U.S. At War: Waiting for Lepke

Two years ago the State of New York stood ready to execute a hammered-down, jug-eared little blackmailer, labor racketeer and murderer called Lepke (Yiddish affectionate variant of Louis) Buchalter.

But Lepke was safely locked up in Manhattan's Federal House of Detention on a 14-year dope-peddling sentence. Last week he was still there, alive & well. Still alive also were two Lepke triggermen named Capone (no kin to Al) and Weiss, who were scheduled to die with him. Waiting for Lepke, his henchmen have languished in Sing Sing's death house since December 1941.

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