About the Author
Ed Reid, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, started on the Brooklyn Eagle in 1935 assigned to a beat in the heart of the Murder, Inc. territory in East Brooklyn. He has covered every police district and court in Brooklyn and Manhattan, involving many of the celebrated murder cases of the day. He broke the Harry Gross bribery scandal as the result of a conversation overheard in a Brooklyn bar in September 1949. For this story which had vast repercussions and is still making headlines - in addition to the Pulitzer Prize and the coveted Byline Award of the New York City Newspaper Reporters Association, he received the George Polk Memorial Award, the Page One Award of the New York Newspaper Guild, the Headliners Club Award, the Annual Award of the Women's Press Club, the Annual Award of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, and many others, including most of the major journalism prizes to be won in this country. In his last book, MAFIA, which Random House published, Ed Reid dug deep into the muck of vice and crime to throw light upon what Senator Kefauver called the cohesive" of the nationwide crime syndicate. He named names, dates and places about the dreaded Black Hand society, This fearless "reporter's reporter" then went on to expose, in a remarkable series of articles in the leading newspaper, the link between Three-Finger Brown (Thomas Luchese) and certain elements in the United States Attorney's office and some of the top officials and business men in the city. As a result of Reid's revelations, efforts are being made toward Luchese's deportation. Ed Reid, who was born and spent most of his life in New York City, lived in Westchester with his wife and two children.
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