Rick Porrello

06 24, 2023

True-Crime Writer Rick Porrello Shares the Story of Multiple Murderer Dick Henkel

By |2023-06-22T20:44:55-04:00June 24, 2023|

Cleveland’s best known true-crime writer and former police chief Rick Porrello discusses his newest book, There’s More Bodies Out There.

It tells the story of former con artist and mob-affiliated hitman Richard Henkel who claimed to have murdered 28 people. Porrello spent 10 months communicating with Henkel as research for There’s More Bodies Out There.

Porrello is also the author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia and biographies about organized crime bosses Danny Greene and Shondor Birns.

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12 12, 2019

Discover the history of notorious Cleveland mobster Shondor Birns

By |2019-12-12T06:00:10-05:00December 12, 2019|

Rick Porrello – the author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia, To Kill the Irishman and Superthief – talked about his new book on the life and crimes of notorious Cleveland mobster, Alex Shondor Birns, when he visited us earlier this month.

Birns was an important figure in the Cleveland underworld for nearly half a century. He was killed after falling out with fellow Cleveland gangster Danny Greene.

Porrello is also the former chief of the Lyndhurst Police Department. However, his interest in the Cleveland mafia is personal. His grandfather, Raymond Porrello, and great-uncles were involved in the underground and helped supply the corn sugar that bootleggers used to make liquor. He was killed in 1932 during a card game.


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