Expert on mafia in Valley to speak


Staff report

LIBERTY

Allan R. May, author of several books about the history of organized crime in the Mahoning Valley, will give a presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

Admission to the program, sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, is $6 ($5 for society members); for reservations, call 330-726-8277. Walk-ins will be admitted as space permits.

The event will include a raffle and music by Dolores DePietro.

May, of Cleveland, is an authority on the history of organized crime in America.

He is the author of five books about the mafia, including “Crimetown U.S.A.: History of Mahoning Valley Mafia” (Conallan Press, 2013) and “Welcome to the Jungle Inn: The Story of the Mafia’s Most Infamous Den” (Conallan Press, 2011).

May’s interest in organized crime began in the early 1960s. He got his writing start with Jerry Capeci, the dean of mob writers, at Capeci’s “Gangland News” website.

May became the main organized crime writer for Court TV’s website CrimeLibrary.com, in the early 2000s. He went on to become one of the main contributors to both AmericanMafia.com and CrimeMagazine.com.

He has taught several courses on organized crime at Cuyahoga Community College and lectures frequently throughout Northeast Ohio. He has also appeared in documentaries. Copies of his books will be available for purchase.

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