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Episode 40 - Devil on Deck: O.G. Albert Hicks

In March of 1860, sailors found a bloody ghost ship floating in New York’s East River. The discovery sparked a manhunt for a serial killer who had robbed and killed his way around the globe. This episode is the story of the last pirate and the original gangster, Albert Hicks.


Asbury, Herbert. The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld. (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1927).

Cohen, Rich. The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, A Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation. (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2019).

“The Original Gangster Style Guy.” The New York Times. June 10, 2019.

“A Walking Tour of New York, Circa 1860, Accompanied by the Cities’ Last Pirate.” Vulture. June 11, 2019.

“Meet the 19th-Century Pirate Who Taught New York’s Tough Guys How to Flex.” Vanity Fair. June 4, 2019.

Hicks, Albert W. The Life, Trial, Confession and Execution of Albert W. Hicks, the Pirate and Murderer… (New York: Robert M. De Witt, 1860).

Articles from the New York Times, March to July 1860

Music: Credits to David Fesilyan and Luke Holizna

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