Going into the new year of 2015 who do you think is the most powerful mafia family outside of the five families of the New York mafia ? An interesting question that is often asked to many people in and around mob circles and that is often disagreed upon by most. Many of the La Cosa Nostra families outside of New York have been decimated over the last several years due to enhanced law enforcement efforts and various other factors. The mob families that remain outside of the Big Apple have had their ups and downs in the last year some more then others and perhaps some even back on the rise ?
Many American Mafia families outside of New York have come to an end with a few remaining in name only having very few active guys still on the streets. Many cities like Denver, Pittsburgh, Tampa and else where don’t have enough left to be considered as organized crime families any longer even if some activity remains. Here is a look at the organizations who remain intact and can still be considered as organized crime groups. Which of these do you think is still the most powerful heading into a new year ?
There have been rumbling of the New Jersey mafia also known as the DeCavalcante Family starting to rebound as they have stayed low key of late and off the feds hit list for most part. Whether or not the family is growing again is up for debate but they have at the moment at least stabilized. They do have a current leadership sturcture in place and seem to be in about as good a shape as they have been in last ten years or so.
The Philadelphia mafia has had a rough couple of years but they have a leadership structure still in place even after their then boss and top ranking members on trial in 2014. It is still a big question for many as to who really runs the Philly mob these days with many of the belief that its still Joey Merlino from Florida. Current acting boss Steve Mazzone is running things on streets these days whether or not he is taking orders from Skinny Joey is yet to be determined. They have also seen an influx if made guys making their way back on streets after completing prison stretches.
The Chicago mafia also known as the Chicago Outfit has definitely been diminished over the years but remain a structured mob family and still has some powerful capo heading some of its legendary crews. Although many admit the best days of the Chicago mob are behind them and their ranks are quickly dwindling they don’t seem to be going away any time soon. At same time many consider them now as no more then a glorified crew losing traction on Chicago streets year after year.
The New England mafia also known as the Patriarca crime family has really been hit hard over the last couple of years losing much of its upper management due to turncoats and government indictments. Much of the families once powerful Rhode Island faction has been taken down and the family as a whole seems in major disarray. Boston seems to be where the power now lies although the number of made and active guys seems to be on a steady decline. Many believe they are quickly becoming one of the next mafia families to face extinction.
The Detroit mafia has long been one of the more low key families and has had a very steady run being able to avoid the feds and an abundance of turncoats over the years. They have moved into a new era this year with long time mob boss Jack Tocco retiring and passing away making room for new boss Jackie Giacalone and a whole new leadership group. Some believe the Detroit mob family may be the most powerful outside of New York while others see them as being low key and out of the news because they have little going on in form of major organized crime.
So be sure to cast your vote for the mob family you think is the most powerful outside of New York going into 2015.