Hit Men In The 1930's

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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,…show more content…
The article states that Tanenbaum lived in Atlanta.(N.Y. Times March 30, 1950, "Murder Witness Back, Accuser of Lepke Will Testify Against Another Suspect").Unable to return to US soil, except for the allowed one time per year, Tannenbaum died off the coast of Florida in 1976. Seymour "Blue Jaw" Magoon was also a Jewish hitman in New York's Murder Inc gang, one of many members who were implicated by the testimony of former member and government informant Abe "Kid Twist" Reles. A longtime member of Murder Inc., Magoon was heavily involved in the Painters unions with Martin Goldstein during the 1920s and 30s. In 1940, when Abe Reles and Louis Levine began to give evidence to New York District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey, Magoon surprisingly decided to follow suit and helped testify against the other members of Murder Inc. along with Albert Tannenbaum and Sholem Bernstein. Before the trial, he was one of the most feared members and even famously challenged Harry Strauss and lived to tell the tale; one of very few men to have managed that

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