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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

A murder on the Brooklyn Docks

After the deaths of "Wild" Bill Lovett & Richard "Peg Leg" Lonergan, the White Hand Gang were in turmoil. After a spree of killings and revenge killings Eddie McGuire had taken control of the gang, very briefly, on the night of 27th December 1929 Eddie McGuire...

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 Mandelbaum Gang – New York’s Female Gang Boss

Fredericka "Marm" Mandelbaum was a New York entrepreneur and operated as a criminal fence to many of the street gangs and criminals of the city's underworld, handling between $1-5 million in stolen goods between 1862 until 1884. Like her rival John D. Grady and the...

“Wild” Jimmy Haggerty & The Schuylkill Rangers

“Wild Jimmy” Haggerty was a criminal in Philadelphia and later in New York City during the mid 19th century. Jimmy Haggerty was the leader of the Schuylkill Rangers, a street gang which terrorized the South Philadelphia waterfront for over 25 years. The notorious...

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...

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.

 

The very last picture of Legs Diamond

The very last picture taken of Jack “Legs” Diamond, just 9 hours before he was killed. Jack’s Attorney Daniel H. Prior, Alice Diamond and Jack shortly after he was acquitted. It is said that Jack went out celebrating his acquittal, followed by a visit to his mistress...

Waxey Gordon

Irving Wexler better known as Waxey Gordon was born to Polish - Jewish Immigrants in 1888, he grew up to become an infamous Prohibition Era gangster who specialized in bootlegging, illegal gambling and in later years, narcotics. He grew up in New York's Lower East...

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...

Egans Rats – The St. Louis Mob

Egan's Rats were an organized crime gang that had a considerable amount of power in St. Louis, Missouri from 1890's until 1924. The gangs criminal activity included bootlegging, labor slugging, voter intimidation, armed robbery, and murder. Although they were...

Coll ambushes Carmine Borelli

February 12, 1930, the Schultz-Coll war began with the shooting of Carmine Borelli, one of Dutch Schultz’s top lieutenants, and Mayme Layton aka Mary Smith, on Inwood Ave, the Bronx. Apparently Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll believed Borelli knew of Coll’s war plans against...

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 in New Jersey

The controversy over the nation’s Prohibition Amendment spilled over into New Jersey politics. Republicans, whose base was in the more rural parts of the State, supported Prohibition; Democrats whose strength was in the big cities were opposed to Prohibition.   The...

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....

Charlotte “Lottie” Kreisberger / Coll

The quintessential mob moll, a street wise German Jewish girl Lottie Kreisberger was first Vincent Coll's girlfriend and later wife. She channeled Mad Dog Coll's aggression to terrorize New York—from innocent bystanders to bosses like Owney Madden & Dutch Schultz....

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...

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.

 

Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll & His Gang

After a disagreement with Dutch Schultz over the robbery of a dairy in the Bronx among other things, "Mad Dog" Coll broke away and started his own gang, taking some of Schultz's guys with him, they attempted to muscle in on Schultz’s rackets. This started a gang war...

Irish Eddie Boyle – Gambino Associate

Edmund "Irish Eddie" Boyle lived in Brooklyn he was known as a clever, resourceful money maker who wouldn’t buckle under pressure and became an associate of the Gambino Family sometime in the late 80's. He began his career stealing cars and became a trusted and...

Thomas Snake Kinney

Thomas Snake Kinney was a Missouri state senator, he was one of the founding members of the infamous Egan's Rats, a St. Louis organized crime gang in the early part of the 20th Century. Thomas Snake Kinney was born and raised in St. Louis's "Kerry Patch" neighborhood...

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...

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...

