By: Kyle Willshire, Dexter Babin II, and Remesia Shields
Organized crime operations in the French Quarter were a mainstay of New Orleans throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Brothels, gambling houses, strip clubs and seedy bars were run by small and large criminal organizations alike, quite often with the blessings of corrupt local politicians and police officers. What follows is but a cross-section of some of the more colorful cases and characters that inhabited the world of French Quarter organized crime. Following 30 years of high profile arrests and raids, little had changed in the attitudes and actions of the Crescent City's power brokers towards organized crime.