About the writer

My name is Daniel Cedeno and I am a freshman at the University of California, Irvine. I have created this website for a course called Humanities Core to relate the topic of “Empire and its Ruins” to something of my own personal interest. I have always been intrigued by the topic of organized crime and criminal empires and their association with power and expansion made the topic an uncanny decision.While I intended the blog to be focused solely on criminal syndicates and some of history’s most notorious criminal leaders, my research and some of the ongoing controversies of recent history has expanded my interest into discussing the corruptions of big companies and how their discreet and “questionable” actions ┬áhave ultimately expanded their own empires.