IȱѤюѠȱęrslȱinlroducedȱloȱMurderȱIncor¡oraledǰȱbyȱNichoIasȱIiIeg

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gi, lhe exlraordinary |ournaIisl, aulhor and screenvriler res¡onsi-
bIe for lvo of lhe mosl iconic vorks in lhe Iileralure of organized
crimeDZȱ Wiseguyǰȱ vhichȱ heȱ ada¡ledȱ inloȱ lheȱ ęImȱ GoodfeIIasȱ andȱ
Casino vhich he aIso broughl lo lhe screen vilh Marlin Scorsese.
AIong vilh Mario Iuzo's The Godfalher (Iarls I & II) direcled by
Irancis Iord Co¡¡oIa, lhe IiIeggi-Scorsese coIIaboralions sland
asȱaȱkindȱofȱęImicȱßIessedȱTrinilyǰȱheI¡ingȱusȱloȱunderslandȱlheȱ
dark undervorId associalion lhal }. Idgar Hoover caIIed La Cosa
Noslra.
ßulȱ Iongȱ beforeȱ lheȱ Nevȱ Yorkȱ ȃęveȱ famiIiesȄȱ lookȱ sha¡eȱ inȱ
lheirȱ¡resenlȱconęguralionsDZȱGambinoǰȱGenoveseǰȱCoIomboǰȱLuc-
chese and ßonnano, lhere vas an organizalion of IlaIian and }ev-
ishȱgangslersȱlhalȱlheȱnevs¡a¡ersȱofȱlheȱŗşŚŖȂsȱbrandedȱȃTheȱSyn-
dicaleǯȄȱIlȱvasȱcriminaIȱenler¡riseȱdominaledȱbyȱCharIesȱȃLuckyȄȱ
LucianoǰȱMeyerȱLanskyǰȱAIberlȱAnaslasiaǰȱßen|aminȱȃßugsyȄȱSie-
geIǰȱ}oeȱAdonisȱandȱLouisȱȃLe¡keȱßuchaIlerȯanȱinformaIȱȃboardȱ
ofȱdireclorsȄȱknovnȱasȱȃTheȱßigȱSixǯȄ
IdenlifyingȱlhemseIvesȱasȱȃTheȱCombinalionǰȄȱlhisȱaxisȱofȱ}ev-
ish and IlaIian gangslers vho associaled above and a¡arl from lhe
lradilionaIȱruIesȱofȱTheȱMaęaǰȱrea¡edȱmiIIionsȱofȱdoIIarsȱaȱyearȱinȱ
lhe ¡osl-Irohibilion decades from gambIing, Iabor rackeleering,
exlorlion, ¡roslilulion and do¡e ¡eddIing, bul lheir mosl IelhaI
¡roducl vas homicide.
O¡eraling oul of Midnighl Rose's, a candy slory under lhe II
lracks on lhe corner of Saraloga and Livonia Avenues in ßrovns-
viIIeǰȱßrookIynǰȱȃMurderǰȱIncǯȄȱasȱilȱvasȱdubbedȱbyȱWorIdȬTeIe-
gram re¡orler Harry Ieeney, vas a lvenly-four-hour-a-day rack-
el lhal kiIIed more lhan a lhousand ¡eo¡Ie from coasl lo coasl
during lhe 1930's and earIy '40's.
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Localed Iess lhan lvo miIes from Ibbels IieId vhere lhe Dodg-
ersȱ ¡Iayedǰȱ lheȱ candyȱ sloreȱ vasȱ dominaledȱ byȱAbeȱ ȃKidȱ TvislȄȱ
ReIes÷so named for his skiII al slrangIing viclims. There vas a
¡ayȱ ¡honeȱ inȱ lheȱ backȱ ofȱ lheȱ sloreȱ andȱ vhenȱ aȱ ȃconlraclȄȱ vasȱ
caIIed in, lhe kiIIers, designaled by ReIes, vouId be dis¡alched
vilh a doclor's bag conlaining lhe lhree ¡ossibIe vea¡ons of
choice: a gun, an ice ¡ick and a garrole.
TAKINGȱMOTIVIȱOUTȱOIȱMURDIR
Like lraveIing saIesmen, lhe kiIIers vouId lhen ho¡ on a lrain
and ride lo lhe falaI deslinalion, vhich vas ly¡icaIIy a cily in lhe
Midveslȱ orȱ Soulhǯȱ Onȱ arrivaIȱ lheyȱ vouIdȱ ȃcaseȄȱ lheȱ viclimǰȱ doȱ
lhe |ob and be back on lhe lrain before lhe ¡oIice had lime lo ¡ul
aȱchaIkȱmarkȱonȱlheȱgroundǯȱNaluraIIyǰȱlheȱȃconlraclorȄȱvhoȱhadȱ
ęrslȱ¡IacedȱlheȱcaIIǰȱvouIdȱhaveȱanȱironcIadȱaIibiȱforȱlheȱlimeȱofȱlheȱ
exlerminalion. Wilh lhis heinous bul briIIianl scheme, ReIes and
hisȱȃßrovnsviIIeȱßoysȄȱlookȱmoliveȱoulȱofȱlheȱmurderȱequalionǯ
The crev of ruboul s¡eciaIisls vas as coIorfuI a gang as ever
vieIdedȱ anȱ iceȱ ¡ickǯȱ Thereȱ vasȱ Viloȱ Gurinoǰȱ anȱ a¡eIikeȱ lor¡edoȱ
vhoȱ ¡raclicedȱ shar¡Ȭshoolingȱ byȱ bIaslingȱ lheȱ headsȱ oěȱ chick-
ens, ßuggsy GoIdslein, Dasher Abandando and Ha¡¡y Maione,
named for lhe ¡ermanenl grimace lhal aIvays crossed his face.
Theȱ seniorȱ shoolerȱ vasȱ Harryȱ ȃIiĴsburghȱ IhiIȄȱ Slraussǰȱ aȱ
handsome cIolhes horse vho kiIIed more lhan lhirly men in
a dozen cilies. ßul lhe beelIe-broved ReIes vas lhe boss of lhe
enler¡rise and no one oulside lhe undervorId had a cIue lo lhe
bIoodlhirslyȱȃdealhȱonȱdemandȄȱrackelȱheȱranȱunliIȱheȱvasȱuIli-
maleIy arresled and lurned by ßurlon ß. Turkus.
