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Revised and updated, THE WESTIES is the classic, bestselling account from T.J. English of New York's notorious Westies gang, which ruled Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s, '70s and '80s--and which then-prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani called: The most savage organization in the long history of New York street gangs.
Even among the Mob, the Westies were feared. Starting with a partnership between two sadistic thugs, Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone, the gang rose out of the inferno of Hell's Kitchen, a decaying tenderloin slice of New York City's West Side. They became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime, excelling in extortion, numbers running, loan sharking, and drug peddling. Upping the ante on depravity, their specialty was execution by dismemberment. Though never numbering more than a dozen members, their reign lasted for almost twenty yearsuntil their own violent natures got the best of them, precipitating a downfall that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of crime.