After the Castellammarese War ended in 1931, with both opposing bosses, Joe "The Boss" Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano ended up pretty dead because of the betrayal of Lucky Luciano, and among other things Luciano, along with Jewish Mafia Master Meyer Lansky, founded the Nine – Member of the National Commission for crime, which cut across ethnic lines. There was no head of this committee, but instead the leadership was split between Lucian, Lansky, Lansky and sophomore Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Frank Costell, Joe Bonann, Vincent Mangano, Joe "Adonis" Dot, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, and his right-hand man Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro. (The bad gun, the Dutch Schultz – real name Arthur Flegenheimer – was not a member of the Commission for this very reason: he was a loose cannon and could not be trusted in making sound decisions.)
Of course, all corporations need a division of power within that corporation, while certain people are given duties that do not impair the power and duties of other members of that organization. (Make no mistake, the National Crime Commission operated as a well-oiled machine and indeed operated as an unregistered corporation)
This is where Murder Incorporated comes into play.
It was decided that for the good of the National Crime Commission, sometimes shameful things must be done to make the Commission beautiful and profitable. This included the killing of people who threatened a steady inflow of money into the Commission's coffers. The commission has decided that they should establish a separate branch of the Commission, which is responsible for one and only one: the killing of those people whom the chiefs said must be killed.
Louie Lepke was in charge of what the press called Murder Inc., and to assist Lepke in the performance of his duties, the Commission appointed Albert Anastasia, aka "Mr. High Executive," as Lepke's right-hand man. He would never give Lepke a direct order to one of his killers to do the job. Instead, Lepke used trusted men like Mendy Weiss and Louis Capone to issue the final warrant and decree to select hits.
Holding a level or two of isolation between himself and the real killers, Lepke decided that nothing more could be directly attached to him.
And at first, Lepke was right, until he made one fatal mistake.
The first order of business for Lepke and Anastasia was to assemble a team that hit the cracks to do the actual dirty work. Through Louis Capone, who was close to Anastasia, Lepke cultivated a group of murder maniacs, some of whom kill fresh air from Brooklyn. These killers were called "The Boys of Brownsville." The Brownsville boys were hardly the only murderers employed by Murder Inc., but they were the foundation that led to a hundred freelancers being put on a steady weekly salary ($ 125 and up) to be prepared to kill when whatever order was given. These men were sometimes paid for a job well done and were allowed to work in certain territories in gambling and credit companies or in any illegal operation, such as abductions and even abductions. But one thing is for sure: even if a member of Murder Inc. he did not kill anyone for a month or two, three or three, and his pay for murder was constantly coming every week.
Now let's go to the Murder Inc. character scene
First and foremost, it turned out to be the biggest headache for Lepke: Abe "Kid Twist" Reles. With the elimination of three of the Shapiro brothers, Meyer, Irving and Willie, Reles, along with his childhood boy Martin "Buggsy" Goldstein, took over all illegal rackets in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. To do so, Reles turned to help Harry "Happy" Maione and Frank "Dasher" Abbandand of the neighboring "Ocean Hill Hooligans." Soon such killers were cut like the likes of Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss, Vito Gurino and "Blue Jaw" Magoon tucked into the fold, and the Brownsville Boys really were an amazing group of killers. Key to their move from Brownsville to the big time was Louis Capone, apparently a Brooklyn restorer, who was very close to Albert Anastasia.
When the Commission, together with Lepke, entrusted the creation of Murder Inc., Anastasia approached Capone and said, "What about Reles and his Brownsville boys? Are these guys capable of doing what needs to be done? No questions asked."
Capone assured Anastasia that Reles and his killer boyfriends were cold on stone and efficient. The only problem Capone had was that Reles and Maione, thought to be group leaders number two and two, hated each other on the inside; and neither did they trust too much of each other.
Despite their small differences, Reles and Maione worked as a well-oiled killing machine. Murder Inc. Murderers under the leadership of Anastasia and Capone, they acted in a way that was almost dumb. When assassinations were assigned by bosses across the country, arrangements were made in such a way that finding out the actual killers was nearly impossible. The key to their method was the concepts of confirmation and division of power. The bosses brought in several men doing different aspects of each job, with one man knowing nothing about the other men and their involvement. Yet, every man so closely involved in the operation would be considered an accomplice, and his possible corroborating testimony was useless in court, should he ever decide to turn into a rat.
For example, let's say that Joe Schmoe of Illinois was next on Murder Inc.'s hit list Murder Inc. would hire one man to steal a getaway car. Then another man would be instructed to get as many weapons as needed for the job. Then there would be a third man, who would be a "finger" man: one who would point Joe Schmoe to the actual shooters. Then, of course, they needed the getaway driver and the driver of the "car crash" driver: a legitimately registered car that would crash into a chase after a committed car, or the car of a crazed citizen. The reason for the legal car was that the hit-and-run car driver could only claim that it was an accident while the shooters fled in the stolen car (For obvious reasons, it was not a smart idea to crash into a police car with a stolen car.)
The beauty of this routine was that any man involved in the murder would have limited knowledge of the other men involved in the hit. The man who stole the car would not know who bought the rifles or who actually shot them, etc …. etc ….
Of course, Lepke and Anastasia did not fully trust the Brownsville boys to do all their dirty work. Other killers were needed to do various jobs in countless places. One killer was taken from an unlikely place: the Loch Sheldrake Country Club, in the city of Catskills, in upstate New York.
