John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

My writers space

“Inspiration doesn’t descend like a lightning bolt from the gods. Inspiration comes instead from a steady breath, a solid foundation, and a commitment to the process.” Joyce Carol Oates

“That’s the dividing line between writers and would-be writers. A writer will put up with the pain, the anxiety, and all the crap to get what they want, which is their development as an artist.” Eric Maisel.

“The writing life is defined by the succession of choices you make, primary among them whether or not you will write. You honor your writing space by entering it with this mantra: ‘I am ready to work.’ You enter, grow quiet, and vanish into your writing.” Rachel Ballon, Ph.D.


Reviews of my Amazon best seller book on Chicago bootlegger Roger Touhy

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Barricade Books (May 1, 2001)
ISBN-10: 1569801746
ISBN-13: 978-1569801741

From Publishers Weekly
JFK's pardons and the mob; Prohibition, Chicago's crime cadres and the staged kidnapping of "`Jake the Barber'" Factor, "the black sheep brother of the cosmetics king, Max Factor"; lifetime sentences, attempted jail busts and the perseverance of "a rumpled private detective and an eccentric lawyer" John W. Tuohy showcases all these and more sensational and shady happenings in When Capone's Mob Murdered Roger Touhy: The Strange Case of Touhy, Jake the Barber and the Kidnapping that Never Happened. The author started investigating Touhy's 1959 murder by Capone's gang in 1975 for an undergrad assignment. He traces the frame-job whereby Touhy was accused of the kidnapping, his decades in jail, his memoirs, his retrial and release and, finally, his murder, 28 days after regaining his freedom. Sixteen pages of photos. (Barricade [Suite 308-A 185 Bridge Plaza North, Fort Lee, N.J. 07024], $24.95 302p ISBN 1-56980-174-6; July)

From Library Journal
Roger Touhy, one of the "terrible Touhys" and leader of a bootlegging racket that challenged Capone's mob in Prohibition Chicago, had a lot to answer for, but the crime that put him behind bars was, ironically, one he didn't commit: the alleged kidnapping of Jake Factor, half-brother of Max Factor and international swindler. Author Tuohy (apparently no relation), a former staff investigator for the National Center for the Study of Organized Crime, briefly traces the history of the Touhys and the Capone mob, then describes Factor's plan to have himself kidnapped, putting Touhy behind bars and keeping himself from being deported. This miscarriage of justice lasted 17 years and ended in Touhy's parole and murder by the Capone mob 28 days later. Factor was never deported. The author spent 26 years researching this story, and he can't bear to waste a word of it. Though slim, the book still seems padded, with irrelevant detail muddying the main story. Touhy is a hard man to feel sorry for, but the author does his best. Sure to be popular in the Chicago area and with the many fans of mob history, this is suitable for larger public libraries and regional collections. Deirdre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Interesting Information on A Little Known Case, August 13, 2001
By C. W. Emblom "Bill Emblom" (Ishpeming, Michigan USA)

Author John Tuohy, who has a similar spelling of the last name to his subject Roger, but apparently no relation, has provided us with an interesting story of northwest Chicago beer baron Roger Touhy who was in competition with Al Capone during Capone's heyday. Touhy appeared to be winning the battle since Mayor Anton Cermak was deporting a number of Capone's cronies. However, the mob hit, according to the author, on Mayor Cermak in Miami, Florida, by Giuseppe Zangara following a speech by President-elect Roosevelt, put an end to the harrassment of Capone's cronies. The author details the staged "kidnapping" of Jake "the Barber" Factor who did this to avoid being deported to England and facing a prison sentence there for stock swindling, with Touhy having his rights violated and sent to prison for 25 years for the kidnapping that never happened. Factor and other Chicago mobsters were making a lot of money with the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas when they got word that Touhy was to be parolled and planned to write his life story. The mob, not wanting this, decided Touhy had to be eliminated. Touhy was murdered by hit men in 1959, 28 days after gaining his freedom. Jake Factor had also spent time in prison in the United States for a whiskey swindle involving 300 victims in 12 states. Two days before Factor was to be deported to England to face prison for the stock swindle President Kennedy granted Factor a full Presidential Pardon after Factor's contribution to the Bay of Pigs fund. President Kennedy, the author notes, issued 472 pardons (about half questionable) more than any president before or since.
There are a number of books on Capone and the Chicago mob. This book takes a look at an overlooked beer baron from that time period, Roger Touhy. It is a very worthwhile read and one that will hold your interest.


My produced plays

Stage Play, Cyberdate.Com
Produced by
(1) The Actors Chapel, New York, NY 2007
(2)Theater of the First Amendment, Fairfax Virginia 2008
(3)The Frederick Players, Frederick Va. 2006
Stage Play: A Day at the Office, a ten minute play in four scenes. Produced by The Ten Minute Play Fest, George Mason University 2008
Award winning one minute play in five scenes, The Hannigan’s of Beverly Produced Chicago-Irish Playfest 2009. The work won the Best Play Award.