A former defense Iavyer vilh lhe suave Iooks of IrroI IIynn,
lhe courlroom manner of }ohn ßarrymore and a sleeI-lra¡ IegaI
mind, Turkus agreed lo go lo vork for ßrookIyn D.A. WiIIiam
O'Dvyer, a former |udge, afler a slring of 200 unsoIved murders
¡iIed u¡ in Kings Counly. QuickIy assembIing a crack leam of
Iavyers and deleclives, Turkus lurned u¡ lhe heal and evenluaIIy
ȃĚi¡¡edȄȱ Kidȱ Tvislȱ inloȱ lheȱ moslȱ famousȱ mobȱ ȃcanaryȄȱ inȱ his-
loryȯlhalȱ isȱ unliIȱ }ose¡hȱ VaIachiȱ ȃsangȄȱ loȱ lheȱ McCIeIIanȱ com-
miĴeeȱlvenlyȱyearsȱIalerǯ
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Turkus vas aslonished lo Iearn from ReIes lhal lhose 200 ho-
micidesȱ vereȱ |uslȱ lheȱ li¡ȱ ofȱ lheȱ ȃiceȱ ¡ickǰȄȱ soȱ loȱ s¡eakǰȱ andȱ lhalȱ
underȱlheȱdireclionȱofȱlheȱȃßigȱSixǰȄȱmolivaledȱ¡rimariIyȱbyȱLe¡keȱ
ßuchaIlerȯanolherȱ ŞŖŖȱ bodiesȱ vereȱ scaĴeredȱ nalionvideȯaIIȱ
Iinked back lo Midnighl Rose's and The ßrovnsviIIe ßoys. ßul
hov Turkus uIlimaleIy naiIed Le¡ke is a roIIer coasler ride of u¡s
and dovns. On lhe eve of his leslimony againsl ßuchaIler for lhe
murder of garmenl dislricl ovner }ose¡h Rosen, ReIes, vho had
beenȱ¡rolecledȱinȱȃTheȱSqueaIerȂsȱSuileȄȱofȱlheȱHaIfȱMoonȱHoleIȱ
on Coney IsIand, vas lhrovn lo his dealh. AIlhough corru¡l ¡o-
IiceȱoĜcersȱIalerȱcIaimedȱlhalȱheȱsIi¡¡edȱduringȱanȱesca¡eȱaĴem¡lǰȱ
lhe evidence cIearIy ¡oinled lo homicide and ReIes vas forever
knovnȱasȱȃTheȱCanaryȱWhoȱSangȱßulȱDidnȂlȱKnovȱHovȱloȱIIyǯȄ
THIȱRUNAWAYȱßISTȱSILLIR
The ¡age-lurning slory of hov Turkus recovered from lhal sel-
back and evenluaIIy senl Le¡ke lo lhe eIeclric chair in Sing Sing÷
lheȱęrslȱandȱonIyȱmobȱbossȱinȱhisloryȱloȱdieȱinȱaȱgovernmenlȱexe-
culion÷vas chronicIed by Sid Ieder, a former var corres¡ondenl
vho s¡enl 17 years as a veleran re¡orler for lhe Associaled Iress.
ToIdȱinȱTurkusȂsȱovnȱęrslȬ¡ersonȱvoiceǰȱMurderǰȱIncǰȱTheȱSloryȱ
ofȱTheȱSyndicaleǰȱvasȱęrslȱ¡ubIishedȱbyȱIarrarǰȱSlraussȱǭȱYoungȱ
in 1951 and quickIy became a runavay besl seIIer vorIdvide. Il
vasȱ ada¡ledȱ inloȱ aȱ ęImȱ inȱ ŗşŜŗȱ vhichȱ slarredȱ Ielerȱ IaIkȱ inȱ hisȱ
debulȱroIeȱasȱReIesȱandȱbyȱŗşŝŚȱȃMurderǰȱIncǯȄȱhadȱsoIdȱmoreȱlhanȱ
a miIIion co¡ies. MeanvhiIe, ßurlon Turkus venl on lo become
one of lhe mosl successfuI Iabor negolialors in Nev York hislory.
I had done a number of organized crime-reIaled slories in my
days as an invesligalive corres¡ondenl for AßC Nevs, bul had
never louched on Murder, Inc. Then in 1998 vhen Nick IiIeggi be-
gan coIIaboraling vilh MichaeI King (of King WorId) lo ada¡l lhe
Turkus-Ieder book as an NßC mini-series, I vas hired lo vrile lhe
six hours of leIe¡Iays. Devouring bolh lhe book and hundreds of
Murder Incor¡oraled nevs cIi¡s lhal Nick had oblained, I ended
u¡ lurning in seven hours of maleriaI. ßul al lhe lime, NßC decid-
ed lo gel oul of lhe mini-series business, so lhe scri¡ls remained
un-¡roduced.
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TIRRORISM AND ORGANIZID CRIMI
IIashing forvard lo 2001, I relurned lo invesligalive |ournaI-
ismȱrighlȱaflerȱlheȱaĴacksȱofȱşȦŗŗȱandȱbeganȱvhalȱbecameȱanȱeighlȱ
year invesligalion inlo lhe counler-lerrorism record of lhe IßI in
lheȱyearsȱIeadingȱu¡ȱloȱȃSe¡lemberȱŗŗlhȄȱandȱbeyondǯȱȱTheȱvorkȱ
cuIminaled in my lriIogy for Har¡erCoIIins: 1000 Years for Re-
vengeDZȱInlernalionaIȱTerrorismȱandȱlheȱIßIǰȱCoverȱU¡DZȱWhalȱlheȱ
Governmenl is SliII Hiding Aboul lhe War on Terror and Tri¡Ie
Cross: Hov bin Laden's Masler S¡y Ienelraled lhe CIA, lhe IßI
and The Green ßerels. (vvv.¡elerIance.com).
