Monday, March 30, 2020

Cracking Safes with the Austin Mafia

Timmy Overton of Austin and Jerry Ray James of Odessa were football stars who traded athletics for lives of crime. The...

The Dixie Mafia: The Mob You Never Knew

Hinds County deputy sheriff Bill Russell confiscating champagne during the liquor raid at Jackson Country Club in February 1966. Courtesy of...
A newspaper illustration shows the gambler’s hold on local politics. Chicago History Museum, ICHi1659.

Mike McDonald: Chicago’s King Schemer

Every great gangster has an origin story. In the age of classic mobsters, tales of the rascally kid from the Bronx or the self-made...

Who Kidnapped Buffalo Mafia Man Joe Bonanno?

When we think of New York gangsters, certain names always come to mind—Jimmy Hoffa, ‘Lucky’ Luciano, Jon Gotti. Immortalized in films, storied in urban...

The man who beat the Black Hand

Before America saw headlines about the Capone Mob, the Purple Gang and Murder Inc., the specter of the Black Hand terrorized nearly...

Ohio’s Last Great Train Robbery: How They Got Away

You gotta hand it to him. Like a Danny Ocean of his day, Alvin Karpis—public enemy number one in the mid-1930s—didn’t rob the...

The Architecture of Vice: The Maceo Family of Galveston

Building Criminal Empires in Galveston, Texas In the Lone Star State, Texans have always prided themselves on their resourcefulness...

Running Rum in Chicago Heights

Where to Hide the Booze? It’s a fair question: where should you hide the booze, during the era...

How to Rig an Election

Politics, Pittsburgh-Style November is election season, and no matter whether it’s a presidential year, a mid-term, or an...

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Sweet Secrets: Inside Los Angeles’ Bootlegging Suppliers

Here on Crime Capsule we’ve looked at bootlegging from a number of angles – from the ingenious stills of North Carolina to the secret speakeasies...

The Man Who Stood Up To Al Capone

Snoopy would have approved: it was indeed a dark and stormy night when Officer Dan Herion first received the call to the scene of...

The Last Vampire in New England

Can the dead commit a crime? Until the late 19th century, residents of New England thought so, given the trail...