Master storyteller and Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy recounts the fascinating and violent exploits of gangster-bootlegger Jack 'Legs' Diamond during the prohibition era in this new WMHT documentary. Diamond built criminal empires in New York City and the Catskills during the 1920s and 30s, but after being acquitted in two sensational trials in Troy, New York, he sought to rebuild in Albany. This put 'Legs' on a collision course with the establishment forces that controlled the capital city's illicit liquor trade in the days leading up to Diamond's murder. Kennedy paints a portrait of a man who embodied the essence of public sentiment on prohibition, and who may have provoked Albany's most powerful politician to blur the lines between the criminals and the authorities.
William Kennedy's Prohibition Story
Pulitzer Prize-winner William Kennedy retells Prohibition era saga of Jack 'Legs' Diamond.