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The Irish Mob is a website dedicated to tracking the history of organized crime, gangsters, mobsters, bootleggers, gun moll’s, showgirls and more. The majority of the stories published on this website are about the people, places and things connected to The Irish Mob from the Gangs of New York Era through the Prohibition Era right up to recent times.

So what is Charles “Lucky” Luciano doing with three Irish Hoods? In 1926 they were all brought in for questioning for Felonious Assault. What it was in connection with was an attempted robbery of Charles Haffman & Albert Levy. The Line up was Eddie Diamond, Jack “Legs” Diamond, Thomas “Fatty” Walsh & Charles “Lucky” Luciano.

What Is The Irish Mob?

The Irish Mob is the oldest organized crime group in the United States, in existence since the early 19th century. Originating in Irish American street gangs—depicted in Herbert Asbury’s 1928 book The Gangs of New York—the Irish Mob has appeared in most major U.S. cities, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

The Latest Stories

Bugging 98 Prince Street

Bugging 98 Prince Street

In the pursuit of bringing down the Mafia in Boston's North End, John Connolly had help from Whitey Bulger & Steve Flemmi who had supplied Connolly with a diagram of where to place the bugs in the office in Angulo's headquarters at 98...

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A night with the Whyo’s

A night with the Whyo’s

The Whyo's gang were described by journalists as one of the worst to have ever infested the city of New York. Founded in the late 1800's, they ruled the old Five Points neighborhood, the 4th & 6th wards with a reign of terror from 1860 to 1890, their call Why-ooo,...

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The Hudson Dusters

The Hudson Dusters

The Hudson Dusters were a street gang that were founded in the late 1890s by “Circular Jack”, “Kid Yorke”, and Francis “Goo Goo" Knox, the gang began operating from an apartment house on Hudson Street. Goo Goo Knox, a former and noted member of the Gopher Gang who...

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Featured Stories

Billy Porter and the Dutch Mob

Billy Porter was a long time member of the Dutch Mob along with Johnny Irving, Little Freddie and Sheeny Mike Kurtz who were the founding members of the Dutch Mob. Billy Porter was born in Boston in 1850 under his real name William O’Brien, he had trained to become a...

The Failed Assassination of Paul Kelly

Biff Ellison was one of Paul Kelly's gang members in the Five Points gang, he started out as a bouncer in Fat Flynn's dive bar on Bond Street. He later became a bouncer of a bar on Christie street where he made his name by knocking a police officer unconscious with a...

Humpty Jackson – The Hunchback of the Gas House District

Thomas "Humpty" Jackson born in 1879 and died in 1951, he was a New York criminal and last of the independent gang leaders in New York's underworld during the early 20th century. He was, however, known to be a violent man who regularly carried three revolvers,...

Dennis “Dinny” Meehan – The Leader of the White Hand Gang

Dennis "Dinny" Meehan became leader of the White Hand Gang around 1910 and led the gang up until his death in 1920 when he was murdered, as is the occupational hazard when you choose that way of life. He was born in Brooklyn in 1889 and ran with the Warren Street Red...

Big Tim Sullivan – As corrupt as the rest of Tammany Hall

Big Tim Sullivan was just as corrupt as you would expect from Tammany Hall whose influence back then reached deep into the corners of city government. Big Tim Sullivan along with his brother Paddy "and a truck full of Sullivan cousins" controlled everything, including...

Early Characters

The earliest recorded organised criminal gang in the United States was in 1825. They were based in one of the most notorious slums in the world at the time, The Five Points in New York’s Lower East Side.

Read about some of the craziest characters from the days of the Gangs of New York. People like Bill “The Butcher” Poole & John Morrissey, gangs like The Dead Rabbits, Whyos & Plug Uglies, places like Shang Drapers Dive Bar or Billy McGlory’s Armory Hall.

 

Prohibition Era

You will read about some of the most Notorious Names in Mob History on this website, Bosses, Hitmen and more. From New York to Chicago to Boston some of the biggest names all in one place.

