September 13: Murder, Inc.: Mysteries of the Mob’s Most Deadly Hit Squad – Author Talk with Christian Cipollini
Date: September 13, 2016
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission
WHO WERE THE MEMBERS OF MURDER INC.?
- Young Italian mobsters tired of warring Mob factions joined forces with Jewish gangs to end the fighting and make money.
- Mobsters, such as Harry “Pittsburg Phil” Strauss, hand-selected by Albert Anastasia and Louis “Lepke” Buchalter for their violent tendencies.
WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM?
- Was it the press, the law or a combination of the two?
WHY DID MURDER, INC. EXIST?
- “The Mob did not exist to kill. It existed to make money and needed an arm or insurance to be sure the money kept coming in.” – Cipollini
- Murder, Inc. was that insurance.
HOW DID MURDER, INC. MEET ITS DOWNFALL?
Egos, informants, death. Buchalter was the only Mob boss who ever received the death penalty.
WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?
- Hear the riveting backstory of mobsters, thugs, and racketeers but ultimately assassins of Murder, Inc.
- See rare photographs, wanted posters and crime scene photos from Cipollini’s personal collection.
Award-winning author Christian Cipollini has been a freelance journalist, writer, organized crime researcher and designer for over a decade, covering everything from entertainment to human interest to the history of America’s underworld. He is a collector of rare crime related photographs and artifacts and regularly contributes articles on Mob and gang history to Real Crime Magazine, based in the United Kingdom. As an expert consultant, Cipollini has appeared on episodes of Biography Channel Series "Gangsters: America's Most Evil," History Channel Series "United Stuff of America" and served as a location producer on National Geographic Channel’s critically-acclaimed series "DRUGS, INC. Mardi Gras Episode." His latest endeavor takes some of the most infamous outlaws of the 20th century into the media forum of comic books. Releasing in early 2016, the first issue in the series "Gangster" explores how Charles "Lucky" Luciano first entered the life of organized crime.