1876 in organized crime

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See also: 1875 in organized crime, 1877 in organized crime and the list of 'years in Organized Crime'.


  • The NYPD launches its campaign against the river pirates and street gangs along the New York waterfront with the formation of the "Steamboat Squad".[1]
  • Extortion activities by the Black Hand are first reported within Italian-American communities in St. Louis, Missouri.[2]
  • January 16 - John Murray and James Briston, members of a burglary gang based on Joiner Street, are arrested in the Bunker Hill district by officers of the First Police Precinct. Among half a dozen burglary and theft charges against them, Briston is additionally charged with breaking and entering in connection to a robbery of Robert's & Webster, a store on Blackstone Street, during the night of December 1. Two other members, Young and Manning, had been previously arrested on similar charges and sentenced to eight years at New York State Prison.[3]

Arts and literature[edit]




  1. ^ Asbury, Herbert. The Gangs of New York. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. ISBN 1-56025-275-8
  2. ^ May, Allen. "The St. Louis Family". Crime Library. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-03. 
  3. ^ Burglars Caught. Boston Daily Globe. 17 January 1876