Monday, June 15, 2015
The Crimes of the Lewis-Jones Gang
by Jeffery S. King
One of the first gangs to use the automobile, the Lewis-Jones gang of the 1910s was the forerunner of the major bandit gangs of the 1930s. They came out of Oklahome to rob banks and trains and steal cars. It is said they killed twenty-one lawmen and maimed a dozen more before the law finally wiped them out.
Available at Amazon.com
Mafia Membership Charts
by Bill Feather
As seen in Informer.
Organized crime historian Bill Feather has collected decades of research into the births, deaths, immigration dates, kinship ties and crime family roles of known and suspected Mafiosi into easy to use charts. More than a dozen of Bill's charts have appeared on the pages of Informer. Now, the Mafia Membership Charts are available for free access on Bill Feather's website.
Buffalo's First Family of Crime
by Thomas Hunt and Michael A. Tona
Son of Buffalo's first-known Sicilian crime boss, Joseph DiCarlo was rejected as heir to his father's underworld empire. After troubled years as a vassal of the influential Stefano Magaddino, DiCarlo ventured off to Youngstown, Ohio, and Miami Beach, Florida, before finally heading back home to trigger the violent disintegration of Magaddino's Mafia.
Joseph P. Macheca and the
Birth of the American Mafia
by Thomas Hunt and Martha Macheca Sheldon
Set in the Gilded Age of New Orleans, this award-winning historical biography establishes the factual details of Joseph P. Macheca's epic life story, the assassination of Police Chief David Hennessy, and the infamous Crescent City lynchings, as it explores the root causes of organized crime and the genesis of the American Mafia.
The Origin of Organized Crime in America:
The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931
by David Critchley
David Critchley examines the Mafia recruitment process, relations with criminal societies in Sicily, the role of non-Sicilians in New York's organized crime families, kinship connections, the Black Hand, the impact of Prohibition, and allegations that a "new" Mafia was born in 1931. This book will interest criminologists, historians and all fascinated by the American Mafia.
The American Mafia history website
features an extensive timeline, booknotes, crime boss listings, maps and a growing collection of articles, including a Who Was Who database.