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Allan R.May

Author Allan May got his start with Jerry Capeci, the dean of mob writers, at Capeci’s “Gangland News” website. He was the main organized crime writer for Court TV’s website in the early 2000s, and was one of the main contributors to both and He has taught several courses on organized crime at Cuyahoga Community College and lectures at libraries throughout Northeast Ohio. He has appeared in documentaries and has been interviewed on both radio and television.

Allan May is an authority on the history of organized crime in the United States and has a personal library of over 800 books on the subject. Two of May’s works have been published – Mob Stories (2001) and Gangland Gotham (2009). He is currently under contract for a three-book series with Praeger Publishers.

May is also the historian at Lake View Cemetery and on the speaker's bureau. He wrote the "Who's Who of Lake View Cemetery" which includes biographies on over 250 noted personalities buried there. In the past he has written a monthly historical column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine.  His website is

A history of organized crime in the city of Warren and Trumbull County, Ohio; featuring stories about the infamous Jungle Inn gambling den, local ganglord Jimmy Munsene, the notorious Farah brothers, Detroit mobster-transplant Frank Cammarata, one-time Cleveland Mafia underboss Anthony "Tony Dope" Delsanter, and others.

"The whole story has not yet been told. The raid and the events of the past few days are proof that a community can allow places like Jungle Inn to exist only at its peril. The fact the crowds who went there to gamble were in constant danger of being burned to death is not the worst of the indictments that can be brought against it. Worse still was the nest of corruption that it fostered - the influence it wielded over public officials and over the political life of Trumbull and Mahoning counties. If money could not tempt men in public life - men with power over the lives of these communities - it had its gunmen always ready to persuade them"
From an editorial in the Youngstown Vindicator, August 16, 1949

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Organized crime and the mob figures who run it have long captured the imagination of the American public, appearing since the early twentieth century as characters in a host of popular books, movies, and television programs. But often what the public knew of such figures and their criminal careers was as much myth as fact. This book offers highly readable, carefully researched biographies that dispel the the myths but preserve the fascination surrounding 10 infamous New York mob leaders of the twentieth century. Each in-depth biography will help interested readers understand how and why each of these men achieved special notariety within the world of organized crime.
Each biography describes the early years of each man, assessing how he came to a criminal career; his rise to prominence within the mob, providing reaction from those who knew him and witnessed his actions; and the last years of his career, assessing why it ended as it did. Each biography is illustrated with a picture of its subject and concludes with a listing of additional information resources, both print and electronic. A detailed subject index provides further access to the large amount of information contained in each biography. A timeline allows readers to quickly and easily track the birth, death, and important events in the life of each mobster.

Allan May has been interested in organized crime since he saw his first episode of the old "Untouchables" television series. An admirer of Eliot Ness for years, in 1997, May initiated the movement which resulted in the spreading of Ness's ashes, along with his third wife's and adopted son's, at a memorial service in Cleveland's historic Lake View Cemetery. Allan R. May can be contacted at

Eliot Ness and family memorial in Cleveland.
(Photo courtesy of Ellen Poulsen)

Close  up view of  monument.
(Photo courtesy of Ellen Poulsen)