Shocking Stories of the Cleveland Mob

Shocking Stories of the Cleveland Mob

by Ted Schwarz


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They are the dirty little secrets of Cleveland's past, mob guys so good--or so bad--that you rarely hear their stories. Men such as Micky McBride turned newsboys into sluggers, gave bookies a run for suckers' losing bets and created the Cleveland Browns when football was still a sport the players knew how to win. There was the Jewish Navy, taking laundry trucks to Canada and bringing back barges filled with booze. Then there were the rug joints--the Harvard Club, the Beverly Hills Club, the Mounds Club--where Moe Dalitz mastered the art of taking your money and helped build Las Vegas, the best "man trap" in America. Join author Ted Schwarz as he tracks wanted killers through the Statler Hotel and navigates the secret history of the Cleveland mob.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596299184
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,203,645
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

As the Cleveland Plain Dealer put it in April 2009, "Ted Schwarz may be the most prolific author you've never heard of." He's been freelancing full time for nearly forty years. During that time, he's written well over one hundred books and more than three thousand articles and short stories for publications throughout the world. His books have been translated into more than a half dozen languages, and several have been made into documentaries and/or television movies. He has appeared on over three hundred television and radio programs in the United States and Canada, ranging from Larry King Live to Dee Perry's Around Noon for Cleveland's WCPN, the local NPR station.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Everybody Loved the Statler

1 Omerta and Big Angie 9

2 The "Grand Council of the Mafia"-or Something 12

3 Yorkell & Brownstein? Weren't They on Stage Like Abbott & Costello? 23

4 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Hotel 25

5 And One More Statler Story 36

Part 2 And In Other Areas of the City

6 "Minor" Felonies and Occasional Misdemeanors 47

7 The Cleveland Jewish Navy 53

8 Sure They Were Deadly, but Some Had "Silly-Ass" Names 65

9 Cleveland Football's Dirty Little Secret 66

10 A Gossipy Little Cleveland Browns Story 86

11 Moe Dalitz: He Also Died of Natural Causes 90

12 Killing William Potter 100

13 Murder, Incorporated 105

14 The Cleveland Syndicate Expands Casino Activity under Moe 107

15 Molaska: Bootlegging's Greatest Triumph after Prohibition Ended 111

16 Creating the Perfect Rug Joint (Upscale Gambling Enterprise) 117

About the Author 127

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