In the summer of 1935 Joey Amberg, a semi-big racketeering feller in Brooklyn, decided that a hoodlum named Hy Kasner had to be killed, so together with two henchmen named Jack Elliot and Frankie Teitlebaum they set out to get Kasner. The latter was snatched, killed, stuffed in a sack and dropped into a sewer. Business as usual in Brownsville back in the 1930's.
Amberg was hoping that the sack would be washed out to sea and Hy's disappearance would be but a mystery, but unfortunately for Amberg
it popped up near shore and what was left of Hy was fished out. Soon
the names of Kasner’s killers traveled the underworld grapevine.
Problematic for Amberg
was that Kasner was an associate of both Albert Anastasia and Louis
Capone the director and assistant director of Murder Inc and, to
paraphrase Bumpy Johnson from the film Cotton Club, "If you have Murder
Inc. on your ass, you truly have somebody on your ass."*
A Syndicate hearing was called. Anastasia and Capone argued that Amberg
and his murdering cohorts should themselves be put on the spot for
taking syndicate law into their own hands by killing Kasner without mob
approval while Joe Adonis and Bugsy Siegel argued for Amberg’s clemency.
Adonis and Siegel were overruled and a contract was put out on Joey A. Chosen for the job was “Happy” Maione, Phil Mangano,(brother of Vincent Mangano the patriarch of the Mangano crime family) and another man known as “Red” Pulvino.
The location chosen for the hit was the Brownsville garage, which was
partially owned by “Pittsburgh Phil” Strauss, where Joey Amberg parked his car.
On this day in 1935 Amberg’s sedan, chauffeured by Morris Kessler,
pulled into the garage and as the men were stepping out, the killers,
two dressed in khaki overalls and the third dressed in blue overalls,
ran up with guns drawn and forced them to line up against the wall. As Amberg turned to face the wall he saw Maione’s face and began to say, “It’s - -” but before he could get anything else out he and Kessler were cut down by a blast from a shotgun. Once Amberg and Kessler
were on the ground one of the killers ran up and shot each man in the
head with a pistol. Justice, Murder Inc. style, had been served
*Johnson was actually referring to Owney Madden in the film. But you already knew that.