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

The Short Tails

The Short Tails (Not to be confused with the Shirt Tails, who were an earlier gang) This is a photo of a real Gang of New York, under a pier in Corlears Hook, it was taken in 1888 and part of an exhibition called How The Other Half Lives by photographer Jacob Riis...

Yakey Yake Brady

John or James "Yakey Yake" Brady was the founder and leader of the Yakey Yakes, an independent street gang based in Manhattan, New York at the turn of the 20th century. Under his leadership, the gang, which had its base around the Brooklyn Bridge, operated freely...

Corlears Hook – The Lower East Side

Corlears Hook was once a middle-class neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan which in the 1820's began its descent into a den of crime, vice and sin. It was once a Native American Settlement and then an industrious shipyard, the neighborhood was about to...

Henry Bergh Shuts Down The Rat Pit

Henry Bergh was born on the Lower East Side in 1813, the Lower East Side in the 1800's had some of the most notorious neighborhoods in the world, the Five Points, Fourth Ward & the Bowery. At the time, America was not a friendly place for animals, dog fighting and...

The Manhattan Savings Institution Bank Robbery 1878

The Manhattan Savings Institution Bank Robbery. On October 27, 1878 The manager of the Manhattan Savings Institution found the vault empty and nearly $3 million in currency and securities was missing. In real dollars it remains the largest bank robbery in history. The...

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.

 

“Vannie” Higgins in a Shootout in Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Charles "Vannie" Higgins lived in an apartment on Ridge Boulevard, in Brookly much to the annoyance of his neighbors. He was known as the last Irish Boss of Brooklyn or the “czar of Brooklyn liquor interests" or the Brooklyn beer baron, though he would strongly deny...

Spike O’Donnell – The Southside O’Donnells

James Edward O’Donnell or better known as “Spike” O’Donnell he was born on November 29,1889, O’Donnell was one of the few gangsters from the Capone era to retire from the rackets, pioneer the Chicago paving of streets, maintain his political clout and die of natural...

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...

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....

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...

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....

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....

“Vannie” Higgins in a Shootout in Bay Ridge Brooklyn

Charles "Vannie" Higgins lived in an apartment on Ridge Boulevard, in Brookly much to the annoyance of his neighbors. He was known as the last Irish Boss of Brooklyn or the “czar of Brooklyn liquor interests" or the Brooklyn beer baron, though he would strongly deny...

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 hit on Johnny Torrio

On the afternoon of January 24, 1925, the Czar of bootlegging and vice in Chicago, Johnny Torrio and his wife Anna pull up to their apartment building, 7011 Clyde Avenue, in a black chauffeured Lincoln around 4.30pm. Anna stepped out of the car and walked to 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.

 

Monk Eastman From Public Enemy to National Hero

Edward "Monk" Eastman (1875 – 1920) was a New York gangster and founder of the Eastman Gang, which became one of the most powerful street gangs in New York City. Of course Monk Eastman wasn't Irish, he did live in a time when the Irish, Jews and Italians worked and...

Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Jimmy Hoffa

Frank Sheeran was a high ranking labor union official with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, he was also one of the main instigators of union corruption for the Mafia, he was also linked to the bosses of the Bufalino Crime Family, Russell Bufalino &...

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...

Chicago’s 1920’s Taxicab Wars Part 1

Chicago's Taxicab Wars took place throughout the 1920's when rival taxi company's went to war with each other to gain business and to put the other out of business. The Taxicab Wars seen kidnappings, shootings, bombings and murders in open warfare on Chicago's streets...

The Lufthansa Heist 1978

The Lufthansa Heist of December 1978 would be known to many mob enthusiasts for a few reasons, mainly because it was immortalized in Martin Scorsese's 1990 classic movie Goodfella's. The Lufthansa heist took place at JFK International Airport on December 11, 1978. An...

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

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