Owen “Owney” Madden grew up in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City at the turn of the 20th century.
Despite the heavy consequences, he took full advantage of the illicit entrepreneurial opportunities that the change in legislation provided.
Nick-named “The Killer” for his bad temper, Owney rose to power. He operated some illustrious Harlem speaks and bootlegged his own hooch.
However, most endearing to us, Owney was a rum runner. He smuggled Caribbean-made rum into the US via the shores of Rockaway Beach, NYC.