 

Legs Diamond & The Hotsy Totsy Club

After a shooting in Legs Diamond and his partner Charlie Entratta's speakeasy bar, The Hotsy Totsy Club at 1721 Broadway, between 54 & 55th Streets in New York City, where 1 died after being shot in the head and another died later in hospital after being shot...

Dutch Schultz gets arrested

After a bloody gang war with Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll and his gang, Arthur Flegenheimer or Dutch Schultz as he is better known was nervous, its said that the only person to have given Schultz the jitters was "Mad Dog" Coll, so much so that Schultz even moved out of his...

Danny Walsh – Bootlegger

Danny Walsh was a mobster from Providence, Rhode Island involved in bootlegging during Prohibition. He was the top underworld figure in southern New England, and last major Irish-American gangster in the region, until his kidnapping and apparent murder in 1933. When...

Frankie Lake, Terry Druggan and the Valley Gang

Frankie Lake and Terry Druggan were leaders of The Valley Gang from Chicago, the were one of the most successful bootleggers of their time, amassing a fortune from bootlegging and rum-running. Its said they were making so much money that even the lowest gang member...

John Patrick Looney

John Patrick Looney was a gangster in Rock Island, Illinois during the early 20th century. Looney served as the model for John Looney, a character in Max Allan Collins' graphic novel Road to Perdition. The character was renamed John Rooney and portrayed by Paul Newman...

Little Augie Orgen’s Fatal Mistake

It’s believed the partnership between Jack “Legs” Diamond and Jacob “Little Augie” Orgen started when Jack cut Little Augie into his narcotic and bootlegging business, for a slice of Little Augie’s Labor Union racket. This deal didn’t sit well with Little Augie’s top...

The Sheltons special delivery for Charlie Bergir

The Sheltons were once described as Americas bloodiest gang and for good reason, they were locked in a war with their main rival who was once an ally, Charlie Birger. The Agnes & Ben Shelton raised 10 children on a farm near Fairfield, in Wayne County, Illinois....

Owney “The Killer” Madden – Leader of the Gopher Gang

When Madden assumed control of the Gopher Gang in Hell's Kitchen his territory stretched from below 42nd Street and along the lines of the Hudson Duster territory near the Hudson River. The Gophers and the Hudson Dusters were enemies and would frequently engage in...

John Patrick Looney

John Patrick Looney was a gangster in Rock Island, Illinois during the early 20th century. Looney served as the model for John Looney, a character in Max Allan Collins' graphic novel Road to Perdition. The character was renamed John Rooney and portrayed by Paul Newman...

Legs Diamond & The Hotsy Totsy Club

After a shooting in Legs Diamond and his partner Charlie Entratta's speakeasy bar, The Hotsy Totsy Club at 1721 Broadway, between 54 & 55th Streets in New York City, where 1 died after being shot in the head and another died later in hospital after being shot...

Prohibition Era

You will read about some of the most Notorious Names in Mob History on this website, Bosses, Hitmen and more. From New York to Chicago to Boston some of the biggest names all in one place.

 

Mickey Duffy Philadelphia’s Prohibition Era Boss

Michael "Mickey" Duffy also known as John Murphy and George McEwen, was a Polish-American mobster and rival of Maxie "Boo Boo" Hoff during Prohibition. He became one of the most famous and powerful beer bootleggers in Philadelphia. Born William Michael Cusick to...

Mad Dog Coll Arrested

After months on the run and a police manhunt to try and find him, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll was finally arrested in New York City in October 1931 along with Tuffy Odierno. The police manhunt came after a shooting that would give Coll his title of Mad Dog. In attempt to...

Billy McGlory’s Armory Hall

Billy McGlory opened McGlory's Armory Hall at 158 Hester Street in the late 1870s. It very quickly became a popular underworld hangout, frequented by thieves, pickpockets, and procurers throughout the old Fourth and Sixth Wards for nearly two decades.It was described...

Ragen’s Colts – A Southside Chicago Gang

Ragen's Colts were a street gang which dominated the Chicago underworld during the early twentieth century. Made up of mainly Irish gangsters but there were also Italian, Polish and Jewish gangsters in their ranks. By the late 1920s and early '30s, the gang became...

