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Old 11-04-2007, 10:47 PM
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I've known that the Italian Mafia used to be strong in Pittsburgh, but how much of it still exists. I've just finished watching every Sopranos episode (in about a month) and can't get enough of Mob related information. I know New Kensington and Bloomfield used to be big connected places. Also, one of my good friends is convinced that one of those dumpy houses on Baldwin Road in the Hays neighborhood has Mafia related activity going on in it. Does anyone have anymore info to share??

Old 11-05-2007, 06:01 AM
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I think the New Kensington mafia was the most powerful in western Pennsylvania. That was the Mannarino family. They are all either dead or gone, I believe only a sister and possibly a cousin or two are left.

There is virtually no mafia presence left in Pittsburgh.
Old 11-05-2007, 09:53 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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I believe it went underground, and it is not visible, it also used to be in a little town of Wilmerding...way out there somewhere in the east hills I believe..its there, its everywhere!
Old 11-05-2007, 03:05 PM
Location: Garland Texas
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The FBI came down pretty hard on the Sicilian Mafia, and they lost a lot of power. The Calabrese Mafia has been making some headway recently. Not sure if there is any truth to it, but I heard there were some Mafia connections in Sewickley.
Old 11-05-2007, 04:25 PM
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The picture in this article from the recent New Kensington thread made me wonder the same thing!

Putting the 'New' back in New Kensington
Old 11-05-2007, 05:29 PM
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Yes, it does exist. It is the Democratic Party.
Old 11-06-2007, 09:45 AM
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Yes, it does exist. It is the Democratic Party.
Here you go.

Oh that's right that's the face of the GOP, the party of thugs and crooks. You can replace that picture with President Fredo, Cheney, DeLay, or a number of the others though.

Does the Mafia still exist in Pittsburgh?
The mob exists in a variety of places, some are Russian and Asian to the dying older ones of Italian, Jewish and Irish etc. to the street gangs of every city. The mob was always much bigger than the Hollywood version of it.
Old 11-07-2007, 03:20 PM
Location: Pittsburgh Suburbs
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The mafia left New Ken during the 1970s. They owned a lot of businesses and had employed a lot of people.
Old 11-07-2007, 09:01 PM
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The mafia left New Ken during the 1970s. They owned a lot of businesses and had employed a lot of people.
The mafia was wonderful for New Ken, part of the downfall of the city was when they left.. LOL.

And Section 8 housing.
Old 11-07-2007, 09:25 PM
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very true about the mob leaving new Ken. Having organized crime keeps out the "unorganized" crime in cities. The mob would have never let open street drug dealing, muggings, robberies, etc. I still believe no crime is the best, but that is not reality.
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