As couId onIy ha¡¡en in Nev York, in lhe course of my re-
searchȱforȱCoverȱU¡ȱIȱIearnedȱofȱanȱexlraordinaryȱnexusȱbelveenȱ
a ¡air of aI Qaeda lerrorisls and a member of organized crime. In
ŗşşŜȱvhiIeȱavailingȱlriaIȱonȱlheȱninlhȱĚoorȱlierȱofȱlheȱMelro¡oIi-
lan CorreclionaI Cenler (M.C.C.) lhe federaI |aiI in Lover Man-
haĴanǰȱGregoryȱScar¡aȱ}rǯȱaȱca¡oȱforȱlheȱCoIomboȱcrimeȱfamiIyǰȱ
found himseIf in a ceII belveen Ramzi Yousef, lhe aI Qaeda bomb
maker res¡onsibIe for lhe 1993 WorId Trade Cenler bombing and
AbduI Hakim Murad, a Kuvaili ¡iIol vho had been lrained in
fourȱUǯSǯȱĚighlȱschooIsǯ
InȱŗŖŖŖȱYearsȱforȱRevengeǰȱIȱ¡rovedȱlhalȱaflerȱĚeeingȱNevȱYorkȱ
foIIoving lhe WTC bombing on Iebruary 26lh, 1993, Yousef sel u¡
aȱceIIȱinȱlheȱIhiIi¡¡inesȱaIongȱvilhȱMuradǰȱanȱUzbekiȱnamedȱWaIiȱ
Khan Amin Shah (beIoved by Osama bin Laden) and Yousef's
uncIe, KhaIid Shaikh Mohamed (KSM) a man vho vouId nol be
forgoĴenȱbyȱhisloryǯ
ßy lhe Iale faII of 1994 lhe briIIianl bul lvisled Yousef, had
conceivedȱofȱlhreeȱ¡IolsDZȱęrslȱlheȱassassinalionȱofȱIo¡eȱ}ohnȱIauIȱ
II vho vas lo be in ManiIa in }anuary, 1995 and second, lhe so-
caIIedȱȃßo|inkaȄȱ¡IolȱloȱsmuggIeȱaȱseriesȱofȱim¡rovisedȱex¡Iosiveȱ
devicesȱǻIIDȂsǼȱonȱboardȱlheȱęrslȱIegsȱofȱaȱdozenȱUǯSǯȱairIineȱĚighlsȱ
bound from Asia lo lhe Slales. This non-suicide ¡Iol caIIed for lhe
co-cons¡iralors lo disembark as lhe airIiners Ianded in second Ieg
AsianȱciliesǰȱonIyȱloȱhaveȱlheȱ¡Ianesȱex¡IodeȱoverȱlheȱIacięcȱhoursȱ
Ialer.
ßul Yousef's mosl ambilious ¡Iol, lo be headed by Murad as
Ieadȱ ¡iIolǰȱ vasȱ loȱ hi|ackȱ aȱ seriesȱ ofȱ airIinersȱ inȱ lheȱ UǯSǯȱ andȱ useȱ
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lhem as missiIes aimed al lhe WTC, lhe Ienlagon, CIA Head-
quarlersȱ inȱ LangIeyǰȱ Virginiaǰȱ lheȱ Searsȱ ǭȱ Transamericaȱ Toversȱ
andȱanȱunnamedȱnucIearȱfaciIilyǯȱThisȱ¡Iolȱknovnȱasȱȃlheȱ¡Ianesȱ
o¡eralionȄȱ vasȱ inlerdicledȱ aflerȱ aȱ ęreȱ inȱ YousefȂsȱ bombȱ facloryȱ
onȱ lheȱ nighlȱ ofȱ }anuaryȱ ślhǰȱ ŗşşśǯȱ Yousefȱ andȱ KSMȱ lhenȱ Ěedȱ loȱ
IsIamabad, Iakislan, bul Murad vas ca¡lured by lhe IhiIi¡¡ines
NalionaI IoIice (INI).
He vas Ialer inlerrogaled by CoI. RodoIfo ß. Mendoza of lhe
INIȱ vhoȱ uncoveredȱ lheȱ ȃ¡Ianesȱ asȱ missiIesȄȱ ¡Iolȱ andȱ commu-
nicaled il back lo IederaI ¡roseculors in lhe Soulhern Dislricl of
Nev York (SDNY) afler Yousef vas ca¡lured and rendered back
for lriaI aIong vilh Murad and WaIi Khan. The one member of
lhe ManiIa ceII vho remained al Iarge vas KSM, vhom ve nov
knovȱ¡erfecledȱYousefȂsȱmurderousȱ¡IolȱusingȱMohammedȱAĴaȱ
as a sland-in for Murad on 9.11.01.
ȃTHIȱKILLINGȱMACHINIȄ
In lhe course of my research I uncovered dozens of IßI 302
memos documenling a sling by Greg Scar¡a }r. lhal vas aulho-
rized by lhe IßI in vhich lhe mobsler inlerce¡led a series of noles
from Yousef incIuding lhreals lo hi|ack ¡Ianes and ¡Ianl bombs
onȱUǯSǯȱairIinersȱsoȱlhalȱheȱcouIdȱachieveȱaȱmislriaIȱinȱlheȱ¡rosecu-
lionȱofȱlheȱȃßo|inkaȄȱ¡IolȱvhichȱlheȱIedsȱdecidedȱloȱlryȱęrslȱinȱlheȱ
summer of 1996.
One ¡iece of inleIIigence from Scar¡a }r. vas vorlh ils veighl
in ¡Ialinum÷lhe Iocalion of KSM vho vas hiding oul in Doha
Qalar. ßul by lhe lime lhe IßI senl ils eIile Hoslage Rescue Team
ǻHRTǼȱ loȱ nabȱ himǰȱ KSMȱ hadȱ esca¡edȱ onIyȱ loȱ succeedȱ onȱ şȦŗŗȱ inȱ
doing vhal his ne¡hev had faiIed lo do in 1993 -- lake dovn lhe
Tvin Tovers.
Laler afler IederaI ¡roseculors decided lo bury vhal became
knovnȱasȱȃTheȱ Scar¡aȱMaleriaIsȄȯlheȱinleIIigenceȱconlainedȱ inȱ
lhose 302s÷I began vorking on my fourlh Har¡erCoIIins book
SIX SIX SIX. The lilIe derived from lhe Salanic digils: 6-6-6 vhich
Greg }r.'s falher Gregory Senior vouId ¡unch inlo lhe bee¡er of
hisȱ consigIiereȱ eachȱ limeȱ heȱ commiĴedȱ aȱ murderǯȱAsȱ Iȱ beganȱ loȱ
digȱ dee¡erǰȱ Iȱ Iearnedȱ lhalȱ Scar¡aȱ Srǯȱ vasȱ aȱ oneȬmanȱ Maęaȱ suc-
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cessorȱ loȱ ȃMurderȱ IncǯȄȱ Inȱ ŚŘȱ yearsȱ asȱ aȱ soIdierȱ andȱ ca¡oȱ inȱ lheȱ
CoIombosǰȱSeniorǰȱvhoȱvasȱknovnȱasȱȃTheȱGrimȱRea¡erǰȄȱcom-
miĴedȱmoreȱlhanȱśŖȱhomicidesǯ
He ruIed lhe slreels of ßrookIyn, Iike a bIoodlhirsly feudaI
Iord, making hundreds of miIIions of doIIars lhrough, drug deaI-
ing, Ioansharking, hi|acking, high-end slock fraud, sloIen credil
cards, gambIing and so¡hislicaled bank robberies lhal oflen nel-
led miIIions a singIe score. Afler onIy serving 30 days in more lhan
four decades of murder and mayhem, Scar¡a Sr. earned anolher
nicknameDZȱȃTheȱKiIIingȱMachineǰȄȱvhichǰȱironicaIIyȱvasȱlheȱvayȱ
AbeȱReIesȱhadȱidenlięedȱMurderȱIncor¡oraledȱforȱßurlonȱTurkusǯ
THIȱMACHIAVILLIANȱSTRATIGIST
KnovingȱvhalȱIȱknevȱaboulȱlheȱȃßrookIynȱCombinalionȄȱandȱ
sus¡icious aboul lhe molives of lhe Ieds in discrediling Scar¡a
}r.'s Yousef inleIIigence, I began lo ¡uII back lhe Iayers and found
shocking evidence lhal lhe reason Scar¡a Sr. vas abIe lo o¡erale
for so Iong vilh such murderous im¡unily, vas because he vas
being ¡rolecled by lhe ßureau.
