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The Mobster

Mobster Meyer Lansky (Meier Suchowlański), a co-founder of Murder, Inc., died on this day in 1983, age 80, without ever being convicted for a crime worse than illegal gambling. He was a lifelong friend with Bugsy Siegel (they ran a violent Prohibition-era gang and launched Murder, Inc. together) until he agreed to Siegel’s execution in 1947 […]

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Tales in a Jugular Vein

Crime, horror and science fiction writer Robert Bloch, who wrote the novel Psycho, which Alfred Hitchcock adapted into his groundbreaking film, was born in Chicago on this date in 1917. In the course of his prolific career, Bloch won the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Edgar Allen Poe Award, the Fritz Lieber Fantasy […]

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September 29: The O.J. Simpson Trial

The murder trial of football star O.J. Simpson went to the jury on this date in 1995. Jews involved in the case, apart from Ron Goldman, one of the two murder victims, included District Attorney Marcia Clark, who lost the case and then wrote a bestseller about it, and several defense lawyers: Robert Shapiro, who […]

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July 24: Marm Mandelbaum, Criminal Fence

On this date in 1884, the New York Times described as “a queen among thieves” Fredericka “Marm” Mandelbaum — a “laconic, black-eyed, 250-pound, synagogue-going mother of four,” according to Karen Abbott in Smithsonian magazine. Mandelbaum was a notorious fence (seller of stolen goods) and crime boss in New York for some twenty-five years. After the […]

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OpEdge: Killed by Police and Killing Police

There’s No Relationship, But Both Are a National Tragedy by Marc Jampole THOSE like Rudy Giuliani who believe that the Black Lives Matter movement has led to an increase in violence against police officers have not read the statistics. Killings of American police officers are way down, from 27.88 per 100,000 to 7.16 per 100,000 […]

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February 14: The Billionaire Mayor

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York from 2002-13 and the eighth wealthiest person in the world (according to Forbes in 2015) thanks to his creation of Bloomberg L.P., a financial data company, was born in Boston on this date in 1942. With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Bloomberg became a partner at Salomon […]

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January 18: The Murder of Nathan Adler, a Peddler

On this date in 1851, sentencing took place for two of three brothers convicted of the robbery and murder, two years earlier, of Nathan Adler, a Jewish peddler from Syracuse, New York. John Baham was sentenced to death, as his brother Albert had been, while a third brother, Alfred, who had agreed to a guilty […]

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Black Lives Matter Today, Not Only Tomorrow

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Problematic Perspective on Racism and Crime by Myriam Miedzian ATLANTIC MAGAZINE national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is a leading, if not the leading, black spokesperson on racial issues. He recently received a MacArthur (Genius) award, bringing his prestige to a new peak. His ascendancy may be bad news, however, for black Americans. FBI Uniform Crime Reports […]

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November 27: Barnett Baff and the Poultry Racket

The New York Times reported on this date in 1914 that a murdered New York poultry whole-saler, Barnett Baff, had been buried in the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, under the auspices of “the Temple Anshe Bialistok, in Willett Street” on the Lower East Side — and that arrests were imminent in the case. “I know […]

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August 14: A Victorian Murder Trial

In one of the most sensational murder trials of the Victorian era, the lawyer for Israel Lipski, convicted of the murder of Miriam Angel three months earlier, sent a telegram to the Queen on this date in 1887 asking her to stay Lipski’s execution to allow for the introduction of new information that would, said […]

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