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June 12: Executed at Sing-Sing

Harry “Pittsburgh Phil” Strauss and Martin “Buggsy” Goldstein, hit-men with Murder, Inc., were executed by electric chair at Sing Sing prison in Ossining, New York on this date in 1941. Strauss was a head assassin for the Brooklyn-based crime group, which ran its own rackets and also served as killing squad for gangsters Lepke Buchalter […]

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July 10: Sidney Hillman

Labor leader Sidney Hillman, head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union and a key organizer of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), died of a heart attack at 59 on this date in 1946. Hillman was born in Lithuania and groomed to be a rabbi, but became a Jewish Bundist by age 16 and, after coming […]

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February 6: Murder Inc.

Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, head of the organized crime death squad Murder, Inc. during the 1930s and the only major mob boss to be executed for a specific murder, was born on this date in 1897. By 1922, he had served two prison terms in Sing Sing. In the 1920s, he and his childhood friend Jacob […]

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