Today marks the 80th anniversary of New York City hoodlum Robert Weiner taking his final bow on the Gangster City stage.
Weiner first came to attention in
1926 when he was arrested for his participation in the botched Tombs breakout by
his pal Hyman Amberg and the latter’s associates Robert Berg and Mike McKenna which resulted in the death of the warden and all three escapees.
After being interrogated by Sgt. Rubberhose and Lt. Blackjack he signed a
confession stating that he supplied the guns used in the deadly break out.
spent thirteen months on death row because of the confession but was
subsequently released after a retrial. At the very least it seems that he was
going to act as getaway driver for the escapees.
In December of 1928
Weiner was arrested with three other bandits during an attempted safe blowing.
Since they were picked up before they actually got into the safe they only
received two years for having guns.
Weiner next shows up in custody in
1932 for his part in trying to organize a pharmacy racket. Nothing came of it.
The Weinster managed to stay out of sight until April 20, 1935 when he was
taking part in a supposed drug deal. Something went awry and Weiner pulled his
gun and fired two shots into another guy’s throat. Some one else pulled
out his roscoe and sent a .38 caliber telegram into Weiner’s windpipe which led to his demise three days later.