The Devil’s Work: Marijuana in the 20’s and 30’s – Part 2


The Green Pulpit

Mr. Arnold

Arnold Rothstein - The original Mr. Big Arnold Rothstein – The Original Mr. Big

Arnold Rothstein was the Boss of All Bosses, literally the founder of American organized crime and one of the greatest criminal masterminds to have ever lived. Rothstein was born in 1882, the son of a wealthy Jewish immigrant racketeer and was known to be a natural at probability, mathematics, and was well read on matters of business. Rothstein started taking over Manhattan gambling rackets at a young age by his late twenties expanded his personal rackets to fixing horse races; providing horse race tips allowed Rothstein to network informants and earn friends within the private banking community. Rothstein became connected to members of New York’s Tammany Hall and of New York high society through the popularity of his no tax elite gambling halls. Rothstein conducted business with members of the 60 Families including the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Hearst, Goulds, Morgans and other…

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