Matches made in cyberspace
Originally published March 28, 2007
By Bill D'Agostino
News-Post Staff

Before John William Tuohy met the woman who'd become his second wife on Match.com, he had other, more disquieting experiences with Internet dating. "You'd see some woman (online) and you'd think, 'Wow,'" he recalled. "But in real life, she's missing teeth and one of her eyes is closed shut and she's married to her brother, but divorced."
The Internet fosters a false intimacy that allowed some potential partners to open up to him. One younger woman, in her 30s, revealed that her husband abused her. “It's not the sort of thing a woman would tell you in a supermarket," Tuohy said. The 52-year-old Virginia writer used his real-life experiences to craft a fictional comedy, "CyberDate.com," which will be read on Sunday afternoon in the Community Room of the C. Burr Artz Public Library in downtown Frederick. The New Play House, a theatre group that promotes new plays in Frederick County, is producing the reading as part of its every-other-month series. They're labeled as works in progress, with minimal props and sets. Audiences trade the pleasures of seeing a completed production for the rewards of being apart of the creative process. After the actors perform his text on Sunday, Tuohy will be seeking feedback. "The whole purpose of a reading is to improve the script," said Tuohy, a published author whose non-fiction books have told stories of organized crime.
"CyberDate.com" features eight lonely people using the Internet to reach out to potential partners.
"It's timed to have one laugh every three minutes," Tuohy said. "It comes damn close to the mark."
The play features a string of one-liners. Early in the play, one character quips that, "The only difference between a singles bar and the circus is that at a circus the clowns don't offer to buy you drinks."
The message is that there's always hope. "It's a play about meeting over the Internet," Tuohy said, "but it's much, much more."

New play explores Internet matchmaking
Originally published April 02, 2007
By Sarah Fortney
News-Post Staff

FREDERICK -- Four women step into a strange, uncharted territory -- online dating -- in the new play "CyberDate.com," a romantic comedy by John William Tuohy. The play was read Sunday at the C. Burr Artz Public Library on East Patrick Street. While filling the room with laughter, "CyberDate.com" detailed the exciting world of Internet matchmaking.  The New Play House, a nonprofit theater production company, showcases at least one new play each month, including "CyberDate.com," said literary director David Norman. "It's a very funny play," he said. "I think it says a lot about women."
Sheila Cunningham, Caroline Cash, Kayte Curtis Williams and Jana Moberly played women having difficult times finding love. As a last resort, they take a stab at cyberdating. Douglas Cathro sat in the middle of the women reading as the voice of CyberDate.com. Cathro's role was that of all men who might log onto the web to search for a soul mate. Patty McCullum, of Frederick, sat in the crowd and enjoyed the free entertainment. McCullum said the topic was interesting. She had a friend tie the knot after using an online dating service. She also commented on the performance. "I've never seen a play done as a reading." -- Sarah Fortney

My feature articles published in American Mafia. Com

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Time period 1940s
Title: The Legend of Teddy Roe:
Summary: 'Fat' Leonard Caifano was a gregarious, jovial and at almost 400 pounds, an enormous man, generous and loyal to those he liked and a danger to those who crossed him.

Title: Sayonara, Don Corleone:
Summary: A 61-year old, slightly overweight, underboss of an enormous and powerful mob family was sitting in a popular coffee house inside a swanky hotel with two of his top lieutenants. The conversation covered the same old ground, how the younger hoods coming into the ranks didn't understand the old traditions, they didn't respect anything, how unfair the constant negative press and government pressure used against them was.

Title: Asian Mobs and the International Sex Trade:
Summary: Her name is Sue Lee, or Sierra or Fong or maybe it's Araka. Despite the grinding poverty of her life, she was, once, a lovely, sweet and happy girl. When she played, she pretended she was a beautiful princess who lived in a great castle where she was never hungry and she wore pretty clothes. She was never beaten or neglected.

Title: The Mayor of Chinatown:
Summary: Willie Moy is a big shot in Chicago's enormous, and growing Chinese community, or at least he was until 1991 when federal prosecutors convicted Moy of tax conspiracy. The charges stemmed from a 1986 raid on a Chinese mob casino, run by the so-called On Leong faction, which was netting the gang about two million dollars.

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August 1998 Books Worth Buying The Tales of Bulldog Drummond: Book Review John Drummond's book "Thirty Years in the Trenches...covering Crooks, Characters and Capers" is further proof that sometimes the smaller publishing houses turn out the best books. I'm happy to report that the book is in its second printing. John Drummond, aside from being a crack journalist and a good writer who has turned out an informative and entertaining book, John is one hell of a nice guy. He deserves this success.