ßeginning in 1960 and for lhe nexl 32 years, Senior o¡eraled
as a snilch for lhe IßI. His debriefings on lhe CoIombo borgala
and lhe olher four famiIies in Nev York venl direclIy lo every
IßI direclor slarling vilh Hoover himseIf vho designaled Scar¡a
Sr. as a TICI: a To¡ IcheIon CriminaI Informanl in 1962. Afler
years of digging I vas abIe lo find 1,153 ¡ages of herelofore
secrel fiIes documenling lhe IßI's cIandesline reIalionshi¡ vilh
Scar¡aȱSrǯȱvhoȱvasȱdesignaledȱinȱIßIȱfiIesȱasDZȱNYȱřŚŜŗȱorȱȃřŚȄȱfor
shorl.
The evidence ¡roved lhal much of lhe IßI's viev of La Cosa
Noslra (LCN) vas diclaled by Gregory Sr. vho vasn'l |usl a vise-
guy kiIIer bul a MachiaveIIian slralegisl vho had succeeded over
lheȱyearsȱinȱknockingȱoěȱǻbyȱmurderȱorȱindiclmenlǼȱaIIȱofȱlheȱcom-
¡elilion above him in lhe CoIombo famiIy from }oe CoIombo, lhe
bossǰȱloȱhisȱsuccessorȱCarmineȱȃTheȱSnakeȄȱIersicoȱloȱVicȱOrenaȱ
Sr. lhe acling boss in lhe earIy 1990's vhen Senior himseIf louched
oěȱ aȱ varȱ inȱ anȱ eěorlȱ loȱ lakeȱ overȱ lheȱ borgalaǯȱ Ilȱ vasȱ aȱ conĚiclȱ
on lhe slreels of ßrookIyn lhal Iefl al Ieasl 14 dead incIuding lvo
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innocenl byslanders and six of lhe hils vere execuled by Senior
himseIf or on his direcl orders.
Ierha¡s more dislurbing I documenled 25 se¡arale murders
duringȱ lheȱ ŗŘȱ yearȱ ¡eriodȱ Scar¡aȱ Srǯȱ vasȱ beingȱ ȃconlroIIedȄȱ byȱ
his Iasl conlacling agenl ex-Su¡ervisory S¡eciaI Agenl R. LindIey
DeVecchioǰȱ aȱ ßureauȱ veleranȱ vhoȱ ranȱ lvoȱ OǯCǯȱ squadsȱ inȱ Nevȱ
York and laughl informanl deveIo¡menl al lhe IßI Academy in
QuanlicoǰȱVirginiaǯ
THIȱȃUNHOLYȱALLIANCIȄ
I lhen venl back and used SIX SIX SIX lo leII lhe exlraordinary
sloryȱofȱlheȱCoIomboȱfamiIyȱfromȱŗşśŖȱvhenȱScar¡aȱSrǯȱęrslȱgolȱ
ȃslraighlenedȱoulǰȄȱu¡ȱlhroughȱlheȱlhirdȱvarȱinȱlheȱborgalaȱvhichȱ
had ex¡erienced lhe mosl vioIence of any in lhe Nev York Com-
mission. Il's cIear nov lhal lhe body counl vas IargeIy lhe resuIl
ofȱlheȱfaclȱlhalȱScar¡aȱSrǯȱacledȱasȱanȱeěecliveȱagenlȱ¡rovocaleurȮȱ
vreaking havoc from vilhin lhe famiIy vilh lhe inleI he derived
from his s¡eciaI To¡ IcheIon slalus.
ßulȱ ifȱ Gregoryȱ Scar¡aȱ Srǯǰȱ ȃTheȱ KiIIingȱ MachineȄȱ vasȱ aȱ oneȬ
man Murder, Inc. lhe consequences of his homicide s¡ree had
anȱ enlireIyȱ diěerenlȱ oulcomeȱ alȱ lheȱ handsȱ ofȱ lheȱ ßrookIynȱ DǯAǯȱ
lhan occurred in lhe 1940's vhen ßurl Turkus vas ¡roseculing
Le¡keȱ andȱ com¡anyǯȱ Inȱ ŘŖŖśȱ aflerȱ Iȱ ęrslȱ ¡ubIishedȱ evidenceȱ ofȱ
vhalȱdefenseȱIavyersȱdescribedȱasȱlheȱȃunhoIyȱaIIianceȄȱbelveenȱ
Scar¡aȱSrǯȱandȱLinȱDeVecchioǰȱKingsȱCounlyȱDǯAǯȱCharIesȱHynesȱ
commencedȱ anȱ invesligalionȱ vhichȱ resuIledȱ inȱ DeVecchioȂsȱ in-
diclmenl in March of 2006 on four counls of homicide reIaling lo
ruboulsȱbyȱȃřŚǯȄ
ßul afler a lruncaled lvo veek lriaI in lhe faII of 2007, lhe case
feIIȱa¡arlȱandȱlheȱchargesȱagainslȱDeVecchioȱvereȱdismissedǯȱSliIIǰȱ
from 1994-1996 lhe ex-Su¡ervisory S¡eciaI agenl had been inves-
ligaledȱbyȱlheȱIßIȂsȱOĜceȱofȱIrofessionaIȱRes¡onsibiIilyǯȱThisȱȃin-
lernaIȱaěairsȄȱ¡robeȱbeganȱaflerȱmuIli¡IeȱagenlsȱunderȱDeVecchioȱ
in lhe C-10 CoIombo squad, discIosed lhal IelhaI inleIIigence had
found ils vay lo lheir boss's slar informanl Greg Scar¡a Sr.
