Serving as the official hit squad for the early-era Italian mafia in New York City during the 1930s, Murder, Incorporated was made up of mainly Jewish gangsters and could morbidly boast a body count reaching well into the triple figures in a little over a decade of gangland prominence. With affairs in the mob enforcement wing overseen by the diminutive, but historically-lethal Louis (Lepke) Buchalter and reporting directly to “The Commission” of the notorious Five Families and legendary Jewish crime lord Meyer Lansky, the trigger-happy unit of eager thugs and sociopathic sycophants wreaked havoc on the east coast and eventually each other, cementing a legacy of viciousness and volatility unrivaled in American underworld circles.

The Murder Inc. Murder Timeline (1930-1951): Greatest Hits Version

June 12, 1930 – David (Frisco) Gordon

August 6, 1930 – New York State Supreme Court Judge Joe Crater

April 15, 1931 – Joseph (Joe the Boss) Masseria

July 11, 1931 – Irv Shapiro

July 31, 1931 – Guido Ferrari

September 16, 1931 – Joey Silvers

September 17, 1931 – Meyer Shapiro

December 31, 1931 – Louis (Crooked Neck Louie) Levine

*The first significant Murder, Inc. lieutenant to be slain by his fellow Murder, Inc. members

May 22, 1932 – Leon Goldstein

May 26, 1932 – Walter Schwall

September 13, 1932 – Jack Painter

October 27, 1932 – Sam Medell

November 20, 1932 – Frank Fabrizzio

*Killed in a brewing beef between Murder, Inc. and Jewish gangster Irving (Waxey Gordon) Wexler

March 19, 1933 – Joe Calligari and Frank Russo

March 25, 1933 – Elmer Johnson

April 10, 1933 – Max Hassel & Max Greenberg

*Waxey Gordon’s bodyguards are both killed in an attempt on Gordon’s life.

June 2, 1933 – Abe Durst

*Waxey Gordon’s driver is found in the trunk of his car in the Bronx

June 4, 1933 – William (Big Bill) Oppenheim

*Waxey Gordon’s bodyguard is killed entering his apartment building in Patterson, NJ

June 25, 1933 – Joey Kennedy

July 2, 1933 – Murray Marks

*Another casaulty of the Gordon-Murder, Inc. feud

November 20, 1933 – Alan (Al Silver) Silverman

November 25, 1933 – Alex (Red) Alpert

December 5, 1933 – Frank (Skinny Frankie) Partuese & Frank (Frankie Black) Stillo

July 20, 1934 – Willie Shapiro

October 18, 1934 – Joe (Fatty) Cooperman

March 3, 1935 – John (Spider) Murtha

September 15, 1935 – Abe Meers & Irv Amron

May 7, 1935 – Orlando (Duke) Minichelli

August 21, 1935 –Ben Holinsky & Frank Holak

*Pair of independent gangsters killed for running a kidnapping racket targeting associates of Meyer Lansky and his partners, Italian mob don Charles (Lucky) Luciano and fellow fabled Jewish racketeer Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel

September 30, 1935 – Joe Amberg and his driver Morris (Manny) Kessler

*Murder, Inc. hit men

October 11, 1935 – Frank (Little Frankie) Teitlebaum

*Murder, Inc. hit man

October 23, 1935 – Louis (Pretty Louie) Amberg

*Murder, Inc. hit man

October 24, 1935 – Dutch Schultz, Otto (Abbadabba) Berman, Bernard (Lulu) Rosencrantz & Abe (Abie the Accountant) Landau

*Iconic Jewish crime lord Schultz, his top advisors Berman and Landau and his bodyguard are gunned down at The Palace Chop House in New Jersey

August 5, 1936 – Irving (Charlie the Chink) Sherman

September 13, 1936 – Joseph (Joe Candy) Rosen

*Murder, Inc. hit man

October 18, 1936 – August Justriano

September 26, 1936 – Irv Askenaz

*Askenaz was Murder Inc’s No. 1 getaway driver

May 25, 1937 – George (Whitey) Rudnick

July 16, 1937 – Sam Silverman

July 31, 1937 – Walter Sage

November 24, 1937 – Harry Millman

*Detroit wiseguy and Purple Gang leader murdered for butting heads with his counterparts in the Motor City’s Italian mafia

August 21, 1938 – Herman (Little Greenie) Yuran & Solomon Goldstein

*Murder, Inc. hit men

November 10, 1938 – Married couple Leon & Rachel Scharf

March 21, 1938 – Maurice (Frenchy) Carillet

January 19, 1939 – Albert (Al the Plug) Shuman

*Murder, Inc. hit man

January 28, 1939 – Louie Cohen & his brother-in-law Isadore (Whitey) Friedman

February 6, 1939 – Cesare Lattaro & Antonio Siciliano

February 9, 1939 – Felice Esposito

May 10, 1939 – Sam (Tootsie) Feinstein

May 19, 1939 – Morris (Mershie) Diamond

July 14, 1939 – Pete Panto

July 28, 1939 – Irv Penn

August 10, 1939 – Yoeli Miller

August 23, 1939 – Hyman (Little Curly) Holtz

*Murder, Inc. hit man

September 4, 1939 – Irving (Puggy) Feinstein

*Murder, Inc. hit man

October 16, 1939 – Harry Schober

October 17, 1939 – Rube Smith

November 22, 1939 – Harry (Big Greenie) Greenberg

*Murder, Inc. hit man and Bugsy Siegel’s close childhood friend

December 14, 1939 – Mike Spataro

May 14, 1940 – James (Dizzy) Ferracco

*Murder, Inc. hit man

February 6, 1941 – Benjamin (Bennie the Boss) Tannenbaum

*Murder, Inc. numbers whiz

June 12, 1941 – Murder, Inc. hit men Harry (Pittsburgh Phil) Strauss & Martin (Bugsy) Goldstein die in the electric chair

July 30, 1941 – Walter (Whitey) Krakow

Bugsy Siegel’s brother-in-law

November 12, 1941 – Famous Murder, Inc. turncoat Abe (Kid Twist) Reles dies suspiciously when he either falls or is thrown out of a window in his police-guarded hotel room

February 19, 1942 – Murder, Inc. hit men Harry (Happy) Maione & Frank (Dasher) Abbadando die in the electric chair

April 11, 1942 – Anthony (Tony Romero) Romanello

*Murder, Inc. hit man

August 3, 1942 – Morris (Morrie Dimples) Wolinsky & Bobby Greene

March 4, 1944 – Murder, Inc. leaders Louis (Lepke) Buchalter, Emmanuel (Mendy) Weiss & Louis (Brownsville Lou) Capone die in the electric chair

June 20, 1944 – Jack (The Ox) Finkel

November 4, 1944 – Enrique Diarte

*Bugsy Siegel’s partner in a drug racket is killed in Tijuana, Mexico

June 20, 1946 – Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel

*The historic Jewish mob figure is murdered in Beverly Hills, California after angering his partners in the mob with dealings in getting the Las Vegas hotel and casino industry off the ground and his girlfriend’s sticky fingers

September 15, 1949 – Philip (Little Farvel) Cohen

*One of Murder, Inc.’s most accomplished assassins and top narcotics peddlers

March 7, 1951 – Anthony (Dukie) Maffetore

*Murder, Inc. hit man and the last body to drop of the group’s core members

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