My e-book looks at the subpoenaing, arrests and convictions of mobsters who were associated with Philadelphia, Reading, Pennsylvania and New Jersey bootleg liquor production and distribution. Charles Veneziale was partners with Augustine Mazzio in the operation of an illegal still. Philadelphia Police used informants to learn about illicit stills and mobster sales of firms like the Ticket Grill.
During the late 1950s smut probes plagued the lives of magazines that published nude photos of female models. Knight Publishing Co. of Los Angeles was only one of many titles that was hindered by crackdowns that found their publishers in court. My research looks closely at smut probes that flourished in Philadelphia, Elizabeth, New Jersey and Albany, New York. Magazine distributors were targeted.
Peter Maggio became a caporegime in the Philadelphia crime family of Angelo Bruno. FBI informant Joseph Verica performed surveillance on Maggio and Bruno in 1962.. In '65 one of Verica's memos to J. Edgar Hoover identified Maggio as a Soldato of the Philadelphia family of La Cosa Nostra. In the mid 1960s both Bruno and Maggio purchased homes in the Philadelphia area. The FBI watched them closely.
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