Thursday, January 7, 2010

Vol. 3, No. 1: January 2010

Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 2010 Contents

Before anything else, we want to wish you — our readers, contributors and advertisers — a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. As this sixth quarterly issue of Informer rolls off the presses, we are well aware that the journal would not be possible without your enthusiastic participation.

In this issue, we look at the underworld of Cleveland, Ohio. We lead off with an excerpt from Rick Porrello’s book, To Kill the Irishman. It is the story of Irish racketeer Danny Greene’s explosive war against the Cleveland Mafia (preview).

The puzzling 1928 Mafia convention in Cleveland, interrupted by arrests of more than twenty suspicious persons at the landmark Hotel Statler, is the subject of an article by Thomas Hunt and Michael A. Tona. Hunt and Tona argue that a coronation for new United States Mafia boss of bosses Joseph Masseria was the most probable reason for the gathering (preview).

Mafia historian Richard N. Warner adds weight to that 1928 convention hypothesis by noting in his article that much of Joseph Masseria’s family considered Cleveland its hometown (preview).

Bill Feather provides a membership chart of the Cleveland Mafia from the 1930s-50s era (preview). Author Rick Porrello sits for an interview. He discusses his many “hats,” his several true crime books and an upcoming movie based on To Kill the Irishman. The Informer checks into what is known of an enigmatic Cleveland Mafioso known as Dr. Romano (preview).

As usual, we finish up with a look at underworld current events (preview).

Fifty-six pages including cover and advertisements
Published January 7, 2010.

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To Kill the Irishman

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Feature article

The subject of a soon-to-be-released motion picture,
Irish racketeer Danny Green single-handedly
took on the Mafia of Cleveland

To Kill the Irishman
By Rick Porrello

"On May 12, 1975, Lieutenant Ed Kovacic, a supervisor with the Cleveland Police Scientific Investigation Unit, was enjoying breakfast when he heard an explosion in the distance."

Seven pages
Six images

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Convention was to be Masseria coronation

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Feature article


Police acted to hastily when they broke up
a 1928 assembly of Mafiosi at the Hotel Statler


Cleveland convention was
to be Masseria coronation
By Thomas Hunt
and Michael A. Tona

"Cleveland Patrolman Joseph Frank Osowski was walking his downtown beat at four-thirty Wednesday morning, December 5, 1928, when he spotted several newcomers to the city chatting with a known member of the local underworld."

Twenty pages including sidebar
Four pages of endnotes
Thirty-five images


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The Masserias of Cleveland

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Feature article



While "Joe the Boss" made his reputation
on Manhattan's Lower East Side,
Cleveland was very much his hometown

The Masserias of Cleveland
By Richard N. Warner

"Joseph Masseria, known to the underworld and the press as "Joe the Boss," was not only an important figure in New York's early Mob history, but by virtue of having so many relatives there, was also a significant influence in the early years of Cleveland outfit."

Three pages
including notes
Three images


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Ask the Informer: Dr. Romano of Cleveland

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Ask the Informer


Question: I see the name of "Dr. Romano" coming up in accounts of the early Cleveland Mafia. Who was Romano? Was he really a doctor?

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A Look Back

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A Look Back


100 years ago:

  • A federal jury convicts New York Mafiosi of counterfeiting.
  • Leadership of American Mafia changes.

75 years ago:

  • Lindbergh baby kidnapping case concludes.

50 years ago:

  • Six are tried for robbing a National Guard armory.

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In the News

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In the News:
  • Fourth Gotti trial ends with hung jury.
  • New England Mafia under new management.
  • Massachusetts man charged with being Colombo boss.
  • Genovese capodecina sentenced to 16 years.
  • Police round up 22 Gambino, Lucchese suspects.
  • Grand jury indicts alleged member of Bonanno leadership.
  • Gambino capodecina Gregory DePalma dies at 78
Two pages

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Cleveland Mafia Membership, 1930s-50s

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Membership Chart


Researcher Bill Feather provides a chart including more than 100 known and suspected members of the Cleveland Crime Family from the 1930s-1950s era. Names, aliases, birth-death-immigration years, birthplaces and underworld ranks are shown.

Five pages

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Informer readership figures

Readership of existing Informer issues climbed by another 12.8 percent during the month of December (Dec. 12 through Jan. 6). In that period, special interest was shown in the April 2009 issue - vol. 2, no. 2. That issue focused on the early history of the Chicago Mafia. Its readership jumped 17.2 percent, as it became the second most read Informer issue to date.

Sep 2008 issue - v1n1 - 2641 readers, up 06.1%
Jan 2009 issue - v2n1 - 1923 readers, up 09.0%
Apr 2009 issue - v2n2 - 2019 readers, up 17.2%
-Index v1n1 thru v2n2 - 4119 readers, up 09.6%
Jul 2009 issue - v2n3 - 1668 readers, up 12.8%
Oct 2009 issue - v2n4 - 0889 readers, up 37.2%
-Index v1n1 thru v2n4 - 1557 readers, up 56.0%


Average readership for a (non-index) journal issue:
1,828 readers, up 12.8% from January average.

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