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Organized  Crime

the Thompson submachinegun, known as the 'tommy gun'

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L i n k s
organized crime info at Fraud Watcher Network

books about the Mafia at Amazon.com
gangster movies VHS catalog at Amazon.com
gangster movies DVD catalog at Amazon.com

gangster movies category at AllPosters

The Gangster Museum of America in Hot Springs, Arkansas



Books  &  Videos  About  Gangsters

Italians & Syndicate Crime book by Humbert S. Nelli   "The Business of Crime: Italians and Syndicate Crime In The United States" [1976]
by Humbert S. Nelli

Univ Chicago Press 8¼x5½ pb [4/81] for $29.00
Oxford Univ Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [8/76] out of print/used
Mafia Encyclopedia  "The Mafia Encyclopedia" [orig 1987; 3rd edition 2005]
by Carl Sifakis

Checkmark 11x8½ pb [6/2005] for $14.93
Checkmark 11¼x8½ hardcover [6/2005] for $65.00
History of the Mob  "Mafia: The History of The Mob In America" miniseries [A&E 1993]
A&E Home Video VHS [4/2001] 4 tapes for $13.49
A&E Home Video DVD [4/2001] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
Inventing The Public Enemy  "Inventing The Public Enemy: The Gangster In American Culture,
1918-1934" [1996]
by David E. Ruth

Univ Chicago Press 9x6 pb [4/96] for $20.00
Univ Chicago Press hardcover [4/96] for $47.50
Lords of the Mafia  "Lords of The Mafia" 6-episode miniseries [PBS May 2000]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Dan Goldman
Koch Vision color DVD [6/2003] out of prodn/used
Koch Vision VHS box set [9/2001] 7 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
The Outfit book by Gus Russo  "The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld In The Shaping of Modern America" [2002] by Gus Russo
Bloomsbury USA 8.4x5½ pb [4/2003] for $13.97
Bloomsbury USA 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2002] for $24.50
Gangland   "Gangland International: The Mafia & Other Mobs" [2002]
by James Morton

Little, Brown pb [8/2002] for $9.95
Life Magazine  "Mobsters and Gangsters: Organized Crime In America From Al Capone To Tony Soprano" [2002] Edited by Life Magazine
TimeLife 11¼x9¼ hardcover 11/2002] for $13.97
When the Mob Ran Vegas book by Steve Fischer  "When The Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem & Murder" [2005]
by Steve Fischer

Berkline Press 9x6 pb [7/2005] for $13.57
Five Mafia Families book by Selwyn Raab  "Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires" [2005] by Selwyn Raab
Journalist Raab examines the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Lucchese crime families from their Sicilian origins to their decline in the 1980s and 1990s to the present, concluding that the F.B.I.'s post-9/11 concentration on external threats has allowed the Mafia to expand once more.
Kindle Edition from Thomas Dunne Books [4/2010] for $9.99
St. Martin's Griffin 9¼x6¼ pb [9/2006] for $13.17
Thomas Dunne Books 9½x5¾ hardcover [8/2005] out of print/used
Mobsters, Unions & Feds  
"Mobsters, Unions and Feds: The Mafia & The American Labor Movement" [2006]
by James B. Jacobs

NY Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [1/2006] for $20.76
Prohibition on the North Jersey Shore book by Matthew R. Linderoth   "Prohibition On The North Jersey Shore: Gangsters On Vacation" [2010]
by Matthew R. Linderoth

The History Press 8¾x6 pb [12/2010] for $14.99



The  Bad  Guys


Bonnie & Clyde
“Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde” [] by Jeff Guinn

"Bonnie & Clyde" movie [1967] starring Faye Dunaway & Warren Beatty

"Bonnie and Clyde" [Sony TV/Lifetime 2013?]
Announced 9/2012: Lifetime and the History Channel and producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron are planning a new four-hour "Bonnie and Clyde" biopic
miniseries; Miley Cyrus declined the starring role; added 4/2013: filming in Baton Rouge, Louisiana area; directed by Bruce Beresford; Holliday Grainger
is Bonnie, Emile Hirsch is Clyde, William Hurt Hurt is Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, Holly Hunter is Bonnie's mother • latest info at IMDb


