How The New York Mafia Actually Works | How Crime Works

Former New York Mafia made member John Pennisi speaks to Insider about how the mob actually works.

John Pennisi was born and raised in an Italian New York neighborhood where the mob had huge influence. He speaks on how he ended up being an associate with the Gambino family through John Gotti Jr. before he became a made member of the Lucchese crime family in 2013. Pennisi says he decided to leave the mob in 2018 after members of his crew falsely accused him of cooperating with law enforcement. Since leaving the mob, Pennisi has been writing blogs on and producing a podcast covering topics of organized crime on

00:00 – Intro
00:33 – The rules
02:51 – The five families
04:21 – The hierarchy
05:34 – The ceremony
07:16 – The responsibility
09:44 – The corruption
10:50 – The origin
11:59 – The rise & fall
13:53 – The NY mob’s future
15:50 – The plugs

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How The New York Mafia Actually Works | How Crime Works