Organized Crime in Northern Kentucky

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ORGANIZED CRIME IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY Many people visit Newport, Kentucky and perceive a pleasant, radiant, and family oriented place. They don’t realize what they are in view of are the remnants of gambling, murder, organized crime, prostitution, and corruption. The Glenn Hotel and The Flamingo Club were just two of many crime affiliated “casinos” in Newport during the mid 1900s. These clubs were where many notorious crime leaders laid their heads, made their fortune, and more importantly got their start in organized crime. The rise and fall of Newport, Kentucky was influenced by many leaders, from crime leaders to political leaders. In the early 1900s, before the mob moved into Newport, it was a small serene city near the river. However, it would soon undergo a drastic makeover. George Remus, an attorney from Chicago was said to have laid the foundation for organized crime in Newport. It is said that he formalized corruption and many of the men who became prominent leaders in crime, received their start from him. Remus moved to Cincinnati, which is right across the river from Newport. During this time, selling liquor was prohibited in Kentucky; Remus saw this as an opportunity to make money by bootlegging the illegal liquor. Remus was a pharmacist and this allowed him to purchase liquor from the Treasury Department for use in producing medicines, but this liquor was diverted to illegal sales. George Remus soon became known as the “King of Bootleggers.” His bootlegging enterprise was growing fast; he was delivering liquor by the truck loads to Ohio, throughout Kentucky, and all the way to Indiana. Remus also purchased seven liquor distilleries in these three states. Remus was now employing dozens of local criminals, most of the local officials where on the pay roll as well. He was making the millions, and paying the millions. He paid over $20 million to
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