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The Members Only Podcast: A Mafia History Podcast

The Members Only Podcast: A Mafia History Podcast

By Jacob Stoops
The Members-Only Podcast, hosted by history buff and mob aficionado, Jacob Stoops. He tells the true-crime biographies of real-life mobsters and dives deep into the plots, sub-plots, and real facts behind the Mafia (aka Cosa Nostra), as well as popular mob films and television shows.
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Raymond L.S. Patriarca: New England Mafia Boss (Part Two)
In today’s episode, the second of a two-part series, we’re finally branching outside of New York to cover Raymond L.S. Patriarca, one of the most feared and respected bosses in the history of the American Cosa Nostra.   Raimondo "Raymond" Loredo Salvatore Patriarca was boss over the New England area for over 30 years (1952-1984). Basing his family's operations in Providence, Rhode Island, Patriarca was one of the most feared and respected bosses in the history of the American Cosa Nostra. He ruled over the New England area including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, etc. with an iron fist for more than three decades as the namesake of what is still known even today as the Patriarca crime family.    By most accounts, Ray Patriarca was one of the most ruthless and effective bosses, be it inside or outside of New York, in the entire country. In fact, legend has it that he allegedly even once ordered a solider to murder his own son. So when I say ruthless, I mean about as heartless as they come. Even still, his men respected him, he was viewed as a good and fair leader, and due to that he was able to exert control not just Rhode Island but on the entirety of New England.   In this episode, we'll specifically discuss:   -When he takes over as boss in 1952  -His reputed presence at Apalachin  -Senate Hearings of late 1950's  -Mediation of the Gallo/Profaci Family War  -Discussions around the Bonnano Family War  -The Valachi Hearings  -Joseph "The Animal" Barboza  -His 1960s murder conspiracy conviction  -His other murder cases in the early 1980's  -His involved in the Bonded Vault Heist  -His death in 1984   Link to Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qyHLNBUc7w
01:06:16
September 01, 2022
Raymond L.S. Patriarca: New England Mafia Boss (Part One)
In today’s episode, the first of a two-part series, we’re finally branching outside of New York to cover Raymond L.S. Patriarca, one of the most feared and respected bosses in the history of the American Cosa Nostra. Raimondo "Raymond" Loredo Salvatore Patriarca was boss over the New England area for over 30 years (1952-1984). Basing his family's operations in Providence, Rhode Island, Patriarca was one of the most feared and respected bosses in the history of the American Cosa Nostra. He ruled over the New England area including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, etc. with an iron fist for more than three decades as the namesake of what is still known even today as the Patriarca crime family.  By most accounts, Ray Patriarca was one of the most ruthless and effective bosses, be it inside or outside of New York, in the entire country. In fact, legend has it that he allegedly even once ordered a solider to murder his own son.  So when I say ruthless, I mean about as heartless as they come. Even still, his men respected him, he was viewed as a good and fair leader, and due to that he was able to exert control not just Rhode Island but on the entirety of New England.  Link to Part Two: https://youtu.be/Zae26BJCafo
31:35
August 15, 2022
Mob Historian Breaks Down The Godfather's Wedding Scene
In this episode, mob historian and history buff Jacob Stoops delves into the Wedding Scene from the Godfather.    In this scene, which is one of the most important scenes of the movie, you're introduced to the Corleone family at large. He dives into the stories of the iconic characters, the actors, and even real life mafiosi including:   Sonny Corleone (James Caan) Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) Fredo Corleone (John Cazale) Peter Clemenza (Richard Castellano) Salvatore Tessio (Abe Vigoda) Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) Carmela Corleone (Morgana King) Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) Connie Corleone (Talia Shire) Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo) Paulie Gatto (Johnny Martino) Don Emilio Barzini (Richard Conte) Frank Anthony Vallelonga Sr. (aka "Tony Lip")   Please check out the video review of The Opening Scene: https://youtu.be/oBkPJoiBEJI   The focus will be on providing his opinion, tidbits of information from the books the movies are often based on, as well as some behind-the-scenes information that serves to help viewers explore, contextualize, and clarify stories related to the most famous historical movies. The overarching goal is not only to entertain but to educate and inform.   As with all episodes of this podcast, his views are his own. The production of this content is a labor of love, and is a means of expressing passion for history as well as cinema and pop culture. Courteous viewer feedback is always welcomed.   *Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED. All rights belong to their respective owners.
01:12:42
July 15, 2022
The Real William "Billy Batts" Bentvena - Gambino Crime Family Soldier
In this episode, we cover a mobster who is probably most well-known for enjoying a good shoe shine. That’s right, we’re talking about none other than William “Billy Batts” Bentvena.   “Billy Batts” was a soldier within the Gambino Crime Family from the 1950’s through the early 1970’s, and was one who rubbed elbows with some very famous Cosa Nostra members including of course his good friend, one John Joseph Gotti.   Bentvena’s lasting legacy is in my opinion not as a significant individual contributor to the mob, though he was tied up in a pretty significant event as we’ll discuss.  His name is really only remembered as a result of the repercussions of his brutal murder, which was famously portrayed in the classic mob film, Goodfellas. "Now go home and get your fucking shine box!" is one of the most memorable lines in movie history.
52:59
July 04, 2022
Mob Historian Breaks Down The Godfather's Opening Scene
In this episode, mob historian and history buff Jacob Stoops delves into the Opening Scene from the Godfather.
29:30
June 08, 2022
The Murder of Ferdinand "The Shadow" Boccia
We tell the story of the murder of a low-level associate of the Luciano Crime Family, Ferdinand “The Shadow” Boccia.
27:41
May 26, 2022
Michele "Big Mike" Miranda: Genovese Crime Family Consigliere (1957-1972)
In this episode we cover one of the most powerful gangsters in New York City during the 1950’s and 1960’s, Michele “Big Mike” Miranda, one who had direct ties to some of the most infamous events in mob history and who was the right-hand man of one “Don Vitone”, aka Vito Genovese.
01:24:51
May 18, 2022
Vincent "The Executioner" Mangano - The Original Gambino Crime Family Boss
We cover Vincent “The Executioner” Mangano, the the first “official” head of what eventually becomes known as the modern-day Gambino crime family.
01:11:19
January 08, 2022
Basics of the Mob: A Beginner's Guide (Part 3)
In this episode series, history buff and mob aficionado Jacob Stoops provides a high-level 101-style overview of the origins of the American mob dating back to its beginnings. In this episode we talk about mob-slang, biggest mob events since the 1930's, the process of an actual "making" ceremony, whether mob families have ever been infiltrated, and if the mob is still active.
59:44
October 09, 2021
Basics of the Mob: A Beginner's Guide (Part 2)
In this episode series, history buff and mob aficionado Jacob Stoops provides a high-level 101-style overview of the origins of the American mob dating back to its beginnings. We discuss the Castellammarese War, organizational structures, family positions and ranks, as well as basic rules and regulations.
54:00
September 20, 2021
Basics of the Mob: A Beginner's Guide (Part 1)
In this episode, history buff and mob aficionado Jacob Stoops provides a high-level 101-style overview of the origins of the American mob dating back to its beginnings.
35:26
September 10, 2021
Gaetano “Tommy” Gagliano - The Original Lucchese Crime Family Boss - Mobster Biography
In our first mobster biography, we profile Gaetano “Tommy” Gagliano, the original boss of what the U.S. Federal authorities would later designate as the Lucchese crime family, one of the “Five Families” of New York City and probably the lowest-profile boss in the history of America Cosa Nostra.
36:39
August 30, 2021