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Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo: History, Hits and Headquarters
Stories abound about legendary New York City gangsters like "Lucky" Luciano, but Buffalo has housed its fair share of thugs and mobsters too. While many were nothing more than common criminals or bank robbers, a powerful crime family headed by local boss Stefano Magaddino emerged in the 1920s. Close to Canada, Niagara Falls and Buffalo were perfect avenues through which to ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by The History Press
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Though I really like reading about the underworld history of my adopted city, this book had some frustrating aspects. At times, it felt like the author was presenting a laundry list of crimes and criminals in lieu of more detailed information. The odd tendency to give birthdates of the made men had me wondering if they were applying for passports rather than appearing in a history book. I'd have liked something that focused on specifics of the crimes and organization to a greater degree, if such ...more
Based on headlines and their accompanying stories, it seems. I could discern no pattern; the text jumped back and forth in time; lots of photos of local mob figures and what their homes and businesses look like now. I think this book was written and published as a handbook to be taken along on one of the many "tours" around the area. There was a time when "the Arm" was very powerful--close to 80 years ago--and the on-going efforts to keep Western NY relevant seem to be a driving factor here. ...more
This was more of a list of crimes and misdemeanors than a narrative. The writing was a bit choppy, more like a Wikipedia entry than a published novel and it seems the writer was only repeating what he read in newspaper archives. It was interesting to see some familiar last names, making me wonder if there is any relation to people I know.