This City In Connecticut Was One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The Nation In The 1950s
Back in the 1950s, New Haven was a gangster’s paradise. The city was full of mafia-run businesses, from standard mobster fare like illegal gambling and loan sharking to more wholesome businesses, like running the Easter flowers and watermelon trades (yes, those are real examples). With a little help from government officials, mobsters were unstoppable.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the FBI targeted organized crime. The mafia’s power in New Haven suddenly and significantly decreased.