There is something intriguing about the ways of a criminal !!!
Waxey Gordon was one of the richest, most powerful gangsters in New York City in the 1920’s. But after he was set up by his enemies for a fall, he was reduced to selling junk on the streets, like a common two-bit criminal.
Waxey Gorden was born Irving Wexler in 1889, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to Polish/Jewish parents. Not having great fondness for the New York City school system, he took to the streets and became the best pickpocket on the Lower East Side. Wexler was so good at his trade, he took the nickname “Waxey,” because he was so “light fingered,” he could pick someone’s wallet, like his fingers and the wallet were coated with wax. Waxey Gorden sounded better than Waxey Wexler, so Waxey Gordon it was, from that point on.
Gordon did what most tough Jewish criminals did in those days. He got involved…
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