#28: Joseph “Joe the Barber” Barbara Sr., The Man Behind Apalachin (Part Three)



In this episode, we again discuss Joseph Barbara Sr., the mobster who famously hosted the ill-fated Apalachin Mob Meeting in Apalachin, New York. Part Three covers the events leading up to the disastrous Apalachin meeting in 1957 and the fallout.

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Part Two:

In this final installment of a three-part series, we discuss:

00:00 Start
01:27 Opening Remarks
05:38 Events directly preceding the Apalachin meeting
13:12 Who ordered the Apalachin meeting
13:58 The Apalachin meeting gets raided by police
19:27 Law enforcement’s previous suspicions of Barbara
26:32 The history behind Edgar Croswell’s initial interest in Barbara
34:09 The “sick friend” excuse and real reasons for the meeting
38:18 Barbara’s ill health and becoming a recluse
40:12 The law catches up with Barbara and his company
41:15 Barbara sells Canada Dry Bottling Company
41:55 Barbara sells famous estate
42:50 Barbara subpoenaed to testify in front of grand jury
43:40 Barbara indicted for tax evasion
44:34 Barbara’s last public appearance
45:32 Barbara’s death and funeral
51:10 Joseph Barbara’s mob legacy
54:27 Closing remarks

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