Murder Incorporated

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Harry Horowtz

Harry Horowitz better known as Gyp the Blood, was the leader of the notorious Lenox Avenue Gang in New York City during the early part of the 20th century. Legend has it that, on a small bet from one of his colleagues, he would grab passers-by and break their backs over his knee...no small feat by a man only 5 feet 7 who weighed only about 140 pounds.

Gyp the Blood, along with three of his gang members, became part of gang lore in 1912 when they pulled off the spectacular murder of gambler Beansie Rosenthal outside the Metropole Hotel. The four shot Rosenthal to death on the orders of Police Lt. Charles Becker, who was enraged that Rosenthal was blabbing to anyone who would listen about Becker's ties to criminals and gambling houses.

Gyp the Blood and his co-conspirators were convicted in a highly publicized trial and put to death in the electric chair in 1914. The next year, Becker also was executed for the crime, making it five lives exchanged for the elimination of a rather marginal one.

2 Comments:

  • Hey, JQ:

    I wrote the Wikipedia entry on Gyp the Blood, and glad to see it came to good use. I read "Tough Jews" last month (despite being a gentile, I've always been fascinated by the Jewish mobs...far more interesting than the Italians).

    "Tough Jews" was the best book I've read in years. Nice to know someone else enjoyed it as much as I did.

    By Blogger Fiddler, at 5:47 PM  

  • we mobbin !!!!!

    By Blogger Moises, at 10:44 AM  

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