Crimetown USA – The city that fell in love with the mob.

Everyone suspected who the killers were—they lived in the neighborhood, sometimes just down the street—but no one could ever prove anything.


New Republic: There was a certain tidiness to the killings in Youngstown. Usually they happened late at night when there were no witnesses or police and only the lights from the steel furnaces still burned.

Sometimes neighbors would hear the short, sharp sound of gunfire and then nothing, a silence you can’t describe unless you’ve heard it, which if you’re lucky you haven’t.

Everyone suspected who the killers were—they lived in the neighborhood, sometimes just down the street—but no one could ever prove anything. Sometimes their methods were simple: a bullet to the back of the head or a bomb strapped under the hood of a car.

Or sometimes, like when they got Mr. Magda, they allowed for the more dramatic, tranquilizing their victim with a stun gun and wrapping his head in tape until he could no longer breathe.

Yet the most frightening method, the one that captured the city’s imagination, was the most immaculate: the disappearance of people in broad daylight. They were the city’s ghosts.

Police found their cars empty on the side of the street, the engines still warm, or their dinner tables still piled with food. They had, in the most classic sense, been “rubbed out.” The only sign of the killers was an artistic flourish: the dozen long-stemmed white roses victims often received just before they vanished.  Read more..

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  1. It’s a great read. But, Youngstown has nothing on parts of Louisiana. It was a open thing to know about Youngstown even in the parts of NYS closest to there.
    Pretty sure it was an FBI map marking the spots across the US showing the most prolific organized crime families were in Louisiana.
    One odd thing. A short list of people born between Jan 10-20. MLK, Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Capone, Torrio, “Joe the Boss” Masseria, Charles Binnagio, Joe Bonanno, Irving Wexler, Arnold Rothstein, “Nucky” Johnson, and on and on,…. it is the time of (king on the mountain). Patrick Kennedy also.

  2. I always liked hearing his views on American politics.
    Too bad about his tractor….would have been an interesting trial.

  3. The La Cosa Nostra was nothing compared to the La Kosher Nostra. They weren’t around as long and didn’t have as much practice and experience like the Kosher Nostra. The Sicilian mafia didn’t own the Federal Reserve, the US Treasury. They didn’t own and control the MSM or Hollywood. They didn’t own and control the US Government or the US Congress. They didn’t own and control foreign governments and banks. They didn’t control what was taught in the schools, colleges and universities. Their regions of control weren’t worldwide. They were illegal loan sharks and counterfeiters unlike the Kosher Nostra whose banking, financing and printing of money is legal.…

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