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The beginning of the Mafia in America...



Item # 636304

March 8, 1891

THE DAILY PICAYUNE, New Orleans, March 8, 1891

* Early Mafia in America
* David C. Hennessy murder trial


This murder was the beginning of the Mafia in the United States, or "The Black Hand" as it was called in America in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Mafia and other organized crime families came to the United States from Sicily and Italy creating their first stronghold in New Orleans rather than New York or Chicago, and establishing numerous secret societies specializing in counterfeiting, prostitution, and protection. Numerous murders and assassinations accompanied these operations. These early 'families' led to the organized crime organizations that became so famous during the Prohibition era and beyond.
Featured on the page 3 is a lengthy report on the trial regarding the assassination of David C. Hennessy. Hennessy is credited with being the first lawman to take on the Mafia in America. The Neopolitan Comorra families and the Mafia were engaged in a power struggle in New Orleans in the 1880's and '90's. Detective Hennessy was first fired by (organized crime friendly) politicians, but later re-instated as Chief of Police. In 1890, after Hennessy made a deal with a Mafia rival to testify in court he was shot down in the night by four gunmen. (see hyperlink for more on this history).
One column headlines include: "THE HENNESSY CASE" and more with many related illustrations. Lengthy text, too much to photograph here.
Ten pages, browning with minor margin and fold wear, otherwise  in good condition. Should be handled with care.

Category: Post-Civil War

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