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Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland

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In April 1956, Portland Oregonian investigative reporters Wallace Turner and William Lambert exposed organized crime rackets and rampant corruption within Portland'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? s ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by University of Washington Press
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Krista
Oct 13, 2011 Krista rated it liked it
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
Brittany
Sep 12, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brittany by: Matt Costa
Despite having been born and raised in Portland, I did not know about the city's dark past until I read Portland Confidential by Phil Stanford, a couple years ago. I suppose Portland Public Schools doesn't want this covered in 3rd grade with the rest of the Portland curriculum. Fair enough. This stuff is so fascinating though! You can still see remnants of that era in today's Portland, and no one talks about it. This story needs to be made into a movie!

The writing is fantastic. While it can get
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Jim
May 02, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
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
Pamela Ferguson
Jun 09, 2012 Pamela Ferguson rated it liked it
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!)
itpdx
Feb 21, 2013 itpdx rated it liked it
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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.
Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Feb 12, 2012 Joyce Reynolds-Ward rated it it was amazing
Excellent history of organized crime and political corruption in Portland, Oregon. A must-read for those who only know PDX as Portlandia.
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