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That should have been the end of the story, but they sent Old Harve to the “escape-proof ” Dallas County jail where he promptly bribed a guard to bring him a hacksaw. On September 5th he busted out yet again, but this time a massive manhunt came after him and he was arrested in Oklahoma without putting up a fight. He was sent to Leavenworth and later to Alcatraz until he was paroled in the mid 1960s. Harvey Bailey died in 1979. Compared to the generation of bank robbers who came after him, Harvey Bailey was a quiet, even conservative outlaw.
Anastasia knew Luciano had the brains and the leadership skills to run things, so he always followed Charlie Lucky’s lead AMERICAN MURDER as the Syndicate or Commission was formed to keep gang members from killing each other whenever they wanted. The bosses would decide who was to be killed, and so they established Murder, Inc. as their enforcement division. When they put the Mad Hatter and the equally sadistic Louis “Lepke” Buchalter in charge of it, they knew what they were doing. If aptitude tests had been available for assassins, Anastasia and Lepke would have scored off the charts.
Then Julia Turner’s family came to the Bexar County sheriff with a similar complaint. The last they had heard from her, she was working for Joe Ball. Finally, a neighbor told the deputies that he had seen Joe cutting up a body and feeding it to the gators, and another man said Ball had stored a barrel of something that reeked most foully in his sister’s barn. By the time the deputies got to the barn, the barrel was gone, but they decided to question Joe again and found him at the Sociable. They told him this time it was more serious and he would have to come with them to San Antonio.
American Murder: Criminals, Crimes and the Media by Mike Mayo