New book focuses on Youngstown’s criminal past

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Author Allan May of Cleveland has written a book titled “Crimetown USA,” which tells the story of Youngstown’s organized crime problem from 1933 to 1963.

May said he was contacted by Rick Porrello, who had written two books about organized crime in Cleveland and he asked May to co-author it. The book was supposed to cover Youngstown and Pittsburgh, with Porrello handling western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh and May handling Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

However, May said the project was getting too big and they decided to branch off one piece of it, which became May’s previous book, “Welcome to the Jungle Inn.”

The book is more than 600 pages and May said he goes into great detail about the major players in Youngstown’s organized crime scene at the time as well as the main crime episodes.

He said of all the characters, he was always interested in Billy Naples, his family and what happened to him. May said he does not believe Naples’ death has been reported correctly.

He said many people believe Naples was murdered in a car bombing, but all the research he has done shows Naples was actually planting the bomb the night he was killed.

The book can be purchased at Barnes & Noble or on May’s website at

May said he has written two books on organized crime in Youngstown, but he is still not done with the topic. He said he plans to write a book on the Prohibition years in Youngstown, as well as one covering organized crime from 1963 to the present.

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