WV: The WV Mafia / The Black Hand

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.

Title: Weapons found on the Black Handers When Raided, Fairmont, W. Va.
Date: 1909/03/27
Title: Members of Black Hand arrested at Fairmont, W. VA.
Contributor: Bain News Service, publisher
Source: https://www.loc.gov/item/2014683240/
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
12 Apr 1974, Fri • Page 4

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?

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The Fairmont West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
13 Aug 1904, Sat • Page 6
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The Weekly Register
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
01 Feb 1905, Wed • Page 1
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The Fairmont West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
05 Oct 1905, Thu • Page 3
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The Daily Telegram
Clarksburg, West Virginia
21 Jan 1907, Mon • Page 1
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The Clarksburg Telegram
Clarksburg, West Virginia
06 Oct 1905, Fri • Page 7
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The Fairmont West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
05 Apr 1906, Thu • Page 4
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The Wheeling Intelligencer
Wheeling, West Virginia
17 Jan 1921, Mon • Page 1
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The Fairmont West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
18 Apr 1922, Tue • Page 1
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The West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
28 Apr 1922, Fri • Page 1
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
25 May 1922, Thu • Page 4

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The West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
23 May 1922, Tue • Page 1
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The Fairmont West Virginian
Fairmont, West Virginia
02 Jun 1922, Fri • Page 1
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
13 Jul 1922, Thu • Page 1

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Hinton Daily News
Hinton, West Virginia
15 Feb 1923, Thu • Page 1
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The Wheeling Intelligencer
Wheeling, West Virginia
16 Oct 1922, Mon • Page 9

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