Duringȱ lheȱ courseȱ ofȱ lhalȱ OIRȱ invesligalionȱ DeVecchioȱ re-
fused a ¡oIygra¡h, look lhe Iiflh and vas granled immunily by
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lhe }uslice De¡arlmenl. In facl, afler lhe IßI cIosed lhe invesliga-
lionȱheȱgolȱimmunilyȱaȱsecondȱlimeȱandȱansveredȱȃIȱdonȂlȱrecaIIǰȄȱ
orȱvordsȱloȱlhalȱeěeclǰȱmoreȱlhanȱśŖȱlimesȱduringȱaȱŗşşŝȱexamina-
lion by defense Iavyers vho soughl lo gel al lhe lrulh behind his
secrelȱreIalionshi¡ȱvilhȱȃTheȱGrimȱRea¡erǯȄ
WeȱcanȱonIyȱvonderȱvhalȱDeVecchioȂsȱfaleȱmighlȱhaveȱbeenǰȱifȱ
lhe lenacious ßurlon Turkus vas lrying lhe case for lhe ßrookIyn
DǯAǯȂsȱoĜceȱandȱSidȱIederȱhadȱbeenȱaroundȱloȱchronicIeȱlheȱac-
lion.
In any evenl, in lhe foIIoving ¡ages, readers of lhis u¡daled
nevȱedilionȱviIIȱęndȱaȱuniqueȱandȱfascinalingȱbehindȬlheȬscenesȱ
Iook al vhal il look lo unlangIe lhe veb of a lhousand murders
and bring lhe gangsler-kiIIers res¡onsibIe lo |uslice.
As noled in lhe announcemenl from Har¡erCoIIins al lhe back
of lhis book, SIX SIX SIX viII be ¡ubIished soon. In lhe mean-
lime, sil back and en|oy lhe remarkabIe slory of ßurlon Turkus, a
¡roseculorȱ soȱ fearedȱ byȱ lheȱ Syndicaleȱ lhalȱ lheyȱ caIIedȱ himȱ ȃMrǯȱ
ArsenicǯȄȱ IlȂsȱ anȱ organizedȱ crimeȱ sagaȱ lhalȱ begsȱ loȱ ęndȱ ilȱ vayǰȱ
once again, lo lhe screen.
Ieler Lance
}une 2012
xviii
TѕіѠȱѠѝљђћёіё nev edilion of lhe 1951 lrue crime cIassic by ßurlon
ß. Turkus and Sid Ieder came aboul lhrough a circuilous roule.
Asȱ noledȱ inȱ lheȱ Iorevardǰȱ Nickȱ IiIeggiȱ ęrslȱ drevȱ meȱ inloȱ lheȱ
vorId of Murder Incor¡oraled in lhe Iale 1990's. He nol onIy in-
lroduced me lo lhe book, bul ¡rovided me vilh IileraIIy hundreds
of yeIIoved nevs cIi¡s from lhe many Nev York ¡a¡ers lhal cov-
eredȱßurlȂsȱreignȱasȱȃMrǯȱArsenicǯȄȱNickȱhasȱbeenȱanȱins¡iralionȱ
lo me bolh as a |ournaIisl and a screen vriler for years and ve are
nov coIIaboraling on a dramalic leIevision series lhal viII leII lhe
e¡ic slory of organized crime from lhe days of lhe Syndicale u¡
lhrough lhe CoIombo var of lhe 1990's.
ßul il vas MichaeI King, lhe Iegendary ¡roducer vho broughl
O¡rahȱWinfreyȱloȱaȱnalionaIȱaudienceǰȱvhoȱęrslȱcaughlȱlheȱvisionȱ
of Murder Inc.'s ¡olenliaI for lhe screen. He o¡lioned lhe Turkus-
Ieder book in 1988 and hired me len years Ialer lo vrile lhe mini-
series lhal gol me hooked on lhe murderous crev of characlers
from lhe candy slore.
I ove MichaeI a debl of gralilude aIong vilh Sleve LoCasio,
vho vas, for many years, lhe Chief IinanciaI Officer al King
WorId, MichaeI's ¡roduclion com¡any and vho, mosl recenlIy
as CIO of CßS TeIevision Dislribulion, made il ¡ossibIe for me lo
gel lhe righls back lo my scri¡ls in anlici¡alion of lhe series vhich
viII aIso be based on my nev book !"#$!"#$!"#.
Anolherȱ signięcanlȱ su¡¡orlerȱ inȱ myȱ eěorlsȱ loȱ bringȱ Murderȱ
IncǯȱloȱleIevisionȱhasȱbeenȱ}eěȱSaganskyǰȱlheȱformerȱIresidenlȱofȱ
CßS Inlerlainmenl and CßS ßroadcasling for vhom I vorked
vhenȱ Iȱ vasȱ execuliveȱ ¡roducerȱ onȱ Wiseguyǰȱ aȱ dramalicȱ TǯVǯȱ se-
riesȱȮȱnolȱloȱbeȱconfusedȱvilhȱNickȱIiIeggiȂsȱseminaIȱbookȱofȱlheȱ
sameȱnameǯȱ}eěǰȱvhoȱaIsoȱservedȱasȱcoȬ¡residenlȱofȱSonyȱIicluresȱ
0/1."$2*&3*4*.+5
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Inlerlainmenlȱ andȱ VǯIǯȱ ofȱ Sonyȱ Cor¡ǯȱ ofȱAmericaǰȱ hasȱ beenȱ in-
credibIy generous vilh his lime and sage advice.
I am aIso indebled lo a former cIassmale of mine al CoIumbia
Graduale SchooI of }ournaIism, Ieler Irishauf. He has been an
ardenl su¡¡orler of lhe Murder Inc. leIevision ¡ro|ecl, vhich is
nov in lhe hands of lhe immenseIy successfuI ¡roducer Arlhur
Sarkissian, vhom I mel many years ago afler ve connecled on a
screen¡IayȱIȂdȱvriĴenȱaboulȱlheȱIranȬConlraȱscandaIǯ
The book you are hoIding in your hands, vhich is, aII al
once, an exacl re¡Iica of lhe 1951 hardcover originaI from Iarrar,
Slrauss & Young, bul so much more in ils incIusion of ¡holo-
gra¡hs, mug shols and ßrookIyn ma¡s, couId nol have come lo
¡ress in ils currenl form as an ebook and lrade ¡a¡erback vilhoul
lhe exlraordinary design skiIIs of WaIlon MendeIson. He has Iov-
ingIy and ¡ainslakingIy laken lhe originaI book and resel il for lhe
¡a¡erback in ils ¡recise ly¡e face and ¡aginalion, vhiIe, for lhe
ęrslȱlimeǰȱcrealingȱaȱKindIeȱedilionǯ
I mosl recenlIy coIIaboraled vilh WaIlon on lhe nev Tenacily
Mediaȱ ßooksȱ edilionȱ ofȱ Slrangerȱ ŚśŜǰȱ myȱ Ialeslȱ ęclionaIȱ lhriIIerȱ
and lhe eye-calching covers for bolh books vere designed by my
oIdȱfriendȱȮȱlheȱgifledȱarlislȱWeIIsȱMooreǯ
I vouId aIso Iike lo lhank Ivy MarveI, Archivisl al lhe ßrookIyn
CoIIeclion of lhe ßrookIyn IubIic Library and MichaeI Lorenzini,
Curalor of Ihologra¡hy al lhe NYC Munici¡aI Archives, for lheir
generous heI¡ in Iocaling lhe crime scene ¡holos, mugshols and ma¡s.
