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LSUbase13
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Mt. Pleasant, SC
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Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
As the title says, do any of you know of any good books specifically on the New Orleans Mafia and organized crime? I'm not concerned or interested in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, etc. I'd specifically want something on New Orleans.

It's my understanding that New Orleans had quite a Mafia presence. It makes sense if you look at the plethora of "mom and pop" Italian and seafood restaurants all around town. I have heard that the Mafia provided security to these restaurants in the past.

That said, any suggestions?


boxcarbarney
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Constantinople Street
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
The only one I read was Mr. New Orleans. Which was more of an autobiography. It was an enjoyable read, but I'm pretty sure the author is full of shite.


fratmatt13
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New Orleans
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
Mafia Kingfish is really really good but sometimes hard to find.
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tigahbruh
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Louisiana
Member since Jun 2014
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
The French Quarter by Herbert Asbury covers a lot of organized crime. Would be more the earlier days of the 1800s -early 20th century. Don't think he covers Marcello Family etc from the post WWII era.


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jonboy
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The only one I read was Mr. New Orleans.


Great book


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boxcarbarney
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
quote:

t's my understanding that New Orleans had quite a Mafia presence.


Some consider New Orleans the first American city to have a Mob presence. At one point the New Orleans Mafia was larger than New York's.

From what I understand, the Mob ran downtown; especially the French Quarter. No business was done without their consent. No crime perpetrated without their go-ahead.


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mylsuhat
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
A Rose by Many Other Names: Rose Cherami & the JFK Assassination


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Shifting the focus away from the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, to 48 hours prior in Eunice, Louisiana, this book explores the prediction made by Melba Marcades, aka Rose Cherami, that the president would be assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963 in Dallas. Discounting clairvoyance, the book investigates the possibility that Rose had inside information about the assassination. However, Rose Cherami was not a credible witness: she was a prostitute, a one-time performer in Jack Ruby's Carousel Club, an admitted drug trafficker, a drug addict, and a car thief. But the author’s research reveals glaring omissions in her FBI files, questionable admissions regarding her criminal history, and the dubious details of her untimely demise. This book sheds new light on a relatively unknown footnote of the JFK conspiracy theory.
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VOR
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
Try James Lee Burke, esteemed crime author from South La. His books are fiction and

not based on readily identifiable real-life characters, as far as I know
His stuff is good, though, and I recommend you give it a try.


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Htowntiger90
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Houston
Member since Dec 2018
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
I'll second Mafia Kingfish. I came across a paperback copy of it in the 90's. You might have to search library catalogs & Amazon for it.

NOLA was the second largest point of entry for Italian immigrants to the US. Carlos Marcello was the kingpin of the NOLA mafia scene for many years. The book covers links between him & Oswald and the Kennedy assassination.
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Mr. Misanthrope
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
Interesting tie in to the New Orleans Mafia and the video poker boom. Several "Marcello" associates were recorded at a French Quarter restaurant discussing misappropriation of skimmed funds. One associate speaking of the transgression of a fellow mobster is quoted on the transcript complaining of "unauthorized embezzlement."


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ellishughtiger
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Brazos
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
Here we go with every Italian from New Orleans being related to Carlos Marcelo somehow. I don’t get why people would want to lie about being related to a thug anyway. No different than bragging on being related to a Crip. The only difference is the Italians tried to dress nice.


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hottub
Florida State Fan
Member since Dec 2012
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re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
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I'll second Mafia Kingfish. I came across a paperback copy of it in the 90's. You might have to search library catalogs & Amazon for it.




Found it on eBay recently.


GITiger66
Member since Dec 2019
23 posts

re: Books on New Orleans - Mafia, organized crime
Check out Dr Mary’s Monkeys. It’s about primate research in Nola, involves lee Harvey Oswald, and a theory about how we ended go with a large increase in cancer diagnoses. Interesting book


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kjntgr
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Empire of Sin is excellent.


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