Wicked Newport: Kentucky's Sin City

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Controlled by the heavy hand of the mob and fueled by government corruption, Newport evolved through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries into a notoriously robust center of criminal activity. With top political and law enforcement officials often on the take, the seedy status quo became so excessive that a May 1961 issue of Time magazine declared, "Newport has developed such a gaudy brand of gambling and prostitution that it stands today as one of the nation's most blatant sin centers." Eastern Kentucky University Professors Gary Potter and Thomas Barker, both experts on organized crime, along with Jenna Meglen, offer up a captivating chronicle of Newport's criminal development, complete with thought-provoking assessments of the possible advantages that organized crime brought to the city commonly considered to be Las Vegas's predecessor.
ISBN: 9781596295490
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Kentucky
Series: Wicked
Images: 17
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Gary Potter is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University in the College of Criminal Justice & Police Studies. He is at the forefront of research in organized crime, and he has published numerous books, articles and essays on the subject. Dr. Thomas Barker is also a professor in EKU's Criminal Justice Department, and focuses much of his research on crime, police administration and police misconduct. He has published hundreds of articles in various publications relating to sensational crimes and corrupt police.
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