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Louis "Lepke" Buchalter

First and only mob boss to be executed.

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Only Mob Boss to Be Executed

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Louis "Lepke" Buchalter (Feb. 6, 1897 to March 4, 1944) became the administrative head of "Murder, Incorporated" a group formed to carry out murders for the Mafia. In March of 1940, he was sentenced to a term of 30 years to life for racketeering. He was sent to Leavenworth Penitentiary in April 1940, but was later sentenced to death after Murder Inc. killer Abe "Kid Twist" Reles cooperated with prosecutors in convicting Lepke of murder.

He died in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison on March 4, 1944.

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