May 13, 2014
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

The Haunted Bookcase

books cobwebsThe other day I was dusting my living room, which while highly out of character still happens on occasion. I was looking for a place to put a new gift, a copy of Love Songs Are Too Violent for Me, by Will “The Thrill” Viharo. Will is a hard-boiled noir guy who puts his own unique twist on detective stories. His tales aren’t for the family, or even the faint-of-heart, but they are an intriguing read and this copy was special.

He gave it to me on the last day of “Thrillville,” a mini movie festival where some of the best movies meet some of the cheesiest. If you throw in some surf music, burlesque dancers, horror-show hosts, casual nudity and martini glasses you get the general idea of what the average “Thrillville” looks like.

Will’s moving to Seattle and inscribed a little something to me. I put it next to an earlier book of his and went through the rest of the books on that particular case, dusting, cleaning, and sorting. It took me a while, but I finally figured out what all the books on that case had in common.
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May 5, 2014
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

The Silence Of The Typewriter – And The Sound Of Interruption

TypewriterThe thing that makes a writer is that they write.

It isn’t rocket science. That’s the stuff that makes rocket scientists.

Instead it’s the ability to DO the work that makes a writer.

For a long time I was writing every day, consistently creating, and for over a year I put out content on a regular basis, growing the Noir Factory from scratch.

I really do appreciate every visitor I’ve had to the site.

It isn’t just lip service, in fact I’ve decided to break character for this entry. In a world that overflows with content and messages, you’ve regularly given me a bit of your time. For years I’ve tried to earn that trust by providing (hopefully) engaging stories and content on a regular basis.

If you dropped by the Noir Factory lately, though, you might have noticed the cobwebs in the corner and dust on the furniture.

I’ve been absent from the site for the last three months, and I owe you an explanation.
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Nov 12, 2013
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Murder in Four Colors! The Best of Crime Comics

When you think of comic books, most people tend to think of spandex, domino masks, and underwear on the outside of your clothes.

For over seventy years fans have gone crazy for the likes of Superman, Spiderman, and the big, bad Bat. While crime is the backbone of the superhero struggle, usually the crime is less a whodunit and more of a nuclear showdown between aliens or evil geniuses.

Since its beginning, genres have come and gone in the field, and while the costumed hero still rules, westerns, romance stories, and of course detective comics have not only made inroads but have become cherished stories.

Below are the finest of the crime comics, beginning from the early 20th century to today.
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Sep 26, 2013
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Ain’t No Party Like A Gangland Party

speakeasyThe Best of Prohibition Speakeasies

When I sell liquor, it’s bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lakeshore Drive, it’s hospitality. – Al Capone

When the Eighteenth Amendment rolled out of Washington D.C., it decimated such industries as grape farmers, breweries, and wineries.

At the same time, however, a uniquely American underground industry was built that not only filled the void left but ushered in such lasting organizations as Organized Crime and NASCAR.

It is reported that there were more than 100,000 Speakeasies in New York City alone, and in Chicago, Al Capone controlled the flow of illegal booze and raked in over $60 million in 1927 alone.

If there is one lesson to be learned about “The Noble Experiment,” it is that Americans always find a way.

Especially when alcohol is involved.
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Sep 16, 2013
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator


The Notorious Ends to Lives of Crime

If you live by the sword, to paraphrase the bible, then you die by the sword.

For the men who run the rackets of organized crime, for the most part, they are born with swords in their hands. The worst of the worst come to expect a demise that is both swift and furious, but a few go well beyond that.

Below are five of the worst massacres of organized crime – murders so vile that they stand out in a litany of mob assassinations.

George Clarence Bugs Moran

George Clarence “Bugs” Moran

1) The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

There is no ONE particular reason for the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, but rather many little ones. Not the least was the North Side Gang muscling in on Al Capone’s gambling action in Chicago.

The result was the largest bloodbath in mob history, with seven killed. The main target of the massacre, Bugs Moran, escaped because a lookout confused him with one of his men. Moran actually over-slept that day.

Disguised in trench coats and as police officers, the killers waited and lined the victims up against a brick wall. A portion of the wall is currently on display at the Mob Museum.
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