Notorious Mobsters at Home: 13 Photos of Domestic Mob Life

The styles embodied by the ladies of organized crime has catapulted the “mob wife aesthetic” into the TikTok micro-trend adherent’s obsession du jour (think loud luxury: animal prints, bold colors, and a general embrace of maximalism), but while such trends cycle in and out of glory, our broader cultural fascination with the lives and crimes infamous mafiosos seems here to stay. American film legend Martin Scorsese has mined the gangster world to universal acclaim, shaping the genre with films like Goodfellas and Gangs of New York, and fans still flock to the New Jersey manse of fictional mafioso Tony Soprano, 25 years after the seminal HBO series first premiered. Newer entries, like Sofía Vergara’s Griselda, prove the fascination with the anti-heroes of mob and cartel boss culture endures by claiming the top spot of Netflix’s most popular programming for three straight weeks. While the real kingpins these works draw their inspiration from spent plenty of time and energy evading police custody, they seem to have welcomed being captured at least in these photographs, which offer a bit of insight into their lifestyles away from the mean streets. Read on for a look at notorious mobsters enjoying some time at home (both enforced-stay and otherwise).

Al Capone

American gangster Al Capone (“Scarface”) (1899–1947) relaxes in his vacation home in Miami, 1930. Capone smokes a cigar and wears a striped dressing gown and slippers. (Photo by New York Times/Getty Images)

Photo: New York Times/Getty Images

Al “Scarface” Capone is most commonly associated with Prohibition-era Chicago, where he rose to prominence running bootlegging, prostitution, and gambling operations, but the mob boss traded in the harsh Illinois winters for a Miami Beach manse in 1928. According to PBS, the infamous gangster told his new Sunshine State neighbors that he was a secondhand furniture dealer. Locals were not fooled by his assertion (as he was, by then, quite well known for his organized crime ring) and feared he would give the area a bad reputation. A few decades removed from his death, though, many were singing a different tune when the late mobster’s abode was set to be demolished in 2021; an online petition to halt the development garnered over 25,000 signatures, per Mansion Global.