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Mobsters, Madams & Murder in Steubenville, Ohio: The Story of Little Chicago

Mobsters, Madams & Murder in Steubenville, Ohio: The Story of Little Chicago

by Susan M. Guy


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Steubenville Ohio, a mecca of murder was nicknamed "Little Chicago" with gambling, prostitution, and bootlegging running rampant for over one hundred years.

Steubenville's Water Street red-light district drew men from hundreds of miles away, as well as underage runaways. The white slave trade was rampant, and along with all the vice crimes, murders became a weekly occurrence. Law enforcement seemed to turn a blind eye, and cries of political corruption were heard in the state capital. This scenario replayed itself over and over again during the past century as mobsters and madams ruled and murders plagued the city and county at an alarming rate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626195677
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Series: True Crime
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 533,397
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Susan M. Guy is a correction officer for the state of Ohio and a former police sergeant with the Cross Creek Township Police Department. She also serves as the director of public relations for the Tri-State Writers Society, a member of the Jefferson County Historical Museum and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Part I 1900 to 1920: Pre-Prohibition Era

1 Murder at the Park House Resort 15

2 Murder for Love 23

3 Madam Jennie Good 33

4 George Mackinaw 37

5 The Murder of Patrolman McDonald 39

6 The Wets and Drys Battle It Out 45

7 Patrolman Lafayette Mercer 48

Part II Newsflash: Prohibition Arrives and Crime Rate Soars

8 The Arrival of Prohibition 55

9 The Mike Veltry Murder 58

10 The Frank Perrin Murder 61

11 The Murder of Hicks Cummins 63

12 A Week of Murder 71

13 The Dixie Blinn Murder 78

14 The Murder of Lorenzo DiAndrea 83

15 Murder in Mingo Junction 86

16 Knights of the Ku Khrx Klan Appear 90

17 Black Hand Murders 94

18 Dry Agent Luther Brown 99

19 The Phares Martin Murder 101

20 Dry Agent John McCoy and His Men 103

21 The May Blosser Story 108

22 The Gruesome Herron Murders 110

23 The Little Chicago of the Nation 115

24 Dry Agent Harry Webster 119

25 The Murder of Patrolman Owen Burns 122

26 Death Raises Its Black Hand Again 128

27 The Death of Lieutenant Scott Roe 133

28 Mike Trombetti 137

29 George Baynham and John Cole 141

30 The Murder of Patrolman Raymond Castner 149

31 Murder in Yorkville 152

32 Prohibition Is Repealed 159

Part III Pictures of Steubenville and Notable Graves in Union Cemetery 161

Bibliography 169

Index 171

About the Author 176

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