The World History of Organized Crime

The World History of Organized Crime

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From Hong Kong to Sicily, this gripping set examines five of the world's most notorious criminal syndicates. The World History of Organized Crime travels the globe to get an insider's view of some of the most active, dangerous and diabolical criminal syndicates in existence. The five episodes focus on a different region, examining the conditions that helped create these groups, talking to law enforcement specialists about how they are being fought, and relating true stories of famous cases.

Sicily: With its long history of foreign occupations, the people of Sicily have created a culture of self-reliance, honor, and distrust for authority. With this in place, La Cosa Nostra emerged in the late 1800s and was able to put a stranglehold on their country that went virtually unthreatened until the late 1980s. It was then that Judge Giovanni Falcone began to prosecute and convict them with the aid of Tommaso Buscetta's testimony.

Russia: After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia switched to a free market economy, opening the doors for the Red Mafia to take control of an estimated 40% of the nation's economy. As one of the most fearsome, violent, creative, and well-educated criminal organizations in the world, the Red Mafia has been difficult to locate and shut down.

China: This program examines the secretive history of the Triads, their traditions, their influence in America, and their main export - human cargo.

India: Located in Bombay, "Bollywood" is one of the most prolific and profitable film industries in the world. Unfortunately, it is also the target of the underground mob, which aided the industry previously when the government refused to help them with financing. The program also explores the roots of this mob and traces them back to the "Thugs" of the 19th century.

Colombia: Focused on the Cartels and, in particular, Pablo Escobar, this program explains how Colombia's most lucrative export – cocaine – shaped it into a country of violence and corruption. Using narco-terrorism and bribes, the Cartels quickly came to control Colombia, but even their dissolution didn't end the seemingly unstoppable flow of drugs.

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awful_truth
awful_truth
9 years ago

Not sure why, but lately it seems that the documentaries on this site play with small delays, then kick out altogether leaving an exclamation mark in the video screen. Since it is not happening on other sites, I can only assume it is technical issue.

bluetortilla
bluetortilla
9 years ago

Makes you wonder- aren't things actually far worse than portrayed here?

morrisseyowesmemoney .
morrisseyowesmemoney .
9 years ago

Lol, "bitch wars".

Tim Caffery
Tim Caffery
10 years ago

Huh, just like the CIA took over the US. The Red Mafia are just wanna be CIA storm troopers.

Lastviewer
Lastviewer
11 years ago

As mentioned; - The Red maffia must have taken over the Russian Gov. since that docu came out. I feel that because of political regime (Until the communism fell), it kept them a little "Behind", late...
For some other countries, the criminal organisation already took over the government some 60 years back.
But they're doing fine I guess, they'll get there if not done by now.
:-)...

Lord Bob Fates
Lord Bob Fates
13 years ago

Of all the, uh, 'organizations' out there, I gotta say that the comrades scare the crap out of me the most.

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

@ Nigel from New Zealand
Re @anurag

Hear hear!!! Quick, to the point and completely right. Your comment should be required reading in all American elementary schools lol that wouldnt cause too much trouble would it?

invictus11
invictus11
13 years ago

The link up between mumbai(Bombay)underworld and Thugs is quiet comical, the Bombay underworld started as a group of smugglers mainly dealing gold and electronics.

Ryan H
Ryan H
13 years ago

The federal agent at the beginning says, "The mafia has no goal other than to enrich itself and to get power."

Oh, the irony!

Steven
Steven
13 years ago

Think of all that money and where it goes. Organized Crime has a great competitive advantage in business. They don't pay taxes and they're are murder on the competition. Money is worthless paper. You can't even smoke it. It has to be invested to keep its value or it's value is the value of the investment. So if you can offer to pay your countries national debt, what part of the world economy isn't controlled by these people. To me it sort of explains the fraud perpetuated on America with the housing crises. These have to be the same good old boys. What interests me is how much corruption can a society or system absorb before it completely turns belly up.

princeton
princeton
13 years ago

well said @ nigel & grey area.

lol the Columbia drug mafia episode was kind of funny to me.. a simple solution to the whole mess would have been to legalize the D@&# drugs and let legitimate businesses bankrupt these psychopaths.

but no.. let's all just pretend we really care about people's safety and create a problem where there was none.. lol

grey area
grey area
13 years ago

@ Nigel from New Zealand
wow man nicely put , i couldn't have said it better. whitehouse truly is jus a pack of thugs like any of these groups , just they call themselves a 'legit govt' . the amount of arms the u.s govt' traffickis alone could shut down every criminal group in the world combined. americans will help you as long as you promise to be their puppet, but the second you start to think for yourself ....BAM they invade your a$$ and start the democratic killing

Nigel from New Zealand
Nigel from New Zealand
13 years ago

@anurag
Al-Qaeda? you mean the trained & armed militants that the CIA created to fight the Russians to give them their own Vietnam? Is that the same Al-Qaeda you refer to? Or do you mean the "data base" also created by the US after 911 to justify an endless global war for their buddies in the Industrial Military Complex? Either way you look at it Al-Qaeda is boogie man created to keep us all in fear & accept the gradual loss of our freedoms in the name of keeping us safe from the terrorists. The worlds biggest terrorists are in the White House buddy and little by little their game is being exosed for the pack of lies that it is.

Nigel from New Zealand
Nigel from New Zealand
13 years ago

How come the Federal Reserve, World Bank, IMF or United Nations isn't here? The complicity of these unelected world politicians in crimes against humanity makes even the Italians look like choir boys!

anurag
anurag
13 years ago

Among all the Mafia dons it is Dawood Ibrahim who has become a terrorist from a don,and he in on the most wanted list of many law enforcing authorities for his links with al-queda,Let,etc.from narcotics,human trafficking,arms,extortion you name it and he is involved in it.

Mad at the world
Mad at the world
13 years ago

Escobar was a hero to some, and a villain to many... I wonder if Escobar would've rejoiced as much as that DEA agent had it been that agents body in that coffin...

Jay
Jay
13 years ago

I thought this was the very best website on the internet until the new overhaul, now I know it is without question! Incredible work Vlatko and crew! Please don't retire this site or I will be forced to sell our computers...

Achems Razor
Achems Razor
13 years ago

@Mad at the world:

Click on the link that @nick_kcin: provided, blog 3, that is the Russian one.

Mad at the world
Mad at the world
13 years ago

No Russian?

Achems Razor
Achems Razor
13 years ago

Watched the docs, that were a little outdated, was mainly interested in the Russian mafia, and then realized I saw it before.

Shiba
Shiba
13 years ago

Organized Crime & Goverments work hand in hand.

Steve
Steve
13 years ago

Haven't watched this yet, but have to ask, "What about Japan?" 120,000 active members of the Yakusa, ties to every major crime syndicate in Asia and North Korea, deeply entrenched in the Japanese government thereby influencing the third largest economy in the world, and a very long tradition in Japan (400 years at least).

Not saying the doc is bad, just wondering why the seeming oversight.

nick_kcin
nick_kcin
13 years ago

went to skip straight to the russia one because you never hear much in detail about the organized crime over there compared to the mafia, colombian drug cartels and such...
But its not there! help me vlatko

grey area
grey area
13 years ago

this is a sweet doc , these crime docs always entertain and answer some questions about these gangsters ive always wanted to know. im still torn on which of these 5 is the biggest and baddest tho i gotta go with the italians but the columbians are first in drugs no doubt