Material presented on The American Mafia history website ( and was gathered through decades of research into the history of American organized crime. A childhood interest in the subject blossomed into a full-time obsession in the late 1990s, when I began organizing collected newspaper clippings, notebook pages and index cards. That effort gave rise to this website in September 2002. The website is more of a process than it is a document. Very often new historical data becomes available and causes old assumptions to be revised or abandoned. Over the past few years, many underworld legends appearing on these pages have given way to more defensible statements. And other revisions are sure to be made in the months and years ahead. It is a pleasure to be able to share my interest with you. I welcome your emailed comments, questions, criticisms. I hope that the site is useful to you and that you check in from time to time to see what is new. Copyright © 2011, Thomas Hunt. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Some redesigned pages online

Some of the redesigned pages of the American Mafia website ( ) have come online. These include the main entrance page, the articles menu page, the Who Was Who menu page, the crimefighters menu page, several articles and about 70 Who Was Who entries.

Visitors are cautioned that the site remains under construction. Not all links will work. Some links are connected to old-style pages.

Many of the old pages contain out of date or incorrect information. These include the original Who Was Who biographies of mob figures that have been indexed by major search engines. While this transition continues, whenever possible, visitors should make an effort to obtain the new pages from the site.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Who Was Who database grows

The American Mafia history website's Who Was Who database continues to grow. There are 41 crime and law enforcement bios in the database at this moment, and more are being added daily. The database will be tied into the website shortly. Until then, the entries can be accessed through:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Who Was Who coming online

The American Mafia history website's Who Was Who biographies are slowly coming online in a new location. While they will remain accessible from the main / website, the biographies will be held in their own site on The direct address for accessing the biographies is: .

By placing the biography entries into the blogger site, they will be more easily searchable by name and keyword. With just 15 entries transferred into the new site to this point, the index has already reached 120 terms. As in the old biographies, links are provided from the biographies to American Mafia articles and crime family boss listings. Links to relevant issues of Informer and related books have been added.

All of the biographies are being edited/rewritten to bring them up to date with information acquired over the past nine years.