Prohibition in the United States created new opportunities for organized crime to make prots even they couldn’t imagine. It did not take long for the mobsters to push out the independent bootleggers and take control of the whole operation inside the United States. Their tentacles then reached into St. Pierre and Newfoundland, both of which had become legalized transhipment ports for liquor — a real rum-runner’s heaven!
During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Al Capone emerged as the top mobster in the country. Capone controlled the politicians, police, bootleggers, prostitution and smuggling, with his syndicates reaching into Newfoundland in a big way.
In Rum-runners and Mobsters: Prohibition’s 100th Anniversary in Newfoundland, Jack Fitzgerald leaves no stone unturned as he chronicles Prohibition in Newfoundland from start to nish, while exposingcbkn.
Jack Fitzgerald’s Treasury of Newfoundland Stories, Volume II: Amazing and Strange is a substantial collection of tales from times long forgotten. They include yarns of Newfoundland’s people and places, happenings and things, ranging from the extraordinary and remarkable to the bizarre, uncanny and fantastic. Especially appealing is the Christmas section which includes spine tingling tales of spooks and spectres. These stories have been gathered from archival materials, old newspapers and magazines, and from the oral traditions in communities throughout the province. Some have come from Fitzgerald’s out of print books and have been updated whenever possible.