This day in Jewish history / Murderer and racketeer Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter gets the chair
Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter was a key figure in two criminal organizations, the National Crime Syndicate and Murder Incorporated.
On March 4, 1944, murderer and racketeer Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Prison, in Ossining, New York. It was a Saturday, and the Jewish chaplain at the penitentiary, Rabbi Jacob Katz, requested that the electrocution be postponed for a day, as the Sabbath was a busy day for him. According to the next day’s Daily News, however, “His appeal failed to move the Governor,” Thomas...
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