THE LAW: Even the Unsavory

The Apalachin raid was one of the most celebrated in U.S. police history: that spectacular occasion in November 1957 when New York State cops and federal agents picked up 63 high-muck-a-mucks of U.S. crimedom, all from one barbecue pit. That day, big-time hoods from as far away as Arizona and California arrived to roast steaks and toast marshmallows at the secluded estate of a beer distributor and longtime racketeer named Joseph Barbara.

The gathering did indeed seem downright suspicious. And if only the captured guests had been willing to tell the real purpose...

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