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.

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Murder on the Brooklyn Docks is about Brooklyns White Hand Gang who were in fact a collection of smaller gangs under one umbrella, the main factions being the Warren Street Red Onion Gang and the Jay Street Gang, who fought among themselves for control of the rackets and docks.

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What Is The Irish Mob?

The Irish mob has had a significant influence on America’s crime world, originating in the early 1800s and spanning across much of the country. One of its first incarnations started as street gangs in New York City, as depicted in 1928 book “The Gangs of New York,” by Herbert Asbury.

The Latest Stories

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly was a member of the Westies who joined the gang in the late 1970's. He worked his way up through the ranks of the gang, starting off as an enforcer and debt collector. He would be used by the older members as muscle to collect their loans. In one instance...

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The Fall of “Wild” Bill Lovett

The Fall of “Wild” Bill Lovett

After Bill Lovett had begun to clean house, taking out or removing the previous White Hand Gang leader's loyalists through a series of murders, shootings and stabbings. But none of it went opposed, Dinny Meehan the previous leader and Garry Barry still had friends...

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“Wild” Bill cleans house

“Wild” Bill cleans house

With Dinny Meehan out of the way, "Wild" Bill Lovett assumed control of the White Hand Gang. Although there was no evidence to link Lovett to Meehan's murder, it didn't stop the talk around the docks, with the dock loaders and stevedores speculating as to who Meehan's...

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Featured Stories

Boss Tweed – The Most Corrupt Politician of his Time

Boss Tweed or William Magear Tweed was legendary for his total corruption & his enormous financial takings throughout his political career in the mid 1800's and in all honesty could probably put the politicians of today to shame. Some estimates say in today's...

The Gopher Gang of Hell’s Kitchen

The Gopher Gang were one of Hell’s Kitchen’s most brutal gangs. They were given the name "Gophers" because they used to hide in the cellars of buildings in the neighbourhood. The Gophers formed in the 1890s and went on to rule the West Side between Ninth and Eleventh...

George C. Parker – The Man Who Sold Brooklyn Bridge

George C. Parker also known as James J. O'Brien, Warden Kennedy, was a con artist born in New York to Irish immigrant parents in 1860, Parker would become best known for selling property he didnt own, notably the Brooklyn Bridge and many other national landmarks,...

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...

“Old” Jimmy Hope – Master Bank Robber

James Hope was born in Philadelphia to Irish parents in 1836, the family were poor and Jimmy took a job as a machinist when he was a teenager. He married young and had a family but Jimmy Hope would soon find himself attracted to a life of crime. He would go on to...

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.

 

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...

The failed hot on Eddie Diamond

Sometime in 1927, Eddie Diamond was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis, by the following year Eddie packed up his family, his wife Kitty and young son John and moved out west to Denver. Eddie also took with him, one of Jacks torpedos, Dominick Bifano. Meanwhile...

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...

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...

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...

Lucky Luciano & The Rothstein Questioning

November 19, 1928, just thirteen days after Arnold Rothstein’s murder, “Charlie Lucky” Lucania aka Charles Luciano was arrested along with George Uffner, a narcotic associate of Charlie and Rothstein, and Thomas “Fatty” Walsh. They were accused of a payroll robbery of...

Charles “Vannie” Higgins – The Last Irish Boss of Brooklyn

Charles "Vannie" Higgins was a mobster and one of the most prominent bootleggers during Prohibition. Known as "Brooklyn's Last Irish Boss", Higgins was notorious for his escapes from the police and law Higgins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1897. He learned to be a...

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...

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...

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.

 

Mad Dog Coll’s Final Phone Call

February 8, 1932, Vincent Coll and his unidentified bodyguard took a short stroll from the Cornish Arms, where Coll was staying to the London Chemist drugstore, both on West 23rd Street, with the two men wanting to make phone calls. Coll walked into one of the booths...

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...

Billy McCarthy & Jimmy Miraglia murders

Billy McCarthy was a stick up man and a members of Frank Cullotta's burglary crew in Chicago, Illinois. McCarthy wouldnt be a household name but a series of events would lead him to be remembered in a scene in Martin Scorsese's classic Casino. One night Billy McCarthy...

When They Tried To Whack Eddie Diamond

Legs Diamond had one soft spot in life, his brother Eddie. He would have sacrificed everything he owned to bring him back to health. Tuberculosis had ravaged Eddie as well as other members of his family. Eddie had been sent to various sanatorium to try get cured but...

George C. Parker – The Man Who Sold Brooklyn Bridge

George C. Parker also known as James J. O'Brien, Warden Kennedy, was a con artist born in New York to Irish immigrant parents in 1860, Parker would become best known for selling property he didnt own, notably the Brooklyn Bridge and many other national landmarks,...

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

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