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Herbert Blitzstein
At 300 pounds, Chicago mobster Herbert
Blitzstein looked like a heart attack waiting to
happen. Instead it was three bullets to his head
that stopped his heart. As his profits from loan
sharking and auto insurance fraud were piling up
in Las Vegas, crime families in Los Angeles and
Buffalo asserted their claim.
by Allan May
When Chicago mobster Anthony "Tony the Ant"
Spilotro was sent to Las Vegas to oversee the
Chicago Outfit's interests, he brought along some
people from Chicago to provide muscle for him.
One of them was Herbert Blitzstein. At six foot,
300 pounds, he was known as "Fat Herbie," or the
"Fat Hebe."
William Roemer, in his book The Enforcer, states
that Blitzstein was one of the mobsters the FBI
tested during the early days of the FBI's Top
Hoodlum Program. At the time Blitzstein lived on
the far northwest side of Chicago with his third
wife. He was a flamboyant dresser and drove a
1973 white Cadillac Eldorado.
Blitzstein's early rise in Chicago came at the
expense of others. In 1967, Arthur "Boodie"
Cowan, a bookmaker, and an associate of
Blitzstein was found in the trunk of his car with a
bullet in his head. It was believed Spilotro had put
it there because Cowan had been withholding
"street tax." When Henry Kushner, another bookie,
was sent to prison by the FBI, Blitzstein took over
his customers, as well as Cowan's.
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