The Execution of Officer Becker: The Murder of a Gambler, the Trial of a Cop, and the Birth of Organized Crime

The Execution of Officer Becker: The Murder of a Gambler, the Trial of a Cop, and the Birth of Organized Crime

by Stanley Cohen
     
 

A small-time gambler shot dead in the heart of Times Square. Gangland gunmen and conspirators running for cover. A cop on the take charged with murder and facing execution. New York in 1912, a city in transformation. Award-winning journalist and author Stanley Cohen has re-created the infamous Becker-Rosenthal affair in a book that reads like a historical Law &

Overview

A small-time gambler shot dead in the heart of Times Square. Gangland gunmen and conspirators running for cover. A cop on the take charged with murder and facing execution. New York in 1912, a city in transformation. Award-winning journalist and author Stanley Cohen has re-created the infamous Becker-Rosenthal affair in a book that reads like a historical Law & Order. Lieutenant Charles Becker was convicted of orchestrating the slaying of Herman "Beansie" Rosenthal after Beansie had exposed the officer as the centerpiece of "The System" — the Big Apple's network of police graft and political corruption. The case was front-page news in New York City for three years until Officer Becker was sent to Sing Sing's electric chair, and its effects were felt in city hall, the state capital, and throughout the nation. The old System was dismantled, and criminal geniuses like Arnold Rothstein filled the void and created organized crime as we know it today. Yet, nearly a century later, there is still good reason to believe that Becker, while clearly a dirty cop, may have had nothing to do with the murder of Rosenthal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786720309
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Cohen, a veteran award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist, is the author of The Wrong Men, The Man in the Crowd, A Magic Summer: The '69 Mets, and The Game They Played, a Sports Illustrated Top 100 Sports Book of All Time. He lives in Tomkins Cove, New York.

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