The first of a four-part series on the American mafia reveals how the FBI ignored their existence until a meeting in a sleepy upstate New York hollow showed them something they couldn't deny. In the 1950s, America was booming. The economy was flourishing and the population was basking in post-war prosperity. Capitalising on all this prosperity was organised crime, run by Italian mobsters known as the Mafia. Run from the top by a board of directors, it had its fingers in many pies - including the unions, gambling, prostitution, the building industry and the waterside.
The heroin trade boosted the fortunes of the Mafia in America during the 1960s but the fortunes it brought and the divisions it caused among the Italian mobster families ultimately sowed the seeds of their own destruction. Masterminding the trade was the ruthless and greedy Carmine Galante, head of the Bonanno family and his band of Sicilian killers, assassins who operated under the radar of law enforcement.
The vicious war between the two that emerged, unleashing a terror that drove one Godfather to break 'omerta', the mobsters' sacred vow of silence. The Sicilian mafia were distributing billions of dollars worth of heroin into the US each year via Mafiosi-owned pizzerias across the country. The crime fighting authorities in the US and a virtual one man band in Palermo, Sicily, Giovanni Falcone, waged war against them. But they needed first-hand evidence, like a highly placed informer prepared to spill the beans, to make a big dent in the operation.
The last of four programmes tells the stories of two very different godfathers - New York's John Gotti, the 'Dapper Don', and Toto Riina, the shadowy boss of the Sicilian mafia. But by their excesses they would bring the mafia on both sides of the Atlantic to the brink of defeat. Gotti would defy the law to come and get him - a challenge crimefighters were happy to accept. Riina waged war on the Italian state, leading to a revolution by the people of Palermo.
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