Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Black Hand

These are examples of Black Hand letters from the Mafia, displayed at the NYC Police Museum. Pretty chilling.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (left) and Hollywood actor George Raft, 1944.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Someone must be tapping directly into my brain...

Mafia museum to open in Manhattan next month -- The video shows that it's housed in an actual former speakeasy!

Official site: Museum of the American Gangster

I wonder if I would be allowed to hold an actual vintage tommy gun?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Poisoned alcohol.

The Chemist's War: The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.

It was Christmas Eve 1926, the streets aglitter with snow and lights, when the man afraid of Santa Claus stumbled into the emergency room at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. He was flushed, gasping with fear: Santa Claus, he kept telling the nurses, was just behind him, wielding a baseball bat. 

Before hospital staff realized how sick he was—the alcohol-induced hallucination was just a symptom—the man died. So did another holiday partygoer. And another. As dusk fell on Christmas, the hospital staff tallied up more than 60 people made desperately ill by alcohol and eight dead from it. Within the next two days, yet another 23 people died in the city from celebrating the season.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowpocalypse 2010

You're at the end of the line, kid.