Monday, February 20, 2006

35 West 64th Street

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Jack "Legs" Diamond (1897 - 18 December 1931), also known as Gentleman Jack, was the alias of John T. Nolan, an Irish-American gangster based out of New York City.
• • A bootlegger and close associate of Arnold Rothstein, he survived a number of attempts on his life between 1919 - 1931, causing him to be known as the "clay pigeon of the underworld."

• • On 12 October 1930 he was shot five times, while clad in pajamas, in his suite at the Hotel Monticello [Suite 829], 35 West 64th Street. His mistress, a dancer, was asleep next door. His wife Alice, who was at their home in Acra, NY at the time, took a plane and went straight to her husband at the hospital. After a 20-minute visit, she was escorted to the police station by detectives. Alice's first words were, "I didn't do it."
• • In 1930, a rival gangster "Dutch" Schultz complained, "Ain't there nobody what can shoot this guy so he don't bounce back?"
• • On 18 December 1931, 34-year-old "Legs" Diamond was finished off when he was laying low in his Albany, New York hide-out.
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