Hyman Abrams

hyman abrams

Lieutenant of Boston Mobster Charles Solomon during Prohibition. Later financed syndicate Las Vegas casinos with Meyer Lansky, Carl Cohen and Jack Entratter during the 1950s and 60s.


Evsei Agron


Evsei Agron (died May 1985) was a thief in law and boss of New York City’s Russian Mafia during the 1970s and ’80s.Born in Leningrad, Agron immigrated to the United States under the Jackson-Vanik Amendment in 1975.He swiftly gained control of criminal operations among the Soviet Jews living in Brighton Beach. Agron organized a motor fuel racket which would earn millions, if not billions, through fuel tax fraud. This type of fraud, which involved selling tax-free home heating oil as diesel fuel, eventually cost the state of New Jersey alone an estimated $1 billion annually in lost tax revenues.


Israel “Ice pick Willie” Alderman


From North Minneapolis; associate with David Berman In Minneapolis and Las Vegas. 1965 Convicted in Denver Colorado of conspiring of using telephone lines to threaten death to a disbarred attorney; 1969 reported under indictment for grand larceny.Israel “Icepick Willie” Alderman punctured victims’ brains via their eardrums with his namesake tool — that way, an autopsy would fail to detect any sign of a homicide. The hit man, known across the country, once resided in Minneapolis.


Hyman Amberg

hyman amberg

Herman “Hyman” Amberg (c. 1902 – November 3, 1926) was a New York mobster who, with his brothers Joseph and Louis “Pretty” Amberg, formed one of the prominent criminal gangs during Prohibition.He was arrested for the murder of a local jeweler While awaiting trial he committed  suicide during a failed prison escape attempt


Joseph Amberg

joseph amberg

Joseph Amburg (1892 – September 30, 1935) was a New York mobster who, with his brothers Hyman and Louis “Pretty” Amberg, was involved in labor racketeering and other criminal activities. During the 1920s and 1930s the brothers competed with rivals such as Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, Abe “Kid Twist” Reles and the Shapiro Brothers. (all Jews) On September 30, 1935 Amberg was murdered alongside associate Morris Kessler.The pair was ambushed in a Brownsville (Brooklyn, New York) auto repair garage and, after being ordered to line up against the wall, were gunned down by members of Murder, Inc..


Louis “Pretty” Amberg

louis amberg

Louis “Pretty” Amberg (1897 – October 23, 1935) was in a criminal organization with his brothers Joseph and Hyman Amberg, competing against Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro, Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and the Shapiro Brothers for control of Brooklyn’s racketeering activities during the 1920s and early 1930s. Amberg’s body was found in a flaming car the day he was killed. The case remains officially unsolved, though he was alleged to have been killed by Murder Inc. When asked if there were any suspects, a police detective reportedly answered, “Yeah, Brooklyn.

Moses Annenberg father of  Walter Annenberg  founder of Annenberg Foundation,

moses annenberg

Moses “Moe” Louis Annenberg (February 11, 1877 – July 20, 1942) was a Jewish American newspaper publisher, who purchased The Philadelphia Inquirer, the third-oldest surviving daily newspaper in the United States. in 1936. Born in East Prussia (German Empire) in 1877 to a Jewish family he left Germany and immigrated to Chicago in 1900. Annenberg began his career as a Chicago newspaper salesman at the Chicago Tribune,then, for the Hearst Corporation. Several sources have documented his links to organized crime though these are widely underreported  Books  like The History of the Mafia in the US, 2006, The Art of the Steal, 2009 expose those links During the Roosevelt administration, he was indicted for tax evasion and, after pleading guilty, was sentenced to two years; he died in prison. He is the father of  the US Ambassador to England , the publisher Walter Annenberg and seven daughters;

Marat Balagula Mob Boss


Marat Balagula (born September 8, 1943, Orenburg, USSR) is a Soviet Jewish immigrant, former mob boss, and associate of the Lucchese crime family.

