Murder Incorporated

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Seymour "Blue Jaw" Magoon

Seymour "Blue Jaw" Magoon was a Jewish hitman in New York's Murder Inc gang, one of many members who were implicated by the testimony of former member and government informant Abe "Kid Twist" Reles.

A longtime member of Murder Inc., Magoon was heavily involved in the painters unions with Martin "Buggsy" Goldstein during the 1920s and 30s. Magoon was one of the most feared members of Murder, Inc.; he even famously challenged Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss and lived to tell the tale.

In 1940, Abe Reles and Louis Levine began to give evidence to New York District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey on Murder, Inc. Magoon decided to follow suit and helped testify against the other members of Murder Inc. along with Albert "Tick Tock" Tannenbaum and Sholem Bernstein.

To this day, few details exist about Seymour Magoon. In 2003, Magoon's skeleton was uncovered in the desert outside Las Vegas. The incident inspired "Whatever Happened to Seymour Magoon?", a 2005 episode of "Las Vegas".


  • Seymour was Irish.

    By Blogger King Ning, at 8:26 AM  

  • According to my sources, He was indeed jewish, sorry.

    By Blogger ADMITNOTHING, at 8:45 AM  

  • Blue Jaw was an Irishman, a rarity amid the Brownsville boys.

    My new book "New York City Gangland" has a chapter titled "Guns & Gelt" and in it you'll find a seldom-seen arrest portrait of Magoon beside the man his testimony helped to burn, Martin "Buggsy" Goldstein. As well as a never before seen shot of Midnight Rose's Candy Store, where Goldstein's victim Puggy Feinstein came calling, and two portraits of Puggy himself, after the fire.

    Please pick up a copy via the official website, major retailers or from Amazon dot com. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Hes my great uncle. We arent irish. He was Jewish and died of natural causes. My uncle, his son and my cousins grew up in Chicago and later moved to California.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 11:37 AM  

  • No he was Jewish. The name "Magoon" was adopted and not his real name. In Chicago Machine Gun McGurk was an Italian who used the name McGurk. Frank Costello as well was Italian and not Irish. The Jews and the Italians cooperated quite a bit in the 1920s in the 1930s. However they were antithetical to the Irish. Sorry but you are just plain wrong

    By Blogger Unknown, at 4:57 PM  

  • Seymore Magoon was IRISH not JEWISH. They found his skeleton in the desert near las vegas in the early 2000's. That snitch was tortured and buried.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 3:59 PM  

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