“Murder, Inc.” A tale worth exploring….or else!

Posted by on May 10, 2008

Everybody loves a good crime story!  I remember that the “True Crime” section of the library where I used to work was always the busiest!  With that in mind, today, I’ll share the tale that’s come to be known as:

Murder, Inc.

“…What’s the use killing me here? he said softly to Jake….”


Known in other locations as the “Brownsville Boys” or “The Syndicate”, Murder, Inc. was the name given to the group of “hitmen” by the newspapers in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Traveling over the United States as well as other places, this loosely organized group was responsible for much of the murder taking place to enforce organized crime and the “rackets”.


In the picture above, we see one of the reported figures in the group, Louis Capone

Another reported leader in the gang was Abner Zwillman. Known as the “Al Capone of New Jersey”, he had a hand even in trying to help find the Lindbergh baby.  Below, we see a portion of his FBI file on that topic:


I’ve assembled a few links to investigate!  If you like crime and the fact that long ago was not as innocent as everyone likes to remember, then take a few minutes and learn about this facinating story!

Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!


Crime Library: Murder, Inc.

FBI FOIA: Zwillman (pdf)

Murder, Inc. (Wikipedia)

Lucky Lindy and the Kidnapping and Spy Mission? (My old blog)


(1) Murder, Inc. : The Story of the Syndicate

(2) LOC: Prints & Photographs Division: New York World-Telegram

(3) FBI FOIA: Zwillman (pdf)

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