this day in crime history: november 4, 1928

On this date in 1928, notorious gambler Aronold Rothstein lost his biggest bet. When Rothstein, thought to be the brains behind the 1919 World Series fix, showed up at room 349 at the Park Central hotel in Manhattan, he was greeted with a bullet to the abdomen. The shooting was allegedly motivated by an unpaid gambling debt. As the story goes, Rothstein–the ultimate gambling fixer himself–thought that the poker game where he lost three hundred large was rigged. As a result, he balked at paying. Another theory has it that the Rothstein hit was perpetrated by rivals looking to take over his rackets. Either way, Rothstein died a couple days later. He refused to name the shooter, and no one was ever convicted of his murder. The case remains officially unsolved.

Further reading:

American Mafia – Arnold Rothstein – Rothstein

Gangster City, by Patrick Downey


4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 4, 1928

  1. Too bad Boardwalk Empire skipped a few years in its final season. I would like to have seen how they handled the Rothstein murder.


  2. John D.:
    I’d wafer that ONE bet Rothstein never made was if he would pull through the shooting.
    Interesting that no one ever “claimed” to be the shooter OR even knew anyone connected to the shooting.

    Stay safe out there.


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