Did the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office Make a Deal With Castro to Bring Down the Mob?
The hidden history of Tampa’s underworld is often intertwined with some of the city’s most cherished landmarks and popular restaurants.
April 19, 1955. Almost every squad car in Hillsborough County, Florida lined Columbus Drive in Ybor City. A crowd of men, women and children stood anxiously in the yard of the only mansion of Ybor City, waiting to hear if the rumors of another gang slaying that had spread throughout the city were true.
Few gangsters loom larger in pop culture than Alphonse Capone. Though his reign over the Chicago underworld was brief, it was one that lived on through the years, gaining a legend-like status.
It’s Saturday night and everyone’s waiting for the numbers to come in.
Hollywood screenwriters dare not dream up a more improbable script.
The Kefauver hearings arrived in Tampa in December of 1950.
Catering to lovers of the well-written word and the well-mixed drink, Cocktail Noir.
In 1944, when Fulgencio Batista was removed from power in Cuba, he moved to Florida, near Meyer Lansky. Lanksy had left his operations under the care of Santo Trafficante Sr.
When John Gotti Jr. was indicted in Tampa in 2004, many residents were shocked to learn that the scion of one of the most infamous mobsters in history was operating in the Bay area. But it wasn’t a secret to mob watchers and law enforcement.