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Cigar City Mafia – A History of the Tampa Underworld

Happy Hour with the Historian presents Author Scott Deitche Shares the Stories of Tampa’s Mafia Thursday, September 8 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

Bootlegging, gambling, arson and gang murders —a variety of activity that flourished in the era of Prohibition, but the backdrop isn’t Chicago, it’s sunny Florida where the Mafia battled for supremacy of the criminal underworld in Tampa.  Author and Mafia expert Scott Deitche will share stories of Tampa’s infamous organized crime past as  Happy Hour with the Historian returns Thursday, September 8 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

Deitche is the author of six books on organized crime, including Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld, and The Silent Don: The World of Santo Trafficante Jr.  He has also written dozens of articles on organized crime for local and national magazines and newspapers. Deitche has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, and both national and local news and radio shows. He is also the senior writer for Tampa Mafia Magazine.  The doors open at 6:30 for the event and admission is a $5 suggested donation to the Museum of History.

Presented by Green, Henwood & Hough Investment Group of RBC Wealth Management, the popular Happy Hour with the Historian series features a full cocktail cash bar by Hops & Props and appetizers by Milan Catering.  The St. Petersburg Museum of History – entering its 95th year – is located at 335 2nd Avenue NE on the approach to The Pier. For more information, please call 727.894.1052 or visit

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