In april 1956 portland oregonian investigative reporters wallace turner and william lambert exposed organized crime rackets and rampant corruption within the citys law enforcement institutions the biggest scandal involved teamsters officials and the citys lucrative prostitution gambling and bootlegging operations. Dark rose is an intriguing book it presents a fascinating history of portlands struggle with vice and organized crime that will likely be appreciated both by historians and by fans of historical or organized crime novels stephen j ross pacific northwest quarterly winter 2013. Corruption and mob ties were not solely concentrated in vegas as america spread west dark rose organized crime and corruption in portland delves into the history surrounding portland oregon after world war ii the corruption ran deep into the law enforcement into the teamsters unions and into politics. The seattle crime family also known as the colacurcio crime family was a colacurcio began working with portland crime figure james big jim elkins to open prostitution houses in portland robert c dark rose organized crime and corruption in portland. In lieu of an abstract here is a brief excerpt of the content an abstract here is a brief excerpt of the content
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