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

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

  1. John D.:
    Joey had his place in upstate NY, but STILL ran the NE PA syndicate…

    I must say, the scenery is rather spectacular, so the “commute” was worth it.
    Wonder how those other “40” made out…there’s BEARS in dem dar woods…lol.

    Good post.

    Have a great weekend and don’t feed the bears out there.


    • Apalachin is only about an hour and a half by car from Scranton. Also, Barbara’s organization reached into the southern tier of NY State. By the late 50s, he controlled most of the soft drink trade in Binghamton, NY and the surrounding area. Some of these crime families had territories that covered fairly large geographic areas.


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