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John Jacob Factor
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1892, England
Death: Jan. 22, 1984
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Born: Iakow Factrowitz. Half brother of famed cosmetics founder Max Factor, he was born the youngest of ten children. Factor was taken to Lodz, Poland before he was a year old and lived there until he was eleven. In the early 1900's, the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri and later onto Chicago. In 1911 Factor married Bessie Schatz and they had a son they named Jerome Jerome grew up to work in the insurance business and settled in Chicago. Factor and Schatz were divorced in 1918 and he married Helen Stoddard in 1921 divorcing her in 1923. He then married Rella Cohen in 1925. During the 1920's, Factor, aka "Jake the Barber," went into business with gangsters Arnold Rothstein and Al Capone. He ran a stock scam in England and swindled nearly $8 million out of investors and members of the royal family. He also broke the bank at Monte Carlo by rigging the tables. Factor eventually wound up back in Chicago fighting extradition all the way to the United States Supreme Court, but his case was weak and deportation loomed on the horizon. In August of 1933, Factor paid off members of Roger Touhy's gang of mobsters to kidnap him and went on to collect $70,000 tax-free ransom for his own return. When Factor was returned, he named Roger Touhy as his abductor. Touhy went on trial in November of 1933 and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. In 1945 Factor found himself in prison for mail fraud, a sentence that kept him behind bars for ten years. Following his release he went on to run the Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the mob. On January 10, 1958, Moe Dalitz, Allard Roen and their Desert Inn associates took over the Stardust with the owner listed as Rella Factor, for $4.3 million. When Factor died in 1984, he was a multi-millionarie and his funeral was attended by the likes of Tom Bradley Los Angeles' Mayor and Edmund "Pat" Brown former Governor of California. 
 
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 Parents:
  Leah Dobretsky Factor (1851 - 1938)
 
 Spouse:
  Rella Cohen Factor (1904 - 1969)
 
 Sibling:
  Nathan Factor (1884 - 1947)*
  John Jacob Factor (1892 - 1984)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Beth Olam Mausoleum, S #103
 
Created by: TLS
Record added: Jul 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14830156
John Jacob Factor
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John Jacob Factor
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John Jacob Factor
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