The Real Godfathers - Louis Lepke
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Names like Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello were on everybody`s lips in the Roaring Twenties but Louis Lepke preferred the shadows to the spotlight. There, he built a racketeering network second to none. Biography uses extensive archival footage, period accounts and modern interviews to probe Lepke`s life, from his hardscrabble childhood to his much-publicised death. Authors Robert Rockaway (But He Was Good to his Mother) and Albert Fried (The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster) trace his extraordinary criminal career, while reporter Gilbert Millstein, who covered the case for the New York Daily News recalls his execution. Friends like Donald Wetzel, who served time with Lepke, offer a picture of the private side of the mild-mannered man who happened to be a criminal kingpin.
Running Time: 45 minutes
Main Language: English