Material presented on this website was gathered through decades of research into the history of American organized crime. My childhood interest in the subject blossomed into a full-time obsession in the late 1990s, when I began to organize data that had been gathered on notebook pages and index cards. That effort gave rise to this website in September 2002.
The website is more of a process than it is a document. Very often new historical data becomes available and causes old assumptions to be revised or abandoned. Since 2002, many underworld legends appearing on these pages have given way to more defensible statements. And other revisions are sure to be made in the months and years ahead. (Visitors are cautioned that data and conclusions in older articles presented here represented the resources and thinking of the time and may not be as reliable as data and conclusions in more recent articles.)
It is a pleasure to be able to share my interest with you. I welcome your emailed comments, questions, criticisms. I hope that the site is useful to you and that you check in from time to time to see what is new.
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