The Yorkshire lad who became a real life Godfather

His story reads like a script for one of the gangster movies so beloved of Hollywood in the 1930s.
Guns, bootlegging and stints in New York’s notorious Sing Sing prison. Romance with a cinema sex symbol. Stakes in two dozen nightclubs. Money - and plenty of it.
And his name? Owen Madden, born into poverty in 19th century Yorkshire.
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Yet by the age of 40, he was New York’s top Prohibition-era mobster.
Long since demolished, the cramped terraced house stood on the site now occupied by Leeds Bus Station.
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19 February 2019 in Yorkshire & Humber, Views: 27
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