Cleveland was known as one of the bombing capitals of the United States
Little did I know that when I was growing up in the 1960′s and 1970′s in Cleveland, OH, that the city I lived in was known as one of the bombing capitals of the Unites States. I was a typical teenager in the 70′s, ignorant of the world around me, while the grown ups played politics, and worked for a living.
But the new movie, Kill the Irishman, recently released tells the story that was going on during the time I was growing up, and it brings back memories that I didn’t even know that I had.
Danny Greene was well known in the Cleveland OH newspapers, by the Cleveland police, and the mob. He was a local Cleveland, OH gangster who became known for not being able to be killed. During the time of Danny Greene’s life, bombs were the popular way to do away with your enemy because technology had not caught up to being able to determine data from the incinerated remains of a bomb blast. And there were a lot of bombings in Cleveland.
Kill the Irishman, is a new blockbuster film detailing the fascinating life of Danny Greene. It is a bit fictionalized, but the bulk of the movie’s story is completely true. Danny Greene had a skewed look on life. He even gave a lot of charity to the poor, but stay out of his way if you were in his line of work.
If you want to know more about Danny Greene, there is also a documentary about his life, The Rise and Fall of the Irishman, that will be shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival starting March 24, 2011 in Cleveland. There is also a book about his life, To Kill the Irishman, written by local police chief, Rick Porello.
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