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Gangster Dutch Schultz built up a criminal network that included bootlegging, illegal gambling and murder. His biggest enemies were Legs Diamond and the IRS.
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But all of his time on trial affected his business.
The authorities weren't finished with him yet,
especially New York special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey. He wanted to prosecute Schultz for his illegal policy business but before that could happen Schultz was indicated on federal tax charges in October 1935. Still Schultz blamed Dewey for his legal woes and started to plan to get rid of his nemesis. Allegedly his talk of killing a public figure made some of his fellow gangsters nervous and they ordered a hit on Schultz instead.
On the night of October 23, 1935, Schultz and four of his associates were shot at a restaurant in Newark, New Jersey. A brutal man believed to have been responsible for deaths of many others—at his hand or by his order—died the next day. Shortly before his death, he gave a rambling statement to the authorities, but he never named his killer.
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