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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    Nearly every morning dock workers...
  • A Grizzly Murder in The Hauge
    With temperatures hitting the high...
  • William "Dinty" Colbeck.
    After the death of Thomas...
  • Jeanne McCarthy
    Jeanne McCarthy / Popke was...
  • Mad Dog Coll Wanted
    The New York Daily News...
  • Angelo Genna
    Also brought in for questioning...
  • John "Cockeye" Dunn
    John "Cockeye" Dunn was a...
  • Mae West
    Mae West, a glamorous and...
  • Richie Ryan of the Westies
    Richie Ryan
    Quite a rare...
  • Francis "Two Gun" Crowley
    Francis "Two Gun" Crowley brought...
  • Big Tim Sullivan
    Timothy D. Sullivan, known as...
  • Eddie Tancl
    Eddie Tancl was a former...
  • "Black" Charlie Harris
    He was described as handsome...
  • Danny Stanton
    Daniel "Danny" Stanton was a...
  • Helen Walsh
    A 16 year old Helen...
  • Thomas E. Maloy
    Thomas Edward Maloy was born...
  • Ragen's Colts
    Ragen's Colts were an early...
  • Eamonn Kelly
    Eamonn Kelly cut his teeth...
  • John Torrio
    One of the prime suspects,...
  • Hugh "Stubby" McGovern
    Hugh "Stubby" McGovern was a...
  • Schofields Flower Shop
    Crowds gather outside of Schofields...
  • Michael "Bubs" Quinlan
    Michael "Bubs" Quinlan was co...
  • Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll
    Salvatore Maranzano, who having won...
  • Tom Hyer
    Tom Hyer was an American...
  • Louis "Two Gun" Alterie
    Leland A. Varain was born...
  • Fr. John Corridan
    Father John Corridan, was a...
  • Atlantic City Conference
    The Atlantic City Conference held...
  • Tanner Smith
    Thomas "Tanner" Smith was leader...
  • "Dynamite" Joe Brooks & Ed Harmening
    A Chicago gangland hit -...
  • Klondike O'Donnell
    William O'Donnell better known as...
  • The Miller Brothers
    In the aftermath of Dean...
  • Tom and Helen Baxter from Long Island
    In Grand Isle, a small...
  • The Murder of Mossy Enright
    L-R: Judge John Sbarbaro, ”Big...
  • Dean O'Banion's Killers
    On the 10th of November...
  • Jack "Eat Em Up" McManus
    Jack "Eat Em Up" McManus...
  • Dead Man's Tree
    725 Loomis Street, Chicago. Dead...
  • Young Mickey Spillane
    A young Mickey Spillane, lying...
  • "Bathhouse" John Coughlin & Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna
    Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna (left)...
  • John "Mitters" Foley
    John "Mitters" Foley was a...
  • Jimmy Coonan Recent Photo
    Here is one of the...
  • Michael Cassius McDonald "King Mike"
    "King Mike" McDonald was Chicago's...
  • Weapons - The Awl
    Ye Olde Weapons - The...
  • George "Red" Barker
    George "Red" Barker was a...
  • John "Dingbat" O'Berta
    John "Dingbat" O'Berta. The name...
  • Dutch Schultz
    Arthur Flegenheimer or the Dutchman...
  • Irish Confetti
    Irish Confetti is a slang...
  • Tommy "The Rock" Hayes
    Tommy "The Rock" Hayes was...
  • Lottie Coll
    The wife of Vincent "Mad...
  • King Mike McDonald
    King Mike or Michael Cassius...
  • An Unusual Police Line-Up
    From Left to Right –...
  • Terry "Machine Gun" Druggan
    Terry Druggan was a Chicago...
  • A Rare Photo of Egan's Rats Leaders
    Standing in Thomas "Snake" Kinney's...
  • Weapons - The Slungshot
    The slungshot was originally a...
  • "Wild Bill" Lovett
    Born in Lixnaw, County Kerry...
  • Cadillac Frank
    Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was...
  • Jackie Coonan
    Jackie Coonan was the younger...
  • "Whitey" Bulger - Prisoner
    30th October was the day...
  • 1800's Fashion
    The fashion styles from different...
  • Frank McErlane's hospital shootout
    As Frank McErlane lay in...
  • "Peg Leg" Lonergan
    Richard "Peg Leg" Lonergan, was...
  • The Crucifixion
    After the robbery of O'Connor's...
  • The Blackjack
    Ye Olde Weapons - The...
  • Texas Guinan - Queen of the nightclubs.
    While she wasnt the classic...
  • Last photo's of James "Whitey" Bulger
    The last known photo's of...
  • George Remus - The King of the Bootleggers.
    George Remus was mainly active...
  • South Boston Liquor Mart
    South Boston Liquor Mart. A...
  • Martin Cahill & the golf course
    At the height of the...
  • Claude "Screwy" Maddox
    Claude "Screwy" Maddox, real name...
  • The Finer Things in Life
    Being a bootlegger Terry "Machine...
  • Barney Baker & Jimmy Hoffa
    Jimmy Hoffa and his bodyguard...
  • Martin Brennan - First leader of the Gopher Gang
    Michael Martin Brennan, also known...
  • Brian Rattigan
    Brian Rattigan was the leader...
  • Brass Knuckles
    Ye Olde Weapons - Brass...
  • Thomas "Buff" Higgins
    Thomas “Buff” Higgins was a...
  • The Bowers Mob
    Mickey & Harold Bowers -...
  • Capone's Board of Director's
    On the 1st of November...
  • Green Lantern Saloon
    The Green Lantern Saloon in...
  • The One Way Ride
    The One Way Ride (Frank...
  • George Raft saves James Cagney
    George Raft pictured James Cagney was...
  • William "Gunner" McPadden
    A Chicago Beer Wars Hit The...
  • Primo Carnera
    Primo Carnera (right) & Max...
  • "Mossy" Enright
    Maurice "Mossy" Enright was a...
  • An Unusual Line-Up
    From Left to Right -...
  • John Morrissey meets Bill the Butcher
    He wasn't really a mobster...
  • Big Tim Murphy
    Timothy "Big Tim" Murphy. Big...
  • Dapper Danny Hogan
    "Dapper" Danny Hogan - The...
  • Michael Dowd
    The 75th Precinct or the...
  • Lucky Luciano goes for a ride
    In the aftermath of the...
  • "Dapper" Dan McCarthy
    Dapper Dan McCarthy - Chicago...
  • Dominic "Little Libby" Nuccio
    Another suspect brought in for...
  • Lieutenant Charles Becker
    Lieutenant Charles Becker was said...
  • Klondike O Donnell - William White - Murray Humphreys - Charles Fischitti
    (left to right): William "Klondike"...
  • South Side Inn / Roberts Lounge
    The South Side Inn 114...
  • Frankie Yale
    Francesco Ioele / Uale, best...
  • Farmer Sullivan gets whacked at dinner
    In the early days, before...
  • Owney "The Killer" Madden...On This Day
    On this day 24th April...
  • Walter O'Donnell
    Walter O'Donnell was the younger...
  • Frank McDarby
    One of the original members...
  • Mayor Jimmy Walker
    Mayor Jimmy Walker, Mayor of...
  • "Spike" O'Donnell
    “Spike” O’Donnell was one of...

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