The Genovese crime family is one of the “Five Families” that dominate organized crime activities in New York City as part of the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The Genovese crime family has been nicknamed the “Ivy League” and “Rolls Royce” of organized crime. They are rivaled in size only by the Gambino crime family and are unmatched in terms of power. They have generally maintained a varying degree of influence over many of the smaller mob families outside of New York.
Finding new ways to make money in the 21st century, the Genovese family took advantage of lax due diligence by banks during the housing spike with a wave of mortgage frauds. Prosecutors say loan shark victims obtained home equity loans to pay off debts to their mob bankers. The family found ways to use new technology to improve on illegal gambling, with customers placing bets through offshore sites via the Internet.
The current “family” was founded by Lucky Luciano, but in 1957 it was renamed after boss Vito Genovese. Originally in control of the waterfront on the West Side of Manhattan (including the Fulton Fish Market), the family was run for years by “the Oddfather”, Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, who feigned insanity by shuffling unshaven through New York’s Greenwich Village wearing a tattered bath robe and muttering to himself incoherently.
Although the leadership of the Genovese family seemed to have been in limbo after the death of Gigante in 2005, they appear to be the most organized family and remain powerful. Unique in today’s Mafia, the family has benefited greatly from members following the code of Omertà. While many mobsters from across the country have testified against their crime families since the 1980s, the Genovese family has only had six members turn state’s evidence in its history.
With the recent induction of Gentleman John Marconne as a Freeholding Lord, members of the family who have had successful dealings with the Supernatural are finding rapid promotion within in the ranks. This new motivation for finding this kind of talent can be attributed to a desire to gain access to new opportunities and to not fall to far behind their rivals.
The Capra/Patterson Syndicate
The Capra/Patterson Syndicate controls all sanctioned crime in the Twin Cities. Their primary income comes from gambling, liquor and prostitution. With the induction of Red Bliss (along with more traditional forms of narcotics, such as Meth and Heroine) the illegal drug trade is booming and they are making moves to ensure their influence over this area of criminal commerce.