Il's nov lime lo acknovIedge lhe mosl im¡orlanl ¡Iayers in lhe
reaIizalion of lhis nev edilion: lhe famiIies of ßurlon Turkus and
Sid Ieder. Ann, ßurl's vidov is IileraIIy an American nalionaI lrea-
sure. SliII incredibIy aclive, she vas a lremendous assel, nol onIy in
heI¡ing me cul lhrough lhe lickel of righls surrounding lhe book,
bulȱinȱherȱlireIessȱsu¡¡orlȱforȱmyȱeěorlsȱloȱbringȱMurderȱIncǯȱbackȱ
inlo ¡rinl and onlo lhe screen. She has an encycIo¡edic memory of
Iife vilh one of lhe mosl honesl and uncom¡romising ¡roseculors
in Nev York hislory and she viII be an invaIuabIe resource vhen
ve begin ¡roducing lhe series.
Sid Ieder's granddaughler Amy, has aIso been a ¡assionaleIy
heI¡fuI su¡¡orler, aIong vilh her molher Mona Rubenslein and
herȱaunlȱLynnȱ}eěreyǯȱThereȂsȱIiĴIeȱdoublȱlhalȱSidȂsȱgrealȱskiIIsȱasȱ
xx
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aȱ re¡orlerȱ andȱ vordsmilhȱ madeȱ ßurlȂsȱ ęrslȬ¡ersonȱ voiceȱ inȱ lhisȱ
book resonale on every ¡age.
As a gumshoe re¡orler myseIf I vish lhal Sid couId be here lo
ex¡erience lhis nev edilion ¡arlicuIarIy in ils digilaI form and in
order lo do |uslice lo Murder Inc. 2012 I've redesigned my veb-
sile vvv.¡elerIance.com vilh lhe heI¡ of Tom Morine a hugeIy
laIenled designer al vvv.lhesba.com vhere I've slored lhe body
of my vork for years. AIong vilh WaIl Conrad, WiII Rose and An-
drev Lacquiere, Tom has heI¡ed lake my vebsile from a labIoid
|umbIe designed using lhe nov defuncl A¡¡Ie iWeb ¡rogram, lo
a robusl Word Iress sile vilh immense conneclivily lo lhe vorId
communily.
InȱaȱęnaIȱnoleȱIȱvanlȱloȱex¡ressȱmyȱgraliludeȱloȱCaIȱMorganǰȱ
my lireIess edilor and Ionglime coIIaboralor al Har¡erCoIIins
vhoȱhasȱbeenȱlheȱveryȱdeęnilionȱofȱ¡alienceȱvhiIeȱIȱlookȱyearsȱloȱ
ęnishȱmyȱforlhȱinvesligaliveȱbookȱonȱlheȱIßIDZȱS"#$!"#$!"#. If Mur-
derȱIncǯȱvasȱaȱdeęningȱbookȱforȱlheȱslaleȱofȱorganizedȱcrimeȱinȱlheȱ
1930's and '40's il's my ho¡e lhal vilh CaI's sleady hand, S"#$!"#$
!"# viII come lo ¡Iay a simiIar roIe in chronicIing lhe grovlh of
La Cosa Noslra from lhe 1950's lhrough lhe 1990's.
Theȱ nevȱ ęIesȱ Iȱ delaiIȱ inȱ !"#$ !"#$ !"# ¡rove lhal lhe IßI look
aȱdecidedIyȱdiěerenlȱa¡¡roachȱloȱęghlingȱvhalȱlheyȱcaIIedȱȃlheȱ
MaęaȱenemyǰȄȱlhanȱßurlonȱßǯȱTurkusǯȱRalherȱlhanȱsim¡Iyȱhunl-
ing dovn lhe kiIIers and ¡roseculing lhem for lhe homicidaI
gangslers lhal lhey vere, }. Idgar Hoover and his s¡eciaI agenls
beganȱ loȱ coIIaboraleȱ vilhȱ lhemȱ Ȯȱ aIIovingȱ aȱ coIdȬbIoodedȱ ca¡oȱ
Iike Gregory Scar¡a Sr. lo o¡erale vilh lhe ßureau's ¡roleclion as
heȱcommiĴedȱmurderȱandȱmayhemȱacrossȱlheȱslreelsȱofȱßrookIynȱ
vilh an inlensily and ferocily lhal rivaIed anylhing Louis Le¡ke
ßuchaIler ever unIeashed.
In dismissing murder chargers againsl Scar¡a Sr.'s IßI con-
laclingȱagenlȱandȱȃhandIerǰȄȱRǯȱLindIeyȱDeVecchioȱinȱŘŖŖŝǰȱ}udgeȱ
Guslin Reichbach nonelheIess caIIed lhal reIalionshi¡ belveen
lheȱ IßIȱ andȱ lheȱ mobȱ kiIIerȱ ȃaȱ deaIȱ vilhȱ lheȱ deviIǯȄȱAndȱ vhenȱ
readersȱ ofȱ lhisȱ nevȱ edilionȱ ofȱ Murderȱ Incǯȱ ęnaIIyȱ ¡ageȱ lhroughȱ
!"#$ !"#$ !"#, lhey'II a¡¡reciale vhal a gianl in Iav enforcemenl
ßurlon Turkus lruIy vas.
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xxiii
!"#$%#$&#'(!)*+,%ȱǻbornȱUmberloȱAn-
aslasioǼǰȱ Se¡lemberȱ ŘŜǰȱ ŗşŖŘȮOcloberȱ
Řśǰȱ ŗşśŝǯȱ Knovnȱ asȱ ȃTheȱ Lordȱ Highȱ
IxeculionerȄȱ ofȱ Murderȱ Incǯȱ Anasla-
sia vas a rulhIess Ieader of lhe Long-
shoreman's union and earIy boss
of lhe Gambino famiIy. He vas mur-
dered in lhe barber sho¡ of lhe Iark
SheralonȱHoleIȱonȱOcloberȱŘślhǰȱŗşśŝȱre¡uledIyȱbyȱȃCrazyȱ}oeȄȱGaIIoȱandȱ
CarmineȱIersicoȱvhoȱvouIdȱgoȱonȱloȱrunȱlheȱCoIomboȱfamiIyǯȱTheȱęveȱ
manȱhilȱleamȱIalerȱdescribedȱlhemseIvesȱasȱȃlheȱbarberȱsho¡ȱquinlelǯȄ
!-."&$'( /.+( (born Guise¡¡e Anlo-
nioȱ DoloǼȱ Novemberȱ ŘŘǰȱ ŗşŖŘȮNo-
vember 26, 1971. He vas rumored
lo be one of lhe young mob kiII-
ers, aIong vilh Lucky Luciano,
ßugsyȱ SiegeIȱ andȱ Viloȱ Genoveseȱ
vhoȱ murderedȱ ȃ}oeȱ lheȱ ßossȄ
Masseriaȱinȱŗşřŗȱinȱlheȱęrslȱmoveȱofȱaȱ¡IolȱloȱdominaleȱȃTheȱSyndicaleǯȄȱ
Knovn as }oey A., Adonis vas a muIli-miIIionaire boolIegger during
Irohibilion. Laler he conlroIIed vending machines & car deaIershi¡s
lhroughoul Nev York bul sliII did risky bank scores and kidna¡¡ings.
