1960s Austin Gangsters
Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital
Paperback ISBN: 1626198403
Timmy Overton of Austin and Jerry Ray James of Odessa were football stars who traded athletics for lives of crime. The original rebels without causes, nihilists with Cadillacs and Elvis hair, the Overton gang and their associates formed a ragtag white trash mafia that bedazzled Austin law enforcement for most of the 1960s. Tied into a loose network of crooked lawyers, pimps and used car dealers who became known as the "traveling criminals," they burglarized banks and ran smuggling and prostitution rings all over Texas. Author Jesse Sublett presents a detailed account of these Austin miscreants, who rose to folk hero status despite their violent criminal acts.
His Life, Legacy, and Legend
Hardcover ISBN: 0385537158
This complete biography of the legendary gangster begins with his birth in 1899 Brooklyn, New York, to poor, Italian immigrant parents to becoming the head of a multimillion-dollar gambling, bootlegging and prostitution operation during the height of Prohibition in Chicago.
Al Capone's Beer Wars
A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition
Hardcover ISBN: 1633882853
Although much has been written about Al Capone, there has not been--until now--a complete history of organized crime in Chicago during Prohibition. This exhaustively researched book covers the entire period from 1920 to 1933. Author John J. Binder, a recognized authority on the history of organized crime in Chicago, discusses all the important bootlegging gangs in the city and the suburbs and also examines the other major rackets, such as prostitution, gambling, labor and business racketeering, and narcotics. A major focus is how the Capone gang -- one of twelve major bootlegging mobs in Chicago at the start of Prohibition--gained a virtual monopoly over organized crime in northern Illinois and beyond. Binder also describes the fight by federal and local authorities, as well as citizens' groups, against organized crime. In the process, he refutes numerous myths and misconceptions related to the Capone gang, other criminal groups, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and gangland killings. What emerges is a big picture of how Chicago's underworld evolved during this period. This broad perspective goes well beyond Capone and specific acts of violence and brings to light what was happening elsewhere in Chicagoland and after Capone went to jail. Based on 25 years of research and using many previously unexplored sources, this fascinating account of a bloody and colorful era in Chicago history will become the definitive work on the subject.
All Fall Down
Paperback ISBN: 0702253537
Continuing on from the bestselling true crime stories Three Crooked Kings andJacks and Jokers, All Fall Down follows Terry Lewis as he becomes police commissioner and the era of corruption at the highest levels of the police and government goes on. As the Queensland police become more connected with their corrupt colleagues in Sydney, the era of heavy drugs and crime also begins. Tony Murphy and Glen Hallahan, two of the original “crooked kings,
Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar / Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 0525433422
¡Pronto en la gran pantalla! En julio de 2006 un avión de la DEA sacó a Virginia Vallejo de Colombia. Su vida estaba en peligro por haberse convertido en el testigo clave de los dos procesos criminales más importantes de la segunda mitad del siglo XX en su país: el asesinato de un candidato presidencial y el holocausto del Palacio de Justicia. Veinticinco años antes, Virginia Vallejo era la presentadora de televisión más importante de Colombia y la belleza profesional que aparecía en las portadas de las principales revistas. Cortejada por multimillonarios tradicionales, conoció en 1982 a Pablo Escobar, un misterioso político de treinta y tres años que en realidad manejaba los hilos de un mundo de riqueza inigualable en el que gran parte del incesante flujo de dinero procedente del tráfico de cocaína se canalizaba a proyectos de caridad y a las campañas de candidatos presidenciales de su elección. Este libro, una apasionada historia de amor convertida en crónica del horror y la vergüenza, describe la evolución de una de las mentes criminales más siniestras de nuestro tiempo: su capacidad de infundir terror y generar corrupción, los vínculos entre sus negocios ilícitos y varios jefes de estado, los asesinatos de candidatos presidenciales y la guerra en que sumió a su país. Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar es también la única visión íntima posible del legendario barón del narcotráfico, plena de glamour y espíritu de supervivencia y no exenta de humor. Virginia Vallejo narra esta historia descarnada como nadie más podría haberlo hecho.
The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
Hardcover ISBN: 1591848148
Describes how a former boy scout launched Silk Road on the Dark Web, where people could buy anything anonymously including drugs, spying software, forged passports, counterfeit cash and rocket launchers and the Federal agents who spent two years trying to find him.
The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
Paperback ISBN: 0143129023
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom—and almost got away with it In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything—drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons—free of the government’s watchful eye. It wasn’t long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone—not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers—could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself—including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren’t sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It’s a story of the boy next door’s ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralized Web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction. But it’s all too real.
American Mafia Chicago
True Stories of Families Who Made Windy City History
Paperback ISBN: 076277844x
Everyone knows stories about the American Mafia and its varied forms of crime, from racketeering to stock manipulation to murder. American Mafia: Chicago explores the story of those families and their ties to the Windy City, revealing the events behind the legends and the history of the families' beginnings and founding members. The history of the Windy City is revealed through the stories of the exploits of its most notorious bad guys and perpetrators of mischief from the deadly Black Hand to Al Capone. Black and white historical photos throughout.