Murder Incorporated

Friday, May 05, 2006

Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro

New York Mafia Figure. Gurrah was one of the most feared Labor Racketeers in New York City and Lepke Buchalter's partner during the 1920s and 1930s. The nickname "Gurrah" dates back to his childhood when he tried to rob pushcarts in his Jewish neighborhood and the pushcart owners would shout "Gurra da here" (get out of here) at him. Shapiro died of natural causes at age 50 in Sing-Sing prison.


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