The Balagulas led a comfortable, middle class life. Young Marat, an average high school student, was drafted into the Soviet Army at the age of nineteen.Like many ambitious Russians with capitalist predilections, he promptly plunged into the country’s flourishing black market.In 1977, Balagula decided to move his family to the United States under the Jackson-Vanik Amendment.At first he worked as a textile cutter in Washington Heights, Manhattan for $3.50 per hour.Balagula’s fortunes improved markedly when he relocated his family to Brighton Beach and began to work for the infamous vor Evsei Agron… Agron, it turned out, was no match for the ambitious Balagula.

Balagula wanted to lead the Organizatsiya into the upscale world of white collar crime, and with the experience he had gained in the Soviet Union,  he acquired a knowledge of global markets that enabled him to make millions in the arcane world of commodities trading. He also energetically cultivated the Italian mobsters he met as Agron’s consigliere. After Agron was executed, Balagula organized his followers into a hierarchy, much like the Italian Mafia and before long, succeeded in transforming the Organizatsiya into a multibillion dollar a year criminal enterprise that stretched across from the tatters of Communist Eastern Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

In 1986, After being convicted on Federal charges, Balagula fled to Antwerp with his longtime mistress Natalia Shevchenko.After three years as a fugitive, Balagula was arrested in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany on February 27, 1989. In December 1989, Balagula was extradited to the United States and sentenced to eight years in prison for credit card fraud.In November 1992, Balagula was convicted at a separate trial for gasoline bootlegging and sentenced to an additional ten years in Federal prison.Balagula served his sentence and was released from Federal prison in 2004.

David Berman

David Berman (1903 – 1957), nicknamed “Davie the Jew”, was a Jewish-American organized crime figure in Iowa, New York City, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was also one of the pioneers of gambling in Las Vegas,Nevada. Berman was a partner with Bugsy Siegel at the Flamingo Hotel and was one of the few mobsters of his era to die a non-violent death (during surgery).

Berman was born into a Jewish family in Odessa, Ukraine, at that time in the Russian Empire. His father was a former rabbinical student departed for America and settled in Ashley, North Dakota, on land provided by Baron Maurice de Hirsch‘s Jewish Colonization Association. Berman then sent for his wife and children. Davie’s mother was reportedly horrified after getting off the train and realizing that they had exchanged the warmth of Odessa for the icy cold of the Great Plains.


Otto “Abbadabba” Berman


Otto Biederman, known as Otto “Abbadabba” Berman (August 10, 1891 – October 23, 1935), was an accountant for American organized crime. He is known for coining the phrase “Nothing personal, it’s just business.”

Berman was born in a Jewish family in New York City. At age fifteen, he was arrested and tried for attempted rape but was found not guilty. He later became an accountant, well-known for his ability to figure complex mathematical equations and algebraic expressions in a matter of seconds, without the use of paper or pen

In the 1930s Berman became the accountant for, and advisor to, gangster Dutch Schultz. In 1935 Berman was having a meeting at the Palace Chophouse tavern in Newark, New Jersey with Schultz and gunmen Abe Landau and Bernard “Lulu” Rosenkrantz when assassins hired by Lucky Luciano burst into the room. Berman was hit by several bullets as well as buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun, and was the second of the four men to die


Abe Bernstein


Abe Bernstein (c. 1892 – March 7, 1968) was a Detroit, Michigan gangster and a leader of the infamous Prohibition-era Purple Gang with his brothers Joseph Bernstein, Raymond Bernstein, and Isadore Bernstein. Born in New York, Abe Bernstein and his brothers moved to Detroit in their youth. During their teenage years, they joined a juvenile street gang that was the precursor to the adult Purple Gang. By the beginning of Prohibition, Bernstein and his brothers had emerged as leading members of the gang.

As the Purple Gang members grew older, they quickly gained a reputation along the Detroit waterfront as ruthless and violent hijackers. However, they normally attracted little attention from police as their victims were usually either rum runners or rival gangs such as the Little Jewish Navy.


