In January 1953 the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control revoked the liquor license of the Sportsman Bar and Grill on the ground floor of a four-story 15-room hotel at 212 River Street in Hoboken according to recently-released agency records. The license was held since 1949 by Margaret Garaventi…

During the 1950s husband-and-wife Albert and Marion Manzo operated a bar in Paterson, NJ which had its liquor license suspended multiple times for serving gays and lesbians.

The Manzo couple are the parents of Albert “Tiny” Manzo Jr. who was the victim of a suspected Mafia hit although the murder…

1972 photo of Bebe Rebozo, Director Hoover and President Nixon

M. Wesley Swearingen, an FBI agent from 1951 to 1977, writes in his memoir FBI Secrets: An Agent’s Expose about the long-standing rumors within the Bureau concerning the relationship between FBI Director J. …

In October 2005 nineteen-year-old Brandon Dale Woodruff was charged with murdering his parents in a rural northeast Texas town in the heart of the Bible belt. Dennis and Norma Woodruff had been sitting together on a sofa before the television set on a Sunday evening in their double wide manufactured…

For decades the FBI largely ignored Carlo Gambino but after local cops busted a meeting among the nation’s Mafia leaders on November 14, 1957 in upstate Apalachin, NY, the G-men finally decided to take a closer look at the hook-nosed gangster according to Bureau files.

Carlo Gambino Mug Shot

By early 1962 the FBI…

Throughout the 1960s the G-men eavesdropped on the private conversations of Meyer Lansky by bugging his personal residence where he lived with his wife in Hallandale, FL and the hotel rooms in which he stayed when in New York City according to FBI files. Although Lansky may have had a…

In 1962 the State Liquor Authority cancelled the licenses of three gay bars in Rochester, NY — Patsy’s Grill licensed to Pasquale and Katherine Lippa at 278 Allen Street, Dick’s Tavern licensed to Dominic Gruttadauria at 63 State Street and Martin’s Restaurant licensed to Harry Martin at 12 Front Street…

On August 22, 1972 John Wojtowicz and his 18-year-old partner-in-crime Sal Naturale — a “slender, fair-haired youth” with a long history of juvenile delinqency and barbituate abuse — robbed a Brooklyn branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank which became the basis for Dog Day Afternoon starring Al Pacino as Wojtowicz…

In The Mafia and the Gays author Phillip Crawford Jr. meticulously documents how the mob once had a near-monopoly on gay bars for decades in New York and Chicago, and relies upon an extensive collection of primary sources including FBI files many of which were not publicly available until acquired…

Phillip Crawford Jr.

Author of “The Mafia and the Gays,” “Railroaded: The Homophobic Prosecution of Brandon Woodruff for His Parents’ Murders,” & “Queer Joints, Wiseguys and G-Men”

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