ABOUT DUTCH SCHULTZ
- GANGSTER -
Welcome to some interesting facts about another infamous gangster.
Another one of Rothstein’s followers and also one of the competitors targeted by Luciano, Dutch Schultz came from modest beginnings and shot through the gang ranks like a bullet. Literally, in certain cases. Born Arthur Simon Flegenheimer to German Jewish immigrants in 1900, a 13-year-old Arthur left school to support his family after his father abandoned them.
Though he didn’t have quite the passion for gambling that Rothstein and
Luciano did, he had a passion for money and knew that there was a lot of it in
the gambling trade. Schultz's criminal career began with burglaries and robbed
craps games, and after fleeing from the law, he found a new path to wealth
during Prohibition. Working alongside notorious bootleggers, he became
well-known for his uncontrolled temper and brutality.
While Luciano targeted competitors, Schultz was an emotional gangster who considered every murder he committed an act of retaliation. When Prohibition ended, Schultz switched games and joined the numbers game, an illegal gambling racket. It awarded him a pretty million dollars a month, affording him the perfect tax-free income. In 1935, when a tax evasion case began to cut into his expensive tastes, Schultz murdered the lead prosecutor, against the wishes of the National Crime Syndicate. Lucky Luciano took this opportunity to take out Schultz with the blessings of other fellow mobsters.
Clancy's comment: Ah ... he was killed by his 'colleagues'.