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:

Wikipedia – Murder, Inc.

Executed Today: February 19, 1942

Utica, NY Daily Press, February 20, 1942

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

  1. John D.:
    Makes one long for the days when justice was a lot swifter and a lot more “just”.
    My last meal would be sea scallops…even if I had to “wait” a few months until it was in season…lol
    🙂

    Good story.

    Stay safe out there.

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