William Morris Bioff

Portrait of Willie Bioff

William Morris (“Willie”) Bioff (1900 – November 4, 1955) was an American organized crime figure who operated as a labor leader in the movie production business from the 1920s through the 1940s. Bioff was born and briefly raised in a kosher Jewish household in Chicago, but his father kicked him out .Bioff soon became involved in criminal ventures,Bioff met Al Capone and later Frank “The Enforcer” NittiIn the 1930s, Nitti sent Bioff to California as an enforcer for Mafia-controlled union leader George Browne,

In 1943, Bioff was indicted for tax evasion and related crimes, as well as extortion and racketeering, along with a number of his associates. Rather than face prison, Bioff testified against his companions.Nitti committed suicide shortly after Bioff’s testimony. Bioff received a reduced sentence along with Browne.Upon his release, Bioff moved to Arizona and assumed a new identity, “William Nelson,” and even reportedly developed a friendship with then Senator Barry Goldwater (first Jewish Presidential candidate) helping contribute to his re-election campaign fund Bioff was assassinated on November 4, 1955, through a bombing His killers were never found


Alex “Shondor” Birns


Alex Birns (February 21, 1907 – March 29, 1975), also known as Shondor, was a notorious Jewish-American mobster and racketeer from Cleveland, Ohio who was once labeled as the city’s “Public enemy No. 1” by the local newspapers. He was actively involved in a wide variety of racketeering and other organized crime related activities such as prostitution, theft, numbers, etc., from the days of Prohibition until his demise.

Alex Birns was born Alexander Birnstein in 1907 in the town of Lemes in a section of Austria-Hungary that went to Czechoslovakia.He was brought to New York at the age of one month. From New York City, the family moved to Cleveland, settling in the lower Woodland Avenue district.In March 1975, Holy Saturday, the eve of Easter, Birns was blown up via a bomb containing C-4,


Herbert Blitzstein


Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein (November 2, 1934 – January 6, 1997) was a loanshark, bookmaker, racketeer and lieutenant to Tony “The Ant” Spilotro and the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas, Nevada.In 1987, Blitzstein was convicted on federal charges,including credit card fraud, conspiracy, and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. On 6 January 1997, Blitzstein was killed execution style in his Las Vegas home.


Ike Bloom

ike bloom

Ike Bloom (c. 1865 – December 15, 1930) was an American businessman, cabaret and nightclub owner in Chicago, Illinois from the turn of the 20th century and throughout Prohibition. An early organized crime figure in Chicago,he was associate of “Big Jim” Colosimo and owner of some of the city’s most popular nightclubs such as Midnight Frolics and Freiberg’s, a well known dance hall in The Levee vice district at 20 E 22nd St. The Midnight Frolics was the club in which comedian Joe E. Lewis first began his career in 1926.


Isadore “Kid Cann” Blumenfeld


Isadore Blumenfeld (September 8, 1900 – June 21, 1981), commonly known as Kid Cann, was a Jewish-American organized crime figure based in Minneapolis,Minnesota,for over four decades and remains the most notorious mobster in the history of Minnesota. The power and influence he held in Minneapolis were often compared to that of Al Capone in Chicago and were associated with several high-profile crimes in the city’s history, including his alleged involvement in the 1924 murder of cab driver Charles Goldberg and the attempted murder of police officer James H. Trepanier and the December 1935 killing of newspaperman Walter Liggett. He is also thought to have participated in the dismantling of the Twin City Rapid Transit street railway during the early 1950s.

Blumenfeld was convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1959 and, after a short prison term, retired to Miami Beach, Florida, where he and Meyer Lansky operated a real estate empire.He was involved in organized crime in Miami Beach and Havana, Cuba, until his death


Louis “Lepke” Buchalter Creator of  Murder, Inc.


Louis “Lepke” Buchalter (February 6, 1897 – March 4, 1944) was an American mobster and head of the Mafia hit squad Murder, Inc. during the 1930s. Buchalter was one of the premier labor racketeers in New York City during that era.Buchalter became the only major mob boss to receive the death penalty in the United States after being convicted of murder .Buchalter was first arrested in 1915 as a minor for theft and assault He went in and out of prisons till 1922 Upon Buchalter’s 1922 release from prison, he started working with his childhood friend, mobster Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro. Through force and fear, they began gaining control of the garment industry unions.

