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 Jack Zelig

Jack Zelig

Original Name Selig Harry Lefkowitz
Birth
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 5 Oct 1912 (aged 24)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 4, Post 396, Row 3, Grave 4.
Memorial ID 21548 · View Source
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Organized Crime Figure. He was the leader of a band of Jewish gangsters in New York City, New York 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 Lieutenant Becker was arrested and charged with ordering Rosenthal's murder and put on trial with Zelig scheduled to testify against him. On October 5, 1912, the night before the trial was to begin Zelig was shot to death while riding on a Second Avenue trolley car in Manhattan. Becker was convicted of ordering Rosenthal's murder and sentenced to death. He was executed in Sing-Sing's electric chair.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 17 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21548
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack Zelig (13 May 1888–5 Oct 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21548, citing Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .