When a judge and his wife were found slain in gangland fashion in their home here four years ago, suspicion immediately fell on a loosely knit criminal group the authorities call the "Dixie Mafia" or the "Cornbread Cosa Nostra.
Under Italian law, a businessman who denies paying up despite flagrant evidence — such as being caught on a surveillance tape — can be charged with "aiding and abetting" Cosa Nostra.
Offstage, another La Cosa Nostra regular, Pastor Pedro Martínez, chitchats with a cameraman near the door.
Soloist Kathy Clark leads La Cosa Nostra 's dance troupe in an opening number.
Carlucho smiles and Gelet Martínez, a La Cosa Nostra regular, dabs away tears after a taped segment showing the host and a five-year-old who was alleged to be his son.
Like a lot of other people, I've long had a weird fascination with La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia.
A mob insider riveted jurors in a Philadelphia mob case Tuesday and raised eyebrows when he said the accused La Cosa Nostra boss on trial once threatened to kill oldies disc jockey Jerry Blavat.
Seventy-three-year-old Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi is accused of running La Cosa Nostra since former boss Joey Merlino went to prison in 1999.
But at that moment, at the Roman Gardens restaurant in Little Italy, only one opinion mattered: that of James "Jack White" Licavoli, reigning boss of La Cosa Nostra Cleveland.
Until recently, Ernesto Bisanti could not have imagined he would face down the Cosa Nostra (Our Thing)—the Sicilian Mafia.