Tag: Organized Crime

Book Review: Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society

 

Before the 1920s, the United States had little way to combat interstate crime. In some states law enforcement was purely local. Leave a city or county for the next one and you left the law behind. It was a perfect environment in which organized crime could grow — and organized crime existed before the 20th century, even in the United States.

Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America’s Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought them to Justice, by William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce tells the tale of one of the federal government’s first attack on organized crime.

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This AEI Events Podcast features the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers opening remarks and discusses with AEI’s Roger F. Noriega how Congress and the executive branch can proactively address the threats posed by transnational organized crime. Following Sen. Rubio’s remarks, […]

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How close have you been to organized crime? Were you aware of it at the time? Lots of us have had brushes with the mob, with crime syndicates, and gangs, or else strange connections to them. Maybe it’s in your family history, maybe it’s that uncle who always seems a bit twitchy, or maybe it has […]

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I really can’t improve on Jake Adelstein’s title for this — funny? horrifying? — story at The Daily Beast. Each Oct. 31, the gangsters famous for their permanent costumes (tattoos, missing digits and the like) invited ordinary citizens, mostly small children in “scary” outfits, to have fun with extortion, demanding Japanese candies and snacks. More

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