Machine Guns Mow Down Schultz

"Dutch Schultz was shot twice in the stomach in a Newark café

last night. Three of his henchmen also were shot. Schultz and his companions were all wounded critically. Machine guns mowed them down."

- Daily News, Thursday, October 24, 1935

Dutch Schultz was born Arthur Flegenheimer at the turn of the century in the Bronx. He went on to become the king of beer there during Prohibition. He also ran the numbers rackets. Dutch was never shy about letting his rivals know what he thought with a bullet. Unfortunately for him, he became known as a loose canon in the underworld, not to be trusted. In 1935, the national crime syndicate decided he would have to go.

Murder, Inc. found him in a restaurant in Newark, NJ. He was on his way out of the bathroom when the shooting started. Three of Schultz's henchmen were killed in the initial blasts and Schultz himself was shot while coming out of the can. He died two days later.

The Syndicate declared Dutch Schultz should die for his crimes against the mob. Among them were threatening to kill Thomas E. Dewey, federal prosecutor and later governor of New York, which the Mafia feared would draw unwanted attention to their organization. Schultz was also in trouble because he was trying to muscle in on territory outside of his own backyard. Finally, he was considered a loose cannon in what was fast becoming an organized, national entity.

Schultz wouldn't have been left on the streets for long anyway. Federal prosecutors were closing in on him for income tax evasion and the Dutchman's powers were no longer at their height. "The mob tried its best to bribe Schultz free. But not a single official would touch their money or consider winking at the law. So Schultz, the cops were told, demanded his money back. The mob refused to give it to him - having already spent some of it. Schultz brought heavy pressure to bear. It was too heavy, police concluded. His former allies, irritated and alarmed, determined to strike first. Last night's shooting, so police believed, was the result."

- Daily News, Thursday, October 24, 1935

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