“Hooray for me!”


“ROCCO’S BOOGIE WOOGIE”; Maurice Rocco And His Rockin’ Rhythm; Maurice Rocco; Decca (8523 A); Publication date: September 27, 1940

TWO IN MURDER RING
SENTENCED TO DIE

Goldstein Launches a Tirade
at Judge, but Strauss
Stares Vacantly

CALLS ACCUSERS ‘RATS’

Leaders of Gang, Liked to 83
Slayings, Hear Week of
Nov. 4 Set for Doom

The New York Times, September 27, 1940


“TONKY BLUES”; Maurice Rocco And His Rockin’ Rhythm; Maurice Rocco; Decca (8523 B); Publication date: September 27, 1940

Harry (Pittsburgh Phil) Strauss and Martin (Buggsy) Goldstein, leaders of the Brooklyn murder syndicate that has been accused of committing eighty-three underworld slayings, were sentenced yesterday by Kings County Judge John J. Fitzgerald to die in the electric chair in Sing Sing Prison during the week of Nov. 4…

…”The first thing I want to do is to thank the court for the lovely charge that is sending us to death. I can only hope that same thing for you and your family…

The New York Times, September 27, 1940


“ROCCO BLUES”; Maurice Rocco And His Rockin’ Rhythm; Maurice Rocco; Decca (8504 B); Publication date: September 27, 1940

Snarls Out His Phrases

…”That’s it. Let it go at that. If you can’t go to your death in a nice way, you might as well go in a bad way. I’m willing ti die like a man. I was found guilty on a perjured evidence. I’ll die like a man. Go ahead”….

“In the electric chair. I know all about it. In the electric chair. Hooray for me! I’ll be better off than the lot of you.”…

“Make it tomorrow. It’s all right by me. I’d be better satisfied.

The New York Times, September 27, 1940


“RHUMBOOGIE”; Maurice Rocco And His Rockin’ Rhythm; Maurice Rocco; Don Raye; Hughie Prince; Decca (8504 A); Publication date: September 27, 1940

Maledictions on Judge

…The two men were convicted on Sept. 19 by a blue-ribbon jury of strangling and attempting to cremate Irving (Puggy) Feinstein, a smalltime bookmaker, whose death was “contracted for” by Albert Anastasia, fugitive leader of the Brooklyn waterfront rackets.

The New York Times, September 27, 1940

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