Colorado Experience examines one of the lesser-known chapters in American organized crime: the story of the Smaldones, an Italian-American crime family that operated out of Denver. Brothers Clyde, Eugene, and Clarence took control of Denver’s underworld in 1933, after then-crime boss Joe Roma’s body was found riddled with bullets in his home. They specialized in bootlegging and bookmaking, operating a gambling ring out of the upstairs of their family owned restaurant, Gaetano’s. To some, they were saints who took care of their community and provided food for poor families; to others, they were ruthless criminals.
The Smaldones: Family of Crime
Thursday, November 20, 07:00 pm on RMPBS