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September 21, 2018

In 1934, John Dillinger was one of America’s most wanted. He was in hiding in Chicago and looking for a way to escape arrest. He turned to plastic surgery, hoping to transform his face and erase his former identity. His lawyer introduced him to Wilhelm Loeser, a German-born physician involved in the narcotics trade. Loeser agreed to change Dillinger’s face and fingertips for $5,000. To modify Dillinger’s prints, Loeser cut away the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, and treated the fingertips with hydrochloric acid. He then scraped away the remaining visible ridges. Dillinger could not use his hands for days, ...

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New Scorsese movie to spotlight Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance

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While progress is evident, global wildlife trafficking remains a major criminal racket

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Temperance vs. individual liberty

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The Stardust Hotel, longtime cash cow for the Mob, debuted 60 years ago on the Las Vegas Strip

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The life and death of Joe Colombo

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Joe Friday tackled the Los Angeles crime syndicate

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ROBERT F. KENNEDY’S CRUSADE AGAINST THE MOB: PART 3

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