This week’s show is about Charles “King” Solomon, also known as Boston Charlie, whose criminal enterprise placed him at the head of organized crime in Boston throughout the prohibition era. He reached influence at the national level, set policies in play that led to tragedy at the Cocoanut Grove, and in death, left a wake that may have led to the rise of Whitey Bulger.
The Reign of Charles “King” Solomon
- An NSA guide to radio intelligence during prohibition.
- The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts
- Boston Organized Crime
This Week in Boston History
- The Smithsonian reviews Charles Ponzi’s scheme, discovered July 24, 1920
- Governor Shute declares war on the Wabanaki, July 25, 1722
- Happy 220th anniversary to John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams, July 26, 1797
- An Account of the Deleterious Effects of Mephitic Air, or Marsh Miasmata, Experienced by Three Men, July 27, 1797. In a Well, on the Boston Pier
- The Massachusetts Bay Company coins the notion of self government, July 28, 1629
- The Boston Selectmen investigate “disorders committed by strange women on King Street,” July 29, 1772
- An account of Harry Wright’s attempt to bring baseball to Britain, as well as box scores for the first game, played July 30, 1874.