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 jack "the dandy" parisi
daveg40
Posted: Feb 7 2008, 11:59 AM


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Does anyone have any info on jack the dandy parisi. I am curious because i live in his old house in Hazleton Pa and i was curious to learn more about him.
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Posted: Feb 7 2008, 12:28 PM


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QUOTE (daveg40 @ Feb 7 2008, 01:59 PM)
Does anyone have any info on jack the dandy parisi. I am curious because i live in his old house in Hazleton Pa and i was curious to learn more about him.

give me one second and i'll have info for you. i do know that he was a triggerman for MURDER INC.

your one lucky s.o.b. in my eyes. i'm a huge murder inc buff and i would love to own a part of history from that gang. if only those walls could talk....

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Posted: Feb 7 2008, 12:34 PM


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DIED. Jack ("the Dandy") Parisi, 83, natty, baggy-eyed triggerman for the infamous Murder, Inc. gang of the '30s who beat every rap brought against him save one: he served six years for narcotics trafficking; in Hazleton, Pa. Said one prosecutor of the tightlipped, Italian-born hitman: "If you hung him up by the thumbs for eight weeks, he might tell you his first name."



Jack (the "Dandy") Parisi was acquitted of two murders, Teamsters official Morris Diamond in Brooklyn and music-publishing executive Irving Penn, in the Bronx. Penn was killed by mistaken-identity as the intended target, Philip Orlofsky, a Cutters Union official, left his home early to get a shave the day his killers waited for him.[91] Parisi was a fugitive for 10 years until he was captured in Pennsylvania in 1949.[92] Albert Tannenbaum was brought in from Atlanta, where was reportedly living, to testify for the prosecution.[93] One accomplice in the Penn murder, Jacob ("Kuppy") Migden, who provided the erroneous idenfification of Penn, and who was also a fugitive for several years, pled guilty to attempted first-degree assault in the middle of his murder trial, and was sentenced to a term of 5-10 years.[94] [95] Each of Parisi's murder trials ended with an acquittal as the judges directed a verdict of not-guilty due to the lack of corroborating evidence since the chief witnesses for the prosecution were accomplices.[96][97][98]


a good book on MURDER INC would be MURDER INC. by burton turkis.

i hope this helps a little bit.....
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mobbed up
Posted: Feb 7 2008, 12:38 PM


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you can also go to your local library to get more info on him.

here is a TIME article about him as well.....


http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/...,812214,00.html

Jack ("The Dandy") Parisi is a toadlike little man with amazingly large bags under his eyes and an unswerving penchant for flashy clothes. During the big years of New York's Murder, Inc., he made his living by shooting people. But though he finished off a lot of them, most of the details of his life remain obscure. Jack is not a talkative man. "If you hung him up by the thumbs for eight weeks," said a Bronx prosecutor, "he might tell you his first name."

This reticence has not prevented the law from checking up on some of his business enterprises. Take Jack's last job: one of his associates told the cops all about it to avoid being electrocuted at Sing Sing. It took place in 1939, after Gangbuster Tom Dewey slapped a subpoena on a onetime garment-union leader named Philip Orlofsky. Orlofsky knew a lot about the union rackets, and Mob Chieftain Louis ("Lepke") Buchalter was disturbed. He ordered Orlofsky's death. Parisi was chosen to do the honors.

The Fingers. Everything was handled with great care. Gangsters Albert ("Big Albert") Anastasia, Abe ("Kid Twist") Reles, Harry ("Pittsburgh Phil") Strauss and Emanuel ("Mendy") Weiss spent weeks in planning. One Jacob Migdon spent a long time "fingering" the job, and reported that Orlofsky, a short, fat man, left his Bronx apartment at exactly 7:55 every morning. Thus, when the big day came, Parisi was standing near by at exactly the right time.

But everything went wrong. Parisi had no way of knowing that his victim had left 20 minutes early to get a barbershop shave. He just fired five shots into the first short, fat man who came out the door—it happened to be a music-publishing executive named Irving Penn. Penn screamed and collapsed, dying. Parisi jumped into a stolen getaway car, driven by one Seymour ("Blue Jaw") Magoon—and found that a gravel truck was blocking the street.

As police sirens moaned close by, Parisi cried: "Mamma mia, mamma mia, let me out of here." He jerked open the door and ran. Parisi dropped out of sight for ten long years. Last autumn the Pennsylvania State Police found him at last; he was napping on a bed surrounded by crucifixes and holy candles in his hideout house in the anthracite coal fields.

The Forgetful. He was taken back to Brooklyn, put on trial for the murder of an A.F.L. official named Morris Diamond. Ex-gangster Allie ("Tick Tick") Tannenbaum told the jury all about the crime. But another hood named Angelo Catalano—who had earlier admitted driving Parisi's getaway car—last week took the stand and said blandly, "That ain't the guy." A corroborating witness who had seen the murder just couldn't identify the killer either. Since a man may not be convicted of murder in New York solely on the testimony of accomplices, the judge helplessly dismissed the charge against Parisi and gave him an indignant dressing-down. "The court is convinced," said the judge, "that this defendant . . . shot and killed Morris Diamond." Parisi listened with a bored air, and belched loudly at the climax of the judge's denunciation.

After that Parisi was transferred from a jail in Brooklyn to jail in The Bronx, waiting to be tried for killing Irving Penn. But it looked very much as though he might beat the rap again. One thing was certain: Jack would not talk. The law, by cleaning up the old charges, seemed only to be helping Parisi get back into circulation—and in his business, there were always job openings for close-mouthed men.

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daveg40
Posted: Feb 7 2008, 05:10 PM


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thanks for the info, i had found some of that stuff too but there isnt much huh. The last article that you sent me is interesting, Hoppy carsia is my uncle thats how i happen to live in parisi's old house. It is said that he hid out in an old she behind a family store before he was arrested on the murder charges. If there is any more photo's or anything that you happen to come across i would love to see them. Thank alot.
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daveg40
Posted: Feb 7 2008, 05:19 PM


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i wish these walls could talk, the things they would say huh. I have two newspaper articles from when jack beat the charges against him. They are the orginal newspapers from the time. That really is the only other thing that i have.
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Posted: Feb 8 2008, 07:27 AM


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QUOTE (daveg40 @ Feb 7 2008, 07:19 PM)
i wish these walls could talk, the things they would say huh. I have two newspaper articles from when jack beat the charges against him. They are the orginal newspapers from the time. That really is the only other thing that i have.

i would love to see the news paper articles. you have some pretty cool items in your possesion. a house and two original articles. i know for a fact that you could probably make a killing if you ever decided to sell those items.

as far as pictures, i don't know if i'll be able to find anything. your family might have some stashed away up in an attic somewhere. keep in mind, he wasn't a well known member to the public and most men of his stature liked to keep a low profile and rarely posed for any type of pictures.

as for more info, like you said, there isn't much out there on him. which to him was a good thing. the best thing i can say is to look for books on murder inc and of albert anastasia. i'm sure you might find some other useful info about him.

anyway, i hope i helped out just a little bit. if i can be of any more help on stuff about murder inc just give me a yell, and welcome to the forum. there are quite a few people on here that can answer your questions better then i........hollander, and gangsters inc might be able to provide more info on this elusive figure smile.gif
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