The Loch Sheldrake Village Club was owned by Sam Tannenbaum, who first owned a grocery store on Orchard Street in lower eastern Manhattan. The Loch Sheldrake Village Club was the rhythm of the establishment, which housed many wealthy Jewish families for the summer vacation. Of course, Lepke and his crew were well represented at Loch Sheldrake. Those gangsters who cracked their elbows with legitimate Jewish businessmen include Lepke, his partner Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro, Shimmy Salles, a racket bag for Lepke, Curly Holtz, a working lift and "Big Harry" Greenburg, who was Partners of Lepke and Shapiro in various scams Clothing Center.
Gurrah Shapiro, a thick-chested gorilla, was a character himself, and also quite capable, like Lepke, of pulling the trigger when needed. Whenever Shapiro was angry, which was common, his favorite saying was "Get out of here." Still, in his gravelly voice, the phrase sounded like "Gurra dahere." Therefore, his friends got the Shapiro nickname "Gurrah."
Sam Tannenbaum had a teenage son named Allie, whom Sam eventually completed as his replacement when Sam decided to retire. Tannenbaum himself employed Allie at his hotel, either waiting tables or setting up chairs on the beach by the lake. Sam also didn't pay Allie a dime for his work, to make sure Allie didn't disappear in his old haunts in lower eastern Manhattan until the summer season was over. As the owner's son, the Jewish gangsters invited Allie Tannenbaum to all their parties, and Allie got a fresh taste of what it was like to be around people who kept clinking their coins in their pockets. Because of this, the suspect is likely to be drawn into their world of murder and injury.
One day, after the end of the summer season of 1931 at Loch Sheldrake, Tannenbaum was walking Broadway in Manhattan when he ran into "Big Harry" Greenberg.
Greenberg asked Tannenbaum, "Do you want a job?"
"I could use it, if it pays off," Tannenbaum said.
Greenberg smiled. "This one's for Lepke. You know what the job will be."
Tannenbaum shrugged and said he would do whatever it took to earn some cash so he could spread around like his Jewish gangster idols.
Greenberg knew little about hiring one of his killers.
Tannenbaum started working for Lepke, initially for $ 35 a week. His job included general tasks like shooting, striking strikes and throwing stink bombs where they needed to be thrown. Later, Tannenbaum graduated from more important duties, such as "schlammings," which meant he was "broken," or cracked the heads of union workers who did not draw the Lepke line.
As his work output increased, so did Tannenbaum's pay. In short, Tannenbaum was intimately involved in the six murders and helped dump the body of the seventh homicide victim. As a result of the "bone gain" in the homicide department, Tannenbaum began engraving at an impressive $ 125 a week; more than he earned all summer at his father's resort. Because of the summer location of Tannenbaum in the city of Catskills, Tannenbaum's business consisted mainly of homicides and extortion in central New York. Tannenbaum was a valuable asset to Lepke in Sullivan County, as Tannenbaum was familiar with the back highways and numerous lakes, where bodies could be disposed of. During the winter, Tannenbaum and his family vacationed in Florida, where Tannenbaum worked as a strong-arm man at several gambling joints in Lepke.
In the early 1930s, Lepke added another valuable asset to Murder Inc. when he hired Charlie "The Bug" Workman.
"Beetle" was born in 1908 on the lower east side of Manhattan, the second of six children Samuel and Ani Workman were born. Workman dropped out of school in 9th grade and began wandering the streets of the Lower East Side, looking for trouble. When he was 18, Workman was first arrested for stealing a bundle of $ 12 cotton thread from a truck parked on Broadway. Since it was his first offense, Workman got away with a simple penalty. The following year, Workman was arrested for shooting a man behind his ear over whom he owed – $ 20. By this time, Workman's reputation on the streets was such, the man he shot refused to testify against him, and even said he could not truly identify Workman as the shooter. Officers got confused and took his file and concluded that Workman had violated probation for stealing cotton. As a result, Workman was sent to the New York state reformer. For the next few years, Workman was in and out of jail for such parole violations, such as being associated with "questionable characters" and "inability to find work."
In 1926, Workman joined the business as a free-kicker or schlammer to break the strike of the Lepka union. Workman did such a good job, in early 1930, Lepke put $ 125 a week on the permanent payroll as a killer for Lepke's Murder Incorporated machine. Lepke liked Workman's cool demeanor, and after Workman performed some remarkable "hits" for Lepke, Lepke gave him the nickname "Bug" because the person had to be crazy to kill with the quiet detached Workman who was shown performing his gruesome task . Workman's second nickname "Handsome Charlie" was given to him by members of the opposite sex.
For the next several years, Workman was in trouble with the law. In 1932, he was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. In 1933, Workman was arrested again for determining off-duty police officer duty after minor dust in traffic. All this time, his specialty was killing the one whom Lepke said should be killed. After being hit, Workman reaped the benefits of "wiping the pockets" of his victims. Most of the time, Workman earned an extra thousand dollars or something for his efforts. And on one occasion, he even found in the pocket of his pants a bonus of ten thousand dollars of one poor boob he had just kidnapped.
Murder Inc. Adhesives did not restrict exploitation to the New York area. In fact, Murder Incorporated ended up hiring somewhere between 150-200 murderers across America, and it is reported that these murderers may have committed as many as 800-1000 murders from the late 1920s, until Murder Incorporated was killed. early 1940s.