The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties. The Prohibition Laws, the Eighteenth Amendment & Volstead Act, had just been passed banning the sale of alcohol across the United States but it was largely ignored in the cities, New York, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis etc.Before Prohibition...

Notorious Names

From tough guys like Pat Nee from Boston to Jimmy Coonan, Mickey Featherstone & The Westies gang all the way to the biggest name of them all James “Whitey” Bulger, who was Boss for more than 20 years and went on the run for a further 16.

 

About This Site

This website is for educational purposes only, all information is as reliable as the sources it came from and not presented as undeniable facts, just a resource for helping readers look into the history of the Irish Mob. All images belong to their respective owners. From time to time there will be graphic content, such as crime scene’s etc.

I am an amateur writer and I research these stories from various sources and try to put together some interesting articles as a hobby. I always did like the stories about the Mafia and eventually found my way into reading and learning about the Irish Mob, Whitey Bulger in particular and from there I started to learn about other characters and writing about them.
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    Crowds gather outside of Schofields...
  • "Whitey" Bulger - Prisoner
    30th October was the day...
  • Terry "Machine Gun" Druggan
    Terry Druggan was a Chicago...
  • Michael Dowd
    The 75th Precinct or the...
  • John "Dingbat" O'Berta
    John "Dingbat" O'Berta. The name...
  • Mad Dog Coll Wanted
    The New York Daily News...
  • Walter O'Donnell
    Walter O'Donnell was the younger...
  • Frank McErlane's hospital shootout
    As Frank McErlane lay in...
  • Helen Walsh
    A 16 year old Helen...
  • 1800's Fashion
    The fashion styles from different...
  • John Morrissey meets Bill the Butcher
    He wasn't really a mobster...
  • An Unusual Police Line-Up
    From Left to Right –...
  • Eddie Tancl
    Eddie Tancl was a former...
  • "Dapper" Dan McCarthy
    Dapper Dan McCarthy - Chicago...
  • Louis "Two Gun" Alterie
    Leland A. Varain was born...
  • Weapons - The Awl
    Ye Olde Weapons - The...
  • Brass Knuckles
    Ye Olde Weapons - Brass...
  • The Miller Brothers
    In the aftermath of Dean...
  • Jimmy Coonan Recent Photo
    Here is one of the...
  • The Crucifixion
    After the robbery of O'Connor's...
  • Dominic "Little Libby" Nuccio
    Another suspect brought in for...
  • Dock Workers Shaping Up
    Nearly every morning dock workers...
  • Danny Stanton
    Daniel "Danny" Stanton was a...
  • John Torrio
    One of the prime suspects,...
  • John "Mitters" Foley
    John "Mitters" Foley was a...
  • Tom Hyer
    Tom Hyer was an American...
  • King Mike McDonald
    King Mike or Michael Cassius...
  • Hugh "Stubby" McGovern
    Hugh "Stubby" McGovern was a...
  • Young Mickey Spillane
    A young Mickey Spillane, lying...
  • Dapper Danny Hogan
    "Dapper" Danny Hogan - The...
  • Michael Cassius McDonald "King Mike"
    "King Mike" McDonald was Chicago's...
  • Eamonn Kelly
    Eamonn Kelly cut his teeth...
  • "Black" Charlie Harris
    He was described as handsome...
  • Thomas "Buff" Higgins
    Thomas “Buff” Higgins was a...
  • George "Red" Barker
    George "Red" Barker was a...
  • Frankie Yale
    Francesco Ioele / Uale, best...
  • "Bathhouse" John Coughlin & Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna
    Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna (left)...
  • A Grizzly Murder in The Hauge
    With temperatures hitting the high...
  • Mae West
    Mae West, a glamorous and...
  • Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll
    Salvatore Maranzano, who having won...
