- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota State Historical Society is hosting a webcast that addresses how postal inspectors used an array of documents to track down organized crime bosses.

The program sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution will be broadcast Tuesday at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

“Organized Crime in the Mail” presents historic artifacts related to Mafia cases investigated by postal inspectors.

One of the cases highlighted in the presentation is the one known as “The Black Hand,” in which members of an organized crime group during the early 20th century used letters to extort money from well-off Italian immigrants by demanding money in exchange for their families’ safety.

There is no fee to view the program, but visitors wanting to go into the museum’s galleries must pay standard admission.


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