National Geographic - The Mafia 1of4 (2005)
Unravel the dark and highly dangerous world of both the Italian and American Mafia. Meet the law enforcement officers who risked everything to bring down the biggest and most profitable multinational criminal gang.
Part 1: Mafia What Mafia
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 law enforcement authorities however, denied their existe