The Black Hand was an underworld society of Italians that thrived in Sicily in the late 19th century. Reading newspaper articles from that time, it appears they terrorized cities across the nation. After the great migration, immigrants of the group settled in West Virginia and sought to extort money from other Italian immigrants to the area. Several members of the Black Hand were successfully prosecuted for murder and extortion in the early 20th century.
Newspaper Articles From WV (and surrounding states) on The Black Hand:
Starting in 1900 and continuing for decades, there are articles in the WV papers about The Black Hand and their dealings in various states. Many articles on the Pennsylvania Black Hand targeting mining bosses. For the sake of this blog, I tried to stay local to WV on what is included.
I cannot help but wonder if, between 1900-1930, it would have been easy to get away with murder by just leaving a note on the doorstep stating it was the deed of The Black Hand?