Skip to comments.RELES IS TELLING STORY OF MURDERS DONE BY HIS GANG (3/24/40)
Posted on 03/24/2010 4:58:45 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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French and German patrols active
Sunday, March 24, 1940 www.onwar.com
On the Western Front... There are reports of French and German patrols being active long the lines.
March 24th, 1940
UNITED KINGDOM: NORTH SEA: A British submarine sinks the German cargo ship Hugo Stinnes IV off the Danish Coast.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Day 206 March 24, 1940
Following the Finnish capitulation, the Allies lose focus on Scandinavia and their plans diverge. The British attend to shoring up their air defenses following the bombing of Scapa Flow on March 16. Paul Reynauds new French government considers anything that will not involve fighting on French soil, including submarine attacks on Soviet shipping in the Black Sea or bombing Soviet oilfields at Baku on the Caspian Sea to deprive USSR and Germany of oil.
A torpedo accidentally explodes as French destroyer La Railleuse is leaving port in Casablanca. La Railleuse is destroyed and 28 crewmen are killed with 24 wounded.
Thanks for the 70 year-old crime beat. Having been a prosecutor for 18 years and now doing defense work, I like reading the old crime stories. Thanks for the change of pace today.
Reles was a thug, and a low-level one at that. Meyer Lansky would never go to Temple with him. The popular image of the “gangster” of this era is of a person of Italian extraction wearing suits with loud pin-striping, but the “Jewish Mafia” was always part of the game, from all the way at th top like Lansky who ran the high-level operations such as the docks, casinos, etc.... It went all the way down to the low-level fish-market stuff with losers like Reles. I’m sure there was a “cut” for Luciano and Lansky in Reles’ business, and Reles would sometimes be tapped for “jobs.” Thug and criminal as he was, Reles was still a punk.
Here in Indianapolis we had our own Jewish Mafia run by “Tuffy” Mitchell. Tuffy ran most of the “pea shake” houses down in the black part of town. Tuffy’s nephew was one of my best friends in high school. I always wondered what his dad (Tuffy’s brother) did, but his dad went nuts if I ever went near his “office” in the home. Ahhh...maybe it was just concern about the “office in the home” for tax reasons....
Detroit had its Jewish Mafia too, run by Abe Berstein.
At its peak the Purple Gang was believed responsible for 500 homocides in one year alone.
Bernstein, the chief supplier of Canadian whiskey to Al Capone, is suspected to have been involved in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
That was back in the days when cops did real police work.
“Reles described as vicious thug”
This particular report is amazing.
People just don’t write like that anymore.
Homicide 4/10/34 - indicted, murder first degree, dismissed, Judge Martin
Vagrancy 11/9/36 Discharged Magistrate Rudich
Vagrancy 8/25/37 Discharged Magistrate Solomon
Assault 4/1`/39 Discharged Magistrate Troy
Vagrancy 1/20/40 Pending
Vagrancy 1/?9/40 Pending
Murder 1/2/40 Pending
Interesting they listed the judges and magistrates and what is with all the vagrancy charges?
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Oh man. I stared at your post for a while, blinking in confusion. When understanding dawned it was LOL.
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Reles and Maione and the Brownsville crew were paid a retainer, and so much per contract. Carrying out murders was their primary activity in the Luciano organized world of crime. Additionally, they got the rackets in Brownsville/ East New York.
They killed people all over the country. Contracts were issued by the commission [in New york that meant, primarily, Lucky Luciano and Lepke Buckhalter] Murder Inc.s liaison was Albert Anastasia. Reles was in on some 26 murders.
As Jewish mobsters went they were minor league. Top dogs included the Purple Gang in Detroit, the Mayfield Road Gang in K.C, Longy Zwillman in Jersey, Meyer Lansky [and Bugsy Siegel] in N.Y, and Dutch Schultz.
“Kid Twist” Reles- the Canary that couldn’t fly.