this day in crime history: november 14, 1957

On this date in 1957, New York State Police in Apalachin, NY interrupted a meeting of about 100 mafia luminaries from the US, Canada, and Italy. The meeting was held at the home of Joseph “Joe the Barber” Barbara, boss of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA mob family. Over 60 of the attendees were detained by police, with an estimated 40 more fleeing into the woods.

Further reading:

Apalachin, NY

Gangsters, Inc. – Mob Meeting at Apalachin: The Big Barbeque

Wikipedia – Apalachin Meeting

5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 14, 1957

  1. John D.:
    Jeez, I have NEVER head about this story…great find.
    Watching ’em all run into the woods must have been priceless!

    They actually have SIGNAGE about it too?
    Who’da known that UPSTATE NY was a crime haven?
    (well, you probably do by now…lol)
    And a mob in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area…that’s a new one on me, too (coming from PA).

    Excellent post.

    Stay safe out there.


  2. I recall reading something about this a while back. Wasn’t there an officer or a mobster shot and killed there?

    Also, stop by my page, I put a new link up for the cover song and a new video.


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