THE golden age of mobsters is over, according to author Charles Brandt who wrote the definitive tome on Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran.For decades now the Italian-American mob has been immortalised by movies such as The Godfather, Goodfellas, and telly show The Sopranos.And while the exploits of Al Capone and Lucky Luciano will go down in history, mob expert Brandt believes we’ll never see a repeat of their heyday of the 60s, 70s and 80s.Frank Sheeran was a hustler and hitman, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino.Nicknamed ‘The Irishman’ because of his Dublin roots, in the course of five years of interviews with Brandt, the contract killer confessed to more than 25 murders including the slaying of union boss Jimmy Hoffa and the shooting of ‘Crazy Joe’ Gallo.The circles Sheeran moved in are consigned to history now, says Brandt, and modern gangs have nothing on the organised crime syndicates of the past.He explained: “One of the questions I asked the FBI agents I was getting to know and hang out with was, ‘What about these mafias we have in New York now? The Albanian Mafia, and the Russian Mafia?’“They said they don’t have the organisational capability of the Italian Mafia…. Read full this story
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