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William Oldfield & Victoria Bruce: Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America's Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought Them to Justice

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Join William Oldfield & Victoria Bruce for an evening of reading & discussion from their fascinating new history, Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America’s Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective Who Brought them to Justice.

This is the captivating story of the 156th Post Office Inspector, Frank Oldfield, and his quest to uncover and capture a sophisticated and deadly organized crime syndicate, The Black Hand, preying on immigrants in America’s Industrial Heartland.

An intimate and gripping narrative, Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society chronicles Oldfield’s fascinating early life and career and the remarkable investigation into the Black Hand’s intricate web that stretched across the Midwest all the way to the Atlantic. After death threats and setbacks, Oldfield was finally able to convince brave victims to testify in court, leading to the federal conviction and incarceration of 11 members of the Black Hand Society in the first national organized crime trial in the U.S.

Author William Oldfield is Inspector Frank Oldfield's great grandson. For the first four decades of his life, William’s family warned him never to tell of Frank's exploits, fearing retaliation by the descendants of the criminals who remained prominent members of communities near the Oldfield family in Ohio. However, they did pass down the family treasure: a vast archive of Frank's criminal cases. From the Oldfield family’s private collection, this book includes 51 black and white photos, newspaper articles, and letters from the Black Hand and their victims that have been hidden away for over 100 years.

Victoria Bruce is the author of No Apparent Danger, Hostage Nation, and Sellout. She is the recipient of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt.







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Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 7:00pm


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