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Decades of temperance activism led to passage of Prohibition 100 years ago

September 29, 2020

All the tumult of 2020 makes it easy to forget that it is a huge anniversary in the history of organized crime. Just two and a half weeks into 1920, Prohibition officially began in the United States, the culmination of efforts to curtail or ban alcoholic beverages that had started with the temperance movement in the late 1700s. Over a century of changing priorities and evolving goals, the initial cause of individual moderation in the consumption of alcohol transformed into a drive to ban the trade and manufacture of it altogether, first at local levels, then in several states, and ...

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Culling out the card sharks

Gambling was always a backdrop in the nascent years of Las Vegas, a popular if illicit activity for railroad workers,…

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‘White Boy Rick’ seeks new life after more than 30 years behind bars

The gates couldn’t swing open soon enough. Former Detroit teenage drug boss and illegal underage FBI mole Richard “White Boy…

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Zeroing in on Jimmy Hoffa’s unmarked grave

Editor’s note: On July 8, The Mob Museum published an essay by investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea — author of…

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Fake products are huge business for European organized crime

For organized crime groups, the business of counterfeiting and pirating legitimate products is booming. Europol, Europe’s top law enforcement agency,…

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Finding Jimmy Hoffa

Editor’s note: After investigating the Jimmy Hoffa murder case since Hoffa’s disappearance forty-five years ago this month, investigative journalist Dan…

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Multiple podcast series put ‘Sopranos’ stars back in limelight

Sitting around in pajama pants, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, friends who starred together on The Sopranos, decided to start…

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Mob Museum debuts ‘Rise of the Cartels’ exhibition

Pablo Escobar, the ruthless Colombian drug kingpin and world’s first billionaire criminal, pioneered mass-market drug trafficking, fueled by bribery and…

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