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

Yankee Sullivan Prizefighting Champion

Yankee Sullivan real name James Ambrose. he was born in Bandon, Cork in 1811, he was also known as Frank Murray and James Sullivan. Yankee Sullivan was a bare-knuckle boxer and was a prizefighting champion from 1851 to 1853. He was considered to be the inheritor of...

The Child Gangs of New York

The photo is a child gang of orphans that lived in the alleys somewhere around Mulberry Street and was taken in 1888. It was part of an exhibition called How The Other Half Live by Jacob Riis. In early New York child gangs were mainly confined to the Five Points, the...

The First Gang – The Forty Thieves

The Forty Thieves were formed in 1825 and said to be the first known and oldest New York City criminal street gang. At least officially they were the first ones to have an established leadership and to be caught and recorded. The Five Points was a neighborhood in the...

George Appo – An Extraordinary Pickpocket

George Washington Appo was born on the 4th of July 1854 in New Haven, Connecticut to a Chinese father, Quimbo Appo also known in Chinese as Lee Ah Bow and an Irish mother Catherine Fitzpatrick. George Appo died in Manhattan in 1930. George Appo was no ordinary...

Vinegar Hill – Irishtown – Brooklyn New York

In the 1800's and during the Great Famine of Ireland many Irish settled along the banks of the Brooklyn Waterfront, over time there were so many Irish living there it became known as Irishtown. Many found employment in the Navy Yard, on the docks of the waterfront and...

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.

 

Diamonds hit on Schultz

October 15, 1928, Arthur Flegenheimer aka Dutch Schultz and his partner Joey Noe (pronounced Noy) we’re drinking in the Swanee Club, a notorious speakeasy on West 125th Street in Harlem. Just as the sun began to rise, Dutch and Joey left the Swanee and headed downtown...

The St. Valentines Day Massacre

On this day, 90 years ago one of the most famous Mob Hits of all time took place, the St. Valentines Day Massacre in Chicago, where seven men were shot to death by rival gangsters. What started with the death of Dean O'Banion in 1924 ended on St. Valentines Day in...

The Coll Schultz War Part 2 – The Death of a Mad Dog

With the months of May and June being the bloodiest part of the gang war between the Schultz and Coll gangs which left a trail of dead bodies in its wake, there would be further violence and one of the most infamous shootings was still to come. On July 28th came the...

Prohibition ends in America on this day

On the 5th of December 1933, the National & Constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the U.S comes to an end. Originally brought into law in 1920 and after 13 years the law was finally repealed. The...

The Distinguished Owen Vincent Madden of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Owen Vincent Madden was a quiet an unassuming character in Hot Springs, Arizona, he married the postmasters daughter, Agnes Denby. He was often seen out on the streets tipping his hat to the women. He was always quick to give impressive donations to the Boys Club. He...

William “Big Bill” Dwyer – Bootlegger

William Vincent "Big Bill" Dwyer was born and raised Hell’s Kitchen, although he would avoid the temptations of quick money and the gangster lifestyle. Bill Dwyer was a hard-working young man. He finished school and then went to work for a time as an usher before...

The Fox Lake Massacre

The Fox Lake Massacre was an event when Prohibition Era violence spilled over into Lake County, northeastern Illinois on June 1, 1930. Gangsters from Terry "Machine Gun" Druggan & Frankie Lake's gang were gunned down at Manning's Hotel in Fox Lake. That area of...

George Cassiday – The Bootlegger to Congress

George Cassiday was born in 1892 and fought in the First World War and a founder of the Irish Veterans Association upon his return after the war, he found employment difficult after the war and almost by accident he became a bootlegger, he would also become known as...

Thomas Egan – Co Founder of Egans Rats of St. Louis

Thomas Egan was a St. Louis saloon keeper, politician and gangster involved in bootlegging, illegal gambling, voter intimidation, labor slugging and a whole lot of other criminal activities. The infamous Egan's Rats gang from St. Louis, Missouri was named after him,...

Marion “Kiki” Roberts & Legs Diamond

Marion "Kiki" Roberts, real name Strasmick (Strasmich) was born in Boston in 1909. When she was young her dream was to become a star. She would also become involved with Jack "Legs" Diamond. When Marion was eight years old she came eighth place in a beauty contest in...

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.

 

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...

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...

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...

Diamond Jack & His Many Aliases

Diamond Jack had a fascination and love for the Western lifestyle and made his way out to Denver, Colorado to become “a peaceful rancher with persons of culture around me,”. Hank Bosco who was a young boy at the time, would take gum and rides in the passenger seat of...

The White Hand Gang at war with itself

The White Hand Gangs internal feud was a lot greater than any feud they had with the Italian Black Hand Gang, its said the White Hand Gang, who were mostly Irish were named as a play on the the Italian Black Hand Gang who had been dominate around Brooklyn at the time....

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

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