Scott M. Deitche provides a historical examination of the rise of the mob in New Jersey, and the influence it had not only on the Garden State and New York metro region but the country as a whole.
The Mafia in the United States might be a shadow of its former self, but in the New York/New Jersey metro area, there are still wiseguys and wannabes working scams, extorting businesses, running gambling, selling drugs, and branching out into white collar crimes. And they are continuing a tradition that’s over 100 years old. Some of the most powerful mobsters on a national level were from New Jersey, and they spread their tentacles down to Florida, across the Atlantic, and out to California. And many of the stories have never been told. Deitche weaves his narrative through significant, as well as some lesser-known, mob figures who were vital components in the underworld machine.
New Jersey’s organized crime history has been one of the most colorful in the country, serving as the home of some of the most powerful, as well as below-the-radar, mobsters in the Country. And though overshadowed by the emphasis on New York City, the mob and New Jersey have, over the years, become synonymous, in both pop culture and in law enforcement. But for all the press that has been dedicated to the mob and New Jersey, for all the law enforcement activity against the mob, and for all the pop culture references, there has never truly been an examination of the rise of the mob in New Jersey from a historical perspective. Until now.
In Garden State Gangland, Scott M. Deitche sets the historical record straight by providing the first overall history of the mob in New Jersey, from the early turn of the century Black Hand gangs to the present, and looks at how influential they were was, not only to goings-on the Garden State but across the New York metro region and the country as a whole.
Chapter 1: The Newark Family
Chapter 2: Dry Years in Jersey
Chapter 3: Zwillman
Chapter 4: Dutch, Longy, Jerry, and the Boot
Chapter 5: The Moretti Hit
Chapter 6: The DeCavalcantes
Chapter 7: On the Wire
Chapter 8: Bayonne Joe
Chapter 9: Bruno and the Down Neck Mob
Chapter 10: The Genovese Family
Chapter 11: The State Commission of Investigation
Chapter 12: The Big Bets
Chapter 13: South Jersey War
Chapter 14: The Eagle and Video Gambling
Chapter 15: On the Docks
Chapter 16: The Receding Tide