What you’re about to read is a portion of the research I’ve done over the last two years at the New York Municipal Archives (NYMA). Originally, I began venturing to the NYMA to research my dream book project on Brownsville, Brooklyn’s infamous Amberg brothers, who dominated the criminal rackets in the neighborhood until aligning with the Bugs N Meyer Mob and eventually Murder Inc. in the 1930s. My trips happened to coincide with the Archives’s own ambitious project — cleaning up all the NYPD crime scene photographs dating back to the early 1900s! As I searched for information relevant to my research on the Ambergs, I just couldn’t ignore the other historic photos that most organized crime writers thought never existed or were forever lost to history.
This side project was a labor of love that I hope inspires organized crime writers and enthusiasts throughout the world to know that even nearly 100 years later, there’s still new information to discover. Each photo includes its serial number and file name for those looking to follow-up with additional research.
Before you begin, please note the following:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 2 Richard “Peg Leg” Lonergan Hit
- 3 Jacob “Little Augie” Orgen Hit
- 4 Salvatore “Toto” D’Aquila Hit
- 5 Giuseppe “The Clutch Hand” Morello Hit
- 6 Joseph Pinzolo Hit
- 7 Manfredi “Al” Mineo and Steve Ferrigno Hit
- 8 Giueseppe “Joe” Parrino Hit
- 9 The Harlem Baby Massacre
- 10 Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll Hit and Autopsy
- 11 Acknowledgments