by Jon Blackwell

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October 23

November 1st, 2007 · 384 Comments


On Oct. 23, 1935, Arthur Flegenheimer — better known as Dutch Schultz, gang kingpin of the New York policy racket — was rubbed out along with three of his henchman at the Palace Chop House in Newark.

The erratic Dutchman brought on his own demise with his plan to assassinate prosecutor Thomas Dewey, a move the rest of the crime syndicate feared would bring undue heat upon themselves. To protect themselves, the mob whacked Schultz instead.

Schultz died at Newark City Hospital 22 hours after being shot. Among his last words, spoken in delirium to a police stenographer: “Oh, oh, dog biscuit, and when he is happy he doesn’t get snappy!”

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