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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: MURDER, INC., MOBSTER LOUIS “LEPKE” BUCHALTER IS EXECUTED (1944)


Murder, Inc., Mobster Louis “Lepke” Buchalter Is Executed (1944)

In the early 1930s, American gangster Louis “Lepke” Buchalter joined “Lucky” Luciano in forming a national crime syndicate. Buchalter came to control the enforcement arm of the Syndicate—Murder, Inc.—which carried out contract killings across the US. He went into hiding during a government crackdown on organized crime in the mid-1930s but eventually surrendered himself, stood trial for various crimes, and was sentenced to die. Which of his associates were executed on the same day as he was? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: MAFIA BOSS SALVATORE RIINA APPREHENDED AFTER 23 YEARS IN HIDING (1993)


 

 

 

Mafia boss Totò Riina behind bars in court aft...

Mafia boss Totò Riina behind bars in court after his arrest in 1993 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Mafia Boss Salvatore Riina Apprehended after 23 Years in Hiding (1993)

 

Riina started out as a mafia hit man and ascended the ranks, becoming a feared leader of the Sicilian Mafia. When control of the heroin trade in Sicily led to fierce rivalry among the Mafia clans, Riina—known as “The Beast”—orchestrated the murders of high-profile public officials while living in hiding for 23 years. His tactics were unusual—mafia bosses tended to be highly visible in their communities while keeping their violent activities under the radar. How did the police finally find him? More… Discuss

 

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Today’s Birthday: THE KRAY TWINS (1933)


The Kray Twins (1933)

Partners in crime, twins Reginald and Ronald Kray were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in London’s East End during the 1950s and 60s. The brothers managed to escape justice for some time, thanks in part to their intimidation of witnesses, political connections, and quasi-celebrity status as nightclub owners. Eventually, however, their luck ran out. In 1969, they were sentenced to life in prison for the murders of George Cornell and Jack McVitie. Why was Reginald eventually freed? More… Discuss