The Kerry Patch – St. Louis

The Kerry Patch or The Patch as it was also known was a neighborhood in the north of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Irish immigrants had been settling in St. Louis since the early 1800's, the city held its first St. Patrick's Day in 1820. By 1851 the US census recorded...

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Tattoo’s of old New York

Tattoo's have been around for a long time and throughout history have come to symbolize one thing or another, something personal, being part of a tribe or part of a gang. In old New York tattoo's also were part of culture among the Irish communities and other...

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The Roger Wheeler Hit

Roger Wheeler was a businessman, the former chairman of Telex Corp. and former owner of World Jai Alai. He was murdered at age 55 in his car in the car park of Southern Hills country club in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. John Martorano, Stevie Flemmi & Whitey Bulger...

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Rosanna Peers Grocery Shop

Rosanna Peers was a grocery store owner, saloon keeper and an early criminal fence to the thieves and gangsters of the old sixth ward during the early to mid 1800's. Rosanna's was used as a base of operations for the earliest known gangs of New York, the Forty Thieves...

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Captain John H. McCullagh

John H. McCullagh  was an officer and police captain in the NYPD, John McCullagh was also known as "Farmer John". Born in 1842 in Tyrone, Ireland and emigrated with his family the US when he was a child. During his career he battled notorious gangs and river pirates...

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John McKane Brooklyn’s very own Boss Tweed

John Y. McKane became Brooklyn's answer to Tammany Hall's Boss Tweed although McKane wouldnt be as quite well known, but his exploits were just the same. Back in the 1800's in the days when New York's Five Boroughs were still separate John Y. McKane was known as the...

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Sophie Lyons – Queen of Thieves

Sophie Lyons was called the queen of thieves but while she was under the guidance of Frederika "Marm" Mandelbaum she was known as the princess of thieves. Sophie Lyons was one of Marm's best and brightest, almost like a daughter to her. Lyons would become one of the...

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