this day in crime history: february 19, 1942

On this date in 1942, Murder, Inc. hitmen Harry “Happy” Maione and Frank “Dasher” Abbandando were executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison. The two men were sentenced to die for the murder of police informer George “Whitey” Rudnick after fellow Murder, Inc. button man Abe “Kid Twist” Reles turned state’s evidence to save his own hide from a murder charge. Happy’s last meal was spaghetti and meatballs. Dasher had lamb chops.

Further reading:

truTV Crime Library – Murder, Inc.

Executed Today: February 19, 1942

Utica, NY Daily Press, February 20, 1942

4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: february 19, 1942

  1. John D.:
    The whole MURDER INC story is riveting to be sure.

    What never ceases to amaze (or amuse) me is all the nicknames of these mobsters…
    Good call.

    Stay safe.

    Like

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