Sunday, October 18, 2020

Gentile's fabric racket

 October 2020 Issue contents - Feature

Gentile’s first criminal venture

Traveling salesman of phony linen

By Thomas Hunt


"Just three months of manual labor in the United States was sufficient to turn Nicola Gentile to a life of crime. Upon arrival in the United States, eighteen-year-old Gentile, a native of Siculiana, Sicily, went to work with his older brother Vincenzo on an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway construction job outside of Topeka, Kansas. The brothers and their coworkers were paid little for demanding labor – $1.25 for each day of dawn-to-dusk work. They and other crew members were accommodated in a railroad car that they had to maintain themselves..."

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