American Mafia History Website

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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.

Copyright: All original work appearing on this website is the property of its author(s). Work by contributing authors is presented here with their permission. Work may not be copied, stored or disseminated outside of the normal presentation of this website without the permission of the website publisher and the author(s). Some material published on this site has fallen into the public domain due to expiration of its copyright. The web presentation and original editorial material accompanying public domain text remains the property of the website publisher and may not be copied, stored or disseminated outside of the normal presentation of this website.

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Your privacy: This website makes no attempt to identify its visitors or to store, sell or share information about them or their interests. A visitor's country of origin, browser and device type, pages visited, duration of visit and other similarly general (not linked with a person's identity) information is continuously compiled by the Google Analytics service (Google's privacy policy is outlined here.) and the collected data is periodically reviewed by the website publisher in an effort to improve site responsiveness. Payee and payment information submitted through the PayPal service is maintained by PayPal and subject to PayPal privacy policy. (PayPal's privacy policy is outlined here.) Names, locations, telephone numbers and/or email addresses of those who initiate communication with the publisher of this site may be retained to facilitate that communication. Under no circumstances will any data be shared with third parties without permission.