Meet Joe Valachi: The First Mobster To Expose The Mafia’s Darkest Secrets
The Mafia had operated with near-immunity until Joe Valachi spilled his guts to the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Justice Department, the FBI, and on a radio broadcast.
Meet Veleda: The German Priestess Who Made The Romans Tremble
Not only did Veleda prophesy her people's victory against Rome, she was also worshipped as a goddess.
Arnold Rothstein: King Gambler, Bootlegger, First Modern Drug Lord, Fixer Of 1919 World Series
Jewish gangster Arnold "the Brain" Rothstein built a criminal empire based on drug and alcohol trafficking before meeting a tragic — and surprisingly ironic — end.
Meet Santo Trafficante: The ‘Silent Don’ Who Tried To Kill Castro And May Have Killed JFK
They called him the "Silent Don" because he lived an unassuming lifestyle, but Florida Godfather Santo Trafficante Jr. was as ruthless as they come.
‘Pecunia Non Olet’: How A Roman Emperor Revived The Government With A Urine Tax
“Pecunia non olet,” or “money doesn’t stink,” is a phrase ascribed to the Roman emperor Vespasian, who in 70 A.D. imposed a urine tax.
Meet The Real-Life Godfather Of Organized Crime: Charles “Lucky” Luciano
Charles "Lucky" Luciano is credited with organizing the many warring factions of New York City's underground into five crime families — putting himself at the helm of it all.
Newgrange: The Massive Irish Tomb That’s Older That The Pyramids
The opening of the ancient tomb of Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland, perfectly aligns with the rising sun every winter solstice.
Roberto Saviano: The Italian Mafia’s Most Wanted Man
By outing the Naples Mafia with his 2006 book, Gomorrah, Roberto Saviano put his life on the line. He's been under police protection ever since.
Vincent Gigante: The “Insane” Mafioso Who Almost Outfoxed the Feds
Vincent "Chin" Gigante headed one of New York's biggest mafia families. But when the feds tried to catch him, he faked insanity to stay out of jail.
Inside The Strange And Shocking Kidnapping Of The ’80s Most Beloved Racehorse, Shergar
Shergar was one of the greatest racehorses the world had ever seen when he was kidnapped in 1983. His case remains open today.
Badass Belle Star: The Oklahoma Schoolgirl Who Became A Fearsome Outlaw
There was an infamous female outlaw who rode alongside the bad boys of the Wild West. Her name was Belle Starr, and she was known as the "Bandit Queen."