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Operation Richmart

by Christopher Hoffman | Sep 28, 2009 7:48 am | Comments (12)

Midge%20Renault%20101.jpgFinal chapter in a five-part series on the heyday of New Haven’s mob: Salvatore “Midge Renault” Annunziato returns to prison. Billy Grasso rises to power as the FBI inserts an undercover agent into New Haven and is shocked what it finds. Midge, Whitey Tropiano and Grasso meet their ends.

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Pinocchio

by Christopher Hoffman | Sep 21, 2009 6:39 am | Comments (11)

devlin.jpgChapter Four in a five-part series on the heyday of New Haven’s mob: A brutal murder establishes Billy Grasso … He and Whitey Tropiano go to jail as Salvatore “Midge Renault” Annunziato fights a war with a master bank robber named Eddie Devlin (pictured) … Midge’s conflict with the Aherns comes to a head as he tries to introduce his son into the ways of the mob …

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Top Hoodlum

by Christopher Hoffman | Sep 7, 2009 6:29 am | Comments (1)

hooverjedg.jpgChapter Three in a five-part series on the heyday of New Haven’s mob: J. Edgar Hoover puts Salvatore “Midge Renault” Annunziato in his sights. He goes to jail … sort of. Midge suffers a family tragedy. He goes to federal prison, but not before flexing his power once again. Midge meets his nemesis, a New Haven cop named Stephen Ahern.

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Whitey

by Christopher Hoffman | Aug 31, 2009 6:42 am | Comments (9)

whitey%20tropiano.jpgChapter Two in a five-part series on the heyday of New Haven’s mob: Salvatore “Midge Renault” Annunziato is forced to share New Haven with Ralph “Whitey” Tropiano, a fearsome New York City hit man … Midge becomes business manager for a major local union and makes a fortune … With politicians and the cops in their back pockets, Whitey and Midge all but run the city …

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Midge Renault & The Heyday Of The Mob

by Christopher Hoffman | Aug 25, 2009 12:46 pm | Comments (20)

Midge%20REnault%202.jpgThirty years ago this summer, New Haven’s most infamous mobster, Salvatore “Midge Renault” Annunziato, disappeared. Literally hundreds of newspaper articles were written about Midge during his lifetime, but most of his and the mob’s story in the Elm City has remained hidden.

What follows is part one of a five-part series lifting the veil of secrecy and silence that has long concealed Midge (pictured, from his FBI file) and the mafia in New Haven. It also tells the stories of two other gangsters who with Midge long dominated the New Haven underworld, Ralph “Whitey” Tropiano and William “The Wild Guy” Grasso.

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