Nicky Arnstein. Debonair international con man.
Multimillion-dollar bond thief. Wandering husband of
Fanny Brice. Arnold Rothstein's admirer, partner, and fall
Abe Attell. Featherweight champion of the world. A.R.'s
gambling buddy and bodyguard--as well as his
indiscreet henchman in fixing the 1919 World Series.
George Young Bauchle. Wastrel heir to the Y&S licorice
fortune. A.R.'s front man at the Partridge Club,
Manhattan's poshest floating card game.
Lt. Charles Becker. Crooked and brutal police vice squad
chief. His downfall paves the way for Rothstein to begin
his career as the great middleman between the
machine, the mob, and the cops.
Henry "Kid" Becker. The Kid conjured up the idea of fixing
a World Series. Too bad he didn't live to enjoy it.
August Belmont II. Millionaire high-society sportsman.
Erstwhile racetrack partner of Rothstein, but he
eventually demanded A.R.'s expulsion from New York's
Fanny Brice. Broadway's "Funny Lady" found husband
Nicky Arnstein's illegal schemes with A.R. no laughing
matter, nor the collateral he demanded to provide bail
for her incarcerated spouse.
Lepke Buchalter. New York's most vicious labor-union
racketeer got his start with A.R. He got the chair from
District Attorney Tom Dewey.
Sleepy Bill Burns. A.R. fixed it for Burns and his partner
Billy Maharg to take the fall if anything went wrong in
fixing the 1919 World Series. It did.
Assemblyman Maurice Cantor. A.R.'s last attorney and the
thief at his deathbed.
George M. Cohan. Broadway's "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
knew when to bet and when not to bet on a World Series.
Stephen Crane. The best-selling author (The Red Badge
of Courage) who risked his reputation, his physical
safety, and his friendship with Theodore Roosevelt to
expose police corruption in 1890s New York.
Nick the Greek Dandolos. America's most fabled
gambler--and Rothstein's favorite pigeon.
Marion Davies. Model, Broadway sensation, film star,
William Randolph Hearst's longtime mistress, and the
target of Bill Fallon's greatest courtroom scam.
Will Davis. He drifted in from California, tried to rob A.R.
at gunpoint, made A.R. a fortune in horse-racing tips, and
departed just as mysteriously as he arrived.
Jack "The Manassa Mauler" Dempsey. Heavyweight
champion of the world in the Golden Age of Sports. Did
A.R. plot to cheat him of his crown?
Big Bill Devery. Being New York's shadiest police
commissioner, didn't stop Big Bill from becoming the
first owner of the New York Yankees.
Legs Diamond. Strong-arm artist. Thief. Labor goon.
Bootlegger. Speakeasy operator. A.R.'s merciless (and
seemingly bulletproof) bodyguard.
Draper Dougherty. The attorney general's alcoholic son
on the Big Bankroll's payroll.
Monk Eastman. The original dim-witted but brutal East
Side hoodlum. When A.R. wanted a loan repaid, he used
the thuggish Eastman to collect.
Nat Evans. A.R.'s partner in Saratoga and Long Island
gambling houses; his underling in fixing a World Series.
Bill "The Great Mouthpiece" Fallon. The Roaring 20s'
most flamboyant and successful criminal-defense
attorney. Rothstein and Fallon did a lot of business
together, but that didn't keep the duo from profoundly
despising one another.
Bridget Farry. The Park Central hotel chambermaid who
knew too much. A spell in jail eventually made her forget
Nat Ferber. Manhattan's premier investigative journalist
made life uncomfortable for A.R.'s cronies.
Big Tom Foley. Powerful downtown Tammany district
leader and Governor Al Smith's mentor. Protector of the
city's crooked Wall Street firms. A.R.'s go-to guy at
Edward M. Fuller. Mastermind of Wall Street's biggest
con operation. Even A.R.'s connections and Bill Fallon's
skills couldn't keep this miscreant out of Sing Sing.
William Jay Gaynor. New York's irascible reform mayor.
He battled Tammany, took a bullet in the head, and did
his best to "preserve outward order and decency."