June 6, 2000. Books Worth Buying: The Sinatra Files - The Secret FBI Dossier: Brothers Tom and Phil Kuntz have compiled an interesting, enjoyable and factually correct book on Sinatra which, thankfully, spares the reader all pop psychology insights or God like judgments into the singers long and fascinating life and career.

October 1, 2000 Books Worth Buying Album for an Age: Unconventional Words and Pictures from the Twentieth Century Tony Accardo, Abe Fortas, Khrushchev, Truman, Sinatra, Charlie Finley, Marlin Perkins, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Spitz, Elizabeth Taylor, Joe McCarthy, Moe Dalitz, Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Hoffa, Judy Garland, Hugh Hefner, James Jones, Deborah Kerr.... They're all here in Art Shay's book.

October 10, 2001 Books Worth Buying: Gangs of New York ~ An Informal History of the Underworld Gangs of New York, thankfully published in affordable paper back, is an essential building block to any crime library. In fact, Gangs of New York should be the foundation of any crime library, from these gangs came Big Tim Murphy who gave us Arnold Rothstein, who gave us Lucky Luciano (and Legs Diamond) and so on.

May 2, 2002 Books Worth Buying: Making the Wiseguys Weep: The Jimmy Roselli Story: Book Review: Before Johnny Roselli decided to flip and avoid deportation by feeding information to the feds, there was another -and is- another and different type of Roselli named Jimmy who made the wiseguys weep. But this Roselli is no rat.

May 12 2002 Books Worth Buying
1) The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and its Hold on America 1947-2000
2) The House That Crack Built
3) Sins Of The City: The Real Los Angeles Noir

September 2003 Books Worth Buying: The Last Mouthpiece: The Man Who Dared To Defend The Mob "Mob lawyer" that tag followed me around for years like some sort of dime storm perfume", great sentence and this gem of a book gushes with them.

September 2003 Books Worth Buying: Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime his is a strong collection of worthy mob stories told by first-rate writers, including the late Peter Maas, that offer, intelligent, juicy portions of mob tales that stand heads above the rest.

Lucky Luciano: The Man Who Organized Crime in America. The book was originally published sixty-one years ago, in 1939, under the title Ninety times guilty.


Title: On the Lam. The Whitey Bulger Story:
Subject The FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list turned fifty years old this year, and sitting at the very top of the list Tis Himself, Whitey Bulger.


Title: Just Plain Crazy:
Summary: In 1933, Frank Nitti's leading labor terrorist, Three Fingers Jack White, recruited Fur Sammons to help fight the Touhy gang in the labor wars of 1933. It was an excellent choice. Sammons was a certified psychopath and a killer and he took enormous pride in both of those facts. He specialized in labor terror although, like White, Sammons's record was long and varied.

Title: The Valley Gang:
Summary: The Valley. The toughest place in Chicago. It's gone now, and for the most part, only a handful of obscure historians even know that it ever existed.

Title: Power Play: The Nitti Shooting:
Summary: On the day Chicago's mayor Anton Cermak ordered syndicate boss Frank Nitti to be killed, he was stopped outside of City Hall and asked for his thoughts on the recent wounding of a Chicago City policeman by a member of the syndicate. Upset over the shooting, Cermak answered, 'I'm tired of hearing about my policemen being shot and killed by these hoodlums, for once, I would like to hear about how the cops shot the hoodlums.'

Title: "Like Cashmere On A Leper"
Summary: From his massive estate in River Forrest, empowered by his vast fortune, most of it in cash, Ricca was able to slip in and out of Chicago's elite society "like cashmere around a leper.

Title: Accardo:
Summary: Tony Accardo, is, without a doubt, the most successful, the most powerful, most respected and the longest lived Boss the Chicago syndicate, or probably any criminal syndicate for that matter, has ever had. During his long tenure, Accardo's power was long reaching and frightfully vast.

Title: Figuring Out the Players:
Summary: When the FBI entered the fight in Chicago they didn't know the structure or the leadership of the Chicago outfit. They couldn't rely on the Chicago police department for information since they had scant records on the syndicate or its leadership.

Title: The Lingle Killing:
Summary: It was a known fact that Lingle was a liaison between the Capone organization and police commissioner William P. Russel, Russel and Lingle having known each other since their childhood days in the Valley. Later, after Lingle was dead and the facts of their relationship came to light, Russel resigned his position.

Title: Ambush at Clyde Avenue:
Summary: Dion O'Bannion of the North Side Gangs, had invited Torrio to a meeting at the Sieben brewery, claiming that he was leaving the rackets and retiring to Colorado. He wanted Torrio to buy out his final shipment of booze and the brewery itself. When Torrio arrived at the brewery, federal agents and police staged a raid and Torrio was arrested.

Title: Battaglia Brothers:
Summary: The Battaglia’s, Paul Augie, Sam and Frank, crawled out of Chicago's little Italy and dominated the Chicago mob for four decades, before they fell from power.

