Back In The Day, This Quiet New York Town Was The Site Of The Nation’s Biggest Mafia Meet-Up
You wouldn’t know it just driving through, but the small town of Apalachin, New York, has a very interesting history. Well, one day was very interesting at least. That day was November 14, 1957. On that day, dozens and perhaps even more than 100 members of the mafia met in this small town for a very important meeting. It didn’t go as planned. Read on to learn all about this big mafia meeting in Apalachin, New York, so many years ago and what went wrong – or right – depending on which side of the fence you’re on!
Even though no one did hard time for their participation, The Apalachin Meeting was an important event in mafia history. One major effect it had was that it forced J. Edgar Hoover, the then director of the FBI, to accept that the mafia existed on a large scale in the United States. He’d previously denied this fact more than once. After this bust, he led the FBI in going after the country’s top mob bosses nationwide, with much success.
Some people speculate that the Apalachin Meeting bust was a set up from the beginning. Three major crime bosses were not present at this very important meeting: Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, and Meyer Lansky. Further, there were no mafioso from Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, or Detroit at the meeting either, and these were all areas where the absent bosses had influence. Perhaps these men wanted to use this bust and its ripple effects to bring down NYC boss Vito Genovese. This seems possible, but it also seems possible that the police just suddenly noticed dozens of fancy cars in a rural area, too. What do you think?