True crime in Cleveland: The rise and fall of ‘The Irishman’ Danny Greene

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CLEVELAND-- Over the past several days, FOX 8 News is examining notorious crimes in Cleveland.

Danny Greene is elected president of the International Longshoreman's Association in 1961. (The Cleveland Press Collection, Cleveland State University Library)

Danny Greene is elected president of the International Longshoreman's Association in 1961. (The Cleveland Press Collection, Cleveland State University Library)

Known as "The Irishman," Danny Greene ran much of Cleveland's criminal operations in the 1970s. The racketeer traded bombs across the city with his enemies, escaping death three times.

Greene rose to power by taking over Local 1317 International Longshoremen's Association. He was forced out for embezzling, but found other ways to rake in money through his "Celtic Club."

Despite run-ins with mob bosses, the Hell's Angels and federal investigators, Greene remained a flamboyant figure in the Colinwood neighborhood. He often went shirtless and passed out pens with green ink.

On Oct. 6, 1977, a blast outside his dentist's office took his life. With "The Irishman" dead, the mob lost its hold on Cleveland.