Deadlands Noir Extinct in the Big Easy
Silver Dollar Sam Corolla
Mob boss of Black Hand
”Silver Dollar” Sam Carolla
The current leader of the Black Hand, Sam Carolla
took control of the relatively minor Matranga
crime family in 1922. He slowly gathered all the
bootlegging operations in the city under his control,
taking complete charge by the end of the decade. He
faced down Al Capone when he came to visit the city
(backed by the NOPD). And afterward he somehow
still managed to make a favorable deal with the
Chicago Outfit to sell his bootleg booze.
Carolla used the money to buy friends not only in
New Orleans but also in the state capitol and beyond.
He’s even finagled an arrangement with Huey Long
in exchange for “campaign contributions.” Carolla’s
contacts and money make him effectively above the
law in the city.