In the 1930’s there was a group of hit men called Murder Inc. One of the hit men was Martin “Buggsy” Goldstein who was one of the Jewish members as opposed to the Italian hit men, who were normally affiliated with the mafia. Born Meyer Goldstein, Goldstein grew up in East New York, Brooklyn, New York, and initially led the crime group Murder, Inc. together with Abe "Kid Twist" Reles.
Thanks in part to testimony by Reles, who turned informant in an effort to escape the electric chair, Goldstein and Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss were convicted of the murder of Irving "Puggy" Feinstein and sentenced to death. When given the opportunity to speak before receiving the mandatory sentence of a date with the electric chair, Goldstein, ever the joker, said "Judge, I would like to "pee" up your leg."
Goldstein committed murders under the orders of Lepke Buchalter and Albert Anastasia. He and Strauss were electrocuted at Sing Sing prison near midnight on June 12, 1941.
Louis "Lepke" Buchalter was a major Jewish American mobster of the 1930s. He is the only major mob boss to ever have been executed by state or federal authorities for his crimes. Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Buchalter became involved in pushcart shoplifting and by 1919 had served two prison terms. Together with friend Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro, he ultimately gained control of the garment industry unions on the Lower East Side. He used the unions to threaten strikes and demand weekly payments from factory owners while simultaneously dipping into union bank accounts. His control of the unions later evolved into a general protection racket, extending into such areas as bakery trucking. The unions were an extremely profitable venture for him, and he kept an iron grip on them even after becoming a big-time player in the mob.
Buchalter was probably the bloodiest Jewish gangster of all time. He constantly wore wool suits, but they couldn't warm up his eyes, which...