Doing the "Half Moon Hop"

Oct 15, 2009 - by Robert Walsh - 0 Comments

June 01, 2008

Albert Anastasia   Abe "Kid Twist" Reles 

Albert Anastasia (l) and Abe "Kid Twist" Reles (r)

On the eve of giving star witness testimony against mobster kingpin Albert Anastasia in 1941, Abe "Kid Twist" Reles plunges to his death from his "police protected" suite on the sixth floor of the Half Moon Hotel on Coney Island. Officially ruled a "suicide," the death of the former senior member of Murder Inc. turned canary was, most certainly, a push, not a hop.

by Robert Walsh

It's a cold and dark night on November 12, 1941. Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, once a senior member of Murder Inc. and now one of the most important canaries in American history, is preparing a makeshift ladder that will help him climb from the sixth floor of the Half Moon Hotel on Coney Island, N.Y., where he is being held in protective custody to turn state's evidence against that most vicious and notorious of New York's mobsters, Albert "Lord High Executioner" Anastasia.

 

He keeps his preparations as quiet as possible, to avoid attracting the attention of the half dozen detectives assigned to guard him around the clock while he gives evidence that could put Anastasia in Sing Sing's infamous electric chair. Having narrowly avoided a date with "Old Sparky" himself, he has no qualms about inflicting the same on his former friends if it will save his own skin.

*********** Please subscribe to Crime Magazine to view all content. **********

Subscription Options:

Yearly Subscription $29.99 Automatically renews until you cancel.

90-Day Subscription $9.99 Does not automatically renew.

Monthly Subscription $2.99 Automatically renews until you cancel.

Gift Subscriptions:

Gift 90-Day Subscription $9.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift Yearly Subscription $29.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift 2 year Subscription $49.99 Does not automatically renew.

Gift 3 year Subscription $69.99 Does not automatically renew.

Bulk Subscriptions:

Discount option for schools, groups and other institutions. Inquire here for bulk subscriptions. 

Please note that Crime Magazine is an Internet only publication and is not mailed to subscribers

Total views: 22306