into an organized criminal group, and is what may be the second largest organization in Italy today.  Here in the U.S they are the most powerful and most active organized Italian group.  This Mafia is known for heroin trafficking, political corruption, military arms trafficking, engaging in arson, frauds, counterfeiting, and other crimes.  The gang is famous for going after government officials like the events of The Capaci Massacre.

Other mafia’s in Italy include The Neapolitan, The Calabrian, andThe United Sacred Crown.  They all take part in crimes similar to the Sicilian Mafia.  The Mafia is a big problem not only not only in Italy, but also in the United States.  Government officials are still trying to take them down.    

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/organizedcrime/italian_mafia 

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One thought on “The Mafia

  1. judithgarcia says:

    Buon giorno Melissa,
    I am also very interested in the Mafia and I have always been a fan of Mafia movies. “Once upon a time in America” by Sergio Leone is my favorite, but “The Godfather” (Il Padrino)’s trilogy is also a great story. The Mafia organization is getting bigger and bigger and unfortunately, it is controlling the judicial system of Italy and also corrupting the system in United States. There is a very good song by Fabrizio Moro called “Pensa”, which won several awards, and it clearly denounces how the mafia is imposing its laws on Italian society and how people should react and reject it. I recommend you to watch it.

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