American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power (John MacRae Books)

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9780805072105: American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power (John MacRae Books)

A history of the rise of the Mafia in the world of crime and in the mainstream American political and economic life

Organized crime-the Italian American kind-has long been a source of popular entertainment and legend. Now, Thomas Reppetto provides a balanced history of the Mafia's rise-from the 1880s to the post-WWII era-that is as exciting and readable as it is authoritative.

Structuring his narrative around a series of case histories featuring such infamous characters as Lucky Luciano and Al Capone, Reppetto draws on a lifetime of field experience and access to unseen documents to show us a locally grown Mafia. The Italian American crime families were shaped by conditions in big cities, but it wasn't until the 1920s, thanks to prohibition, that the Mafia assumed what we now consider its defining characteristics, especially its octopus-like tendency to infiltrate industry and government. At mid-century the Kefauver Commission declared the Mafia synonymous with Union Siciliana; in the 1960s the FBI finally admitted the Mafia's existence under the name La Cosa Nostra.

American Mafia is a fascinating look at America's most compelling criminal subculture from an author who is intimately acquainted with both sides of the street.

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About the Author:

Thomas Reppetto is a former Chicago commander of detectives and has been the president of New York City's Citizens Crime Commission for more than twenty years. He is the author of NYPD: A City and Its Police, a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in New York City.

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With the Lupo Morello gang now implicated in the barrel murder case, the investigation got going in earnest. The police had found a small crucifix, sawdust and cigar stubs, and a perfumed handkerchief with a note written in Italian. Police detective Petrosino translated the note as "come at once," suggesting that a woman had lured the victim to his death. An examination of the dead man's stomach revealed evidence of a recently consumed Sicilian meal. Familiar with Morello's restaurant-known for a floor littered with sawdust and cigar butts-Petrosino deduced that the victim had been killed there, and then taken by horse-drawn wagon to the Lower East Side. Yet he had no evidence to back up a murder charge in court: there was a surplus of defendants and a scarcity of evidence. The case was handled in the standard procedure of the day: arrest the suspects, then find the incriminating evidence. And, as often happened, the police came up short, despite the best efforts of the indomitable Petrosino.

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