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The Dunnes – Dublin’s Original Crime Family

The Dunnes – Dublin’s Original Crime Family

The Dunne's began life on the streets of the Liberties area of Dublin, their parents had a clothes stall in the Francis Street markets, they later moved to the Dolphin's Barn area, where they lived on Rutland Avenue, Dublin City Corporation houses that were built in...

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Corcoran’s Roost

Corcoran’s Roost

Corcorans Roost was a neighborhood the East Side of Manhattan, today its known as Tudor City. Named after James "Paddy" Corcoran a plaque hangs on the spot where Corcorans Roost stood. James Corcoran was was born in Ireland in 1819 in...

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The Bloody Maxwell District Chicago

The Bloody Maxwell District Chicago

For about a hundred years, the Maxwell Street District or better known as Bloody Maxwell on the Near West Side of Chicago, was the toughest neighborhood in town from the 1850s through the 1950s. Named after Dr. Philip Maxwell, who had served in the military, was the...

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The Fox Lake Massacre

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...

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Theodore Allen – The Allen

Theodore Allen – The Allen

Theodore Allen, or known as The Allen, was an American gambler, political organizer, saloon keeper and head of a criminal family in New York City during the mid-to late 19th century. Born in Syracuse in New York to well to do & deeply religious parents in 1823, he...

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Waxey Gordon

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...

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The Vandeleur Evictions

The Vandeleur Evictions

One of the most famous evictions took place in July, 1888, on the Vandeleur Estate near Kilrush, Co. Clare. Photographs from the evictions are held at the National Library of Ireland and the Clare County Library. The photos were not taken by locals but by tourists...

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Eamonn Dunne “The Don”

Eamonn Dunne “The Don”

Eamonn Dunne was at one time Ireland's most violent and feared gangland figure, believed to have been personally responsible for ordering at least 17 gangland hits. Educated and softly spoken, Dunne, known as “The Don” ruled Dublin’s drugs business with an iron fist,...

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