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Seventy years ago, Luciano’s Havana sojourn was cut short

February 22, 2017

In 1946, Charles “Lucky” Luciano was persona non grata in America. Though he was granted a pardon for his help with the U.S. war effort, the legendary kingpin of organized crime in New York was deported to Italy on February 10, 1946. American authorities thought they had seen the last of Luciano in the Western Hemisphere. But a few months later, on October 29, Luciano hopped on a plane to Havana, Cuba. At that time, the American Mob was moving into the Havana casino and hotel industry. It was an ideal place for Luciano to hang out and hold one of ...

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Iconic Chicago Outfit boss Al Capone died 70 years ago today

Al “Scarface” Capone, the ruthless yet media-friendly Chicago Outfit boss during Prohibition, died of natural causes 70 years ago today,…

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High behind the wheel

The next Community Safety Forum will focus on the functions and responsibilities of the District Attorney’s Office. It is scheduled…

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‘El Chapo’ extradited to United States

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the most powerful and violent Mexican drug cartel bosses in history, has been extradited…

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Murderous Philadelphia Mob boss dies in prison

When a federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced him to 55 years in prison on murder and racketeering charges in May…

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Fat Herbie’s rise and fall

Second of two parts. Part One looks at Herbie Blitzstein’s murder twenty years ago. Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein was born…

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A late Mob hit in Las Vegas

First of two parts. Part Two looks at Blitzstein’s criminal activity in Las Vegas. By the mid-1990s, death had claimed…

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The Hollywood legend, the Mob and the jukebox racket

The venerable actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, who died last week at age 84, was a risk-taker for decades when…

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