Al Capone mugshot

Al Capone [1899-1947]
MG's online 'Al Capone Museum'
Capone webpages at Dark Horse Crime Library
Al Capone entry at Wikipedia


Mickey Cohen & Jack Dragna
King of the Sunset Strip  
"The King of The Sunset Strip: Hangin' With Mickey Cohen
& The Hollywood Mob" [2006]
by Steve Stevens & Craig Lockwood

Cumberland House 9x6½ pb [4/2006] for $16.47


Spirit of America Bookstore's
John Dillinger [1903-34] Page


Charles 'Lucky' Luciano [1897-1962]


Owney Madden [1891-1965]
entry at Wikipedia

Hot Springs novel by Stephen Hunter  "Hot Springs: A Novel [2000] by Stephen Hunter
The tale of 'Owney Maddox', the former New York City mobster who opened the Hotel Arkansas in Hot Springs in 1935. After World War II, an ambitious county prosecutor asks for the help of war hero Earl Swagger in bringing Maddox and corrupt local officials to justice.
Pocket mass pb [5/2001] for $7.99
S&S 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2000] out of print/many, many used


Frank Nitti [1886-1943]


Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel [1906-1947]

Bugsy   "Bugsy" [Baltimore/TriStar Dec 1991]
Directed by Barry Levinson; starring Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe Mantegna & Richard C. Sarafian; nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture, won for Best Art Direction, Best Costumes
Columbia/TriStar widescreen DVD [5/2001] for $13.46
Columbia/TriStar VHS [5/2001] for $9.95
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
Bugsy Siegel portrait poster  

real-life Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel portrait
22"x34" poster no longer available at AllPosters.com




Peerless model 700 handcuffs        The  Good  Guys        Peerless model 700 handcuffs

free online episodes of "Gangbusters" radio program

"Gangbusters" radio program [1935-57] 65 episodes on CD


Eliot  Ness  &  The  Untouchables
Federal agent Elliott Ness assembled a team to battle Chicago gang boss Al Capone.
Eliot Ness [1903-57] entry at Wikipedia
"The Untouchables" [1929-31] entry at Wikipedia

Untouchables book by Elliott Ness & Oscar Fraley  "The Untouchables" [Messner 1957]
by Elliott Ness, with Oscar Fraley

Pocket pb [5/93] out of print/used
Amereon hardcover [6/76] for $21.95
Buccaneer 9x6 hardcover [2/96] for $27.95

Elliott & the boys staring down a bad guy
'The Scarface Mob' 2-part pilot for 'The Untouchables' TV series  
"The Scarface Mob" 2-part pilot for the TV series [Desilu April 1959]
Paramount b&w VHS [4/86] out of prodn.used • full credits from IMDb

Starring Robert Stack as Eliot Ness, Bruce Gordon as Frank Nitti,
Neville Brand as Al Capone, with staccato narration by Walter Winchell

Untouchables TV series   "Untouchables" TV series [Desilu; 118 1-hour episodes 1959-63]
full credits from IMDb • episode details at epguides.com
Season 1, Volume 1 (pilot + 14 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [4/2007] 4 disks for $9.98
Season 1, Volume 2 (14 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [9/2007] 4 disks for $26.39
Complete Season 1 (29 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [9/2007] 8 disks for $34.92
Season 2, Volume 1 (16 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [3/2008] 4 disks for $28.49
Season 2, Volume 2 (16 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [8/2008] 4 disks for $27.99
Season 3, Volume 1 (16 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [8/2009] 4 disks for $29.99
Season 3, Volume 2 (12 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [11/2009] 4 disks for $22.99
Season 4, Volume 1 (15 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [7/2012] 4 disks for $21.80
Season 4, Volume 2 (15 episodes): Paramount b&w DVD set [7/2012] 4 disks for $25.90
Complete Series on DVD: Paramount b&w DVD set [7/2012] 31 disks for $166.61

