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Louis Lepke Buchalter (1897-1944)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Louis "Lepke" Buchalter (1897-1944)

Description: Louis "Lepke" Buchalter (February 6, 1897-March 4, 1944), shown at an arrest in 1939. Buchalter was a New York City gangster, beginning his criminal career as a bootlegger and later a paid strike-breaker. He took over the garment industry racket, extorting millions from NYC manufacturers on the promise that he would protect their operations and prevent unions taking control, as well as preventing strikes. To that end, Buchalter took control of several garment unions, receiving kickbacks from all members so that he would allow them to work. He was also head of Murder, Inc., a division of NYC organized crime, which consisted of many hired killers contracted to murder anyone obstructing rackets controlled by the U.S. National Crime Syndicate, and he sat on the board of that organization, decreeing policies and operations. Sought on many charges, he went into hiding, eventually turning himself over in 1939 to newspaper columnist Walter Winchell, who, in turn, personally turned Buchalter over to J. Edgar Hoover as he was wanted on federal narcotics charges. He was sent to federal prison, convicted of several charges, given a thirty-year sentence. He was extradited to New York to face a murder charge--that of garment worker Joseph Rosen on September 13, 1936. Members of Murder, Inc. testified that Buchalter had given them orders to murder Rosen and he was convicted and sentenced to death, executed in Sing Sing's electric chair in 1944, the only board member of the U.S. National Crime Syndicate to meet that fate.

Category: Crime

Keywords: Louis Buchalter, Lepke Buchalter, U.S. National Crime Syndicate, organized crime, Murder, Inc., J. Edgar Hoover, Walter Winchell, newspaper columnists, FBI, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, garment industry, labor unions, extortion, extortionists, rackets, racketeering, narcotics violations, murders, homicides, criminal justice, criminology, criminals, murderers, crime bosses, crime czars, Sing Sing Prison, electric chair, capital punishment, executions

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1050 x 1225 (1.29 MPixels) (1.17)

Print Size: 8.9 x 10.4 cm; 3.5 x 4.1 inches

File Size: 3.68 MB (3,863,880 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004132

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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