In the early 1930s, Buchalter created an effective process for performing contract killings for Cosa Nostra mobsters; it had no name, but the press 10 years later called it Murder, Inc. The Cosa Nostra mobsters wanted to insulate themselves from any connection to these murders. Buchalter’s partner, mobster Albert Anastasia, would relay a contract request from the Cosa Nostra to Buchalter. In turn,Buchalter would assign the job to Jewish and Italian street gang members from Brooklyn. None of these contract killers had any connections with the major crime families. If they were caught, they could not implicate their Cosa Nostra employers in the crimes. Buchalter used the same killers for his own murder contracts also.The Murder Inc. killers were soon completing jobs all over the country for their mobster bosses

On December 2, 1941, Lepke was sentenced to death along with his lieutenants Emanuel “Mendy” Weiss, and Louis Capone. Buchalter’s lawyers immediately filed an appeal.On March 4, 1944, Louis Buchalter was executed in the electric chair in Sing Sing.


Mickey Cohen


Meyer Harris “Mickey” Cohen (September 4, 1913 – July 29, 1976) was a gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia, and also had strong ties to the American Mafia from the 1930s through 1960s. Mickey Cohen was born on September 4, 1913, into an Orthodox Jewish family living in the Jewish Brownsville section of Brooklyn. His mother Fanny, who had become widowed in September 1914, had emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine.Soon, however, Fanny moved her family to Los Angeles. In 1922, petty crime landed Mickey in reform school there.

During Prohibition, Cohen moved to Chicago and became involved in organized crime working as an enforcer for the Chicago Outfit, where he briefly met Al Capone.

In 1939, Mickey Cohen was sent to Los Angeles by Meyer Lansky and Lou Rothkopf to work under Bugsy Siegel. During their association, Mickey helped set up the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and ran its sports book operation.In 1947 when Bugsy Seigel was killed at the orders of the Crime Families  Cohen reacted violently Mickey Cohen died in his sleep in 1976


Moe Dalitz

moe dalitz

Morris Barney Dalitz (December 25, 1899 – August 31, 1989) — known as Moe Dalitz — was an American bootlegger, racketeer and casino owner who was one of the major figures who helped shape Las Vegas, Nevada in the 20th century. He was often referred to as “Mr. Las Vegas.”

Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Michigan, Dalitz worked in his family’s laundry business early on, but began his career in bootlegging when Prohibition began in 1919, and capitalized on his access to the laundry trucks in the family business. He ran a leading criminal organization of Jewish American gangsters called the Cleveland Syndicate known for their violence and criminal ways, with partners Louis “Lou Roddy” Rothkopf, Leo “Charles Polizzi” Berkowitz, Morris Kleinman and Sam Tucker all of whom operated primarily between Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan during the Prohibition era.While converting his profits into legitimate businesses, he also owned several illegal casinos in Cleveland.His investments in Las Vegas began in the late 1940s with the Desert Inn when the original builder of the resort, Wilbur Clark, ran out of money,

Moe Dalitz was also a longtime friend of Meyer Lansky, one of the main architects of modern organized crime. To the FBI, Dalitz played a vital role inside Lansky’s powerful organization which many believed stretched as far as Israel. Aside from Dalitz, The Lansky Group, as they were called included several other big names. Among those were Sam Cohen, Vincent “Jimmy Blue Eyes” Alo, Harry “Nig” Rosen (aka Harry Stromberg), Doc Stacher, Dino Cellini, Yiddy Bloom, Benjamin Siegel, John Pullman and actor, George Raft.


Monk Eastman


Edward “Monk” Eastman (1875 – December 26, 1920) was a New York City gangster who founded and led the Eastman Gang, which became one of the most powerful street gangs in New York City at the turn of the 19th/20th century.Eastman is considered to be one of the last of the 19th-century New York gangsters who preceded the rise of Arnold Rothstein and more sophisticated, organized criminal enterprises such as Cosa Nostra.

The  Eastman Gang, was the last of New York’s street gangs which dominated the city’s underworld during the late 1890s until early 1910s.  The  Eastman Gang,marked the beginning of a thirty to forty-year period of Jewish-American influence within organized crime in New York City.

