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The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago's Jewish Gangsters

Joe Kraus


This book tells the fascinating story of Chicago’s Jewish gangsters from Prohibition into the 1980s. The book traces these gangsters through the lives, criminal careers, and conflicts of Benjamin “Zukie the Bookie” Zuckerman, last of the independent West Side Jewish bosses, and Lenny Patrick, eventual head of the Syndicate’s “Jewish wing.” These two men linked the early Jewish gangsters of the neighborhoods of Maxwell Street and Lawndale to the notorious Chicago Outfit that emerged from Al Capone’s criminal confederation. Focusing on the murder of Zuckerman by Patrick, the book introduces us t ... More

Keywords: Chicago, Jewish gangsters, Jewish boss, Chicago Outfit, organized crime, political corruption, mob rule, Benjamin Zuckerman, Lenny Patrick

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747311
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Kraus, author
University of Scranton