A Gangster’s Paradise: The Mob in Saratoga Springs, a Book Signing with Greg Veitch
In the first half of the 20th century, Saratoga Springs, New York, was a virtual “Gangster’s Paradise,” with gunmen and gamblers having the run of the town. With public officials accepting graft on a grand scale and police looking the other way, a who’s who of organized crime made Saratoga Springs their playground. Greg Veitch, retired police chief of Saratoga Springs, will sign copies of his book from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Museum’s Rise of the Cartels exhibit space.
Reservations are not required for this event.
Greg Veitch is the Chief of Police and a fifth generation resident of Saratoga Springs, NY. He has written several articles and given public presentations on the history of crime, gambling and corruption in Saratoga Springs from the founding of the village through the 1950’s. His first book All the Law in the World Won’t Stop Them tells the true story of the struggle between the forces of vice and the forces of law and order in Saratoga before the prohibition era. In A Gangster’s Paradise: Saratoga Springs from Prohibition to Kefauver, Greg continues the story of gambling, crime and corruption in the Spa City. Tales of bootleggers and shootouts, liquor raids and gambling dens, murder and political payoffs; A Gangster’s Paradise is filled with tales of nationally known gangsters like Meyer Lanky, Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Dutch Schultz and their exploits at Saratoga. Between both of his books, All the Law in the World Won’t Stop Them and A Gangster’s Paradise, Greg Veitch tells a complete history of gambling, crime and corruption in Saratoga Springs from beginning to end. He and his wife Jen have five children, Rebekah, Rachel, Elizabeth, Luke and Nathan.