I Need My Kids to Join the Mafia

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Growing up, it wasn’t called the Mafia. It functioned the same as it does today and included the same types of people but no one spoke of it in these terms. It was just something you did. Something you were. Something you were born into. It was the family business and, when I was growing up in the 90s, business was good.

It wasn’t until the organization was mired in a decade-long decline that people really…