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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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Legendary comic Don Rickles, a Las Vegas showroom staple, has died

Don Rickles, who comically insulted Las Vegas audiences for seven decades and had a prominent role in Casino, died Thursday…

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Sixty years ago, the Tropicana opened under Mob’s hidden control

Las Vegas was in the middle of a slump. It was April 1957, and the town was still coming to…

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The rise of cyber-rackets

International organized crime groups are using technology in ever-more-sophisticated ways, according to the Serious and Organized Threat Assessment 2017 report…

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El Chapo’s lawyers complain about strict rules at New York prison

The lawyers defending accused Sinaloa Cartel drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are claiming that on its last day in…

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Florida Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr. died 30 years ago March 17

At 7:25 p.m. on January 3, 1953, Florida Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr. had just finished dinner with his wife…

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

In 1946, Charles “Lucky” Luciano was persona non grata in America. Though he was granted a pardon for his help…

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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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