October 2021 issue contents - Feature
New Orleans connection to San Francisco Mafia
The death and the life of Francesco DiFranchi
By Lennert van 't Riet
The American Mafia, which in its heyday included about two dozen distinct “families,” provides a textbook case for independent crime cells operating under a single banner by means of collaboration in unlawful activity and strong personal and social connections. The San Francisco Mafia, never one of the nation's more active organizations, appears to have had few criminal collaborations with other families but did establish meaningful links with mafiosi across the United States...