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Buffalo’s Polish Gangsters

Did you know
Buffalo had Polish Gangsters? 
Local author Mike Rizzo will be unveiling his newest book at 7PM on
Friday, October 2, at a benefit for Buffalo Blue Bicycle. His third book, They
Call Me Korney: The True Story of Buffalo’s Korney Gang,
is about Prohibition-era Polish
gangsters from Buffalo. 

According to
Thomas Hunt, author of Deep Water
:

In They
Call Me Korney, author Michael Rizzo provides a rare look at non-Italian ethnic
crime in Prohibition Era Buffalo. Operating largely in the shadows of such
legendary underworld associations as Stefano Magaddino’s regional Mafia, the
Korney gang carved out a more modest underworld empire in the largely Polish
neighborhoods of eastern Buffalo and Depew.

Through a
quick-moving, detailed and readable narrative, Rizzo exposes the activities of
the gang, a brutal organization of bandits, bootleggers, safecrackers and
killers. The author probes into the backgrounds and personalities of the gang’s
most important figures – John “Korney” Kwiatkowski, Anthony
“Shiddy” Kalkiewicz and others – to explain the many successes of the
outlaw band and the betrayal that led to its ultimate destruction. Generously
illustrated with photographs, maps and images of official documents, They Call
Me Korney is sure to be appreciated by all interested in regional crime
history.”

Rizzo will
unveil his book at the former Precinct 17, at Colvin and Linden, where Korney
was held in 1929. The Precinct is now home to Buffalo Blue Bicycle. Rizzo will be donating
25 percent of all book sale proceeds from that evening to Buffalo Blue Bicycle.

Rizzo will
discuss the book and his research, read from it, and answer questions – you can
also find out why October 2nd is a significant date in the book.  Refreshments will be available. 

Visit bigkorney.blogspot.com for up-to-the-minute information.

About the
Author: Mike Rizzo is a Buffalo author and entrepreneur. His first two books,
“Through The Mayors’ Eyes” and “Nine Nine Eight”, sold well
regionally. He is also founder of The Mob Tours, a sightseeing company
specializing in local crime tours. In addition, Rizzo was the former owner of Zippy Delivery Bicycle Messengers, where he was a messenger for 7 years.

 

 

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