- 1940 in organized crime
James J. Hines, the leader of Tammany Hall, the New York City Democratic organization, goes to prison for arranging political protection for Dutch Schultz's policy and numbers rackets in Harlem, New York.
Brooklynmobster Seymour "Blue Jaw" Magoon agrees to become a government informant and provides information on the Murder, Inc.organization.
*After a failed attempt on his life, New Jersey racketeer
Max Rubinagrees to cooperate with law enforcement.
*Brooklyn racketeer James "Dizzy" Feraco is murdered by rival gunmen.
February 2- Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, a member of Murder, Inc., is arrested. District Attorney William O'Dwyercharges Reles with robbery, assault, possession of narcotics, burglary, disorderly conduct, and eight charges of murder. In exchange for a reduced sentence, Reles would agree to testify against the members of Murder, Inc., and provides information on the National Crime Syndicate. Phil and Martin Goldstein, Emmanuel Weiss, and Murder Inc. leader Louis "Lepke" Buchalter are some of the mobsters who would be convicted by Reles' testimony.
George Scalise, New York labor racketeer and president of the " Building Service and Employee's International Union of New York", is indicted for extortion.
May 23- Murder, Inc. members Harry Maioneand Frank Abbandando, based on the testimony of Abe Reles, are convicted of the 1937 murder of Brooklyn loan shark George "Whitey" Rudnick. While the decision would be overturned on appeal, a second trial would find them guilty and result in death sentences for both men.
July 31- Whitey Krakower, a government informant, is murdered by New York mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.
Arts and literature
*"Black Friday" (film) [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032258/] starring
Boris Karloffand Bela Lugosi.
Brother Orchid" (film) [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032285/] starring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogartand Ralph Bellamy.
Castle on the Hudson" (film) [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032315/] starring John Garfieldand Pat O'Brien.
It All Came True" (film) [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032643/] starring Humphrey Bogart.
*"Johnny Apollo" (film) [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032651/] starring
Tyrone Power, Edward Arnold, Lloyd Nolanand Lionel Atwill.
Queen of the Mob" (film) [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032958/] starring Ralph Bellamyand Jack Carson.
March 23- Thomas Bilotti, Gambino crime familyunderboss
Alphonso Sgroia"The Butcher", New York mobster
September 7- Roy DeMeo, former Gambino Family soldier
October 27- John Gotti, Gambino crime familyleader
December 29- Charles Majuri, DeCavalcante crime familymember
James Feraco"Dizzy", New York (Brooklyn) racketeer
July 10- Fred Burkeaka Frederick Dane "Killer", Member of Egan's Ratsand freelance syndicate hitman
July 31- Whitey Krakower, government informant
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