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. John D.:
    And many people think that gambling is “just harmless fun”.

    Guess it all depends on the WAGER…and with WHOM you decide to bet.

    Looks like we will NEVER find out…so much time has passed.

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.


  2. If Rothstein thought the game was crooked, it’s a pretty good bet that it was crooked. (Get it? A “good bet”? Har!) He was the all-time expert at such things.
    And he lost his 300 Gs almost exactly a year before all the stock-market gamblers lost theirs. Karma is a bitch.


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