Julius W. “Nicky” Arnstein

Julius W. “Nicky” Arnstein

Berlin, Germany
Death 2 Oct 1965 (aged 86)
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 40029578 · View Source
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"Julius 'Nicky' W. Arnstein was an American businessman, professional gambler, and con artist. Among his aliases were Nick Arnold, Nicholas Arnold, Julius Arnold, Wallace Ames, John Adams, and J. Willard Adair. He was best known as the second husband of Fanny Brice.

Arnstein's father, Berlin-born Moses Arndstein, fought in the Franco-Prussian War. Even though his father was Jewish, he and his wife Thekla Van Shaw, of Dutch extraction, raised their children in the Episcopal Church. First settling in New Jersey, the couple had two other children besides middle-child Nicky; son Louis (born 1877), and daughter Gesina (born 1883.)

"Nicky" was short for nickel plate, a sobriquet bestowed in the 1890s when as a boy, Arnstein rode a gleaming nickel-plated bicycle in the then-popular bike racing craze. However, he spent more time throwing races than winning them. He graduated to gambling on transatlantic liners and in European casinos, and eventually fell in with Arnold Rothstein, a loan shark, bookmaker, fence of property stolen by others, Wall Street swindler, real estate speculator, and labor racketeer who was best known for fixing the 1919 World Series.

In 1915, Arnstein was convicted of swindling, and the following year he entered Sing Sing to serve out his term. Brice visited him every week while he was there, and in 1918 Arnstein's wife Carrie sued her for alienation of his affection. She subsequently divorced him, leaving him free to marry Brice."

Eventually, Nicky Arnstein was convicted of conspiracy to carry stolen securities into the District of Columbia. In May 1924, Arnstein entered Leavenworth prison. He stayed there for three years.

Fanny was heartsick. And soon after he was released from prison, she divorced him. She went on to marry songwriter and stage producer Billy Rose.

www.gilmore-ism.com by Tim King

July 11, 1924
"Counsel for Jules W. (Nicky) Arnstein, a Federal prisoner at Leavenworth sought before General Sessions Judge Koenig today for the dismissal of two indicements charging Armstein with having received part of $5,000,000 worth of securities stolen by messengers of Wall Street brokers nearly 5 years ago. The court referred the case to Judge McIntyre for a ruling.

In 1922, two years after the indicements were returned, Judge Koenig announced he would at that time entertain a motion to dismiss the indicements unless the state took steps within 60 days to prosecute. Arnstein disappeared when the indicements orginally were returned."
Article contributed by Penny Beaman


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