The Life And Times of LEPKE BUCHALTER (now in paperback):

America’s Most Ruthless Labor Racketeer
by Paul R. Kavieff

February 2015 | $16.95 | Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-56980-517-6

Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, the only organized crime boss to be executed in the United States was one of the most important figures in the history of organized crime. At the height of his power, as a labor racketeer, he controlled New York City’s Lower East Side garment, banking and flour trucking industries.

Lepke was the overseer of the notorious killing-on-assignment machine known as “Murder Inc.” His annual income was well into the millions and his penchant for murder was notorious. 

Impeccably researched by organized crime historian, Paul R. Kavieff, this book traces Lepke’s story from childhood, through his incredibly sophisticated rackets, to his ultimate conviction and execution. All the names, dates and brutal murders are described in this unique history of labor unrest in turn-of-the-century New York.

Paul R. Kavieff

Paul R. Kavieff is the author of two of Barricade’s best-selling regional mafia books The Purple Gang (1569801479) and The Violent Years (1569802106). He lives in Huntington Woods, MI.