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...

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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Birmingham’s Foot Soldiers for Justice

A tribute to foot soldiers in the Birmingham movement is on the plaque and in the scene depicted in this sculpture...
“Rose Veres was known in her Delray neighborhood for keeping a tight leash on her boarders, treating them like her own children. Author’s collection.”

Burn Her Anyway: The (Wrongfully Convicted) Witch of Delray

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. If only that were true for so many women...

American Nazis: Homegrown Traitors in World War II

Meet Dale H. Maple: native of California, top of his class, Harvard graduate. A precocious student with an IQ over 150. Fluent...