Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Twas eighty-one years ago this night that Messrs. Little Augie Orgen and Jack Diamond were walking together on the lower East Side. Diamond was a bootlegger, drug dealer and loft thief. The former a labor racketeer. They became pals and let each other in on their crimes. Orgen gave Diamond a labor contract which caused strife within his own gang. His two lieutenants , Lepke Buchalter and Gurrah Shapiro, decided that they should be running the show so a sedan containing gunmen drifting through the street until sighting Orgen and Diamond. It slowed down behind them and the guns stepped out and made their ways up behind the duo. One placed his gun behind Orgen's head and pulled the trigger, the gangleader's hat was blown three feet into the air while its owner was blown into oblivion. Diamond turned and was shot in the stomach lest he try to intervene in any way.