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Billy McGlory’s Armory Hall

Billy McGlory’s Armory Hall

Billy McGlory opened McGlory's Armory Hall at 158 Hester Street in the late 1870s. It very quickly became a popular underworld hangout, frequented by thieves, pickpockets, and procurers throughout the old Fourth and Sixth Wards for nearly two decades.It was described...

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The Failed Assassination of Paul Kelly

The Failed Assassination of Paul Kelly

Biff Ellison was one of Paul Kelly's gang members in the Five Points gang, he started out as a bouncer in Fat Flynn's dive bar on Bond Street. He later became a bouncer of a bar on Christie street where he made his name by knocking a police officer unconscious with a...

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The Coffey Gang – New York’s Finest

The Coffey Gang – New York’s Finest

New York Detective Joseph Coffey certainly doesn't need any introductions, he was legendary in both law enforcement and criminal circles alike. He had a career like no other and an impressive arrest record to match.We have covered Joe Coffey previously in...

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Marion “Kiki” Roberts & Legs Diamond

Marion “Kiki” Roberts & Legs Diamond

Marion "Kiki" Roberts, real name Strasmick (Strasmich) was born in Boston in 1909. When she was young her dream was to become a star. She would also become involved with Jack "Legs" Diamond. When Marion was eight years old she came eighth place in a beauty contest in...

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John Martorano Kills “Indian Al” & His Gang

John Martorano Kills “Indian Al” & His Gang

Alfred "Indian Al" Notorangeli was an a bookie and an “earner” from Somerville who made a poor career choice and would pay for it with his life. His death came in the form of John Martorano. One weekend "Indian Al" murdered the wrong bookie, one connected to Mafia...

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The Lufthansa Heist 1978

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...

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