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Joe Bruno on the Mob - Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro – The Brawn behind Lepke's Brains.

Joe Bruno on the Mob - Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro – The Brawn behind Lepke's Brains.

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He was a gorilla of a man, with a chest like a circus strongman and the temperament of a killer, which was exactly what he was. Yet, Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro had the intellect of a rock, which is why he needed the “brains” of one of the best criminal minds of all time -- Louis “Lepke” Buchalter to help him succeed in a life of crime.
He was a gorilla of a man, with a chest like a circus strongman and the temperament of a killer, which was exactly what he was. Yet, Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro had the intellect of a rock, which is why he needed the “brains” of one of the best criminal minds of all time -- Louis “Lepke” Buchalter to help him succeed in a life of crime.

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Joe Bruno on the MobJacob “Gurrah” Shapiro – The Brawn behind Lepke's Brains.He was a gorilla of a man, with a chest like a circus strongman and the temperament of a killer,which was exactly what he was. Yet, Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro had the intellect of a rock, which is whyhe needed the “brains” of one of the best criminal minds of all time -- Louis “Lepke” Buchalter tohelp him succeed in a life of crime.Shapiro was born on May 5, 1899, in Odessa, Russia, the son of Russian Jews. His familyimmigrated to America and settled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Shapiro spoke with a thick Russian/New York accent, like his mouth was full of marbles. His favorite expression was “get out of here.” But the way he said it sounded like “Gurrah dahere,” hence his pals shortened that to “Gurrah,”a nickname that stood with him the rest of his life.Shapiro first met Lepke when they were two crooks trying to steal from the same pushcart.Shapiro, then 18, decided that this kid Lepke, who was two years younger than him, was the perfect partner for someone like him, whose answer to all problems was “let's just kill the bum.”Lepke decided there was big money to be made in the labor union rackets. So he enlisted the brawn of Shapiro to terrorized certain union locals into submission, which meant Shapiro was usually beating someone to a pulp, which he enjoyed immensely. When enough union members had beencorrected, Lepke and Shapiro, who were then known as the “Gorilla Boys,” took control of the union.As union bosses, they would skim union dues off the top, and take kickbacks from the businessowners, who wanted to avoid labor strikes.Lepke, with Shapiro's help, strong-armed his way to the top of the national crime syndicate.With partners like Lucky Luciano, Dutch Schultz, Albert Anastasia and Meyer Lansky, the “GorillaBoys” were making so much money shaking down the unions, they became known as the “Gold DustTwins.” Of course, in these types of endeavors, to keep everyone in line, sometimes someone has “togo,” or get killed. Lepke was put in charge of what the press called “Murder Incorporated, withAnastasia and Shapiro being his main weapons. When Shapiro wasn't killing people himself, he was incharge of recruiting more killers for the cause.In the mid 1930's, Special Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey went on a mission to end the nationalcrime syndicate. Dutch Schultz called an emergency meeting of the nine-member crime commissionsyndicate, where he said the only way for him and his pals to stay out of jail, was to whack Dewey.Shapiro and Anastasia agreed with Schultz, and Lepke was pretty much undecided if this was the proper course of action. Yet Lansky and Luciano's logic prevailed, and the final vote was 8-1 againstkilling Dewey. Schultz objected, saying he would take care of the matter himself, and for this, he wasgunned down two days later, before he could cause any more trouble with the law. This decision not tokill Dewey haunted Shapiro as long as he lived.In 1936, Dewey indited Lepke and Shapiro for violating the Sherman Ant-Trust Act. Deweyaccused the duo of conspiring to restrain trade in rabbit skins through their Protective Fur DressersCorporation. Dewey claimed Shapiro and Lepke used threats of violence, and sometime violence itself,to fix prices and reduce competition.The trial, which took place in October 1936, was merely a formality. Shapiro and Lepke were both convicted, but not jailed. They were out on bail, and while they fought for an appeal, both decidedto take a powder. Strangely enough, Lepke's appeal was upheld and a new trail ordered. But Shapiro's

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