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The ‘Gulf Stream Pirate’ – Rumrunning leads to shooting in Prohibition Era

August 7, 2017

The Prohibition Era is often characterized by the speakeasy, with men in suits and women in gowns drinking free-flowing liquor accompanied by a jazz soundtrack. The liquor was delivered by pug-faced, stocky gangsters with long topcoats, brandishing machine guns. But along the coasts, there was another character that often gets overlooked, the pirate. Not quite the swashbuckling stereotype of centuries gone by, but Robin Hood-type figures who combined expert seamanship with a knack for outrunning law enforcement. From Bill McCoy, whose exploits off the New Jersey coast made him a legend to in rum-running community, to E.W. “Red” Shannon, who died in ...

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Don’t dare call him ‘Three Finger Brown’

To see a list of our upcoming events, including A Conversation with Bernie Sindler, click here The 1960s marked the…

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Ten years ago, epic ‘Family Secrets’ trial crippled the Chicago Outfit

The historic “Family Secrets” trial began 10 years ago in Chicago, finally bringing to justice several top Midwestern mobsters responsible…

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Seventy years ago today, Bugsy Siegel’s storied Mob life came to an abrupt end

It is important to our Museum and to me as the resident historian that criminals and their criminal acts are…

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New York indictments allege Georgian mafia activities in four U.S. states

The country of Georgia, wedged between Russia and Turkey with the Black Sea forming its western border, gained its independence…

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The hit that could have sunk Las Vegas

On May 2, 1957, Frank Costello thought he had problems, but he had no idea. He was appealing a five-year…

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Organized crime runs rampant in Latin America

In the United States, organized crime groups steal about $66 billion from retail, cargo, auto and jewelry businesses each year….

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Archbishop: No more Mafia godfathers

The climactic montage from The Godfather begins with a baby’s cries. A priest recites the ritual Latin phrases over a…

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