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Title: Charles Becker

Description: Charles Becker (1870-1915), American police officer and convicted murderer, a NYPD lieutenant, who controlled the gambling, prostitution and other rackets in Manhattan, gleaning extortion payments in excess of $100,000 a year, while employing a gang of murderous Jewish thugs from the Lower East Side to enforce his edicts; when gambler Herman "Beansie" Rosenthal refused to pay off Becker and even exposed Becker's corrupt practices to reporters of the New York World, Becker ordered Rosenthal's murder; the gambler was killed after he stepped into the street from the Metropole Hotel in the early hours of July 16, 1912; his four killers boldly shot him to death in front of scores of witnesses, believing that Becker's police authority would protect them; all four were later convicted of Rosenthal's murder and sent to the electric chair at Sing Sing; they were: Harry Horowitz (AKA: Gyp the Blood; 1890-1914), Louis Rosenberg (AKA: Lefty Louie; 1890-1914); Jacob Seidenschmer (AKA: Whitey Lewis; 1893-1914); and Frank Cirofici (AKA: Dago Frank; 1887-1914); the following year, Becker was tried, convicted and sentenced to death for the Rosenthal slaying, executed in Sing Sing's electric chair on July 30, 1915.

Category: Crime

Keywords: crime, criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement, capital punishment, extortion, gamblers, gangsters, homicides, corrupt police officers, murders, protection rackets

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 2220 x 2774 (6.16 MPixels) (1.25)

Print Size: 18.8 x 23.5 cm; 7.4 x 9.2 inches

File Size: 17.64 MB (18,499,240 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000001166c

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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