He vas de¡orled lo IlaIy in 1956. Died from com¡Iicalions from a hearl
aĴackǯ
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0#"$12'(3+2+, (born Meyer SuchovI|ansky)
}uIyȱŚǰȱŗşŖŘȮ}anuryȱŗśǰȱŗşŞřǯȱßornȱMeyerȱ
SuchovI|ansky }uIy 4, 1902, he vas knovn
asȱȃlheȱmobȂsȱaccounlanlǯȄȱAnȱearIyȱ¡arlnerȱ
vilhȱßenȱSiegeIȱinȱlheȱȃßugȱǭȱMeyerȱMobǰȄȱ
he Ialer heI¡edßugsy bankroII lhe IIamingo
holeIȱinȱLasȱVegasȱandȱvasȱrumoredȱloȱ
conlroI aII mob dominaled gambIing inleresls in ¡re-Caslro Cuba. In 1970 he
ĚedȱloȱIsraeIȱloȱesca¡eȱlaxȱevasionȱchargesȱbulȱvasȱrenderedȱbackȱloȱlheȱUǯSǯȱ
vhere he beal lhe federaI indiclmenl in 1974. Reliring lo Miami he Iived quielIy
vilh his vife & chiIdren, dying of Iung cancer al lhe age of 80.
4567#)%+,'( 0.5&$( 80+91+:( Iebruary 6,
ŗŞşŝȮMarchȱ Śǰȱ ŗşŚŚǯȱ Irinci¡aIȱ bossȱ ofȱ
Murderȱ Incǯȱ Knovnȱ asȱ ȃLe¡keǯȄȱ vasȱ
direclIy res¡onsibIe for lhe murder of
DulchȱSchuIĵȱaflerȱlheȱgambIerȱ¡ulȱaȱhilȱ
onȱ ManhaĴanȱ DǯAǯȱ Thomasȱ Iǯȱ Deveyȱ
andȱȃTheȱßigȱSixȄȱdecreedȱlhalȱilȱvouIdȱ
be bad for business. Le¡ke vas one of lhe
shoolers in lhe dealh of }oe Rosen, a hil for
vhich ßurlon Turkus convicled him. In an
eěorlȱloȱavoidȱlheȱdealhȱ¡enaIlyȱheȱvenlȱonȱlheȱIamȱforȱmonlhsȱandȱculȱaȱ
deaI lo surrender lo }. Idgar Hoover on lax charges, bul Turkus evenluaIIy
lhvarled lhal move, sending Le¡ke and six olher Murder Inc. kiIIers lhrough
ȃlheȱIiĴIeȱgreenȱdoorȄȱalȱlheȱSingȱSingȱdealhȱhouseǯȱ
056&#".'(;7#,)&+(805612: (born SaIvalore
LucaniaǼȱNovemberȱŘŚǰȱŗŞşŝȮ}anuaryȱŘŜǰȱŗşŜŘǯȱ
heȱ vasȱ lheȱ ęrslȱ lrueȱ criminaIȱ geniusȱ
inȱ lheȱ modernȱ Americanȱ Maęaǯȱ Af-
ler lhe eIiminalion of lhe lvo reign-
ingȱ ȃmuslacheȱ IelesǰȄȱ }oeȄȃTheȱ ßossȱ
Masseria and SaIvalore Maranzano,
Lucianoȱ crealedȱ lheȱ ęveȱ famiIyȱ slrucȬ
lureȱlhalȱexislsȱlodayȱbulȱdeflIyȱrefusedȱloȱmakeȱhimseIfȱlheȱca¡oȱdiȱluĴiȱ
ca¡i. He vas convicled of ¡roslilulion charges, bul afler re¡orledIy heI¡ing
ferrel oul Nazi s¡ies on lhe Nev York valerfronl and eIiminale MussoIini's
forces during lhe AIIied invasion of IlaIy, he vas de¡orled lo SiciIy. There,
in IaIermo in lhe mid 1950's he crealed lhe modern dislribulion syslem for
heroinȱlhalȱbecameȱinfamousȱasȱȃTheȱIrenchȱConneclionǯȄ
!"#$%#&'()*+ xxv
;#9."+'(0.5&$ȱ}ȱŗŞşŜȮMarchȱŚǰȱŗşŚŚǯȱ
UnreIaledȱ loȱ hisȱ noloriousȱ Chicagoȱ
namesake, Ca¡one vas a su¡ervi-
sor for Murder Inc. He ¡arlici¡aled
vilh Le¡ke in lhe Rosen murder,
vhich look ¡Iace in a candy slore
Rosen ran afler Iosing his garmenl
dislricl business al lhe hands of
ßuchaIler. On March 4lh, 1994 he vas execuled |usl momenls before
Le¡ke and Mendy Weiss, anolher co-cons¡iralor in lhe Rosen hil.

<&+=+)'(45=$2 (born ßen|amin SiegeI-
baumǼǰȱIebruaryȱŘŞǰȱŗşŖŜȮ}uneȱŘŖǰȱŗşŚŝǯȱȱ
oneȱofȱlheȱmoslȱfearedȱgangslersȱoęsȱ
vioIenl hair lrigger lem¡er. An earIy ¡ar
his day, due in ¡arl lo hlner of Meyer
Lansky's he vas aIso a boyhood friend
ofȱAIȱ Ca¡oneȂsǯȱAȱ Ěashyȱ mobslerǰȱ heȱ
boughl an a¡arlmenl in lhe WaIdorf
Asloria al lhe age of 21. ßy lhe mid 1930's he'd co-founded Murder Inc.
