By Nate Hendley
American Gangsters, Then and Now: An Encyclopedia levels from Western outlaws respected as Robin Hoods to the Depression's flamboyant bootleggers and financial institution robbers to the past due twentieth century's drug kingpins and "Dapper Dons." it's the first complete source at the gangster's old evolution and unshakable grip at the American imagination.American Gangsters, Then and Now tells the tales of a couple of recognized gangsters and gangs—Jesse James and Billy the child, the Black Hand, Al Capone, Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels, the Mafia, Crips and Bloods, and extra. heading off sensationalism, the easy entries contain biographical pix and old historical past for every topic, in addition to debts of notorious robberies, killings, and different occasions, all good documented with either archival newspapers and large examine into the documents of the FBI. Readers will comprehend the households, the areas, and the days that produced those enormous criminals, in addition to the general public attitude that frequently discovered them sympathetic and heroic.
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All at once, the place was raided by police, led by federal investigators. Torrio, O’Banion, and their respective gang members were hauled off to a federal holding tank. It slowly dawned on Torrio that he had been set up. O’Banion knew the police were going to make a raid and set up his supposed ally for arrest. O’Banion had a clean record, which meant he would most likely get a ﬁne as a result of the raid. Torrio, however, already had one Prohibition charge on his record, which meant he faced serious jail-time.
On July 15, 1878, new Lincoln County Sheriff George Peppin, who was allied with the Dolan/Murphy gang, led a fortyman posse to the home of the lawyer McSween. About ﬁfteen Regulators— including Billy—were staying at the home, using it as an informal barracks. The sheriff’s posse opened ﬁre on the residence in the middle of the night. Their volleys smashed windows, blasted holes in the walls, and shattered the house structure. Aroused from their sleep, the Regulators traded shots with the posse.
Petrosino was set up and murdered in Palermo on March 12, 1909. His body was brought back home and Italian immigrants mourned the loss of a very courageous ofﬁcer. An estimated 250,000 people viewed his cofﬁn as it passed by on the street. Petrosino was the only New York City police officer killed while on assignment in a foreign country. The Black Hand scam eventually petered out around the early 1920s due to a combination of factors. For one, the 16 | Bloods Italian community had become more acclimatized to their new surroundings and less likely to fall for blatantly obvious extortion scams.