Thomas Hunt

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I am a writer/researcher on the subject of organized crime (American Mafia). I most recently authored, Wrongly Executed? The Long-forgotten Context of Charles Sberna's 1939 Electrocution. I publish a quarterly true crime journal, Informer, and The American Mafia history website as well as a number of blogs. I co-wrote DiCarlo: Buffalo's First Family of Crime with Michael A. Tona and Deep Water: Joseph P. Macheca and the Birth of the American Mafia with Martha Macheca Sheldon. I contributed the American Mafia history sections to the Australian published, Mafia: The Necessary Reference to Organized Crime. I moderate Google+ and Yahoo discussion groups on Mafia history. Previously, I served as editor of several dmoz.org categories related to

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Hi Luanne. Thanks for your question.

My initial interest was sparked when I looked into issues relating to capital punishment. It has been argued that a number of those executed by the criminal justice system turn out to have been wrongly convicted. I noted that lists of the "wrongly executed" were assembled. Charles Sberna's name appeared on such lists. Additional research turned up Walter Winchell's old newspaper columns, in which Sberna was identified as the one executed man Sing Sing Warden Lawes knew was innocent.

Interesting story!

So, I picked up a copy of Lawes' book, Meet the Murderer, and found a name-changed account of the Sberna situation. It was then that I decided to do my first writing on the subject. I put together an article for a crime history journal in 2006.

During research, I stumbled on Sberna's connection to the Mafia, a subject of great interest to me. Sberna appeared in a family tree I assembled for U.S. Mafia boss of bosses Giuseppe Morello.

I didn't do much more with the Sberna story until what I thought was unrelated research - into a series of anarchist bombings in New York City - turned up the name of his father. Giuseppe Sberna fled the U.S. as local, state and federal officials closed in on him. That's when I began to wonder if the son of an anarchist-terrorist leader and son-in-law of a Mafia boss of bosses could possibly get a fair trial.(less)
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Woody Allen
“Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies.”
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Mark Twain
“There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.”
Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson

Groucho Marx
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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Washington Irving
“There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.”
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Chriss Just ordered my copy of Deep Water from Amazon and looking forward to reading!


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