The Ultimate Worldwide Tour of Organized Crime
Prepare to descend into the world of the most dangerous organizations - and men - on earth. Hosted by Robert Stack (Unsolved Mysteries), Lords of the Mafia is the most comprehensive and far-reaching expose of organized crime ever made.
Crown Jewel of the Cosa Nostra (New York)
From Tommy Lucchese to Tony "Ducks" Corallo and Anthony "Gas Pipe" Casso, this is the inside story of the rise and fall of the first family of the Mafia in America, filled with extraordinary surveillance tapes and testimony from the men who helped topple their criminal empire.
The Godfather vs. The President (New Orleans)
For decades, Carlos Marcello ran the Big Easy as his own personal kingdom. But when he became the unwilling target of investigations by the Kennedy Administration, evidence suggests he engineered a drastic solution to his troubles.
The Samurai Mafia (Japan)
Footage of sacred ceremonies exposes the inner workings of the legendary Yakuza, while Asian crime experts and undercover agents reveal how the group profits by blurring the boundaries between illegal and legitimate businesses.
Black Dragon: The Triads (China)
With a heritage that reaches back centuries and an iron grip over their members, the mysterious Triads are involved in everything from human smuggling to movie making. In Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Australia, we see how their worldwide empire is run - and how law enment is fighting back.
Lord of the Skies (Mexico)
Go inside one of the most profitable criminal empires ever established - the trafficking network that moved tens of billions of dollars of drugs through Mexico every year. And FBI and Customs agents reveal why they were essentially powerless to stop it.
King of Cocaine: Pablo Escobar (Columbia)
In the early days of the war on drugs, he was public enemy #1. Top officials detail how he forever changed the business of drugs, and rare footage follows his career from its origins to his death in a hail of bullets.
Gangsta King: Raymond Lee Washington (Los Angeles)
With roots in the racial unrest of the '60s, the Crips went from being a street gang to a nationwide criminal power. In an exclusive, first-time interview, Gregg "Batman" Davis, an original member of the Crips, dispels myths and sheds light on the group and the man behind it.
The New Threat: Vietnamese Gangs (Vietnam)
Go on the beat with the cops of Westminster, California, know as "Little Saigon," to see how former refugees are changing the face of crime. And in Australia, one politician's crusade against these violent criminals ended in tragedy.
Comrade Gangster: The Russian Mafia (Russia)
In the aftermath of the Cold War, a powerful new criminal syndicate has emerged from the former Soviet Union. This compelling look at the "Russian Mob" includes a defiant jailhouse interview with one of its ruthless leaders: Vyacheslav Ivankov.
Empire of Fear: Lester Lloyd Coke (Jamaica)
The leader of the "Shower Posse" exploited his connections at the highest levels of the Jamaican government to establish a vicious criminal network that left over 1,400 people dead. But those same connections likely lead to his brutal death - burned in his jail cell while awaiting extradition.
Gangsters of Britain and Europe (Britain)
Vincent Harve, Director of National Crime Intelligence in Britain, details the differences that separate European crime syndicates from their American counterparts. And explore the saga of the notorious Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie, who dominated London in the '50s and '60s.
The Beast: Toto Riina (Sicily)