Post by the Hawthorne Hawkman, images originally appeared on the Johnny Northside blog.
North Minneapolis has seen no shortage of LLC's and odd connections among family members and associates related to slumlord ownership and outright fraud. Whether it's been Koenig's multiple LLC incarnations, Mahmood Khan and his relatives transferring property among themselves, Moghul owning property through a trust account, or the numerous incarnations of Danna D, or even small-time slumlords like Phil Kliendl using a different LLC for each property, we're no stranger to convoluted ownership schemes.
(Or Robert Serr's LLC's and restaurant connections, or Larry Maxwell orchestrating pretty much everything involved in his transactions. Or...well you get the point.)
So one neighborhood group in Chicago used a social mapping technique to draw connections among their local slumlords, and used that data to assist the city attorney in convicting several notorious slumlords. The post has information scrubbed for privacy reasons, but is still an instructive read.
It can be found here. In many ways, Minneapolis bloggers have been using the social mapping techniques already. The article should help improve our tactics.