Golden and the Mob War, 1939-1973

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The specter of organized crime and mob violence came to Golden in 1939 when 25 mobsters surrendered to the Sheriff following a raid on the LaPalmarte Restaurant on West 38th Avenue. The rise in organized crime was confirmed in 1963 when mobster Harold “Murph” Cohen was found floating face down in a small lake in Golden. Mob rule existed until 1973 when the last racketeer was brought to justice and the last slot machine was donated to Golden History Museum & Park. Lecture presented by Dennis Potter, retired Captain with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Location and Pricing: Golden Community Center-Beaver Brook room,
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., free for members; $10 non-members. Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

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