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The Canary Sang but Couldn't Fly: The Fatal Fall of Abe Reles, the Mobster Who Shattered Murder, Inc.'s Code of Silence by [Edmund Elmaleh]

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The Canary Sang but Couldn't Fly: The Fatal Fall of Abe Reles, the Mobster Who Shattered Murder, Inc.'s Code of Silence Kindle Edition

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True crime conspiracy buffs have debated for years the 1941 death of Abe Reles, the mafia squeal who fell out a hotel window while in police custody. Years of shoddy investigation and cover-ups have made it impossible to determine exactly what happened to the "most effective mafia informer" law enforcement ever held, but it was clear that every mobster in America wanted him dead. In his only book, recently deceased crime writer Elmaleh (1959-2008) collects evidence from multiple investigations to piece together the events of November 12, 1941. The result is an exhaustive report heavy on detail, but light on excitement. Offering no revelations or climactic discoveries, Elmaleh instead sifts through conjecture and hypotheses that only serve to disprove the theory that Reles killed himself-an explanation none but the most naive accepted in the first place. Still, mob history buffs will be pleased with Elmaleh's attention to detail and hefty collection of transcripts. Unfortunately, it's beyond Elmaleh to satisfy casual true crime readers, if only because the Reles case remains far from solved.
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Elmaleh re-examines the case of Mob torpedo Abe “Kid Twist” Reles’ fatal 1941 fall from a window in the hotel in which he was under 24-hour police guard to ensure his testimony in the prosecution of New York mobsters. Several ludicrous theories regarding how Reles came to his splattery end were advanced, but several investigations yielded little proof, let alone plausibility. Elmaleh also explores the Kid’s career. Growing up in Brooklyn’s tough Brownsville neighborhood, Reles was a hardened killer by early adulthood. Able to murder without regret, he and other young toughs constituted the labor contingent of Murder, Inc., the fancifully named service overseen by Albert Anastasia and others. By the time Reles turned state’s evidence, he was uniquely qualified to tell not only where the bodies were buried—having personally buried a significant number of them—but also who had ordered the hits in the first place. That being the case, he was safer in custody than on the street. Did he die trying to escape? Elmaleh has thoughts and evidence anent that question. --Mike Tribby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0751FR8TD
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Union Square & Co. (February 7, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 7, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3084 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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