Organized Crime

Gangster Era Reborn: Unearthed Crime Scenes from New York’s Prohibition Underworld

Nearly 100 years later, there's still new information to discover.
A young Albert Anastasia in 1921 after being arrested for the 1920 murder of Joseph Terella. This photo is one of many hidden gems discovered at the New York Municipal Archives via their recent “NYPD Cleanup” photo project.

Albert Anastasio Mugshot, NYPD 04537: Courtesy of The New York Municipal Archives

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:


Every NYPD Archives photo can be zoomed in by simply clicking in the area you wish to expand. All these photos digitized are for the benefit of all fellow researchers.

Many of these photos are graphic, uncensored visuals of murders and autopsies. Viewer discretion is advised.


  • 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


  1. Are there anymore gangsters pictures from the archives? They were incredible. The Vincent Coll pictures were insane. I’d love to see some of Maseria and Marrazano. That would be incredible. Please let everyone know if there’s anymore being released. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for checking it out, Jonathan! So Masseria and Maranzano photos remain big targets for me. My take is they have to be somewhere, just a matter of if the Archives have it or the NYPD themselves. Believe it or not, even all these decades later there’s still records the NYPD haven’t transferred over to the Archives. There’s definitely more gangster photos. The tricky thing with the searches is that a lot of times the names are completely misspelled due the officers who arrived on scene (you’ll notice this on some of the pictures as that’s how they’re listed in the Archives records). So, it’s really a grind to go through the records but so worth it when you find gems like these. Rest assured, once the pandemic slows down and the Archives are open to the public, I’ll be right back in there searching.

      1. Couldn’t email you directly but try this – At the bottom of the first page on the site, you should should see a list of numbers going horizontally across the page in little boxes. Each of these represents a different page with the pictures. If you’re on a mobile device, it’ll be right before title of the next article.

    1. Appreciate the support James and I absolutely loved your Youtube video! You put a big smile on my face and I’ll proudly carry that new favorite person title haha Once the pandemic slows down and the Archives reopen, I plan to get right back in there digging for more gems.

  2. Amazing pictures. Nice research Ismael. I enjoyed it including the stories that go with it. I hope you find more (Greetings from the Netherlands)

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