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History of Milwaukee Mafia Revisited

Local author releases new book featuring collection of vintage images

Sept. 20, 2012 - PRLog -- New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Milwaukee Mafia by local author Gavin Schmitt. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

Milwaukee is best known for its beer and rightfully so. But in the days of Prohibition, the big alcohol suppliers were not Miller, Blatz, Schlitz, and Pabst. The Mafia had control and it made its money by running alcohol as far away as Canada and Indiana, as well as with counterfeiting, the numbers racket and two of the biggest heists in American history. From then on, the sky was the limit as the Mafia indulged in extortion, protection rackets and skimming from Las Vegas casinos.

The Cream City had its crooked lawyers, corrupt cops and even a mayor on the take. There was the blood of those who dared to stand in the syndicate’s way. They were found dead in ditches or as victims of car bombs. The members of the Mafia included doctors, real estate men, restaurateurs, tavern owners, funeral directors, union presidents and the most famous Milwaukee gangster of all, Frank Balistrieri.

While now considered extinct, the Milwaukee Family was once a dominant force in the Midwest.

Highlights of Milwaukee Mafia include:
•   Begins to tell the truth about attorney and gubernatorial candidate Dominic Frinzi.
•   Praises the work of law enforcement officers who are too often taken for granted.
•   Explores the relationship between law enforcement and the criminal element.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town? Visit arcadiapublishing.com.

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