I have gotten out of the habit of posting a crime song every week, this will get back into the habit. This week we have an original composition written by Mob blogger and musician Casey McBride. He tells the tale of Al Winter, the crime boss of Portland Oregon during prohibition and the Depression era. Al Winter was the Frank Costello of Oregon and Washington state.

Old Man Winter may have sold his soul

but Old Man Winter got a pot of gold

on the Green Felt Jungle in the desert sand

lay down your silver for that cold old man

 

talkin’ bout’ Old Man Winter

Winter can be so cold

 

And Old Man Winter may have sold that soul

but Old Man Winter got a great big home

way out west where them pines grow tall

where he rolled the dice and laid down the law

 

talkin’ bout’ Old Man Winter

Winter can be so cold

 

So if you see him coming better shake his hand

look him in the eye, and better understand

in the great northwest that cold bites hard

and he controls the dice and he holds the cards

 

talkin’ bout’ Old Man Winter

Winter can be so cold

Morris A. Shenker was a St. Louis lawyer who represented Midwest mob figures in the 1950s and became a lawyer for Jimmy Hoffa and the $700 million Central States Teamster’s pension fund.

He encouraged the pension fund to invest in Las Vegas casinos.

During the 1970s, Shenker borrowed several million personally and bought the Dunes Hotel and Casino.

He was supposed to give a kickback to the Chicago Outfit through Allan Dorfman, but refused.

The F.B.I. recorded Outfit enforcer Joe Lombardo threatening his life.

Shenker declared bankruptcy in 1985.

Shenker died of natural causes in 1989 and never paid the Outfit their kickback.

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The Gang of Four tell about the Armalite Rifle.

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Ever borrow a Cadillac with Tennessee plates? John Hiatt drove across the country in one.

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A little crime from Down Under.

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Back to the city and a story of domestic abuse and crime on the streets.

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A little country murder.

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Frank Costello, The Prime Minister of the Mob

 

Better Than That (the Ballad of Uncle Frank.)

Back in 1920

folks was acting kinda’ funny

and we couldn’t even get us a drink

except the rot gut moonshine

kind that make you go blind

mixed right in the kitchen sink

Yeah, it was hard, hard times, there was no denying

and folks could only fritter and frat

but there was nothin you could do

because you couldn’t get no better than that

Then along came a man

and you know he had a plan

to get all of them good times back

just bring the good stuff down, pass the word around

you can betcha’ wallets gonna’ get fat

and it turned out true

all you had to do

was keep your eyes watchin’ your back

that whiskey poured like gold

and you couldn’t get no better than that

Well it didn’t take long

till everywhere he roamed

he got the red carpet, welcome mat

So the ships rolled in

with the whiskey and the gin

and the boys let the good times roar

running Rum Row miles, stacking dough up in piles

and the people only lined up for more

and them bulls in blue, knew exactly what to do

just keep the cool and take home your pad

that whiskey weighed like gold

and ya’ couldn’t get no better than that

But it didn’t take long

between the money and the guns

until you could hear the shotguns crack

Well it’s sad but true

the hardest thing to do

is just to make it to the end of the track

and for those chosen few

here’s to how you do

let’s give em’ all a tip of the hat

it ain’t the same these days

think it’s safe to say

they just don’t make em’ like that

so let the stories be told, because it never got no better than that

here’s to those days of old, you know it never got no better than that

 

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