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 Willie Shapiro

Willie Shapiro

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 20 Jul 1934 (aged 22–23)
Canarsie, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Glendale, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot Lyssianker Society, Block K, Ref. Gate 2
Memorial ID 19632 · View Source
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The Shapiro brothers (Meyer, Irving and Willie) ran a gang of Jewish mobsters that operated out of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY. Their criminal activities centered around loansharking, slot machines, dice games, and extortion of shop-keepers. The Shapiro brothers came into conflict with other gangs in Brooklyn such as the Amberg brothers and the Reles gang. One by one, the Shapiro brothers were murdered by the other gangs. Willie Shapiro was murdered by members of the Reles gang on the night of July 20, 1934. Willie was taken to the marshes in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, tied up and buried alive in a hole dug in a sandpit. A man witnessed the gang filling in the hole, and after they left, he unearthed the hole and discovered Shapiro but he was already dead.

Bio by: Bill Heneage


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  • Added: 19 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19632
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Willie Shapiro (1911–20 Jul 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19632, citing Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .