American Mafia Chicago

Author: William Griffith
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493006045
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Everyone knows stories about the American Mafia and its varied forms of crime, from racketeering to stock manipulation to murder. American Mafia: Chicago explores the Windy City, strolling through its neighborhoods and imagining scenes from the past—telling the stories of the men, women, and families and revealing the events behind the legends and the history of the families' beginnings and founding members. Featuring the most fascinating stories from the early days, when loosely-organized, incredibly secretive gangs terrorized neighborhoods with names like Little Hell, through the mob’s headiest years, when Al Capone and his men pretty well controlled the city, American Mafia: Chicago offers tantalizing glimpses into the era when Chicago was ruled by gangs with their ever-twisting allegiances and tangled webs of relationships. Most of the buildings are gone now. But the stories are still there, if you know where to look.

Organized Crime In Chicago

Author: Robert M. Lombardo
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252094484
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This book provides a comprehensive sociological explanation for the emergence and continuation of organized crime in Chicago. Tracing the roots of political corruption that afforded protection to gambling, prostitution, and other vice activity in Chicago and other large American cities, Robert M. Lombardo challenges the dominant belief that organized crime in America descended directly from the Sicilian Mafia. According to this widespread "alien conspiracy" theory, organized crime evolved in a linear fashion beginning with the Mafia in Sicily, emerging in the form of the Black Hand in America's immigrant colonies, and culminating in the development of the Cosa Nostra in America's urban centers. Looking beyond this Mafia paradigm, this volume argues that the development of organized crime in Chicago and other large American cities was rooted in the social structure of American society. Specifically, Lombardo ties organized crime to the emergence of machine politics in America's urban centers. From nineteenth-century vice syndicates to the modern-day Outfit, Chicago's criminal underworld could not have existed without the blessing of those who controlled municipal, county, and state government. These practices were not imported from Sicily, Lombardo contends, but were bred in the socially disorganized slums of America where elected officials routinely franchised vice and crime in exchange for money and votes. This book also traces the history of the African-American community's participation in traditional organized crime in Chicago and offers new perspectives on the organizational structure of the Chicago Outfit, the traditional organized crime group in Chicago.

American Mafia

Author: Thomas Reppetto
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
ISBN: 1250125596
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"Reppetto's book earns its place among the best . . . he brings fresh context to a familiar story worth retelling." —The New York Times Book Review Organized crime—the Italian American kind—has long been a source of popular entertainment and legend. Now Thomas Reppetto provides a balanced history of the Mafia's rise—from the 1880s to the post-WWII era—that is as exciting and readable as it is authoritative. Structuring his narrative around a series of case histories featuring such infamous characters as Lucky Luciano and Al Capone, Reppetto draws on a lifetime of field experience and access to unseen documents to show us a locally grown Mafia. It wasn't until the 1920s, thanks to Prohibition, that the Mafia assumed what we now consider its defining characteristics, especially its octopuslike tendency to infiltrate industry and government. At mid-century the Kefauver Commission declared the Mafia synonymous with Union Siciliana; in the 1960s the FBI finally admitted the Mafia's existence under the name La Cosa Nostra. American Mafia is a fascinating look at America's most compelling criminal subculture from an author who is intimately acquainted with both sides of the street.

The Outfit

Author: Gus Russo
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781596918979
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This is the never-before-told story of the great Chicago crime family called The Outfit, the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. Moving with purpose and panache, The Outfit blended effortlessly with upperworld corporate leaders, Hollywood moguls, and national political icons. It was only after a fifty-year run that their world started to crumble in the 1970s. With extensive research including recently released FBI files, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with Outfit associates and members of the Fourth Estate, and first-time access to the journals of Outfit chieftain Murray Humphreys' long-in-hiding widow, Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the disconcerting shadow history of the United States.

Milwaukee Mafia

Author: Gavin Schmitt
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439641919
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Milwaukee is best known for its beer--and rightfully so. But in the days of Prohibition, the big alcohol suppliers were not Miller, Blatz, Schlitz, and Pabst. The Mafia had control, and it made its money by running alcohol as far away as Canada and Indiana, as well as with counterfeiting, the numbers racket, and two of the biggest heists in American history. From then on, the sky was the limit, as the Mafia indulged in extortion, protection rackets, and skimming from Las Vegas casinos. The Cream City had its crooked lawyers, corrupt cops, and even a mayor on the take. There was the blood of those who dared to stand in the syndicate's way, who were found dead in ditches or as victims of car bombs. The members of the Mafia included doctors, real estate men, restaurateurs, tavern owners, funeral directors, union presidents, and the most famous Milwaukee gangster of all, Frank Balistrieri. While now considered extinct, the Milwaukee Family was once a dominant force in the Midwest.

Gangland Chicago

Author: Richard C. Lindberg
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442231963
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This engrossing tale of gangs and organized criminality begins in the frontier saloons situated in the marshy flats of Chicago, the future world class city of Mid-continent. Gangland Chicago recounts the era of parlor gambling, commercialized vice districts continuing through the bloody Prohibition bootlegging wars; failed reform movements; the rise of post-World War II juvenile criminal gangs and the saga of the Blackstone Rangers in a chaotic, racially divided city. , Gang violence and street crime is endemic in contemporary Chicago. There is much more to the saga of crime, politics, and armed violence than Al Capone and John Dillinger. Gangland Chicago explores the changing patterns of criminal behavior, politics, gangs, youth crime and the failures of reform in its historic totality. Richard Lindberg takes the reader on a journey through decades of a troubled past to delve deep into the evolution of street gangs and organized violence endemic in Chicago. Small ethnic gangs organized in ethnic slum districts of the city expanded into the well-known organized crime syndicates of Chicago’s history. Gangland Chicago is full of stories of unchecked violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. Unlike other standard true crime accounts focused exclusively on the Prohibition era, this historical look-back probes the obscure and forgotten dark corners of city crime history. Lindberg details how both “organized” and “dis-organized” street gangs have paralyzed city neighborhoods and transformed the crimes of the Windy City from street thuggery and common ruffians protected and nurtured by politicians into a protected class is gripping. Gangland Chicago is a revealing look at the Chicago underworld of yesterday and today. This comprehensive volume is sure to entertain and inform any reader interested in the evolution of organized crime and gangs in America’s most representative city of the American Heartland.