Title: The Murder of Matt Kolb:
Summary: Matt Kolb was a 280 pound, potbellied, five foot three inch pioneer in the bootlegging business, having first entered into it in 1919 when he foresaw the coming prohibition.

Title: Mad Sam:
Summary: There is little doubt in anyone's mind that Mad Sam was completely insane. DeStefano's partner in his dope running business, rogue cop Tommy Dorso, told the FBI, "DeStefano is not normal. Mentally, physically or spiritually... and he knows it."

Title: The Lost Boy: Jack Ruby and the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald
Summary: By 1962, the American Mafia learned that the Kennedy’s were as opportunistic and as vicious as they were.

Title: Artful Eddie O'Hare:
Summary: There are three things most people don't know about Chicago's O'Hare International. One, it's the world's busiest airport. Two, it's named after a Navy flyer war hero, Lt. Commander Henry "Butch" O'Hare, and three, O'Hare's father was prohibition area hoodlum with the Capone outfit.

Title: AKA, Tony the Hatchet, DOA:
Summary: Chiaramonti climbed the mob's ranks as a violent street enforcer and debt collector in the South Side rackets. Chiaramonti worked his way up as an enforcer and debt collector at east since 1967, and was known for stealing goods off trucks in highway "Stick and run" robberies.

Title: The Milk Men:
Summary: Al Capone was fascinated with the milk business. 'Do you know,' he would say, 'they got a bigger markup in legit fresh milk than we could ever get away with in booze? Honest to God boys, we been in the wrong racket all along.'

Title: The Short Career of Pony Moore:
Summary: On November 22, 1905, Marshal Field Jr., heir to the shopping store fortune and member of Chicago's leading family, was found shot, a bullet in his lower belly, in his home. A butler found him the next morning and rushed him off to the Mercy hospital.

Title: The Owl:
Summary: He was an underworld legend, a man's man, whose prison escapes made him a celebrity in every major prison from Atlanta to Soladad. He could drive a train, fly a plane, shoot a machine gun from a speeding car with deadly accuracy and pull off mail heists that produced a million dollars.

Title: The Last Days of Al Capone:
Summary: Capone was resented, even hated in prison. Kidnapper and bank robber Alvin Karpis wrote: 'The majority of the population in any prison is made up of losers from the gutter of society. Most of them aren't even wanted at their own homes when they are released. They resent anyone who has had prosperity on the outside.'

Title: The Teamsters Building Raid:
Summary: On May 5, 1932, the day Al Capone was taken from Chicago to begin his sentence in federal prison for tax evasion, gangster Roger Touhy, who was at war with the Syndicate, walked into a meeting at the Teamsters headquarters armed with a machine gun and held a hundred people hostage.

Title: The Bloody Genna’s:
Subject; Capone and Dion O’Bannon’s deadliest competitors were the Genna Brothers. In May of 1923, Brother Angelo had met his fate a few days after his honeymoon, at the hands of O'Bannionite Bugs Moran.

Title: Anselmi & Scalise:
Summary: Albert Anselmi and John Scalise left Italy together, sometime around 1920, fleeing murder charges. They ended up in Chicago and went to work for the Gennas as merciless enforcers. When one victim fell to his knees and clasped his hands together, begging for mercy, they shot his hands off, before killing him.


Title: Talking Tocco's:
Summary: Nove Tocco, a soldier in the Detroit mob and grandson of Joseph Zerilli, the Outfit's founder, is the nearest thing that the mob has to royalty, and he's decided to turn state's evidence.


Title: The Rough Stuff:
Summary: By the mid 1940s, Frank Costello was starting to enjoy the role as the enlightened man of reason within the mob, always careful to ensure that the law understood that he was a gambler and not tied in with the rough stuff.

Title: Reprieve in Broward:
Subject; Jimmy Blue Eyes Alo rolled his new Cadillac carefully down the wide open coastal road to Hallendale, swerving to avoid the occasional gigantic wave that crashed and spilled over onto the blacktop and driving slowly around the shells of the huge land crabs that seemed big enough to puncture a car's tires


Time period 1930s
Title: The Legend of Little Tommy Maloy
Summary: Before the First World war Little Tommy Maloy (he stood just over five feet, but barely) had been a chauffeur to labor boss Mossy Enright but left just before Enright’s murder in 1920. It was at that point that Malloy went into the movie business.

Time period 1930s
Title: Tales from the City of Angels.:
Summary: The origins of the battle for Hollywood between New York and Chicago began in 1920 when Tommy Maloy, a union thug, took over the motion picture projectionist union local 110 in Chicago

Time period 1940s
Title: Extortion 101:
Summary: When Willie Bioff, the Chicago pimp sent by the bosses to shake down the studio moguls, arrived in Hollywood, Chicago representative Johnny Roselli met him at the train station and gave the little pimp an orientation tour of the city and the industry he was about to bring to its knees.

