Crescent City Corner

The Death of New Orleans First Godfather (Part 2)

When we last left New Orleans it was April 1st 1869 and New Orleans first Godfather, Raffaele Agnello, had been shot down on Toulouse Street in The French Quarter, or as it was called at the time, Little Palermo. His brother Joseph, known as Peppino, would take over his spot as ruler of the Italians of New Orleans but it would be short lived and Peppino was never quite as effective as his brother. Another…

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The Prime Minister meets the Kingfish

Here come the Kingfish, the Kingfish. Friend of the workin’ man. The Kingfish, the Kingfish. The Kingfish gonna’ save this land.   Randy Newman The Kingfish Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. That’s true crime story teller, Gary Jenkins advice. I happen to whole heartedly agree. Mob myth has had some doozies over the years, and like fish tales they tend to get bigger and better as time goes by. Here at…


Silver Dollar Sam – Creation of The New Orleans Crime Family

“You came a long way for nothing,” said the man standing on the platform. He spoke with a slight Italian accent. The man he was speaking to had just arrived to New Orleans, by train from Chicago. The two men were close to the same age but differed in appearance. The first was slight in build and balding. The newly arrived man was big, with a scar on the left cheek. He had spent several…