All About the Providence Mob

Great write up on the Providence Mob starting in the early 20th Century.

My favorite quote is at the very beginning of the article:

“If ever there was a state that gleefully thumbed its nose at Prohibition, it was Rhode Island,” a reporter wrote. “Throughout the Roaring Twenties, Rhode Island was probably the most anti-Prohibition state in the union.”

Yep, the article goes on to mention RI’s 400 miles of coastline and how easy it was for rum runners to bring in the good stuff from Canada and the Caribbean.

One part goes on about Doris Copolla. Interestingly grew up near a store with the same last name and the old woman who ran it, I believe her name was in fact Doris.

It’s a fascinating read. You can see the entire series if you like.

And the interesting thing. I went to school with the sons and daughters of many of those mobsters. It’s weird seeing those names attached to mobsters.

3 thoughts on “All About the Providence Mob

  1. Rhode Island was one of two states (the other was CT)that didn’t even approve Prohibition in the state legislature.
    Being about 2/3rds Catholic probably had something to do with it.

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