Two members of the Lucchese crime family have been charged with murdering a fellow family member and the attempted murder of a Bonanno family member from Whitestone. The U.S. attorney’s office said Caldwell and Londonio were members of the criminal organization, La Cosa Nostra, also known as the Mafia.
La Cosa Nostra operated through six entities known as families in the New York/ New Jersey area, including the Lucchese family, Bonnano family, and Gambino family. The families operate through groups known as “crews” or “regimes” that consists of “made” members, sometimes known as “soldiers” or “good fellows.”
•What are “Soldiers?” What are Associates?”
•How do they become a member of the family?
•What does it mean to be “Made?”
•Is the above story evidence that the Mafia still operates and remains strong?
Expert Insight from a True Mafia Historian and Co-Author of “The Lufthansa Heist: Behind the Six-Million Dollar Cash Haul That Shook the World” with Henry Hill
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