Billy Gibson. He managed boxing champions Gene
Tunney and Benny Leonard and made sure he remained
on Arnold Rothstein's good side.
Waxey Gordon. A.R. bankrolled Gordon's bootlegging
operations, but only if Waxey did it Arnold's much more
William Randolph Hearst. The controversial press lord
who tried to break Tammany. Instead, he found his own
private life on the front page.
Inspector Dominick Henry. An honest cop. He dared
question why A.R. got away with shooting three other cops.
Jimmy Hines. Tammany's powerful and wealthy boss of
West Harlem. He netted a fortune from Prohibition and the
numbers racket and spent a good part of it covering up
the facts of A.R.'s slaying.
Maxie "Boo Boo" Hoff. Philadelphia's gangland boss who
helped A.R. win $500,000 on the first Dempsey-Tunney
Mayor James J. "Red Mike" Hylan. Jimmy Walker's
obtuse and Hearst-controlled predecessor at City Hall.
He battled Rothstein, but to no avail.
Shoeless Joe Jackson. Baseball's greatest natural hitter.
Joe pocketed A.R.'s ten grand to throw the 1919 Fall
Classic, then complained he didn't get more. Say it ain't
Albert "Killer" Johnson. He thought Arnold would never
go to the cops after he robbed A.R.'s high stakes poker
game. He guessed wrong.
Byron "Ban" Johnson. The most powerful man in baseball
thought he had a deal with the man who fixed the World
Series. You can't cheat an honest man.
Peggy Hopkins Joyce. Actress. Showgirl. Gold digger.
Joyce augmented her income by steering rich suckers
to A.R.'s Times Square gambling house.
Dot King. The murdered Follies showgirl. She was A.R.'s
tenant. Was she one of his drug runners?
Fiorello "The Little Flower" La Guardia. East Harlem's
crusading congressman. He hoped to win the mayoralty
by exposing Tammany's Rothstein connections.
Aaron J. Levy. Majority leader of the New York State
Assembly. Wily defense attorney and fixer in the
Rosenthal murder case. He graduated to the bench and
to protecting A.R.-connected gambling clubs.
Leo Lindy. Gangsters, entertainers, newspaper people all
made his Times Square restaurant their unofficial
headquarters. But no more than did Arnold Rothstein.
Captain Alfred Loewenstein. The "World's Richest Man."
Was Loewenstein also A.R.'s partner in the world's
biggest drug ring?
Lucky Luciano. A.R. picked this cheap little hoodlum off
the streets and turned him into an elegant, rich hoodlum.
Meyer Lansky. Rothstein recognized "Little Man"'s talents
and helped make him into the next Rothstein.
John J. "The Little Napoleon" McGraw. Baseball's
greatest manager. A.R.'s partner in his popular Herald
Square pool hall.
George "Hump" McManus. The Times Square gambler
indicted for A.R.'s November 1928 murder. Did the big
Irishman actually pull the trigger?
Jimmy Meehan. Small-time professional gambler. His
apartment witnessed Broadway's biggest and deadliest
Wilson Mizner. The Times Square wit ("Be nice to people
on the way up . . .you'll meet the same people on the
way down.") who tried and failed to trim A.R.'s ego.
Charles Francis Murphy. Tammany Hall's savviest, most
powerful, and resilient boss. He relied on Rothstein to
deal with Gotham's emerging mob.
Inez Norton. A.R.'s last mistress. She thought they'd live
happily--and luxuriously--ever after.
Col. Levi P. Nutt. The federal drug czar with a secret to
Nigger Nate Raymond. The swarthy West Coast gambler
who took A.R. for $300,000 in a single card game, but
George Graham Rice. Inventor of the racing tip sheet.
Pioneer stock swindler. Even he could learn a lot from
Tex Rickard. Boxing's greatest promoter and a man who
sensed the great Rothstein's demise was just around
Red Ritter. The filthy street urchin whom A.R. tried to
befriend but failed.
