Category Archive: Crime

Glitz, Glamour, and Gambling: an American in Havana

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He stood only five feet, five inches in height with a slight frame. From his appearance, one might have assumed he was a baker, deli owner, or banker. He was smart enough to… Continue reading

Gangsters on the Gold Coast: Scarface Comes to Miami

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The Gold Coast. The Magic City. South Beach. Lincoln Road. Few places among America’s urban centers possess as much mystique as the narrow strip of land lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the… Continue reading

History of American Crime: Gangsters on the Gold Coast, Part II

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Speakeasies & Rum Runners   America’s great experiment with a national ban on the consumption of alcohol, while well intentioned, was a well-documented abysmal failure. When the Volstead Act (passed to carry out… Continue reading

History of American Crime: Coming to America

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The United States is truly a nation of immigrants. To live in the New World is to ultimately have arrived from another shore. Geneticists and other scientists studying the human genome have shown… Continue reading

History of American Crime: Getting Organized

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Director Martin Scorsese’s 2002 blockbuster film,¬†Gangs of New York, introduced viewers to a bit of history that does not get much space in school textbooks. If organized crime and gangs get any mention… Continue reading

History of American Crime: Murder and the Public in the 19th Century

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From the truly heinous to the seriously ridiculous, antisocial human activity has been codified in the New World since colonial times. And as human nature has not changed all that much since Cain… Continue reading

History of American Crime: the Colonial Period

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Today marks the start of a new series for me here on History Imagined. As some of you may be aware, my first published novel, Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel, features history… Continue reading

How London’s Bobbies Got Their Name

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There are few things more synonymous with London than the Tower, Big Ben, double decker busses, black cabs, and the traditional headgear of the Metropolitan Police. The custodian helmet, as it is officially… Continue reading

Henry Fielding: Man of Letters and Law

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Henry Fielding had reasons to make the statement quoted in the feature image to the left, perhaps the greatest being that he was a man whom nature had chosen to send into the… Continue reading

London’s First Professional Police Force

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While scanning Amazon Prime offerings one evening, I had a rare experience. I came across a BBC series I had not previously viewed. I Googled the title and read that it was well… Continue reading