35th out of 53 books — 4 voters
Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland
In April 1956, Portland "Oregonian" investigative reporters Wallace Turner and William Lambert exposed organized crime rackets and rampant corruption within the city's law enforcement institutions. The biggest scandal involved Teamsters officials and the city's lucrative prostitution, gambling, and bootlegging operations. Turner and Lambert blew the cover on the Teamsters...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published May 6th 2011 by University of Washington Press
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As a lover of history, Portland and mobsters, I was super excited about Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland. It took me a while to get through this book. It is written in a very classic history book kind of way with lots of names, dates, etc that can make it a little more challenging to get into. But, once I was able to get into the book more, I had a real appreciation for the history that it captured. I think that Donnelly did a great job of connecting what was happening with...more
Covering the same time period as Phil Stanford's "Portland Confidential", Donnelly gives more background into the criminal underbelly of Portland and brings it up to through the McClellan Committee hearings on organized crime in trade unions. A very readable history book made all the more personal to me as I knew some of the figures mentioned during my youth, such as former Multnomah County Sheriff and former Mayor, Terry Schrunk. (My Grandfather was a County Commissioner and I'm amazed how many...more
An interesting read - it's more of a chronological account of the 40's and 50's in Portland organized crime and labor movements. I would have liked more editorial - "this is how you should feel about this" - but it is just facts and figures! I kept waiting for Randy Leonard's name to pop up in the pages! (ooohhh!)
Interesting topic and information but written as if it were an academic research paper. An unholy triangle of vice lords, public officials and corrupt union officials was blown open when one of the players in Portland taped conversations and turned them over to a newspaper.
I was born and raised in Oregon. Now, I live in Spokane, Washington, and teach at Gonzaga University.More about Robert C. Donnelly...