Additions to Who Was Who

Recent additions to the Who Was Who collection of American Mafia biographies: Frank "Butsey" Morelli (1896-1965) Frank "Butsey" Morelli was an early leader of Italian organized crime in Rhode Island, mentoring a number of later Mafiosi, including Raymond Patriarca and Henry Tameleo. Morelli and some of his brothers long have been suspected of involvement in … Continue reading Additions to Who Was Who

Hoffa / Teamsters timeline

Currently under construction: We are adding an extensive timeline relating to Jimmy Hoffa and his involvement in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union. At this moment the timeline features nearly 200 events up through the year 1959. All timeline items provide source information. Click on the document icon in an item to acquire source reference … Continue reading Hoffa / Teamsters timeline

‘Frankie Shots’ Abbatemarco

A biography of Brooklyn Mafioso Frank "Frankie Shots" Abbatemarco has been added to the American Mafia site's Who Was Who. Abbatemarco, brother of Mike Abbatemarco, became a powerful and independent-minded capodecina in the Profaci Crime Family. His 1959 murder appeared to be intended to restore discipline in the Profaci organization but, instead, triggered a determined … Continue reading ‘Frankie Shots’ Abbatemarco

Flynn’s ‘The Barrel Mystery’ (1919)

Barrel Mystery

About one hundred pages of The Barrel Mystery by William J. Flynn can now be accessed on the American Mafia history website. The Barrel Mystery, published in 1919 (copyright has expired), is the story of U.S. Secret Service efforts to help solve the "barrel murder" of 1903 and to dismantle Mafia counterfeiting operations supervised by … Continue reading Flynn’s ‘The Barrel Mystery’ (1919)