  • "Spike" O'Donnell
    “Spike” O’Donnell was one of...
  • Claude "Screwy" Maddox
    Claude "Screwy" Maddox, real name...
  • Lottie Coll
    The wife of Vincent "Mad...
  • Richie Ryan of the Westies
    Richie Ryan
    Quite a rare...
  • The Murder of Mossy Enright
    L-R: Judge John Sbarbaro, ”Big...
  • Thomas E. Maloy
    Thomas Edward Maloy was born...
  • Farmer Sullivan gets whacked at dinner
    In the early days, before...
  • Dean O'Banion's Killers
    On the 10th of November...
  • A Rare Photo of Egan's Rats Leaders
    Standing in Thomas "Snake" Kinney's...
  • George Raft saves James Cagney
    George Raft pictured James Cagney was...
  • Angelo Genna
    Also brought in for questioning...
  • Lieutenant Charles Becker
    Lieutenant Charles Becker was said...
  • Green Lantern Saloon
    The Green Lantern Saloon in...
  • Cadillac Frank
    Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was...
  • Frank McDarby
    One of the original members...
  • Tanner Smith
    Thomas "Tanner" Smith was leader...
  • The Blackjack
    Ye Olde Weapons - The...
  • John "Cockeye" Dunn
    John "Cockeye" Dunn was a...
  • Martin Cahill & the golf course
    At the height of the...
  • An Unusual Line-Up
    From Left to Right -...
  • The Bowers Mob
    Mickey & Harold Bowers -...
  • Tom and Helen Baxter from Long Island
    In Grand Isle, a small...
  • William "Dinty" Colbeck.
    After the death of Thomas...
  • Big Tim Murphy
    Timothy "Big Tim" Murphy. Big...
  • Lucky Luciano goes for a ride
    In the aftermath of the...
  • Weapons - The Slungshot
    The slungshot was originally a...
  • The Finer Things in Life
    Being a bootlegger Terry "Machine...
  • Texas Guinan - Queen of the nightclubs.
    While she wasnt the classic...
  • Klondike O'Donnell
    William O'Donnell better known as...
  • Atlantic City Conference
    The Atlantic City Conference held...
  • Ragen's Colts
    Ragen's Colts were an early...
  • Martin Brennan - First leader of the Gopher Gang
    Michael Martin Brennan, also known...
  • "Dynamite" Joe Brooks & Ed Harmening
    A Chicago gangland hit -...
  • Klondike O Donnell - William White - Murray Humphreys - Charles Fischitti
    (left to right): William "Klondike"...
  • Jackie Coonan
    Jackie Coonan was the younger...
  • Big Tim Sullivan
    Timothy D. Sullivan, known as...
  • Michael "Bubs" Quinlan
    Michael "Bubs" Quinlan was co...
  • Primo Carnera
    Primo Carnera (right) & Max...
  • George Remus - The King of the Bootleggers.
    George Remus was mainly active...
  • Tommy "The Rock" Hayes
    Tommy "The Rock" Hayes was...
  • Owney "The Killer" Madden...On This Day
    On this day 24th April...
  • Brian Rattigan
    Brian Rattigan was the leader...
  • Francis "Two Gun" Crowley
    Francis "Two Gun" Crowley brought...
  • William "Gunner" McPadden
    A Chicago Beer Wars Hit The...
  • Dead Man's Tree
    725 Loomis Street, Chicago. Dead...
  • Jeanne McCarthy
    Jeanne McCarthy / Popke was...
  • Mayor Jimmy Walker
    Mayor Jimmy Walker, Mayor of...
  • Capone's Board of Director's
    On the 1st of November...
  • Jack "Eat Em Up" McManus
    Jack "Eat Em Up" McManus...
  • Last photo's of James "Whitey" Bulger
    The last known photo's of...
  • South Boston Liquor Mart
    South Boston Liquor Mart. A...
  • "Peg Leg" Lonergan
    Richard "Peg Leg" Lonergan, was...
  • Fr. John Corridan
    Father John Corridan, was a...
  • "Mossy" Enright
    Maurice "Mossy" Enright was a...
  • Irish Confetti
    Irish Confetti is a slang...
  • Dutch Schultz
    Arthur Flegenheimer or the Dutchman...
  • The One Way Ride
    The One Way Ride (Frank...
  • Barney Baker & Jimmy Hoffa
    Jimmy Hoffa and his bodyguard...
  • "Wild Bill" Lovett
    Born in Lixnaw, County Kerry...

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