this day in crime history: march 4, 1944

On this date in 1944, it was the big adiós for Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and two of his henchmen. Lepke Buchalter and Albert “Mad Hatter” Anastasia ran the stable of killers that the media of the day tagged “Murder, Incorporated.” Buchalter, along with Murder, Inc. members Emanuel “Mendy” Weiss and Louis Capone (no relation to big Al), was convicted and sentenced to death for the killing of Brooklyn candy store owner Joseph Rosen. All three men were executed within minutes of each other in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison.

Further reading: – The Last Days of Lepke Buchalter, et al

Wikipedia – Murder, Inc.


8 thoughts on “this day in crime history: march 4, 1944

  1. Rosen was a labor organizer in the garment district in New York. Lepke set up the hit for a guy named Sidney Hillman, a rival of Rosen’s in the garment-district labor rackets, who had put out the contract on Rosen. Lepke escaped custody and hid out for over a year, and by the time he was recaptured, Sidney Hillman was FDR’s labor advisor (we’d call him a czar today), and widely considered to be the second-most powerful man in the United States. Lepke offered to talk, but nobody wanted to hear what he had to say.


  2. John D.:
    Back in those days, I guess no one thought it to be more “efficient” to put in a BENCH SEAT…
    (no waiting, as it were)

    Good to see justice served, even if it is from history.
    (which we should be learning from)

    Roll safe out there.


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