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The Milwaukee Mafia: Meet author Gavin Schmitt

By MPL Staff on Jul 7, 2015 8:30 AM

From Vito Guardalabene’s arrival from Italy until the days of controlling the Teamsters union and paying off public officials, Milwaukee was a city of Bullets, Blood and Beer. Gavin Schmitt’s The Milwaukee Mafia relies on previously unseen police reports, FBI investigative notes, coroner’s records, newspaper articles, family lore and more to bring to light an era of Milwaukee’s history that has been largely undocumented and shrouded in myth. This is not only a story of organized crime. It is also about immigration, the American Dream, urban planning, law enforcement, and politics, and how all these elements come together to form a solid narrative.

Gavin Schmitt has researched Wisconsin’s darker history for decades and has been published in a variety of magazines including Informer and HorrorHound. Mr. Schmitt lives in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Books will be available for sale by Boswell Books the night of the event.

Date: Monday, July 13, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Central Library - Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., 2nd floor

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