Murder Incorporated

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Albert Tannenbaum

Albert Tannenbaum, nicknamed Allie or Tick-Tock, was a Jewish hitman for Murder, Inc. the enforcement arm of the Crime Syndicate during the 1930's.

Tannenbaum was born in Pennsylvania, and moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan at the age of three; his family later relocated to Brookyn. He quit school at the age of 17 to work as a stock boy in the garment district. After a stint as a salesman, he began work at the Loch Sheldrake Country Club, which was owned by his father. When Tannenbaum was 25, he met a guest at the club by the name of Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro, a close associate of infamous Jewish gangster Lepke Buchalter. Shapiro felt that Tannenbaum had what it took to become a mob hitman, and introduced him to the underworld.

Tannenbaum progressed rapidly through the ranks of organized criminal violence. He began as an enforcer and strikebreaker being paid $50 a week; his salary was raised to $75 and then later to $100. When he became a full-fledged contract killer in Murder, Inc., he was paid $125 a week for his services.