Murder, Inc.

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Murder, Inc. (Murder, Incorporated), was an organized crime group, active from 1929 to 1941, that acted as the enforcement arm of the National Crime Syndicate  a closely connected criminal organization that included the Italian-American Mafia, the Jewish Mob, and other criminal organizations in New York City and elsewhere.[1] Murder, Inc., was composed of Jewish and Italian-American gangsters, and members were mainly recruited from poor and working-class Jewish and Italian neighborhoods in Manhattan (primarily the Lower East Side) and Brooklyn (primarily the neighborhoods of Brownsville, East New York, and Ocean Hill). It was initially headed by Louis "Lepke" Buchalter and later by Albert "The Mad Hatter" Anastasia.

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Murder, Inc.
Founding locationNew York City, New York, United States
Years active1929–1941
TerritoryUnited States
EthnicityItalian Americans
Jewish Americans
Criminal activitiesMurder, illegal gambling, prostitution, theft, money laundering, arms trafficking, fraud, fencing, kidnapping, robbery

Murder, Inc., was believed to be responsible for between 400 and 1,000 contract killings,[2] until the group was exposed in 1941 by former group member Abe "Kid Twist" Reles. In the trials that followed, many members were convicted and executed, and Abe Reles himself died after suspiciously falling from a window. Thomas E. Dewey first came to prominence as a prosecutor of Murder, Inc., and other organized crime cases, before being elected to become the 47th governor of New York.[3]