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Former Mob Hitman Found Dead in Attica Prison Cell

Jan. 23, 1962 - Jack Drucker (pictured in 1939), 56, once associated with the Murder Inc. ring, was found dead today in his cell at Attica State Prison. A spokesman at Attica said that Drucker, who was serving 25 years to life, died of a coronary occlusion. Murder, Inc., headed by Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia and composed of Jewish-American and Italian-American gangsters, committed hundreds of murders on behalf of the National Crime Syndicate from 1929 through 1941. Drucker was convicted in 1944 of the murder of racketeer Walter Sage. Sage, a feared enforcer with the Reles gang, had been caught skimming slot machine profits. It was decided he would be “taken for a ride” by several of the gang. Drucker stabbed Sage 32 times with an ice pick, and then he and 3 other gangsters tied the frame of a slot machine to Sage’s body. The body was found in Swan Lake on July 31, 1937.

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