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“Dapper Dan” McCarthy – Union Racketeer

“Dapper Dan” McCarthy – Union Racketeer

“Dapper Dan” McCarthy was one of Dean O’Banions North Side gangsters, along with other such notorious names as Hymie Weiss, “Schemer” Drucci, “Bugs” Moran, “Nails” Morton & Louis “Two Gun” Altierre. Sometimes known as Handsome Dan McCarthy, “Dapper Dan” was mainly...

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Murder on the Brooklyn Docks (Part 4)

Murder on the Brooklyn Docks (Part 4)

The End of the White Hand Gang (1925 - 1931)In this fourth and final video, part four, I will take an in-depth look at what happened to the gang after the death of Richard "Peg Leg" Lonergan, who died at the Adonis Social Club on Christmas night in 1925.Lonergan...

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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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Murder on the Brooklyn Docks (Part 3)

Murder on the Brooklyn Docks (Part 3)

Peg Leg In this video, part three, I will take an in-depth Look at Richard "Peg Leg" Lonergan, leading up to Lonergan's death in the Adonis Social Club, where his body was found, along with one of his men.Lonergan assumed control of the gang after "Wild" Bill Lovett's...

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Murder on the Brooklyn Docks (Part 2)

Murder on the Brooklyn Docks (Part 2)

The Fall of "Wild" Bill Lovett In this video, part two, I will have a look at "Wild" Bill Lovett, leading up to Lovett's death in 25 Bridge Street, where his body was found. The battle between the factions of the White Hand Gang heated up in the months leading to...

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Murder on the Brooklyn Docks – Part 1

Murder on the Brooklyn Docks – Part 1

Traditionally, it was thought and written about that there was a battle for control of Brooklyn's docks and rackets between the Irish and Italians, that the Italians won and wiped out the Irish gangs on the docks. That hitmen from Cleveland travelled to Brooklyn and...

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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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“Wild” Bill Lovett Takes Over

“Wild” Bill Lovett Takes Over

Becoming the boss of Brooklyn's White Hand Gang was something that many wanted, none more so than "Wild" Bill Lovett. The current leader Dinny Meehan suspected that Lovett was going to become an issue that would have to be dealt with sooner or later. Unfortunately for...

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