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Big Jack Zelig
Original name: Selig Harry Lefkowitz
Birth: May 13, 1888
Death: Oct. 5, 1912

Zelig was the leader of a band of Jewish gangsters in New York City in the early 1900s. ╩Early in 1912, the Zelig gang was hired by corrupt New York City Police Lieutenant Charles Becker who ran a protection racket for the New York gangs to kill another Manhattan gangster named Herman (Beansie) Rosenthal whom Becker thought was an informant. ╩Rosenthal was shot to death on a Manhattan Street on July 16,1912 by four of Big Jack's men. Police lieut. Becker was arrested and charged with ordering Rosenthal's murder and put on trial with Zelig scheduled to testify against him. On Oct. 5,1912, the night before the trial was to begin Big Jack Zelig was shot to death while riding on a Second Ave. trolley car in Manhattan. Police Lieut. Becker was convicted of ordering Rosenthal's murder and sentenced to death. He was executed in Sing-Sing's electric chair. 
 
Burial:
Washington Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Section 4, Post 396, Row 3, Grave 4.
 
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Record added: Apr 17, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 21548
Big Jack Zelig
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Big Jack Zelig
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Big Jack Zelig
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