Iamousȱforȱo¡eningȱu¡ȱLasȱVegasȱasȱaȱgambIingȱmeccaǰȱSiegeIȱaIsoȱeslab-
Iished lhe Syndicale's vesl coasl ving, hob nobbing vilh movie slars and
evenluaIIyȱIosingȱhisȱhearlȱǻandȱmanyȱsaidǰȱhisȱmindǼȱloȱaclressȱVirginiaȱ
HiII. Des¡ile muIli¡Ie ¡Ieas for Ieniency by Lansky, SiegeI vas evenluaIIy
largeled for his massive cosl overruns of lhe Syndicale's money al The
IIamingo, vhere some sus¡ecled HiII, herseIf vas skimming. On lhe nighl
of }une 20lh, 1947 SiegeI vas shol lo dealh as he sal in HiII's ßeverIy HiIIs
homeDzȱsuslainingȱmuIli¡IeȱhilsȱfromȱanȱMŗȱcarbineȱriĚeȱęredȱlhroughȱlheȱ
fronl vindov
;.$%+)).'(>,#"1 (born Irancesco CasligIia),
}anuary 26, 1891 - Iebruary 18, 1973.
KnovnȱinȱundervorIdȱcircIesȱasȱȃTheȱ
IrimeȱMinislerǰȄȱ CosleIIoȱ vasȱ cIoseIyȱ
associaledȱvilhȱMurderȱIncǯȂsȱȃßigȱSixǯȄȱ
Afler Luciano's de¡orlalion he look over
ȃCharIeyȱ LuckȂsȄborgalaǰȱ vhichȱ Ialerȱ
became lhe Genovese famiIy. When
ȱDonȱViloȱGenoveseȱhimseIfȱIeflȱforȱIlaIyǰȱCosleIIoȱbecameȱlheȱbossǯȱHeȱ
survivedȱaȱŗşśŝȱassassinalionȱaĴem¡lȱaflerȱbeingȱsholȱinȱlheȱheadȱbyȱȃChinȄȱ
Giganle on orders from Genovese. CosleIIo relired lo a ¡enlhouse in lhe
WaIdorfȱAsloriaȱholeIȱvhereȱheȱheIdȱcourlȱasȱlheȱMaęaȂsȱȃgreyȱeminenceȄȱ
unliI his dealh in1973.
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5chu!ĵǰȱ Dutchȱ (born Arlhur IIegen-
heimerǼȱ Auguslȱ Ŝǰȱ ŗşŖŘȮOcloberȱ ŘŚǰȱ
ŗşřśǼȃDulchȄȱ SchuIĵȱ vasȱ aȱ }evishȬ
American mobsler vho made a for-
lune in boolIegging and lhe iIIegaI
numbers rackel. Threalened by ¡ros-
eculor Tom Devey afler a ¡air of lax
evasionȱlriaIsȱlhalȱheȱbealǰȱSchuIĵȱorderedȱlheȱfulureȱ¡residenliaIȱcandi-
daleȱȃhilǯȄȱßulȱinsleadǰȱlheȱMurderȱIncǯȱȃcombinalionȄȱdecreedȱhisȱdealhǯȱ
On lhe nighl of Oclober 23rd, 1935, he vas shol lo dealh al The IaIace
Cho¡ȱHouseȱinȱNevarkȱbyȱCharIesȱȃßugȄȱWorkmanȱandȱMendyȱWeissǰȱ
lvo of Le¡ke ßuchaIler's kiIIers.((((
5traussǰȱ Harryȱ ȃPiĴsburghȱ Phi!Ȅ }uIy 28,
ŗşŖşȮ}uneȱ ŗŘǰȱ ŗşŚŗǯȱ Aȱ ¡roIięcȱ conlraclȱ
kiIIer for Murder Inc., he once com¡ared
his laIenl for homicide lo lhal of a gifled
basebaII ¡Iayer. A ßeau ßrummeI and
dandy he vas a voman's man bul in his 30
knovn homicides Slrauss variousIy shol,
slabbed, slrangIed, ice ¡icked, drovned
or buried his viclims aIive. Arresled 18 limes, he esca¡ed conviclion unliI
ßurlon Turkus convicled him for lhe brulaI murder of Iuggy Ieinslein.
He vas eIeclroculed in Sing Sing on }une 12lh, 1941
?+)+$'(!*+(8@&-(AB&$%:(May 10, 1906
ȮNovemberȱ ŗŘǰȱ ŗşŚŗǯȱ Abrahamȱ ReIesȱ
vas lhe son of }evish immigranls
from Auslria. ßorn in lhe ßrovnsviIIe
seclion of ßrookIyn he vorked for lhe
Sha¡iro brolhers, Irv and Meyer vho
ran lhe Kings Counly rackels. ßul
vhen one of lhe brolhers ra¡ed and
ambushed his girIfriend ReIes kiIIed
bolh of lhem, rising lo become lhe Iead hil man for Murder Inc.
Then, afler ßurlon Turkus convinced him lo lurn, Irank CosleIIo
re¡orledIyȱ raisedȱ ǞŗŖŖǰŖŖŖȱ loȱ bribeȱ lheȱ guardsȱ inȱ ȃlheȱ SqueaIerȂsȱ
SuileȄȱ ofȱ lheȱ HaIfȱ Moonȱ HoleIȱ onȱ Coneyȱ IsIandȱ vhereȱ Turkusȱ hadȱ
slashed ReIes. On lhe morning of Nov. 12lh, 1941 he feII lo his dealh
and aIlhough lhe officiaI ¡oIice version vas lhal he sIi¡¡ed from a
sheel exlended oul lhe vindov, lhe ¡osilion of his body suggesled
lhal he vas murdered.
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Loan shark George Whiley Rudnick vas slabbed 63 limes and
hacked lo dealh on lhe sus¡icion he vas an informanl
!"#$%#&'()*+ xviii
IrvingȱȃIuggyȄȱIeinsleinǰȱkiIIedȱvilhȱanȱiceȱ¡ickȱǭȱgarroleȱvasȱ
lhen incineraled before his body vas dum¡ed.
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The murder of garmenl dislricl ovner }oe Rosen is lhe homicide
lhalȱsenlȱLouisȱȃLe¡keȄȱßuchaIlerȱloȱȃlheȱchairǯȄ
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Turkus's ¡rinci¡aI coo¡eraling vilness Abe ReIes afler he vas
lhrovnȱfromȱaȱĚoorȱofȱlheȱHaIfȱMoonȱHoleIȱonȱConeyȱIsIandǯ
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TheȱęveȱburrovsȱofȱlheȱCilyȱofȱNevȱYorkǯ
!"#$%#&'()*+ xxxii
ßrookIyn vilh ßrovnsviIIe highIighled.
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ßrovnsviIIe shoving Iocalion of lhe candy slore vhere Murder,
Inc. vas based.

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