Time period 1940s
Title: "Gone Hollywood": How the Mob Extorted the Hollywood Studio System –
Summary: Willie Bioff. His name is barely known today, but for almost a decade he was at the forefront of what remains the largest extortion case in the history of American criminal justice, that set the foundation of modern organized crime.

Time period 1940s
Title: "I ain't no band leader!":
Summary: In 1939, an unknown but talented crooner named Albert Francis Sinatra left the working, poor, Italian neighborhoods of Hoboken, New Jersey and signed an exclusive performance agreement with the popular Tommy Dorsey Band.

Time period 1950s
Title: The Hump Does Hollywood:
Summary: For almost four decades, Murray Humpreys was a major power behind the Chicago mob. A Welshman, the Hump started in the mob as an enforcer and labor goon for Al Capone.

Time period 1960s
Title: The Real Jimmy Blue Eyes:
Summary: Jimmy 'Blue Eyes' Alo was the Mafia muscle behind Meyer Lansky, the mob's financial genius, and although his power reached from Manhattan's crowded boulevards, to the sun-drenched beaches of Cuba, to the glitter of Vegas and Hollywood, few people have ever heard of Jimmy Blue Eyes Alo.

Title: Dumping Frankie:
Summary: Frank Sinatra, Sam Giancana and the Kennedy’s - On July 13, 1960, the day Kennedy won the democratic nomination in Los Angeles, it was announced to the newspapers that Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Hank Sincola, a Sinatra pal and business partner, and Skinny D'Amato, a convicted white slaver, had applied for permission from the state of Nevada to take over the lodge.

Televised Gangsters: Television, and the image it presents of mobsters as the premier evil in America, has always been a thorn in the side of organized criminals.

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March 2000 Summary: FBI. Interview with Athan G. Theoharis: Dr. Athan Theoharis, a Professor of History at Marquette University, and an expert in the history of the FBI, has edited a new book for Checkmark Books, a new imprint of Facts on File, called The FBI: A Comprehensive Reference Guide
Summary: Ohio organized crime: The Purple Gang: An interview with Paul Kavieff: When you speak to Paul Kavieff about the Detroit underworld, you can feel the excitement in his voice, and you know that this is a man who has a complete grasp on his subject.

November 2 2001 Summary: New York City social life Interview with Author Ralph Blumenthal: Stork Club; America's Most Famous Nightspot and The Lost World Of Cafe Society.
Summary: Chicago Organized Crime: Interview with Richard Lindberg: I've had the pleasure of knowing Richard Lindberg for several years. He is, truly, a renaissance man, whose talents are displayed in his role as a journalist, award winning book and magazine author, and research historian, businessman, member of the Chicago Crime Commission, the Chicago Press Veterans, the Illinois Academy of Criminology, and President of the Society of Midland Authors.

Summary: Philadelphia Organized Crime: Interview with George Anastasia: Recently AmericanMafia.com sat down with veteran crime reporter, mob historian and author George Anastasia to get the inside story on the recent turbulent developments within the Philadelphia mob.

Summary: RICO and organized crime: An Interview with RICO Expert Attorney Jeffrey Grell: On February 26, 1985, a federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted Anthony Salerno, boss of the Genovese family, Paul Castellano, head of the Gambino family, Anthony Corallo, boss of the Lucchese family, Philip Rastelli, chief of the Bonanno family, Gennaro Langella, acting boss of the Colombo family, Aniello Dellacroce, underboss of the Gambino Family, Salvatore Santoro, underboss of the Lucchese family, Christopher Furnari, consigliere of the Lucchese family and Ralph Scopo, a member of the Colombo family, and the president of the Concrete Workers District Council, LIUNA.


Title: Narco Dollars, Benny the Booster and Cyber Finance:
Summary: Cleaning the mobs money is not only incredibly profitable, it's practically risk free. Automated transactions make it close too impossible to track the monies' origin, and the new digital currency...cyber banks....not only create complicated jurisdictional problems, they have no physical organization to monitor.


Time period 1940s
Title: Stardust in your eyes: Tony Cornero and the Stardust Hotel
Summary: If any one hoodlum can take claim for inventing Las Vegas, it was Tony Cornero. Tony not only built the Vegas that we know today, fittingly, he died there, dropped dead gambling at the Desert Inn, while Moe Dalitz, the Godfather of Sin City, stood in the middle of the casino floor, his fat, stubby little arm around the waist of his slim and much younger wife.

Time period 1940s
Title: The Greenbaum Murder:
Summary: After the Outfit whacked Bugsy Siegel, the Flamingo's next manager was Gus Greenbaum, who started in the rackets with Al Capone and who handled the wire service out West for the Chicago outfit.

