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

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

  1. John D.:
    Amazing that it took a “convention” to get Hoover to see the light.

    Wonder if they had a “dealer’s” room…LOL
    (bet’cha they DID)
    Good call.

    Stay safe out there.

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    • I think part of Hoover’s reasoning was that OC investigations often require undercover work, and he found that distasteful. That, and he was more interested in chasing commies. So he just pretended the mafia didn’t exist. Until reality bit him in the ass.

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