by Jon Black

Gangrule is a look at the emer­gence of orga­nized crime in New York through 19001920, lead­ing up to the well doc­u­ment­ed pro­hi­bi­tion era. 

The data­base of his­toric events, fam­i­ly his­to­ries and pho­tographs is based on research from pri­ma­ry sources includ­ing police, fed­er­al, court, immi­gra­tion, busi­ness, and prison records.

Contact: jon@gangrule.com

Special thanks must be giv­en to Dave Critchley for his assis­tance with the research. His book ‘The Origin of Organized Crime in America’ is the prod­uct of 10 years of research both in the United States and the United Kingdom. David Critchley exam­ines the Mafia recruit­ment process, rela­tions with Mafias in Sicily, the role of non-Sicilians in New York’s orga­nized crime fam­i­lies, kin­ship con­nec­tions, the Black Hand, the impact of Prohibition, and alle­ga­tions that a ‘new’ Mafia was cre­at­ed in 1931. The book is an absolute ‘must buy’ for any­one inter­est­ed in this era.

Another great book cov­er­ing this peri­od is ‘The First Family’ by Mike Dash. An in-depth look at the Morello fam­i­ly and their growth in the American underworld.