Monday February 17, 2014
Empire of Crime Video Part 1 (A&E)
o New York Mafia—five families
o Bootlegging was initial business
o Cohesion, discipline, organization—Made mafia successful They relied on Money and Muscles
o Joe Valachi—first to publicly acknowledge existence of mafia o Vito Genovese
Godson interviewed in this film, Ralph Caglioti
Frank Caglioti—baker, trucks used for bootlegging by mob.
o Mayor of New York's dad was threatened
o Irish and Jewish gangs made up New York before mafia
o Joseph Bonanno
° His son is interviewed in this film
° Met Salvatore Ferraqamo and started working for mob
o Arnold Rothstein—fixed game between Reds and white Sox
Most of the original gangsters started out working him
"Hitting the Mattresses"
o Charles "Lucky" Luciano initialized end of street war
o The Commission
There is no one person that tells the others what to do
o Night clubs were the place to be seen for gangsters
o Same famous entertainers played at all the different clubs Duke Ellington
o Newspapers, Radio perpetuated the image of "the gangster" – they were paid off to go easy on the mafia o Hoover—Director of the FBI—said the mafia was a myth
Rumors that Hoover was gay, cross-dressed, and the mafia had the power to ruin "The Rackets"
o Myer Lansky(Jewish) and Lucky Luciano—important relationship o Murder Inc.—Anastasia "The Mad Hatter"
o Thomas E. Dewey—
Murdered by Dutch Shultz?
o ILA—Small Union, 50,000 members, powerful
o Tony Anastasia—Brother of the "Mad Hatter"—ran the docks o 18 Dock bosses—position of great power, many killed
o Mafia controlled boxing, Among one of Rackets
o Closest sport to murder, without actually committing it
o Bert Sugar—boxing reporter interviewed in this film
o AN important part
o Frank Carbo
Controlled the managers of fighters
Controlled by Mafia o Jake Lamata
Movie "The Raging Bull"
Bill Fox Fight 1947—first fight he threw—he was so obvious that the officials conducted an investigation, suspended him, mob got him back in though. o Lifestyle of New York mob during this time—Wake up at 1pm, go to boxing match, take wife or girlfriend out to night club, go to barbar shop between 5-6am, go to sleep. CLASS DISCUSSION OF PART 1
o Criminal Activity was a lifestyle, which makes mafia unique
o Jewish organized crime members—original shapers of mafia Major Jewish Organized Crime Figures
Arnold Rothstein—put the "organization" into OC. He was a broker among various ethnic groups and believed a person's skill determined what job he would have. o
Major Gambler—Lost $350,000, claimed it was fixed, refused to pay. After last attempt to collect money, he was shot and killed to set a precedent about paying debts. Died in 1928, 46 years old o One of the first people involved in heroine trafficking Dutch Shultz (Born Arthur Flegenheimer)—Known as the Beer Baron on the Bronx, was into illegal numbers, owned many legitimate businesses and o Tried to kill Thomas Dewey—federal prosecutor who had him indicted for tax evasion, jury was fixed and Shultz was acquitted. Later, Dewey became state prosecutor to look into OC in Manhattan and decided to pursue Shultz again. Shultz decides to take a contract out to kill Dewey. The mafia gets word of Shultz's plan, warns him, but he ignores warning. Shultz was killed by Mafia 1935 (Note that 1931 The Commission was formed—They had a rule that you do not go after an honest lawmaker). Lepke Buchalter—First of the OC figures to stay out of bootlegging and become involved in labor racketeering. The only OC figure ever to be executed by the government. o Jacob Shapiro was his partner and surrenders to the government, but Buchalter goes into hiding, o Buchalter became paranoid that people are ratting on him (which was untrue), and has many people killed that work for him. The people he did not...
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