After the United States entered World War I in 1917, the 42-year old Eastman decided to join the Army.After his discharge from the Army, Eastman quickly returned to a life of petty crime. On the morning of December 26, 1920, after a petty dispute a criminal associate Bohan quickly shot Eastman several times and killed him


Monya Elson


Monya Elson (May 23, 1951) is a Russian-American mobster who came to the US under the Jackson-Vanik Amendment in 1975.after the  involved in counterfeiting, drug trafficking and other criminal activities in the Russian-Jewish neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn as well as suspected of ordering the deaths of Elbrous Evdoev and members of the rival Vyacheslav Lyubarsky organization.

Monya Elson, native of the Jewish ghetto in Kishinev, Moldova,began his criminal career as a pickpocket, moved on to extortion. In the late 1970s, he immigrated to the United States under the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. After his arrival in the United States in 1978, Elson was among one of many Soviet Jews living in Brighton Beach during the early 1980s and 1990s. It was during this time that he expanded his racket into credit card scams because Americans did not carry cash.In another of his criminal rackets, together with mobbed up writer Yuri Brokhin, Elson would rob honest jewelers.

After the arrest and imprisonment of neighborhood boss Marat Balagula, Elson engaged in a shooting war with the organization led by Boris Nayfeld, who masterminded several attempts on Elson’s life.

One of Elson’s enemies, Alexander Slepinin, was found shot to death in his car on June 23, 1992.Fleeing the country after being indicted in 1995 for the murders of Slepinin and others, Elson was arrested in Fano, Italy and eventually extradited back to the United States where he was tried and convicted on three charges of murder.


John Factor


John Factor (October 8, 1892 – January 22, 1984), born Iakov Faktorowicz, was a Prohibition-era gangster and con artist affiliated with the Chicago Outfit.He later became a prominent businessman and Las Vegas casino proprietor, owner of the Stardust Resort and Casino. It is alleged that he ran the operation on behalf of the mob, with a lifetime take of $50–$200 million.His birth name is the Yiddish/Hebrew for Jacob (“Jake”), and like his more-famous older half-brother, Max Factor, he had trained at an early age in haircare; this led to his mob nickname, Jake the Barber.

He perpetrated a stock scam in 1926 England that netted $8 million, an incredible sum for the period. Some of his victims were English royalty. He fled to France, and executed another major scam, rigging the tables at the Monte Carlo casino, and breaking its bank. He then returned to the United States.In 1955, he took over the Stardust Hotel, though he was probably a figurehead for other Chicago mob figures, such as Paul Ricca, Tony Accardo, Murray Humpreys and Sam Giancana. He sold the hotel for $7 million in 1962 or 1963. He started becoming politically and philanthropically active, and was the largest donor to John Kennedy’s presidential campaign. In late 1962, after an investigation spearheaded by Robert Kennedy, Factor was scheduled to be deported, but received a presidential pardon.He lived his later years in Los Angeles, where he was a benefactor to the inner city.


Ludwig “Tarzan” Fainberg


Leonid “Tarzan” Fainberg also known as Ludwig Lyosha Fainberg (born March 1, 1958) is an Israeli mobster.Born in Odessa,Fainberg left the Soviet Union in the early 1980s for Israel, and moved to the United States following the fall of the Soviet Union. In the mid-1990s, Fainberg attempted to purchase a Soviet nuclear submarine for use in drug smuggling for a Colombian cocaine cartel. Fainberg lived in Miami between 1990 and 1997, when he was arrested and convicted of smuggling and racketeering. He spent thirty months in jail before his trial, and was deported to Israel after the conviction.[2] A year later Fainberg was living in Canada, working in the sex trade, but in January 2003 Canadian immigration authorities arrested him and deported him back to Israel. As of October 2012 he is in Panama, jailed and awaiting trial for pimping.

Continued in PART TWO

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  3. Joseph says:

    Your pictures for Hymie Abrams is not correct. That picture is is of an italian gangster from Revere. Your picture of Abe Bernstein is actually Al Capone. Please correct.

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