Time period 1940s
Title: Bugsy:
Summary: When the Gangster Chronicles came on television in the late 1970's, a relative of Bugsy Siegel remarked to Meyer Lansky, Siegel's lifelong business partner, that he was considering suing the production company for depicting Bugsy as an uncontrollable killer.

Time period 1950s
Title: Marshal Caifano: The Outside Man:
Summary: The Outside man was a living reminder to the Inside men, and the card sharps, con artists and stick up men who considered stealing from casinos, that behind the glitter and glare of the Vegas lights, killers ran the show.

Time period 1950s
Title: The Sands:
Summary: In 1952, Jimmy Alo started flying out to Las Vegas on a regular basis to oversee construction of his latest investment, the Sands Casino, which opened in the first part of the year.

Time period 1950s
Title: Johnny Hollywood:
Summary: When the Chicago outfit moved in on Hollywood, the only person out west who was truly happy about the move was Johnny Roselli, because finally, after fifteen years of being exiled to the West coast, Roselli's star was starting to shine.

Time period 1950s
Title: Jake The Barber, Innkeeper:
Summary: After the Las Vegas Stardust casinos original owner Tony Cornero, either died of a heart attack or was poisoned, Tony Accardo called Johnny Roselli back to Chicago for a meeting at Moe's Restaurant with Murray Humpreys and Jake Guzak.

Time period 1960s
Title: Muscling In:
Summary: A year after the Sands casino opened its doors in Vegas in 1951, Jack Dragna, the head of the Los Angeles mob, the so-called Micky Mouse

Time period 1960s
Title: The Cal-Neva Lounge:
Summary: Elmer Bones Renner was an old time gangster from San Francisco who owned the Cal-Neva Lodge and Casino at Crystal Bay on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.

Time period 1980s
Title: The End of Fat Herbie:
Summary: Back in the old days, Fat Herbie Blitzstein was a somebody, a man to step aside from, under Tony Spilotro, back in the 1980's when Spilotro and his crew ruled Vegas.

Time period 1990s
Title: The Ant:
Summary: Tiny Tony Spilotro got into the mob largely because his father ran an old style Italian restaurant frequented by Paul Ricca and the older, powerful mob bosses. Ricca and the others took young Spilotro under their wings and corrupted him.

Time period 1990s
Title: Casino Owner Steve Wynn Once Again Forced To Deny Ties To The Genovese Crime Family.
Summary: In a suit that might, in future, block writers who fear law suits, from referring to leading law enforcement agencies as information sources, Las Vegas casino Steve Wynn's lawyers denied that their client is a front man for the organized crime.

Time period 2000
Title: The Bare Facts:
Summary: In the past 18 months, organized crime, in the form of the Chicago Outfit, the Gambino, Bonanno and the Genovese families, has turned up in the news in relation to strip clubs operating across the United States. The most recent of these somewhat seedy establishments to make the news is the Crazy Horse Too.

Time period: 2000
Title: The Mexican Mafia and The Battle For Tijuana:
Summary: The Tijuana police claimed the men had died as a result of a car accident. But the murder of the three federal Mexican narcotics agents were revenge killings for the April arrest of the much feared Arellano Felix drug cartels alleged financial controller, Jesus "El Chuy" Labra, who is described as the cartels "Godfather" and financial wizard.

Title: Vinnie Ocean, Sam the Plumber And The Manhattan Excursion:
Summary: The DeCavalcante's, named for founder Sam 'The Plumber' DeCavalcante, rose to dubious fame due to the so-called 'Goodfella Tapes,' which were secretly recorded in DeCavalcante's plumbing supply shop by the FBI over a period of several years (1961-65). When transcribed, single space and in small print, the tapes produced a 2,300-page log of everyday life in the Mafia.

Title: The Meet: The origins of the Mob and the Atlantic City Conference.
Summary: In 1927 Atlantic City, New Jersey, was New York's playground, the sands were bleach white and great hotels lined the seemingly endless Boardwalk. The perfect place for the first major Mob conclave in American history.

Title: Umberto’s Clam House Opens For Business, And Bullets, Again:
Summary: On May 18 of this year, Umberto's Clam House in New York's Little Italy reopened its doors for business, sans the bullet holes that passed through one of its most famous customers, Crazy Joe Gallo, who was gunned to his death on April 7, 1972.

Title: The Draft Riots:
Summary: On March 3, 1863, President Lincoln signed the national conscription act which called for the registration of all males, between their ages of 18 and 45, for military service. Each city and state were given a quota, in New York the quota was 12,500 men. Those rich citizens who wanted to avoid the draft bought replacements to take their place for $300 and military exemptions were given out for frivolous reasons to all and any who had social pull. New York’s working class, had neither the money or the contacts to avoid the draft.

Title: The Legend of Old Smoke Morrissey:
Summary: We'll never see the like's of him again. At three hundred and fifty pounds, with broken fists and scarred face, mangled grammar and base ways, John Morrissey was probably Tammany Halls most outrageous experiment in political control and mismanagement.

