Thursday, June 21, 2007

ALLIE 'TICK-TOCK TANNENBAUM

This is the lastest piece to leave the drawing table for the book. Albert 'Tick Tock' Tannenbaum is probably one of my favourite personalities in the annals of Jewish Gangsters; his perpetual hang-dog face said it all. He's also one of the few hoodlums who came through my neck of the woods in the late 30's when he was on the trail of Harry 'Big Greenie' Greenberg, who was on the lam and threatening to testify against Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter. Tannenbaum's travels took him to Montreal, through Detroit, and finally bagged his man in Los Angeles with the help of Bugsy Siegel. He eventually turned on Lepke himself on the witness stand, and remained one of the few who survived the Murder Inc. trials to lead a new, undisclosed life.

6 comments:

David said...

Have you found pictures of Al? There is one on the web I have seen but that is it. Al was my great uncle and I am interested in finding out more about him other than family stories.

Pat Hamou said...

Hi David

I have only found what has been available to the public through either books or old magazine articles.
Which photo are you referencing to on the web?
I'd be curious to hear more of your family stories - mystery surrounds Allie's post-gangster days, including reports of living Atlanta as a hat salesman and his disappearance off the Florida coast..
Any new info about his later life would be greatly appreciated - you can email me directly at pathamou@gmail.com if you'd like to continue this conversation off the blog.
Thanks for reaching out.
-Pat

David Tannenbaum said...

I just stumbled back on this. Is this email still valid?

Pat Hamou said...

yes it is...

forcastgibben5 said...

david I'm also related to al through marriage

Hitman23 said...

I'm a friend of, and used to live in the same building in NYC, as Al Tannebaum's nephew. Al's sister Jean was my friend's mom. Al's sister died about 2 years, she was close to 100. His nephew told me some stories that haven't been heard elsewhere. Tannenbaum did surface in Atlanta and worked as a lampshade salesman. I believe his brother, or another relative, owned the company.