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Mob author Frank Monastra talks about researching his mafioso grandfather

Author and organized crime historian Frank Monastra visited us earlier this month to talk about his new book, King of Clubs, which profiles the famous, popular and very illegal casinos that flourished in and around Cleveland during the 1930s and 1940s. He also … Continue reading

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Mob author to discuss notorious Cleveland casinos

Author and organized crime historian Frank Monastra will discuss his newest book, King of Clubs, during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7, at our Main Branch. Both his talk and book profile the famous, popular and very … Continue reading

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Local author talks about his grandfather, a Cleveland Mafia street boss

Though it seems like a bygone era, we are not far removed from the heyday of the Cleveland Mafia. Less than a century ago, the Porrello and Lonardo families fought for bootleg liquor profits during the Corn Sugar War; and … Continue reading

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