Title: As The Underworld Turns:
Summary: The continuing heart wrenching saga of the mobs first family In our last episode, Papa John Gotti, the mob father who never saw a camera he didn't like, was doing life in the can for, well....being John Gotti. Then, in a blatant case of "Monkey see, Monkey do" John Gotti Jr. went to jail on a five-year stretch for racketeering, extortion and other charges.

Title: Fall Out in New York as Mob Steals Millions:
Summary: The fall out from the New York mob's failed attempt to manipulate the New York Stock Exchange promises to go far and wide. Prosecutors charge that DMN Capital Investments had mob ties and stole from thousands of investors across the country. The latest figure on the amount stolen is thought to be at least $50 million, possibly more.

Title: John Gotti and Common Value:
Summary: Like father, like daughter. Mrs. Angelo spoke of the government’s obsession with jailing her husband, father and brother. However, she showed no remorse for their alleged crimes. No accounting as to why her father and brother belong to the Mafia and organization dedicated to breaking the law. She had not even a passing explanation to decent Italian-Americans for the harm her family has done to their good name or their warm, rich culture.

Title: The Short Return of Charlie Lucifer:
Summary: In the midst of the peaceful and prosperous reign of Frank Costello, reemerged the Dark Angel himself, Lucky Luciano and announced that he was making Havana, more or less the sole domain of Lansky and Alo, the seat of his new empire.

Title: The Raid at Apalachin:
Summary: After Vito Genovese, in a surprise move, took over the Luciano organization from Frank Costello, he was in almost complete control of half of New York's underworld, and all that Genovese needed was official recognition by the national commission as head of his family, and for Carlo Gambino as head of the Anastasia family.

Title: Carmine Agnello:
Summary: With his father-law and brother-in-law behind bars, the government has decided to slam dunk, Carmine Agnello, husband of Gotti's daughter, Victoria

Title: Fallen Prince:
Summary: Depending upon who tells the story, to avoid a mob war, Gotti reportedly agreed from prison to let Nicholas "The Little Guy" Corozzo become his successor and had his son step down

Title: Introducing John Givens:
Summary: One of the more interesting characters to step onto the Mobs fleeing stage of fame in the past few years is John Givens, a self professed "one-man crime wave" is six foot four and 400 pounds, or as he put it once "A pizza shy of 400 pounds."

Title: The Puppet Boss:
Summary: Alphonse Tieri, also known as Frank, assumed command of the family after Tommy Eboli was whacked. In 1972, he became the first major organized crime figure indicted under the RICO statute.

Title: New York Stories:
Summary: No one impressed Frank Costello as much as Costello impressed himself. He regaled his own greatness and delighted in his brilliance. And now he was the Boss. The ultimate Boss. When Luciano went to prison in 1936 on a trumped up prostitution charge, Costello took over Luciano's enormous crime family with its five hundred soldiers and thirty caporegimes.


Time period:
Title: Abuse of Privilege:
Summary: A look inside murky world of the US Pardons Attorneys Office. The jig is up on Presidential Pardons, the last imperial power of the Executive Office, and the golden parachute for the mobs moneyed elite.

Title: Cleaning Up With the Duffs:
Summary: The Duff family of Chicago owns a janitorial firm that gets 100 million dollars in city government contracts. The family patriarch, John Duff Jr., is a savvy former union boss and a regular at the mobbed hang out, the Como Inn on Chicago's Northside. Duff is also a former city investigator, who in 1960 testified on behalf of mob boss Anthony Accardo, who faced income-tax fraud charges. Duff testified that he purchased beer from Accardo, who claimed that he was a salesman for a local beer distributor.

Title: El Rubirosa:
Summary: In 1961, one of the many things that the Chicago mob wanted was a replacement for Cuba, so they looked around for a small, poor country, close to the United States, one that could be easily controlled, preferably run by a corrupt dictator who would allow the outfit to build its casinos on his sandy shores and stockpile its dirty money in phony banks created just for them.

Title: The Guns of Zangara:
Summary: Almost 70 years ago, an enigmatic Italian immigrant bricklayer named Giuseppe Zangara momentarily leaped onto history's stage and took a misguided shot at President-elect Franklin Roosevelt and, accidentally, killed Chicago's reform mayor, Anton Cermak. Or so the story goes.

Title: The Worlds Richest Cop: Tubbo Gilbert, The Mob and The Power of the Press.
Summary: Daniel "Tubbo" Gilbert crawled out of a Chicago slum called the Valley and grew to be one of the most politically powerful and wealthiest lawmen in American history.

Title: Barry Goldwater: Friends in Low Places:
Summary: The mob has come close to setting up camp in the Oval Office more then once, through Truman, Kennedy and Nixon, but their ultimate dream never actually comes to fruition, for one reason or another.

