The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1991 - True Crime - 416 pages
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Even among the Mob, the Westies were feared. Out of a partnership between two sadistic thugs, James Coonan and Mickey Featherstone, the gang rose out of the inferno of Hell's Kitchen, a decaying tenderloin slice of New York City's West Side. They became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime, excelling in extortion, numbers running, loansharking, and drug peddling. Upping the ante on depravity, their specialty was execution by dismemberment. Though never numbering more than a dozen members, their reign lasted for almost twenty years-until their own violent natures got the best of them, precipitating a downfall that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of crime.
 

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Irish-led criminal gangs have a long history on Manhattan's West Side (formerly known as Hell's Kitchen), the latest being "the Westies,'' seven of whom were recently convicted of racketeering and ... Read full review

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Contents

THE GHOSTS OF HELLS KITCHEN
17
LAST OF A DYING BREED
36
JIMMY SOWS HIS OATS
51
MICKEY
72
POETIC JUSTICE
94
PART 2
107
NO CORPUS DELICTI NO INVESTIGATION
109
DOIN BUSINESS
128
THE FEDS AND LITTLE AL CAPONE
210
THE WESTIES ONCE AND FOR ALL
233
PART 3
265
BAD BLOOD
267
BETRAYAL
297
IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE
326
MICKEYS NEW FRIENDS
349
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
368

WEST SIDE STORY
146
LINGUINI AND CLAM SAUCE
167
HAVING A DRINK ON WHITEY
191
EPILOGUE
388
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Page xiii - It should be recognized that trial testimony and interviews sometimes produce conflicting versions of events. Where such conflict exists in testimony or recollection, the author has sought to provide a version of the facts which is in his opinion the most plausible.
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About the author (1991)

T.J. English covered the lengthy Westies RICO trial for the Irish Voice and had close to one hundred hours of telephone conversations with Mickey Featherstone, who is currently in the Federal Witness Protection Program. For this book, English gathered information from over three hundred sources, including interviews with other gang members, lawyers, cops and neighborhood residents. He lives in New York City.

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