💰 The Northerner | The original ‘Sin City’: exploring Newport’s past of mobs, crimes and more

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This was Newport—desirable and dangerous, commercial and criminal. Between the s to the s, the Northern Kentucky city was the gambling “There was an attempt on a white mobster's life and he was badly.


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Today Newport is a small, upstanding U.S. city near Cincinnati, yet during Prohibition, and for decades after, Newport was a hotbed of gambling.


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That level of political corruption came at a price, as demonstrated by the murder of numbers racketeer Melvin Clark. Celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Duke Ellington frequented the city. According to Hackett, Clark was arrested on the charge but posted bail soon after. Clark pulled out his gun, fired at Screw Andrews three times and missed each time. Tensions were high between the two gangs and the crux of the battle mostly fell on Clark and Andrews, said Hackett. Paul Tenkotte, Newport was the predecessor to Las Vegas. Frank Sinatra gambled in the back room of the casinos on York Street. As an avid researcher of Newport history, Tenkotte said he looks forward to how the city will continue to operate in the future. Share on Facebook. As soon as night fell, that number rose to ,, according to Tenkotte. What happened next is up for debate, Hackett said. According to the autopsy, Clark was shot three times, twice in the chest and once below his chin. Close Modal Window.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} The judge ruled it was self-defense and Andrews left the courthouse a free man. Crime was no longer only committed in the shadows. Share via Email. Billy Keeney Pepper Pod Restaurant, once frequented by gangsters, on Monmouth According to the autopsy, Clark was shot three times, twice in the chest and once below his chin. Hackett said the mafia chose places like Newport and Las Vegas for their limited space and connections. Brian Hackett, NKU director of the public history program, said. Rachel Smith , Reporter. Newport has also fostered a partnership with NKU over the past decade. Between the s to the s, the Northern Kentucky city was the gambling mecca of the United States. According to Hackett, most of the African American mafia members were local and operated quasi-legitimate businesses on the side. According to Neikirk, corruption was common in the coverage of the city at that time. In addition to housing the second largest historic district in the commonwealth, the city has modernized through recent attractions like the Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Billy Keeney. And criminal racketeer Melvin Clark collapsed with a bullet lodged in his throat on Central Avenue. But at the beginning of the s, Newport residents began campaigning against the disreputable culture of the city. According to Hackett, Clark was a marine sharpshooter, but the official story that was accepted in the courtroom was that he missed each time. A manufactured vacation destination, tourists flocked to Newport to partake in its formal and informal businesses under the cover of isolation and darkness. According to Neikirk, the art department has also spearheaded an initiative to bring public art to Newport. Neikirk worked at the Cincinnati Post from to , and he was assigned to cover the Northern Kentucky area, including Newport. The streets were clean and citizens left their doors unlocked. Hackett said most of the social clubs were foreclosed when the mafia left. The testimonies of the African American witnesses were dismissed. Since the grassroots movement of change in culture, the city has installed new ways to promote tourism. Two days later, Clark and his men were out on Central Avenue when Andrews approached them. Newport Syndicate, formally known as Glenn Schmidt Playtorium, was a mob hangout. But the city also operated under an open secret. The white witnesses, of whom were all police officers, testified in favor of Andrews. Gary Walton said. Tourism significantly dipped. When Andrews was tried for the murder, the white gangster told a different set of circumstances. Alongside many social structures in America at that time, the mafia in Newport was segregated. Neikirk said the student collaboration with Newport has been interdisciplinary in fields such as computer science, art, business and history. As an owner of several gambling clubs, Clark was an influential leader of the African American sect. Unofficially governed by mafia members, Newport was a center of illegal activity. This was Newport—desirable and dangerous, commercial and criminal. Share on Twitter.