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These infamous stories will transport you into the shadowy world of the Mafia, where loyalty, family, and honor are valued above all else, and where the line between right and wrong is often blurred.

The key moments

Mob History & Events

The history behind the American Mafia, aka "Cosa Nostra," and a dive into some of the key events. We began with a 3-part "basics of the mob" overview series, and will be adding more coverage of important events or milestones in forthcoming episodes.


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The national syndicate

Mob Family Histories

A deep dive into the history of Cosa Nostra families throughout the country. My intention is to cover not just the most well-known crime famiiles (aka New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc.), but also lesser-known families across the country.


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The key players

Mobster Biographies

True-crime biographies of real-life mobsters and dives deep into their Cosa Nostra deeds and misdeeds. I provide hardcore research from a variety of sources ranging from FBI files, newspaper articles from years-gone-by, and even genealogical records.


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Truth and Fiction

Mob Stories

These infamous stories will transport you into the shadowy world of the Mafia, where loyalty, family, and honor are valued above all else, and where the line between right and wrong is often blurred. I do my best to separate fact from fiction based upon painstaking, detailed research.


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The Mob in Hollywood

Mob Movies & TV

I review some of the most famous as well as underrated mob movies to hit the big and smal screens. My reviews typically include behind-the-scenes information related to the story, the making of the film, as well as the actors themselves.


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The sit downs

Mob-Related Interviews

Deep-dive interviews and captivating discussions with people who've had a connection to, or who were part of, the mob life.


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About the Host

Hello, I'm Jake.

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster” was the famous line in Goodfellas. In actuality, that’s not me in any way, shape, or form. I’m just an “average nobody” who grew up in the Midwest.

In reality, as far back as I can remember, I have been interested in history. And once I watched The Godfather for the first time as a teenager, I found a new interest – the mob. This is where my passion for history intersected with the Mafia true crime genre. I’ve been studying the American Cosa Nostra and watching every mob movie I can get my hands on ever since.

I work as a professional in the marketing industry, and this has left me with an ongoing creative desire to build things and create content. Podcasting (and now YouTubing) has been a new labor of love for several years and allows me an outlet for my creativity.

At the intersection of all of these things is The Members Only Podcast! My hope is that you enjoy my deeply-researched content and much as I enjoy making it.

Grazie in anticipo. 👌