Hard Days for the Mafia

The Feds turn the screws

The Mob is being squeezed. From within, old age and illness are weakening its tired family bosses; impatient younger Mafiosi are killing each other in their brutal reach for power. From without, federal and state authorities seem to be putting aside old rivalries to gang up on the gangsters in a new drive to put their leaders behind bars and shatter their murderous ways of conducting business. There were no fewer than 3,118 indictments against organized-crime figures in the nation last year, and 2,194 convictions. Last week a rash of arrests and the preparation of new charges against the five Mafia...

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