Title: The Vice President:
Summary: For decades, Washington, DC insiders had wondered aloud about how Lyndon Johnson, a professional public servant all of his life, had acquired a fortune which included a radio and television station, considerable real estate and bank holdings worth a total of $15,000,000.

Title: Ten Percent Tony: The Story Of Chicago's Most Corrupt Mayor:
Summary: Cermak was a hustler who saw his opportunity in the rough and tumble world of Chicago's ethnic area.'

Title: The Rosemont Two Step:
Summary: It was a simple lesson…no matter what they say about it, never, ever, deny mob ties in the public forum. It will, inevitably and eventually, draw attention to people who need to live in the dark and issues that are better off forgotten. Still, some people need to learn things the hard way.

Time period: 1930s
Title: The Short Life and Violent Times of Two Gun Crowley And Trigger Burke.
Summary: The poverty that hung over the Irish ghettos of New York continued to spew out a whole array of gunmen well into the 20th century including the sad case of Francis "Two gun" Crowley

Time period: 1930s
Title: Public Enemy Number One: The Bloody Saga of Baby Face Nelson.
Summary: George Lester Gillis was born in a Chicago slum just outside the city, near the stockyards in 1908 and was already involved with several street gangs by his early teenage years.

Title: Taking Care of Winkler. The Last of the Independents:
Summary: "Smiling" Gus Winkler's motto was "Take care of Winkler first" and he had spent most of his criminal career doing just that. The day before somebody slammed 72 bullets into him, Winkler was seen in the FBI's Chicago office in the Bankers building, in a meeting with Special Agent, Melvin Purvis.


Title: Go West, Young Comrade:
Summary: The Russian Mob In America, the Russian Mob, the largest of the new ethnic outfits, has been growing larger and more powerful over the past twenty-five years.

Title: Mobsters of Mass Destruction:
Summary: A few weeks ago, Russia's new President Vladimir Putin held an off the cuff conference with Western business leaders on and promised to free up the Russian economy of corruption to attract foreign investment.


Title: The St. Paul Incident:
Summary: William Hamm, "Terrible" Roger Touhy, "Creepy" Karpis. Their names are largely forgotten now, as is the dramatic incident that brought them together, and, for a brief few weeks, kept the eyes of the world on a gray and somber St. Paul's court room. Their worlds collided on June 14, 1933, an unusually hot summer's day in St. Paul.

There are just under one hundred writers who have used my work as a source. This is a partial listing.

When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent .By Connie Bruck
Umbrella Mike: the true story of the Chicago gangster behind the Indy 500 By Brock W. Yates
New Criminologist, London, England. Various articles
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 By Bryan Burrough
Baby Face Nelson: portrait of a public enemy By Steven Nickel, William J. Helmer
The man who got away: the Bugs Moran story : a biography By Rose Keefe
The Scandal of George Scalise: A Case Study in the Rise of Labor Racketeering in the 1930s. by David Witwer
Traditional Organized Crime in Chicago Kirsten Lindberg Joseph Petrenko Jerry Gladden Wayne A. Johnson
Shadow of the Racketeer: Scandal in Organized Labor By David Witwer
The Vendetta: Special Agent Melvin Purvis, John Dillinger, and Hoover's FBI .By Alston Purvis, Alex Tresniowski
Into The Abyss: A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs by Mike Carlie, Ph.D.
Russian mafia in America: immigration, culture, and crime By James O. Finckenauer, Elin J. Waring
The Story of Organized Crime in Canada: By Stephen Schneider
Wicked Charlotte: The Sordid Side of the Queen City: By Stephanie Burt Williams
John F. Kennedy: a biography By Michael O'Brien
Dominican Today (Newspaper story on Porfirio Rubirosa)
After Capone: the life and world of Chicago mob boss Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti By Mars Eghigian, Jr.
The Chicago Outfit By John J. Binder
Eliot Ness and The untouchables: the historical reality and the film and ...By Kenneth Tucker
Mobsters and Thugs: Quotes from the Underworld By Olindo Romeo Chiocca

Media/ Interviews/Book promotions

Media appearances (Interviews, round table discussions) as a writer.

University of Philadelphia Radio
KLES Alaska
WINN St. Louis
WLTN New Orleans
WTKI Huntsville Alabama

Yahoo Radio, The Lionel Show, on Eyada.Com.
Regular guest April 25 ("The Best of...")

Voice of America Television. (Talk to America Live) With former Colombo member Richie Ciro
The Milt Rosenberg Show, (WGN Chicago.)
Q107 Toronto. (The John Derringer Show)

Interviewed / profiled in the following publications

The Asbury Park Press, Asbury, New Jersey,

Self Magazine

The Lancaster News,

The New Orleans Times Picayune

Time Out New York magazine

George Mason Gazette (University Newspaper)

The Frederick Gazette (Maryland)