"The Untouchables" feature film [Paramount June 1987]
Untouchables movie poster  Untouchables movie  Directed by Brian De Palma; starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro & Billy Drago
Paramount widescreen color Blu-ray [6/2008] for $14.49
Paramount widescreen color DVD [8/2002] for $9.73
Paramount color VHS [12/92] for $1.88 {sic}
A&M Records soundtrack CD [10/90] for $9.54
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
11"x17" poster {blue, at left} from Amazon for $9.99
watch 1987 official trailer [2:36] at YouTube

"The Untouchables" video game [1991]
Super Nintendo video game [1991] out of stock/used • full credits from IMDb

"The Return of Elliott Ness" ['reunion movie' 90-min special Nov 1991]
Unapix color video out of prodn/used • full credits from IMDb

"The New Untouchables" tv series [1993-94] starring Tom Amendes as Ness
video/DVD not available • full credits from IMDb • episode details at epguides.com

Eliot Ness TV book  "Eliot Ness and The Untouchables: The Historical Reality
and The Film & Television Depictions" [2000]
by Kenneth Tucker

McFarland & Co. pb [7/2000] for $32.00
Real Untouchables  "The Real Untouchables: Eliot Ness" [2001]
3-part documentary that "examines Eliot Ness, Melvin Purvis & Thomas Dewey,
three real-life heroes who battled organized crime between the two world wars"

Directed by John Fothergill; written by Steve Longmuir; narrated by James Woods;
featuring Bob Kaliebe, Dominic Capone, Tom Clarke Hill, Douglas Weidner,
Michael Dailey, Todd Milliner & David Viggiano
Goldhil VHS [10/2001] for $8.21
full credits at IMDb
A&E True Story  
"The True Story of The Untouchables"
[History Channel special 2002]

A&E Home Video [5/2002] for $9.98

"The Untouchables: Capone Rising"  
[Paramount; delayed to 2012, in development 2015]
The Untouchables: Capone Rising directed by Brian DePalma  A prequel to the 1987 DePalma "Untouchables" film; Chicago police detective Malone battles minor gangster Capone by pushing the Irish mob against the Italian mob, ending with the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Directed by Brian De Palma • latest info from IMDb

"Ness/Capone" [Relativity Media 2012, in development 2015]  
hot script by Grant Pierce Myers that made the 2010 Black List of best unproduced screenplays • latest info from IMDb


Melvin  Purvis  of  The  F.B.I.
Melvin Horace Purvis, Jr. [1903-60] entry at Wikipedia

The Vendetta / Special Agent Melvin Purvis book by Alston Purvis & Alex Tresniowski   "The Vendetta: Special Agent Melvin Purvis, John Dillinger, and Hoover's F.B.I. In The Age of Gangsters" [2005] by Alston Purvis & Alex Tresniowski
PublicAffairs 8x5½ pb [5/2009] for $11.30
hardcover [10/2005] out of print/100+ used


J.  Edgar  Hoover  &  The  F.B.I.
J. Edgar Hoover [1895-1972] entry at Wikipedia

The FBI   "The F.B.I.: Inside The World's Most Powerful Law
Enforcement Agency" [1993]
by Ronald Kessler

Pocket pb [10/94] for $6.99
Pocket 9½x6½ hardcover [10/93] out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [8/97] 15 tapes for $95.95
The Bureau  "The Bureau: The Secret History of The F.B.I." [2002]
by Ronald Kessler

listed in 'L.A. Times 100 Best Books of 2002'
St Martin 10x6 hardcover [5/2002] out of print/many used
F.B.I. History  "The F.B.I.: A History" [2007]
by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Yale Univ Press 9x6½ hardcover [9/2007] for $20.08

"J. Edgar" [Malpaso/Imagine Nov 2011]
Co-produced & directed by Clint Eastwood; script by Dustin Lance Black; starring Leonardo DiCaprio {as
F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover} • DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • latest info at IMDb • official movie site



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