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George Appo – An Extraordinary Pickpocket

George Washington Appo was born on the 4th of July 1854 in New Haven, Connecticut to a Chinese father, Quimbo Appo also known in Chinese as Lee Ah Bow and an Irish mother Catherine Fitzpatrick. George Appo died in Manhattan in 1930. George Appo was no ordinary...

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A murder on the Brooklyn Docks

After the deaths of "Wild" Bill Lovett & Richard "Peg Leg" Lonergan, the White Hand Gang were in turmoil. After a spree of killings and revenge killings Eddie McGuire had taken control of the gang, very briefly, on the night of 27th December 1929 Eddie McGuire...

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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...

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River Pirates on the Hudson & East Rivers

From 1866 to 1877 river pirates terrorized the water of New York's rivers and harbor robbing cargo and what ever other goods they could from boats that were docked or coming in to port. Piracy in the waters of New York became so bad that the police eventually set up a...

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