Franklin D. Roosevelt. His skillful handling of the scandals
that followed A.R.'s murder helped lead FDR from the
governor's mansion to the White House.
Herman "Beansy" Rosenthal. A fatally indiscreet Times
Square gambler. Being Rothstein's friend couldn't save
him from being rubbed out.
Subway Sam Rosoff. The rags-to-riches construction
magnate whom even A.R. feared at the gambling table.
Abraham Rothstein. Arnold Rothstein's upright, intensely
religious, and long-suffering father.
Arnold Rothstein. King of Manhattan gamblers. The Big
Bankroll. Criminal genius. Mastermind of the 1919
World Series. Money Lender. Drug Kingpin. Bootlegging
pioneer. Gambling house and casino operator. Fencer of
millions in stolen jewels and bonds. Labor-union
racketeer. Broadway angel. The ultimate political
go-between. Mentor to a whole generation of New York
thugs, hoodlums, and felons.
Bertram "Harry" Rothstein. Arnold's jealousy of his older
brother helped propel him into rebellion and a life in the
Carolyn Rothstein. Arnold Rothstein's former showgirl
wife. She faced the agony of with high-stakes anxiety,
lonely nights, murder plots--and her husband's string of
younger showgirl mistresses.
Damon Runyon. Fabled chronicler of Arnold Rothstein's
Broadway, author of Guys and Dolls. He shared whispers
with A.R. just before Rothstein walked up Broadway to
his violent end.
Abe Scher. Night cashier at Lindy's. He took the call that
summoned A.R. to his death.
Judge Samuel Seabury. The patrician politician who
brought down Rothstein's pals in Tammany Hall.
Willie Shea. Greed and booze cost Shea his share of
Rothstein's lucrative 46th Street gambling house.
Alfred E. Smith. New York governor. The first Catholic
presidential candidate. Protege of A.R.'s pal, Big Tom
Foley, and sworn enemy of William Randolph Hearst.
Sidney Stajer. Drug addict. Petty criminal. And one of
A.R.'s closest friends.
Charles Stoneham. High-stakes gambler. Owner of the
New York Giants. He depended on A.R. to protect his
crooked Wall Street operations from the law.
Herbert Bayard Swope. Legendary journalist. Adviser to
presidents--and best man at A.R.'s wedding.
Joseph J. "Sport" Sullivan. The Boston bookmaker who
helped A.R. pay off the 1919 Black Sox.
Big Tim Sullivan. A.R.'s earliest patron. State senator.
Congressman. Tammany boss of the Lower East Side.
Theater and amusement-park baron. Protector of vice.
Father of gun control--and accessory to murder.
Titanic Thompson. The country-boy cardsharp and
legendary golf hustler who sat in on Rothstein's fatal
card game at Jimmy Meehan's.
Gene Tunney. The erudite ex-Marine who defeated Jack
Dempsey for the heavyweight crown. Did he need a little
help for A.R.'s friends?
Mayor James J. "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker. New York's
flamboyant Jazz Age mayor. Rothstein's connections to
his political machine proved profitable--and ultimately
Joseph Warren. Jimmy Walker's police commissioner
and former law partner. Walker made him take the fall
for not solving a crime that nobody wanted solved.
John B. Watson. Father of the behaviorist school of
psychology. Expelled from the faculty of John Hopkins.
Grover Whelan. Gotham's most dapper city official.
Officially, he assumed the police commissionership to
solve A.R.'s murder. His real agenda: Purge the
department of its honest cops.
Gertrude Vanderbilt. Bill Fallon's faithful mistress, but
ultimately the cause for his break with Nicky Arnstein.
Albert Vitale. One of the worst of New York's crop of venal
judges. Discovery of his "loan" from A.R. helped topple
Victor Watson. Editor of William Randolph Hearst's New
York American. He paid the ultimate price for keeping on
Bobbie Winthrop. A.R.'s longtime mistress. He went to
her funeral--and then to the track.
Charles Seymour Whitman. Crusading Manhattan district
attorney. Did he make a deal with Rothstein to solve
Beansy Rosenthal's murder--and further his