Molasses Gang

Molasses Gang

The Molasses Gang was a New York street gang during the 1870s.

Formed in 1871 by Jimmy Dunnigan, the Molasses Gang were primarily made up of sneak thieves and minor criminals who were highly publicized in the New York press for the comedic methods of their robberies. One such tactic was to enter a local store and ask the owner to fill a member's hat with molasses, explaining that it was a bet among the other members to see how much molasses the hat would hold. When the hat was filled, the gang member would pull the hat over the shop-owner's head, blinding him while the gang members looted the store. The gang was not taken very seriously among the other gangs of the period, however, and often walked out in the middle of robberies when such activities bored them. As the gang continued to commit similar crimes, police decided to take action and by 1877 most of the gang had been arrested.

Molasses Gang Members

  • Blind Mahoney (Leader)
  • Billy Morgan (Captain)
  • Jimmy Dunnigan (Captain)


  • Sifakis, Carl (December 2000) [1982]. Encyclopedia of American Crime (2nd Edition ed.). New York: Facts on File Inc.. ISBN 0-8160-4040-0. 

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Molasses — Not to be confused with molasse. Thick blackstrap molasses slowly pours from an overfilled spoon to a dish below. Molasses is a viscous by product of the processing of sugar cane, grapes or sugar beets into sugar. The word molasses comes from the …   Wikipedia

  • Eastman Gang — Christopher Wallace shortly after being arrested, along with Monk Eastman, in 1904. In Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York Founded by Monk Eastman Years active …   Wikipedia

  • 19th Street Gang — The 19th Street Gang was a New York predominantly Irish street gang during the 1870s known as a particularly violent anti Protestant gang. The 19th Street Gang, made up mostly of young pickpockets, muggers, and sneak thieves, was led by a young… …   Wikipedia

  • Crazy Butch Gang — Years active 1890s 1900s Territory Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York Criminal activities Pickpocketing, sneak thievery The Crazy Butch Gang was an American juvenile street gang active in the New York City underworld during the late nineteenth… …   Wikipedia

  • Charlton Street Gang — The Charlton Street Gang was a New York street gang and river pirates during the mid nineteenth century. The Charlton Street Gang was one of the earliest river pirates raiding small cargo ships in the North River of New York Harbor during post… …   Wikipedia

  • Cherry Hill Gang — The Cherry Hill Gang was a New York street gang during the late nineteenth century. Formed in the 1890s, the Cherry Hill Gang were known as the dandies of New York s underworld. Often wearing dress suits and armed with metal weighted walking… …   Wikipedia

  • Big Circle Gang — The Big Circle Boys (大圈幫) is one of the major Chinese Organized Crime syndicates. Its Chinese designation is Tai Huen Chai (大圈仔). It was featured in the Alex Rider novel Skeleton Key. It was created by corrupt members of the Red Guards (China)… …   Wikipedia

  • Mara Salvatrucha — gang member with gang s name tattooed on his back Years active 1980s–present …   Wikipedia

  • Murder, Inc. — For other uses, see Murder, Inc. (disambiguation). Murder, Inc. (or Murder Incorporated or the Brownsville Boys; known in syndicate circles as The Combination) was the name given by the press to organized crime groups in the 1920s through the… …   Wikipedia

  • Mau Maus — For the Kenyan rebellion in the 1950s, see Mau Mau Uprising. For the band formed by Rick Wilder, see The Mau Mau s. Mau Maus was the name of a 1950s street gang in New York. The book and the adapted film The Cross and the Switchblade and… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”