Directed by MDF Productions
Everyone has heard of Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, and John Gotti. MOB STORIES will introduce a new generation of wiseguys, goodfellas and mob molls. From the sacred oaths first uttered in the ancient hills of Southern Italy to the “kiss of death” on the streets of Montreal and Toronto, MOB STOREIS series is a fascinating litany of loyalty and betrayal, rivalry and bloody vendetta; a chronicle of deadly criminality that stretches across continents and oceans into business and government, leaving few in society untouched.
Take for example, Vic Cotroni, who came to Canada as a teenager in the 1920s. Soon he’s spotted by a local gangster, and recruited to be a professional wrestler and part-time debt collector. But it’s not until an injury ends his career as hired muscle that his mafia career really takes flight. Forced to use his brains and his charm, Cotroni rises fast. By the late 1940s, he controls a string of successful nightclubs, including the legendary Au Faisan Doré, one of the top cabarets in North America.
Or meet Shirley, the daughter of a smalltime bookie, who grows up to become a fairly typical young ’60s housewife. But Shirley isn’t that typical. Beautiful and restless, she isn’t satisfied with raising three kids in the suburbs. When she crosses paths with young Mafia scion Rocco Papalia, she happily becomes a mob mistress.
Anyone who’s watched The Sopranos knows that life in the Mob ain’t what it used to be. No one illustrates this better than Domenic Racco, golden child of Toronto’s Calabrian Mafia, only son of Mike Racco, the universally respected head of the group’s governing committee. Mike Racco is a discreet man, but his son Domenic is a hothead…
For a group comprised entirely of outlaws, the Mafia is notoriously conformist. So when a gangster comes along who doesn’t quite play by the rules, everyone notices. That was Paul Volpe – a criminal who was happy to work with everybody, but chose an unorthodox path that ultimately triggered his undoing.
Through these characters and more, MOB STORIES reveal some of the darkest, most secretive criminal activities in Mafia history.