Author Mel Gudknecht to Discuss His Days Fighting Organized Crime

What was it like trying to bring down organized crime in the Philadelphia area? Find out when author Mel Gudknecht discusses his book Working the Edge on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Gudknecht’s book discusses his time working for the Organized Crime Strike Force, which was launched in 1978 by the U.S. Justice Department. He was a special agent for the Intelligence Division of the IRS and was the recipient of special achievement awards and commendations for outstanding performance.

According to the author, a letter to the president of the United States effectively launched the Office of Labor Racketeering and Organized Crime with a bag of tools, which included the RICO statute, the Inspector General Act, organized crime bill, Presidential Commission on Organized Crime and hundreds of agents.

“After James Rydal Hoffa, president of Teamsters International, disappeared in 1975, there were no definitive answers as to what happened for years,” he related. “Still today, there are unanswered questions to the mystery – like where is the body? I was put into an unrelenting position to find out.”

To register for the program, call the branch at 609-494-2480.

—E.E.

Reposted from The Sandpaper