Prohibition in the United States, 1920 – 1933

The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution–which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors–ushered in a period in American history known as Prohibition. The result of a widespread temperance movement during the first decade of the 20th century, Prohibition was difficult to enforce, despite the passage of companion legislation known as the Volstead Act. The increase of the illegal production and sale of liquor [...]

By | 2017-12-05T07:41:36+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Alexander Solonik: Russian Killer Number One

Alexander Viktorovich Solonik, also known as Sasha the Macedonian, and Superkiller, was an infamous Russian hitman in the early 1990s and was thought to have the ability to shoot ambidextrously. He carried out numerous murders for the Orekhovskaya group and other criminal associations, in the early 1990s. Alexander was jailed again in 1994, only to escape in July 1995 from the Moscow maximum security prison Matrosskaya Tishina. Reportedly, his [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:00:31+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Henry Starr: Horse Thief and Train Robber

During his 32 years in crime, Henry Starr robbed more banks than both the James-Younger Gang and the Doolin-Dalton Gang put together. He started robbing banks on horseback in 1893 and ended up robbing his last in a car in 1921. The Cherokee Badman netted over $60,000 from more than 21 bank robberies. Henry Starr was born near Fort Gibson in Indian Territory on December 2, 1873, to George [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:45:23+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Charles Lucky Luciano American Gangster

The modern American Mafia took form under the leadership of Charles "Lucky" Luciano (1897-1962). Born in Sicily but raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Luciano facilitated the killings of the city’s top two Mafia bosses. He brought about fundamental changes to organized crime, setting up the Five Families to rule New York and establishing a National Crime Syndicate. Lucky Luciano was convicted on prostitution charges in 1936 but was paroled [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:03:46+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Meyer Lansky American Gangster

Meyer Lansky, an organized crime figure known for his sharp financial acumen, was instrumental in the development of a national crime syndicate in the United States. Synopsis Meyer Lansky was born in 1902 in Grodno, Russia (present-day Belarus), immigrating to America as a child. Growing up on tough streets, he eventually became an organized crime figure instrumental in the development of a national crime syndicate in the United States. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:05:20+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Jewish American Mobster Benjamin Bugsy Siegel

On February 28, 1906, Jewish American Mobster Bugsy Siegel was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the time of birth, he was given the name Benjamin by his parents who were Jewish immigrants. Siegel was introduced to crime early in life. He grew up in a crime-ridden section of Williamsburg where there were Irish and Italian gangs. Jewish American Siegel began the life of crime by extorting money from [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:08:16+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Nucky Johnson The Boss of Atlantic City

Enoch Lewis "Nucky" Johnson was an Atlantic City political boss and racketeer who unofficially ran the Republican political machine that controlled Atlantic City and Atlantic County from the 1910s - 1930s. Born in 1883 in Smithville, New Jersey, "Nucky" (a nickname derived from his first name) was allegedly involved in promoting bootlegging during Prohibition, illegal gambling activities, and prostitution. Johnson graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1900. In [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:46:34+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

John Dillinger Gangster – Public Enemy No.1

John Dillinger was an infamous gangster and bank robber during the Great Depression. He was known as "Jackrabbit" and "Public Enemy No. 1." Synopsis John Dillinger was born on June 22, 1903, in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a boy, he committed petty theft. In 1924, he robbed a grocery store and was caught and jailed. He escaped, and he and his gang headed to Chicago, Illinois, to put together one of the [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:23:35+00:00 November 26th, 2016|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Al Capone: American Famous Gangster

Born in 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, to poor immigrant parents, Al Capone went on to become the most infamous gangster in American history. In 1920 during the height of Prohibition, Capone’s multi-million dollar Chicago operation in bootlegging, prostitution and gambling dominated the organized crime scene. Capone was responsible for many brutal acts of violence, mainly against other gangsters. The most famous of these was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre [...]

By | 2017-11-28T10:11:42+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

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