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

Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo History Hits and Headquarters 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 than common criminals or bank robbers

  • Title: Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo: History, Hits and Headquarters
  • Author: Michael F. Rizzo
  • ISBN: 9781609495640
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 toStories 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 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 expert 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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    One Reply to “Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo: History, Hits and Headquarters”

    1. I really wanted to like this book. Especially since I'm from Buffalo. But the writing was like one long bulleted list of facts. There was no story or narrative. Made for very tedious reading.

    2. Very interesting read if you like local history or even just organized crime history. the author includes a "Where to Find It" section at the back of the book so you could take your own your if desired.

    3. Though I really like reading about the underworld history of my adopted city, this book had some frustrating aspects. At times, it felt like the author was presenting a laundry list of crimes and criminals in lieu of more detailed information. The odd tendency to give birthdates of the made men had me wondering if they were applying for passports rather than appearing in a history book. I'd have liked something that focused on specifics of the crimes and organization to a greater degree, if such [...]

    4. Based on headlines and their accompanying stories, it seems. I could discern no pattern; the text jumped back and forth in time; lots of photos of local mob figures and what their homes and businesses look like now. I think this book was written and published as a handbook to be taken along on one of the many "tours" around the area. There was a time when "the Arm" was very powerful--close to 80 years ago--and the on-going efforts to keep Western NY relevant seem to be a driving factor here. Lot [...]

    5. This was more of a list of crimes and misdemeanors than a narrative. The writing was a bit choppy, more like a entry than a published novel and it seems the writer was only repeating what he read in newspaper archives. It was interesting to see some familiar last names, making me wonder if there is any relation to people I know.

    6. It's amazing how many names I recognized and wondered if they were uncles or grandfathers of my friends growing up.

    7. There was a lot of good information in this book but it was very poorly presented. More or less just a list of events that happened. A very dry read.

    8. Writing style was seriously lacking any type of cohesiveness, but I still enjoyed it because I am from Buffalo and this is the only book of its kind on this subject matter.

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