Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo: History, Hits and Headquarters

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Stories abound about legendary New York City gangsters like "Lucky" Luciano, but Buffalo has housed its fair share of thugs and mobsters, too. While many were nothing more than common criminals or bank robbers, a powerful crime family headed by local boss Stefano Magaddino emerged in the 1920s. Close to Canada, Niagara Falls and Buffalo were perfect avenues through which to transport booze, and Magaddino and his Mafiosi maintained a stranglehold on the city until his death in 1974. Local mob historian Michael ...

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Overview

Stories abound about legendary New York City gangsters like "Lucky" Luciano, but Buffalo has housed its fair share of thugs and mobsters, too. While many were nothing more than common criminals or bank robbers, a powerful crime family headed by local boss Stefano Magaddino emerged in the 1920s. Close to Canada, Niagara Falls and Buffalo were perfect avenues through which to transport booze, and Magaddino and his Mafiosi maintained a stranglehold on the city until his death in 1974. Local mob historian Michael Rizzo takes a tour of Buffalo's Mafia exploits-everything from these brutal gangsters' favorite hangouts to secret underground tunnels to murder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609495640
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 348,766
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rizzo was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo. History was not his first love, but after purchasing an 1893 house in Buffalo, a light bulb went off in his head. He released his first book in 2005 and has not stopped since.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Prologue 11

The Gangster Era

The Blonde Bandit 19

The Korney Gang 23

The Blue Ribbon Gang 30

Buffalo's Molls 33

Apartment 821 36

The $93,000 Question 38

The Millionaire Kid 41

Bobbed-Haired Beauty 43

The Mafia, Part I

The Barrel Murder 49

Early Mafia Families 52

The Magaddino Family 60

The Magaddino Relatives 88

The Crime Family 93

Apalachin

November 14, 1957 107

Kidnapping Cousins 111

The Montana Affair 116

Bookies and Gamblers

The Major Players 123

The Whirlpool Club 136

The Mafia, Part II

The Business of Funerals 141

Lupo the Wolf 145

Hide in Plain Sight 151

A Gangster, a Hit and a Rembrandt 156

Valachi and His Sweetheart 164

Deadly Nights

The Union, the Murder and the Informant 171

Mysterious Murders 178

A Lesson from the Mob 186

Where to Find Everything 195

Notes 213

Selected Bibliography 241

Index 243

About the Author 255

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