American Mafia Gangs

Author: Books Llc
Publisher: Books LLC
ISBN: 9781156007013
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Chapters: Irish-American Organized Crime Gangs, Italian-American Mafia Gangs, People Murdered by the Winter Hill Gang, Winter Hill Gang, James J. Bulger, Stephen Flemmi, Timothy A. Connolly 3rd, Porrello Crime Family, Louis Litif, Kevin Weeks, Alex Rocco, Edward G. Connors, James O'toole, Anthony Veranis, Richard Castucci, Johnny Martorano, John Connolly, Patrick Nee, Vincent Flemmi, Richard J. Schneiderhan, James Martorano, Alan Fidler, James Mclean, Roger Wheeler, Angiulo Brothers, Howie Winter, Valley Gang, Bernard "Bernie" Mclaughlin, Paul Mcgonagle, Wilfred J. Delaney, Jimmy Flynn, the Tanglewood Boys, Broadway Mob, Edward Mclaughlin, East Harlem Purple Gang. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 152. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Valley Gang was an Irish street gang in Chicago, Illinois during the early twentieth century and was later allies of the Chicago Outfit under Al Capone .Formed in the 1890s, the Valley Gang was based in Chicago's Bloody Maxwell section on 15th Street specializing in pickpocketing and armed robbery . By 1900 the gang had become a leading force in the Chicago underworld, later rivaling Ragen's Colts, hired out for illegal activities ranging from labor slugging to murder for hire. During the mid-1910s the gang was led by Paddy "The Bear" Ryan who, operating from his South Halstead Street saloon, would control most of Bloody Maxwell by Prohibition until his murder by rival Walter "Runt" Quinlan in 1920.After Walter Quinlan's death by Ryan's son Paddy "The Fox" Ryan Jr., the gang was led by Frankie Lake and Terry Druggan who soon began bootlegging operations as the "Druggan-Lake Gang." Soon becoming successful distributors the gang, with partner Joseph Stenson, owned several breweries by the early 1920s using its wealth to gain political influence and police protection. In 1924 Lake and...

C 1 And The Chicago Mob

Author: Vincent L. Inserra
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493182773
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This book was written as a tribute to all the agents who were assigned to Criminal Squad #1, more commonly referred to as the C-1 Squad, of the Chicago Division of the FBI from 1957 to 1976, a period of nineteen years. These agents were pioneers, who were required to wage war against one of the most powerfully entrenched organized crime organizations in the country since the days of Al Capone. It was at a time when the FBI did not have all the tools or legislation necessary to combat organized crime but they accomplished their goals aggressively with whatever means were available. This is a story of the unique challenges confronting these dedicated agents and the incomparable results achieved which resulted in severely disrupting and curtailing the activities of the Chicago mob. Mr. Inserra also chronicles parts of his career prior to and following his FBI experiences.

American Mafia

Author: Source Wikipedia
ISBN: 9781230647371
Size: 62.85 MB
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 230. Chapters: Italian-American crime families, Mafia hitmen, Bugsy Siegel, Gambino crime family, Lucchese crime family, Genovese crime family, Bonanno crime family, Los Angeles crime family, Detroit Partnership, Colombo crime family, Sammy Gravano, Buffalo crime family, DeCavalcante crime family, Roy DeMeo, Chicago Outfit, Thomas Sinito, Morello crime family, Andrew Thomas DelGiorno, Italian American Mafia crime families, Stephen Flemmi, Philadelphia crime family, Pittsburgh crime family, Cleveland crime family, Thomas DeSimone, Sam Giancana, Richard Kuklinski, The Commission, New Orleans crime family, Joseph Barboza, List of Mafia crime families, Chris Rosenberg, Patriarca crime family, Porrello crime family, Salvatore Testa, Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, Trafficante crime family, Frank McErlane, Vito Genovese, Joe Adonis, Sam DeStefano, William Cutolo, Jimmy Fratianno, Bufalino crime family, Thomas Pitera, Abe Reles, Mad Dog Coll, Anthony Senter, Louis Campagna, Jack McGurn, Frank Abbandando, Carmine Galante, Francis Killian Cavanaugh, Bartholomew Boriello, Joel Cacace, Rochester crime family, Buster from Chicago, Kansas City crime family, Alexander Solonik, John Scalise, John Carneglia, Dallas crime family, Five Families, Fred Burke, Frank Salemme, Frankie Carbo, Ray Ferritto, Anthony Capo, Charles Nicoletti, St. Louis crime family, Joseph Testa, Samuel Levine, Vincent Flemmi, Frank Gioia, Jr., Emanuel Weiss, William Daddano, Sr., Fiore Buccieri, Genna crime family, Marshall Joseph Caifano, Anthony Brancato, San Jose crime family, Pasquale Conte, San Francisco crime family, Fred Goetz, Francis Cavanaugh, Harry Maione, Joseph Luparelli, Charles Panarella, Richard DiNome, Frank Sheeran, Robert Carey, Ernest Rupolo, Nicholas Bianco, David "Chippy" Robinson, John Mirabella, Louis Capone, Albert Anselmi, Charles...