Probably no gangster in U.S. history had a worse week than Waxey Gordon did and lived to tell about it.
On Dec. 1, 1933, a federal jury found the Paterson-based bootlegging baron guilty of tax evasion — the second big mobster to be found guilty of that offense after Al Capone.
On Dec. 5, Prohibition was repealed — the end of the golden era for organized crime,
The same day, Waxey’s son, Theodore — the white sheep of the family, then attending medical school — was killed in a car accident.
On Dec. 6, Gordon was sentenced to seven years in prison.